PUCHON — The first genre film project market at Korea’s Puchon Intl. Film Festival (PiFan), wrapped on Wednesday, earning praise for the quality of the projects on offer during its four-day run.
It Project presented 19 pics from around the world to the jury, comprised of Magnolia Pictures’ senior VP Tom Quinn, Japanese director Takashi Shimizu and American producer/festival advisor Roger Garcia.
Among two animations and 17 dramas, four will each receive $10,000 for production support.
They are: Frank Lin’s apocalyptic sci-fi drama “Ø DB,” which won the Puchon Award; Kim Jin-won’s occult horror movie “The Devils,” which won the PiFan award; Chang Hyung-yun’s comedy musical toon “My Girlfriend is a Brindled Cow,” which won the Network of Asian Fantastic Film award; and Chinese helmer Zhang Yong’s fantasy horror pic “Bomb Shelter,” which won the XTM Extreme Project award.
“It Project” also gave $5,000 to each of five films for post-production support.
They are: Chinese director Xie Dong’s “2006 Speed Delivery” and Nathan Adolfson’s Philippines/U.S. co-production “The Help,” which both won the Moneff Award for editing; Korean helmer Kim Hong-suk’s “Removal,” which nabbed the sound award; and Taiwanese helmer Kevin Ko’s “Starstruck” and Kim Jin-won’s “The Devils,” which won the Digital Cinemeka Award for CG production.
The Network of Asian Fantastic Film organizing committee also announced that 168 industry professionals from 13 countries took part in project meetings. More than 200 official meetings — excluding jury and sponsor meetings — were held.