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Asian Cinema Fund 2017 Selection Announced
– 16 Asian Projects, 7 Korean Projects
Asian Cinema Fund (ACF), a well-known initiative to discover creative, talented Asian filmmakers and support their projects, announced its 2017 selection. ACF has selected 23 projects from among 342 submitted projects in three ACF categories: Script Development Fund, Post-Production Fund, and Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund.
ACF 2017 Script Development Fund
(5 Asian projects, projects in alphabetical order)
The Fog Catchers
I See Waves
Abdullah Mohammad SAAD
A Year of Cold *
Min Bahadur BHAM
* AFA Project
Assisting Asian filmmakers in the completion of their scripts, Script Development Fund selected five Asian projects from among 195 submissions. Indian projects have increased steadily over the last few years and have taken a large part of submissions. Projects dealing with issues such as social contradictions, class struggle and political conflict stood out. The selected projects will receive funding of 10,000,000 KRW for script development.
ACF 2017 Post-Production Fund
(3 Asian projects and 3 Korean projects, projects in alphabetical order)
The Horse Voiced
Joseph Israel LABAN
A HAUNTING HITCHHIKE
Based on realistic events, Asian projects highlighted the directors’ detailed descriptions and imagination. The three selected projects are Chinese project Silent Mist (Director ZHANG Miaoyan), a story about a serial rape case at canal town in Southern China, and Indian project The Horse Voiced (Director Pushpendra SINGH), a coming-of-age film with a mix of mythological imagination. Sea Serpent from Philippines (Director Joseph Israel LABAN) is also a coming-of-age film about a teenage girl waiting for her missing father.
Korean projects showed unique individualities with dramatic tension in each story. February (Director KIM Joonghyun) is about a life of a woman living in dire circumstances, and A HAUNTING HITCHHIKE (Director JEONG Heejae) is a story of a girl looking for a ‘family’ who she can depend on. Last Child (Director SHIN Dongseok) unfolds a secret behind a boy’s death with a parent of the boy as main characters. All three projects will be world-premiered at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival.
The projects will receive an in-kind post-production process in Korea. DI (Digital Intermediate), sound mixing, and Digital Cinema Package will be covered from quality Korean studios. Partner companies are Korean Film Council (KOFIC), CJ Powercast, Wavelab STD., Studio SH, Plus Gain, Pluto Sound Group and KUMTLE. Dexter Studios recently joined as a Post-Production Fund partner.
ACF 2017 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund
(8 Asian projects and 4 Korean projects, projects in alphabetical order)
Comrade on the road
Hong Kong (China)
It Wasn't An Accident
Soe Moe AUNG
i've got the blues
Hong Kong (China)
Lady of the Harbour
A rifle and a bag
Sons of the Judge
The Tree House
TRUONG Minh Quy
China, Singapore, Vietnam
Dear My Genius
Celebrating its 12th edition, AND Fund has funded a total of 163 Asian documentaries. As well as completed 130 documentaries (as of February, 2017) and introduced the diverse culture and history of Asian nations through various film festivals and theaters.
This year's Asian projects introduce diversely expanded topics and the selected themes of many newcomers. Korean projects deal with current issues and Korean society, such as problem of gifted education, protest songs and Korean contemporary history with the directors' fresh viewpoints and attempts.
BIFF Mecenat, Youngsan University and BNK Busan Bank have provided sponsorship in total of KRW 100,000,000 for the AND Fund.
* AND Fund Asian Project Cash Grant
- KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD 10,000, 2 projects): i've got the blues, The Tree House
- KRW 5,000,000 (approx. USD 5,000, 6 projects): About Love, Comrade on the road, It Wasn't An Accident, Lady of the Harbour, A rifle and a bag, Sons of the Judge
* AND Fund Korean Project Cash Grant
- KRW 20,000,000 (approx. USD 20,000, 1 project): Eyebrows
- KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD 10,000, 3 projects): Grey Tomb, Dear My Genius, Re-sound