The Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) has announced its festival and project market line-ups for 2017.
The festival will open with the world premiere of LEE Yong-seung’s Room No 7 (pictured, top). Asia’s largest genre festival, BiFan will screen 180 features/ and 109 shorts from 58 countries. 63 of those films are having their world premiere at BiFan.
The only Kiwi title in this year’s line-up is Tearepa Kahi’s doco Poi E: the Story of Our Song, which makes its Korean debut at the festival.
Poi E screens in the World Fantastic selection. It might have better suited the Family Zone line-up, where it would have played alongside The Legend of Timm Tyler or The Boy Who Sold His Laughter, from 2009 SPADA guest Andreas Dresen.
Earlier this year the NZ Embassy in Korea hosted a reception for industry personnel, including Show Me Shorts festival director Gina Dellabarca, in Korea as a juror for the Busan International Short Film Festival, and lawyer Michael Stephens in his capacity of Chair of the Korean Cinerama Trust.
In recent years, several Ant Timpson-produced films have played BiFan, including Turbo Kid which picked up the Best Director gong in 2015 (for Francois Simard, Anouk and Yoann-Karl Whissell). Gerard Johnstone’s Housebound, Guy Pigden’s I Survived A Zombie Holocaust, James Cunningham’s short Accidents, Blunders & Calamities and Steven Baker’s short A Love Story are also among recent selections.
Last year, Baker’s feature project Black Rock, with Susan Parker producing, participated in the festival’s accompanying project market, NAFF’s It Project. The selections for this year’s It Project are here.
The Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival runs 13 – 23 July.