Udine’s Far East Film Festival has named the 13 genre film projects from 13 different countries (Spain, Indonesia, Japan, France, Taiwan, Italy, Brasil, Laos, Singapore, Finland, Serbia, United Kingdom, Lithuania) to be presented at the second edition of FOCUS ASIA, the festival’s co-production film market.
Last year Focus Asia presented completed genre films. This year it becomes a fully fledged project market. The 13 titles, chosen from 72 applications, were selected by a committee including representatives from established genre film events Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Black Nights Film Festival, Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival plus the Nordisk Film & Fond’s Nordic Genre Boost. Among the decision makers, financiers and sales agents confirmed are XYZ (The Dead Lands, 6 Days) and several genre-focused distributors recently exhibiting at Hong Kong’s Filmart, including France’s Reel Suspects and Wild Bunch, Germany’s M-Appeal, Hong Kong’s Media Asia, and Korea’s M-Line and Showbox.
Among the filmmakers selected is Laotian director Mattie Do (pictured, top), whose Dearest Sister premiered at Fantastic Fest last year before a strong run on the genre festival circuit. Arguably Asia’s premier female horror filmmaker, Do takes project The Long Walk to Udine.
The Far East Film Festival runs 26 – 18 April.
Focus Asia 2017 Projects
30 Thousand Kicks by Santiago Alvarado, produced by Joaquim Vivas, MAGNO ENTERTAINMENT (Spain)
Abracadabra by Faozan Rizal, produced by Ifa Isfansyah, FOURCOLOURS FILMS (Indonesia) and Isabelle Glachant, YISHA PRODUCTION (France)
Alone Like A Fool by Yutaka Tsuchiya, produced by Kazuhisa Matsumoto, D-ATELIER INC. (Japan)
Femme Fatale by Kyoko Miyake, produced by Guillaume de Seille, ARIZONA PRODUCTIONS (France), and Freddy Olsson, BOKOMOTIVE (Sweden)
Last Memory by Wei-Hao Cheng, produced by Cody Huang, TAPE WRITERS (Taiwan)
Mr. Zhang by Patrizio Gioffredi, produced by Antonio Tozzi, YANEZ FILM, and Laura Catalano, 8 PRODUCTION (Italy)
The Inheritance by João Cândido Zacharias, produced by Tatiana Leite, BUBBLES PROJECT (Brasil)
The Long Walk by Mattie Do, produced by Douangmany Soliphanh, LAO ART MEDIA (Laos), and Annick Mahnert, SCREEN DIVISION (France)
The Watchers produced by Giulia Achilli, DUGONG SRL (Italy)
Tiong Bahru Social Club by Bee Thiam Tan, produced by Bee Thiam Tan and Wan Ping Looi, 13 LITTLE PICTURES (Singapore), Glenn Goei, TIGER TIGER PICTURES (Singapore) and Antti Toivonen (Finland)
Trials Of Chul by Danilo Bećković, produced by Marko Paljić and Danilo Bećković, GARGANTUA FILMS (Serbia)
Vektor by Dain Iskandar Said, produced by Nandita Solomon, APPARAT SDN BHD (Malaysia)
Vesper Seeds by Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper, produced by Kristina Buozyte, NATRIX NATRIX (Lithuania)