BIFAN Leaping forward as the Key Platform for the Asian Film Industry

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BIFAN Leaping forward as the Key Platform
for the Asian Film Industry
Collaboration with the Japan Visual Industry Promotion Organization through
"Project Spotlight"
Expanding "Made in Asia" as the Foundation for Cooperation in the Asian Film
Partnership with Various Organizations including Taiwan Creative Content Agency,
Jakarta Film Week and Taipei Film Commission

▲ Posters of 5 Japanese projects at the 2023 NAFF Project Market's "Project Spotlight" (from left to right): “The Demon” (Directed by WATANABE Hirobumi), “Dulia” (Directed by SAKUMA Keisuke), “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes” (Directed by TAKAHASHI Hiroshi), “The Shadows in Tokyo” (Directed by KUMAKIRI Kazuyoshi), "A Woman in Flames" (Directed by NAKAGAWA Natsuki)
The 27th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN), led by Festival Director SHIN Chul, has solidified its role as a key platform for the Asian film industry. Through its industry program B.I.G (BIFAN Industry Gathering), BIFAN expands industrial cooperation across Asia and continues to collaborate with various film and content institutions in the region.

As the first and foremost genre film project market in Asia, the NAFF Project Market presents "Project Spotlight: Japan" with the support and collaboration of the Visual Industry Promotion Organization (VIPO) of Japan. "Project Spotlight" is a section that selects one country in Asia each year and focuses on introducing genre film projects from it. This year, it will showcase new projects from five Japanese directors, including Kazuyoshi Kumakiri, known for directing #Manhole, and Hiroshi Takahashi, who wrote the scripts for Ring and Ghost Station.

“Made In Asia” that aims to diagnose the core of the Asian film industry and to foster a network of collaboration, will also expanded. This year, the Asian Film Industry Report, which has been published annually since 2016, expands its coverage to 17 countries, providing a broader perspective on the Asian film industry. The "Made in Asia" forum, which addresses key topics in the Asian film industry, will be held for a full day on June 30th. This year, it will be expanded into three sessions to facilitate more in-depth discussions on the Asian film industry.
▲ Made in Asia Forum in 2022
The first session of the forum, co-hosted by the Korean Film Producers Association, is titled "Korea-Japan Film Industry Forum: Film Industry of ‘Endemic’ Era, Diagnosis & Solution.” It aims to diagnose the state of the Korea-Japan film industry after the pandemic and seek for solutions. The participants are experts from both commercial and arthouse films. Notable participants include Fukada Koji, the director of the award-winning film Harmonium, and Tsuchimoto Tamako, a producer from Japan's TBS apart from producers of Toho and of Toei. From Korea will attend Billy Acumen, the producer of the highly successful 2022 Korean film The Roundup, and Lee Eun, the chairman of the Korean Film Producers Association.
The second session is titled "Asia Film Industry Forum: Future of Asian Film Industry." It will examine the film industries and policies of Indonesia and Taiwan, which have recently implemented active promotion policies, as well as Central Asia and Mongolia, which are newly participating in "Made in Asia."
The third session, jointly organized with the Korean Film Council, is titled "When East meets East: Vitalizing Film Collaboration in Asia." As a follow-up of launching AFAN (Asian Film Alliance Network), an ambitious film network promoting cooperation between seven Asian countries (Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, and Taiwan) in Cannes last May, this panel discussion aims to discuss and suggest ways to vitalize film collaboration, including co-production and cooperation, between Asian countries.

BIFAN will sign a cooperation agreement with Taipei Film Commission (TFC) as well. Through this agreement, TFC recommends two Taiwanese projects to the NAFF Project Market, allowing promising genre projects to be introduced to industry professionals. Additionally, two Taiwanese short films are screened at BIFAN, and two 'Goedam' short films supported by BIFAN 'Goedam Campus' are screened in Taipei, creating opportunities for content exchange between the two countries.

'Goedam Campus' has signed a collaboration agreement with Jakarta Film Week and Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA). Starting this year, they will host the "Goedam Residency," inviting talents from both countries. Two mentees were selected, and they have been participating in the residency program in Bucheon since June 12th. The mentees will undergo mentoring and development processes until the end of the film festival this year, then return to their home countries to prepare for pitching. They will return to Korea in October to make their final pitch with their developed projects.

In 2023, BIFAN is vigorously pursuing collaborations with overseas institutions and preparing for the participation of a large number of Asian film industry professionals. BIFAN and its industry program B.I.G are expected to play a significant role in the further development of the rapidly changing Asian film industry.

The 27th edition of BIFAN will run from June 29 to July 9. The festival’s main hub will be the Bucheon City Hall with the Main Stage, the Fantastic Cube and the Lawn Square. Screenings will also take place at the CGV Sopung, the Korea Manhwa Museum and the Megabox Bucheon Starfield City. Online screenings will be available on wavve. Beyond Reality, BIFAN’s XR section will be held at the Bucheon Art Bunker B39. BIFAN’s industry program B.I.G, including the NAFF Project Market, the Fantastic Film School and Made in Asia will unfold at the Koryo Hotel and the Bucheon Art Bunker B39. The special exhibition Master CHOI MIN SIK can be visited at the Hyundai Department Store Jungdong, 1F, U-PLEX.