The Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) handed out its festival gongs on Friday night, its NAFF project market awards having been handed out earlier in the week.
Turbo Kid won the Best Director gong for Francois SIMARD, Anouk WHISSELL, Yoann-Karl WHISSELL, who’d spoken via phone from Korea to the NZ premiere audience last weekend. The film gets an extra screening as BiFan’s final weekend is largely given over to screenings of the major award winners.
The festival’s headline Bucheon Choice: Feature Award went to Philip Yung’s Hong Kong crime-thriller Port Of Call, which also took the Best Actress award and a Special Mention for Best Actor.
Among the festival’s feature jury was Doc Edger Alexandre O. Philippe (The People vs George Lucas, Doc of the Dead).
Cannes-premiered local favourite Coin Locker Girl took the Jury Choice Award, with lead Kim Go-eun awarded a Special Mention in the Best Actress category.
From the short film programme Steven Baker’s A Love Story took the Jury Choice Award, with Iddo SOSKOLNE & Janne REINIKAINEN’s Reunion awarded the Best Short Film gong.
BiFan is Asia’s largest genre festival and screened a record 235 films this year. The festival opened with Moonwalkers. The film sold out its 3000+ tickets in eight seconds – which says quite a lot about Korean internet capacity.
Earlier in the week, the NAFF project market awards were handed out, with Australian Isabel Peppard’s Silk (“a lush, cross-cultural fairytale that combines metaphorical body-horror with animated worlds”) among the winners.
Isabel Peppard’s Butterflies
Bucheon Choice: Feature
Best of Bucheon
Port of Call, Philip YUNG
Turbo Kid (Directed by Francois SIMARD, Anouk WHISSELL, Yoann-Karl WHISSELL
Chino Darin, Death in Buenos Aires, Natalia META
Special Mention : Michael Ning, Port of Call, Philip YUNG
Jessie Li, Port of Call, Philip YUNG
Special Mention: Kim Go-eun, Coin Locker Girl , HAN Jun Hee
Coin Locker Girl , HAN Jun Hee
NH Nonghyun Citizen’s Choice
The Master Plan, Alain DARBORG
Bucheon Choice: Short
Best Short Film
Reunion, Iddo SOSKOLNE, Janne REINIKAINEN
Jury’s Choice for Short Film
A Love Story, Steven BAKER
Special Mention: The Fisherman, Alejandro SUAREZ LOZANO
Best Korean Short Film
The Scoundrels, AHN Seung hyuk
Citizen’s Choice for Short Film
Sweet Family, PARK Joong Ha
European Fantastic Film Festival Federation (EFFFF) Asian Award
Assassination Classroom, HASUMI Eiichiro
Special Mention: Bombay Velvet, Anurag KASHYAP
100 Yen Love, TAKE Masaharu
LG HiEntech Award
Boy from Wonderland, HUH Eun Hee
Gun Women: The Patriots, Mitsutake Kurando (Japan-US)
The Hell Bank Heist, Wan Chi Man (Hong Kong)
Silk, Isabel Peppard (Australia)
Medialink Capital Award and WTUF Award
Dead Sign II: The Night of Ghost Return, Yi Jun (China)
TOKYOPOP Asian Film Award
Ricky Boy The Wonder Boy, Victor Louie A. Villanueva (Philippines)
The Double Life of Myself, Chan Nga Lei (China)
The Tag-Along, Wei-Hao Cheng (Taiwan)
The Color Award
The Four, Lee Seong Tae (Korea)
Never Die Again, Park Jung Bum (Korea)