Puchon's Network of Asian Fantastic Films Announces Selections

NAFF Poster - P 2013

The South Korean genre-exclusive market has chosen 21 projects from a record number of submissions this year.

SEOUL — The South Korean genre-exclusive market Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) has unveiled its official selection of 21 works for 2013.

Running during the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) in Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province, NAFF has chosen eight local projects among others for its signature “It Project” program, which allows filmmakers from Asia and the Asian diaspora to hold business meetings with key producers and investors.

According to selection committee members, this year NAFF received a record number of 141 submissions from 21 countries, marking the most competitive edition since its inception in 2008. Criteria for selection were originality, commitment to its genre and completion prospects.

Domestic projects include Capsule, to be directed by Nam Ki-woong, whose sci-fi comic fantasies Never Belongs to Me (2006) and Teenage Hooker Became Killing Machine (2000) were both screened at PiFan.

Also included is the occult horror Re:make byJi Ha Jean, who won the 2011 PiFan Audience Award with Bloody Fight in Iron-Rock Valley. Kim Jho Gwang-soo, who made a successful debut last year with Two Marriages and a Funeral, will be working on Secret Detective and Vampire, a period romp set during the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910). Lee Soo-youn, auteur of The Uninvited (2003), will present her latest project, Nowhere Man.

NAFF will also showcase a variety of works from Europe, the U.S. and Asia.

Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, the creative duo Resolution, which hotwired more than 30 film festivals worldwide, are bringing a sci-fi western inspired by local revenge films, Showdown at the Cataclysm. Frankenstein: A Death Odyssey, a Greek-German co-production to be directed by a highly-acclaimed Greek director Costas Zapas, will recreate Mary Shelley’s horror classic to cater to potential interests from the Asian market.

Selections from Asia include the Malaysian mystery Interchange by Dain Said (Bunohan, 2011); Japan-Poland co-production comic fantasy Baby by Kei Ishikawa; Glutton, a 3D project by Kevin Lewis (USA); Thai horror-fantasy The Forest by Paul Spurrier; and psychological thriller Cherry Returns by Hong Kong's Chris Chow.

The It Project selections will be given the opportunity to have one-on-one meetings with International investment companies and/or production companies, along with the chance to win cash awards and post-production support from the jury comprised of world-class film professionals, from July 21-24 in Bucheon.

“This year’s official It Project selections will broaden the realm of international genre film industry with their original ideas, narratives, and cinematic styles embracing its unique genre elements. The selection committee hopes and believes NAFF will be a solid bridge to help make the 21 selected projects into finished films as they can encounter film audiences from all over the world,” said the NAFF selection committee in a statement.