PiFan 2014: NAFF Focuses on Emerging Thai Filmmakers, China Co-Productions

The South Korean genre film project market presents six Thai features and thematic forums on transmedia storytelling and co-productions with China.

BUCHEON, South Korea — The Network of Asian Fantastic Films kicked off Sunday and will continue through Wednesday in the South Korean city of Bucheon. The signature genre film project market of the Puchon (Bucheon) International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), NAFF will present a selection of experimental titles from Thailand.

NAFF's Project Spotlight has annually focused on new genre films from a given Asian, and this year's selection includes boundary-pushing, internationally inclined works from Thailand.

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Kulp Kaljareuk will present the mystery thriller Fallen Thailand; Udine Far East Film Festival veteran Nuttorn Kungwanklai will bring Jam-Nien: The 300 Years Ghost; art director Solarsin Ngoenwichit and veteran producer Pakinee Chaisana will attend as directors of Panang — The Monster Within and Love Me Love Me Not, respectively; Lertsiri Boonmee will promote SLR; filmmaker Paul Spurrier and producer Piyawat Dangdej return to PiFan with the socially aware The Penthouse.

Selected filmmakers are given the opportunity to present their projects and participate in business meetings with domestic and international investors and distributors. Titles will vie for cash and post-production support awards, and winners will be announced at the NAFF closing ceremony on Wednesday.

In addition to presenting some of the latest genre projects from Thailand, NAFF will introduce the South Asian country's genre film business through a special forum.

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Other thematic forums are due to take place through Tuesday. Co-presented by the Korea Film Producers Association, NAFForum will present sessions on film policy making in Korea, transmedia storytelling, and the impact of Asian genre film industry. The latter in particular will focus on successful cases of development, financing and distribution of co-production projects with China. 

Meanwhile, this year's Fantastic Film School, held in conjunction with NAFF, has invited 20 young filmmakers from 11 Asian countries to receive intensive training under esteemed auteurs such as Wayne Wang.

PiFan will continue through July 27, presenting 210 films from 47 countries.