24 tapped for Asian Film Academy

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SEOUL -- This year's Asian Film Academy, a three-week program for aspiring filmmakers from around Asia, will include 24 participants from 15 countries, organizers announced today.

Applicants for the program, which runs concurrently with the Pusan International Film Festival each year, included countries as diverse as Mongolia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Kazakhstan.

The 117 applicants this year represent a smaller number than last year, but organizers emphasized that this was because the eligibility requirements had been raised.

The AFA is co-hosted by the Pusan International Film Festival, Dongseo University and the Korean Academy of Film Arts.

This is the third year the AFA has been held. Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf will serve as the dean of this year's program. Also participating will be Japanese cinematographer Toyomichi Kurita and Thai director Penek Ratanaruang.

The AFA runs Sept. 27-Oct. 13 and PIFF runs Oct. 4-12.
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