Edwards nabs director's award for 'Monsters'

PUCHON — South Korea’s Puchon Intl. Fantastic Film Festival wrapped its 14th edition Friday, giving out the Best of Puchon Award to Korean helmer Jang Cheol-su’s “Bedevilled.”

Already screened at Cannes Critics’ Week, “Bedevilled” is a thriller dealing with a serial murder case on an island. It also won the actress award for Seo Yeong-hee.

Japanese helmer Nakashima Tetsuya’s “Confessions” won Jury’s Choice, while U.K. and France co-production “Monsters” won the director award for Gareth Edwards.

Taiwanese singer Richie Jen won the actor award for action thriller “Fire of Conscience,” helmed by Hong Kong’s Dante Lam.

Korean helmer Lee Jeong-ho’s “Bestseller” got the EFFFF Award, which is dedicated to the best Asian genre film, and is judged by reps from the European Fantastic Film Festival Federation.

The fest screened 193 films from 42 countries.

The industry program, Network of Asian Fantastic Films, had invited 15 genre projects to its market, It Project. Singaporean helmer James Leong’s “Camera” took the top prize, the Puchon Award.

NAFF selected Taiwan for its Project Spotlight program, which included a special forum on the industry exchange between Taiwan and Korea as well as a pitching session for four Taiwanese film projects.

More than 30 industry insiders attended the event organized by the Motion Picture Foundation of Taiwan.

For its education program, Fantastic Film School, NAFF delivered an exhibition and workshops titled Swiss Design in Hollywood, dedicated to Swiss concept artists and illustrators who worked on Hollywood blockbusters.

PUCHON CHOICE FEATURE – OFFICIAL COMPETITION

Best of Puchon: “Bedevilled” (dir. Jang Cheol-su, Korea)

Jury’s Choice: “Confessions” (dir. Nakashima Tetsuya, Japan)

Director: Gareth Edwards (“Monsters,” U.K./France)

Actor: Richie Jen (“Fire of Conscience,” Hong Kong)

Actress: Seo Yeong-hee (“Bedevilled,” Korea)

Prugio Citizen’s Choice: “Gintama the Movie” (dir. Takamatsu Shinji, Japan)

European Fantastic Film Festival Asian Award: “Bestseller” (dir. Lee Jeong-ho, Korea)

Netpac Award: “Permanent Nobara” (dir. Yoshida Daihachi, Japan)

Fujifilm Eterna Award: “Bedevilled” (dir. Jang Cheol-su, Korea)

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