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BiFan names Kiwi selections

James Cunningham’s Accidents, Blunders & Calamities and Escargore (pictured, top) are named in the line-up for Asia’s premiere genre festival, the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, BiFan.

While no contemporary NZ features are named this year, the NZ-shot Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence will play in a tribute to the late David Bowie. This year there’s also a substantial programme of archive titles spanning the 20 years BiFan has been running.

In BiFan’s Forbidden strand The Greasy Strangler, produced by Ant Timpson, plays. Last year Deathgasm and Turbo Kid, both produced by Timpson, were selected for BiFan. Turbo Kid was one of two NZ winners at BiFan last year, taking the festival’s Best Director gong. It continues to do well on the genre circuit, adding to its award haul by winning the Saturn award for Best International Feature in Lo Angeles yesterday.

Five Australian shorts are selected, while feature Bad Cat, produced by Michael Favelle, plays out of competition. A pair of titles heading for the NZIFF shortly, Agnieszka Smoczynska’s The Lure and Babak ANVARI’s Under the Shadow, will play in BiFan’s competition line-up.

Among the broad selection of Asian features at BiFan are Ham Tran’s Vietnamese thriller Bit Coin Heist and Oshima Arata’s doco The Sion Sono, which profiles one of the region’s most prolific genre filmmakers. Local favourite Yeon Sang-ho’s Seoul Station will close the festival.

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Heading to Bucheon this year for industry events will be Steven Baker’s Black Rock, one of 16 projects selected in the line-up for the festival’s accompanying project market, NAFF’s It Project. Black Rock is produced by Susan Parker, whose Loving in Limbo recently took awards for feature doco and director at this year’s Doc Edge Festival. Last year Baker’s short A Love Story took the Jury Choice Award at BiFan.

BiFan runs 21 -31 July. NAFF runs 25 – 28 July.

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