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PiFan takes Kiwi trio

Two NZ longs and a short will make the trip to Korea next month for the country’s major genre festival, the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan).

This year marks PiFan’s 18th edition, making the festival old enough to see much of the fare it screens. Still recognised as Asia’s primary fantastic film festival, PiFan has expanded its catchment dramatically in the last five years to screen as many titles hailing from beyond Asia as within the region. The 2014 edition will present 210 films from 47 countries.

Among the expected fare that’s been doing the genre festival circuit for much of the last year are the three Kiwi titles, all of which screen out of competition.

The much-travelled pair of Gerard Johnstone’s NZIFF-selected Housebound and Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi’s on-release What We Do in the Shadows are selected in PiFan’s World Cinema programmes. Jack Woon’s Rising Dust plays in the shorts programmes. Dust was recently screened at Wairoa and forms part of that festival’s seven-title Ngā Whanaunga programme soon to be seen here in the NZIFF.

Rising Dust

Rising Dust cast and crew
Image: Unko Films

The 12-strong in-competition line-up features Australian Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook, Norwegian Nazi zombie title Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead, as well as solid Asian contributions Fruti Chan’s Hong Kong IFF opener The Midnight After, Thai director Kulp Kaljareuk’s Hong Hoon and Japan’s Time Trip App from LEE Toshio.

PiFan runs 17 – 27 July in Puchon, Korea.

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