Philippines to feature at Pusan

Mendoza, Conde to star in SE Asian country spotlight

SEOUL – A selection of 14 Filipino indie films from the 1950s to present will be screened during this year’s Pusan International Film Festival, including “Ghinghis Khan” by Manuel Conde and “Kinatay” by Brillante Mendoza, the winner of best director at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

From epic to experimental documentary, the films delve into the country’s history and political issues with a seminar that aims to explore the country's low-budget filmmaking and production methods.

Pusan will also feature a lineup of feature animation “Ani Asia: A Leap of Asian Feature Animation” which the festival has played a major role in the past.

Nine animated feature films will be presented this year from Asian countries and territories whose animation work is relatively unknown, including Malaysia, Hong Kong and Thailand. Also in the section, three Japanese animated films will be screened, one which is co-produced with Russia.