Busan showcases comes to a close

Event included over 460 business meetings

PUSAN — A spirit of region-wide co-operation pervaded this week’s Busan International Film Commission and Industry Showcase. Event, which included some 460 official and unofficial business meetings and wrapped on Sunday afternoon.

The organizers announced that about 3,700 people attended at the annual showcase of 61 delegations from 14 countries, including new film commissions from Taipei, Jordan and Honolulu.

‘Booth-buster’ awards were presented to Japan’s Kita Kyushu Film Commission as the most visited film commission and to Magic Vision as the most frequented company.

Event, which also included showcase and seminar on digital film restoration was venue for a demo of the tech proficiency of New Zealand’s Park Road Post Production group, Korea’s AZ Works and Hong Kong’s Shaw Studios.

BIFCOM’s new sideline, the Asia- Pacific Film Policy Forum wrapped with a ‘Common Declaration’ by 37 film policy institutions or organizations from 14 countries.

They agreed to work together to promote and develop the entire film and visual industry in the Asia-Pacific area, develop current industry policy and share information – as well as promise to realize those visions.

They also agreed that the film policy institutions will work in step with the film commissions of Asia Film Commission Network(AFCNet,) to hold the Film Policy Forum in future years and to use the catch phrase “Sell Asia.”

Taipei Film Commission, which was launched in January this year, says it is now attracting international co-production projects to the city. “We have so many masters of cinema such as Hou Hsiao-shien, Ang Lee and Tsai Ming-liang. But we didn’t have any organization to support their filmmaking,” Jennifer Jao, the director of the commission told Variety.

The commission has already supported some shooting of international co-production feature films. In March, helmer Monika Treut’s mystery drama “In Between”, a Germany-Taiwan co-production developed by Chi & Company was shot in Taipei. This month, another Germany-Taiwan co-project “First Page in Taipei,” will be shot in Taipei by helmer Arvin Chen with Wim Wenders attached as an executive producer.