“Gun Women: The Patriots,” a fantasy action project by Japan’s Mitsutake Kurando, took the $15,000 top prize at the end of the Network of Asian Fantastic Films project market in Korea.
The market, held in the Seoul suburb of Bucheon, is the industry-support arm of the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan). It played host to some 27 projects in search of finance, co-production partners and distributors.
Participant numbers at the eighth edition were reduced by the impact of the recent MERS outbreak, but organizers reported that they had set up over 450 individual meetings, as well as mass pitching sessions, industry seminars and a week-long film school.
Commercial and industry sponsors provided seven cash prizes and three in-kind awards.
2015 NAFF Award winners
Bucheon Award (KRW15 million): “Gun Women: The Patriots” dir. Mitsutake Kurando (Japan)
NAFF Award (KRW10 million): “The Hell Bank Heist” dir. Jimmy Wan Chi-man (HK)
Medialinks Capital Award ($10,000): “Dead Sign II: The Night of Ghost Return” dir. Yi Jun (China)
C2M Award ($10,000) “The Double Life of Myself” dir. Chan Nga Lei (China)
WTUF Award ($5,000): “Dead Sign II: The Night of Ghost Return” dir. Yi Jun (China)
Tokyopop Asian Film Award ($5,000): “Ricky Boy The Wonder Boy” dir. Victor Villanueva (Philippines)
DHL Award (KRW5 million): “Silk” dir. Isabel Peppard (Australia)
Moneff (editing support): “The Tag Along” dir. Cheng Wei-hao (Taiwan)
Wave Lab (post-production sound support): “Never Die Again” dir. Park Jung-bum (Korea)
The Color (digital intermediate support): “The Four” dir. Lee Seong-tae (Korea)