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BiFan hailing Wailing

Na Hong Jin’s The Wailing (pictured, top) took two prizes including the headline Best of Bucheon award at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) which closed on the weekend.

The Cannes-premiered The Wailing has already had its release in Korea. Director Na’s The Chaser also played BiFan, one of the titles named in the 20 Years, 20 Favourites retrospective to mark the festival’s 20th edition.

Kiwi selections for this year’s events in Bucheon included James Cunningham’s Accidents, Blunders & Calamities, which won at Comic-Con during BIFAN, and the Ant Timpson-produced The Greasy Strangler, currently also here in the NZIFF.

Babak Anvari’s Under the Shadow, also screening here in the NZIFF, took BiFan’s Jury Choice award.

Under the Shadow

Under the Shadow

Last year, Steven Baker’s short A Love Story took a Jury Choice Award at BiFan. This year, his feature project Black Rock, with Susan Parker on board as producer, was one of 16 named for the festival’s accompanying project market, NAFF’s It Project.

This year’s BiFan closed with Yeon Sang-ho’s zombie animation Seoul Station. The director’s Cannes-premiered live-action sequel , Train to Busan, opened just over a week ago in Korea and has since set records for highest opening day, single day, opening weekend and fastest to reach 5 million admissions.

Sang-ho YEON's Seoul Station

Sang-ho YEON’s Seoul Station

The Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) ran 21 – 31 July. The industry events, now branded under the umbrella title BIFAN Industry Gathering (BIG), included the Network of Asian Fantastic Film’s (NAFF) project market It Project, which ran 26 – 28 July.

The festival’s award winners included:

Bucheon Choice: Features
Best of Bucheon

The Wailing, NA Hong-jin

Jury’s Choice
Under the Shadow, Babak ANVARI

Best Actress Choice
Karin Viard, 21 Nights with Pattie

Best Actor Choice
Deepak Sampat, Autohead

NH Audience Award
The Wailing, NA Hong-jin

Bucheon Choice: Shorts
Best Short Film

Manoman, Simon CARTWRIGHT

Jury’s Choice for Short Film
The Bathtub, Tim ELLRICH

Audience Award for Short Film
The Bathtub, Tim ELLRICH

Europe Fantastic Film Festivals Federation(EFFFF) Asian Award
Psycho Raman, Anurag KASHYAP

The Forest, Paul SPURRIER

BIG awards
Network of Fantastic Films (NAFF) Bucheon Award

Mogwai, Alejandro Suarez Lozano (USA)

The NAFF Award
Dust To Dust. Zeng Zeng (China)

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