Euro biz big in Busan

EFP backs filmmakers at Asian fest


European filmmakers have a strong presence at South Korea’s Busan Film Festival this year.

Of 304 films in the fest, 87 are European, and the European Film Promotion group has brought 19 filmmakers to the event.

It’s the EFP’s 15th year at Busan. This year its giving sales support to 26 films at the fest’s Asian Film Market, which starts today.

Among films are “Imagine” by Polish helmer Andrzej Jakimowski, a Spanish-Mexican-U.S. co-production; Antonio Mendez Esparza’s “Here and There” (sold by Alpha Violet); Marco Bellocchio’s “Dormant Beauty” (sold by Celluloid Films) and Finland’s candidate for the 2013 foreign language category at the Oscars; and “Purge” by Antti Jokinen (sold by TrustNordisk).

Five European films are competing for the Flash Forward Award for first and second time non-Asian filmmakers, including “Für Elise” (Germany) by Wolfgang Dinslage, “Annelie” by Antej Farac, “Flower Buds” by Zdenek Jirasky, “Steel” (Italy) by Stefano Mordini and “All Musicians Are Bastards” (Estonia) by Heleri Saarik.

The EFP will also have an umbrella booth at Busan’s Exhibition Convention Center, repping orgs including the Austrian Film Commission, the Danish Film Institute, Film Center Serbia, Istituto Luce Cinecitta`, the Polish Film Institute, Swiss Films and Unifrance Films.

Fest runs until Oct. 13.

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