The $14,000 (KRW15 million) Bucheon Award to “The Twin” brought to a close on Tuesday the 10th edition of NAFF. The genre film project market has become an integral part of the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, better known as BiFan, in South Korea.
Other notable winners were “Man of Sin,” an ambitious thriller by first time Chinese writer-director Will Bu, which earned two prizes, and “Imaginable,” a Korea-U.S. animation by Chris Martin.
Bu said he had spent years preparing his thank you speech, which he peppered with expletives and a warning about too much fame. Taneli Mustoonen and Aleksi Hyvarinen, the Finnish director and producer of “The Twin,” in contrast, thanked the Seoul bus driver who had paid their fare after the pair had become lost in the mega city with no money, no language skills, and two smart phones exhausted from taking photos all evening.
The NAFF market has now reached a scale and level of operational efficiency that it is now comfortable with co-operation with other project markets and genre festivals. These include the Sitges festival form Spain, the Ventana Sur market in Argentina and the HAF project market in Hong Kong.
It also rotates its annual spotlight to encourage genre and independent cinema in neighboring countries less developed than South Korea. This year the country focus was Vietnam. “The Twin” was sourced from another outreach program, called Nordic Invasion.
The 21st edition of the BiFan festival opened last Thursday (July 13) with a noisy open air ceremony. It runs till July 23 and this year aims to show a total of 289 films from 58 countries.
2017 NAFF Awards
- The Color Award (Digital Intermediate): “Imaginable” Dir. / prod. Chris Martin.
- Wave Lab Award (Post Production Sound) “Imaginable” Dir. / prod. Chris Martin
- Moneff Award (Editing): “Man of Sin” Dir. Bu Wei.
- Sitges Pitchbox Award: “The Embalmer – Face of the Dead” Dir. Nishimura Yoshihiro. Prod. Inoue Midori.
- DHL Award (KRW5 million cash): “Femme Fatale” Dir: Miyake Kyoko.
- NAFF Korean Award (KRW6 million cash): “A Teacher” Dir. Kim Jaeyeon. Prod.
- Aurora Producing Award ($10,000): “The Legend” Dir. Lee Seungwon. Prod. Lee Hyunmyoung.
- Signal Pictures Award ($10,000) “Man of Sin” Dir. Bu Wei.
- NAFF Award (KRW10 million) “Eerie” Dir: Mikhail Red.
- Bucheon Award (KRW15 million): “The Twin” Dir. Taneli Mustoonen. Prod. Aleksi Hyvarinen