Int'l projects come to fore at Puson Promotion Plan


Veteran filmmakers will mingle with first-timers at an increasingly internationalized 10th anniversary edition of the Pusan Promotion Plan, scheduled for Oct. 8-11 in the South Korean beach resort of Bucheon, organizers said Tuesday.

The PPP — under the Asian Film Market's umbrella since last year — will feature 35 projects from 18 Asian countries and several projects chosen from outside the region.

Broader than ever in geographical scope, this year's PPP includes international projects from Armenia and Nepal and seven co-productions with partners from outside Asia, including the U.S. and South Africa.

Chosen from 200 applications, the PPP selections this year include projects from such prominent producers as Terrence Chang ("Face/Off," "Mission: Impossible II"), Peter Fudakowski ("Tsotsi"), Tsai Ming-liang and Hong Sang-soo.

With the mission of discovering and supporting promising Asian talent, the PPP has seen more than 90 of its 234 projects made into finished films. Among those titles are Siddiq Barmak's "Osama," winner of the Golden Globe for foreign-language film in 2005; Wang Xiaoshuai's "Beijing Bicycle," winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at Berlin in 2001; and Bong Joon-ho's "The Host," which went on to become the highest-grossing film in Korean history.

The PPP maintains long relationships with the International Film Festival Rotterdam's Cinemart, the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum and the Festival de Cannes' Marche du Film. In 2006, PPP added a project exchange agreement with IFP's No Borders International Co-Production Market.