×

BiFan: ‘Worm’ and ‘Soul Searching’ Claim Bucheon’s NAFF Awards

The NAFF genre film project market closed its latest edition on Tuesday with a top prize, worth $13,300 (KRW 15 million) for Abdul Zainidi’s “Worm and the Widow” from Brunei, and Sokyou Chea’s “Soul Searching” from Cambodia.

The three-day NAFF market is part of the B.I.G. industry sidebar to the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan), held in Bucheon, on the outskirts of Seoul. Organizers brokered 495 one-to-one meetings between the 26 projects and some 67 distribution, finance and production companies.
Visahl Furia’s “Bogie No. S4,” a ghostly story set on a train, took the B.I.G NAFF Award with a cash prize of $8,900, as well as the new Blood Window Award. The B.I.G NAFF Korean Award was presented to “Remember, Spring” by Jeon In-hwan with a cash prize of $5,300 (KRW 6 million).

Prizewinners were selected by a jury of veteran producers including Lee Dong-ha, producer of 2016 hit “Train to Busan,” and Tim Kwok of Convergence Entertainment and Hong Kong-based Michael J. Werner. The jurors said that factors including gender, origin and production potential had been taken into consideration.

“Bogie” was part of NAFF’s rotating country focus section, which this year spotlighted projects from India. French project “Matilda Corkscrew,” which won the Mocha Chai post-production award, was sourced from another outreach program Sitges Pitchbox.

Earlier in the week, “11+1” a project about a space mission where the crew finds that they have an extra member, won the concept design award, presented in association with New Zealand’s Weta Workshop.

The 22nd edition of the BiFan festival opened last Thursday (July 12) with Koreananimation “Underdog.” It runs till July 22.

2018 NAFF Award Winners
•Bucheon Award (KRW 15 million cash): “Worm and the Widow”. Dir. Abdul Zainidi. Prod. Lee Jung-woo.
“Soul Searching”. Dir. Sokyou Chea. Prod. Rithea Phichith
•B.I.G NAFF Korean Award (KRW 6 million cash): “Remember, Spring”. Dir. Jeon In-hwan. Prod. An Young-jin.
•B.I.G NAFF Award (KRW 10 million cash): “Bogie No. S4”.
•The Color Award (Digital Intermediate): “Superpower Girl”. Dir. Kim Soo-young. Prod. Kim Dong-hwan.

•Mocha Chai Award (Post-production) “Matilda Corkscrew”. Dir. Victor Jaquier. Prod. Jean-François Bigot, Camille Raulo.
•Moneff Award (Editing): “The Saigon Visitor”. Dir. Dave Boyle. Prod. Anderson Le
•Sitges Pitchbox Award: “Siri”. Dir. Woo Mingjin. Prod. Lim Ying Xian.
•Blood Window Award: “Bogie No. S4”. Dir. Visahl Furia. Prod. Yogesh Karikurve, Saugat Bhattacharya.
•DHL Award (KRW 5 million cash): “Sound from the Deep”. Dir. Joonas Allonen, Antti Laakso. Prod. Jupe Louhelainen.

More Film

  • Elsie Fisher and Bo Burnham2019 Writers

    Writers Guild Announces 2020 Awards Show Date

    The 72nd Annual Writers Guild Awards will take place in coinciding ceremonies in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton and the Edison Ballroom in New York on Feb. 1, the Writers Guild of America announced. The WGA will begin voting in November and will reveal this year’s TV nominees Dec. 5 and film Jan. 6. [...]

  • Tarantino Movies Ranked Illustration

    All of Quentin Tarantino's Movies Ranked

    In the history of cinema, has any director done more to elevate the idea of movies as cool than Quentin Tarantino? Certainly, the idea that films could be made by fans dates back at least to the French New Wave, when a group of die-hard critics stepped behind the camera. A few years later, Spielberg, [...]

  • A Stranger on the Beach

    Anonymous Content Wins Film Rights to Michele Campbell's 'A Stranger on the Beach' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Anonymous Content has won the adaptive rights to the forthcoming Michele Campbell novel “A Stranger on the Beach.” In a competitive situation, Anonymous outbid multiple players for the thriller, which it will adapt for the big screen with in-house producers Alex Goldstone and Rosalie Swedlin. “Stranger” has been likened to sensual thrillers like “Fatal Attraction” [...]

  • Ridley Scott Matt Damon Ben Affleck

    Ridley Scott, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Nicole Holofcener Team on 'The Last Duel'

    Ridley Scott looks to have his next directing job, as he has signed on to direct “The Last Duel” with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck attached to star. Damon and Affleck co-wrote the script with Oscar-nominated Nicole Holofcener. Scott, Damon and Affleck all producing along with Scott’s producing partner Kevin Walsh. Drew Vinton is also [...]

  • Jonathan Taylor Thomas Ed Asner Elliott

    Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Ed Asner, Elliott Gould Seek SAG-AFTRA Board Seats

    Ed Asner, Elliott Gould and Jonathan Taylor Thomas are seeking SAG-AFTRA national board seats as members of presidential candidate Matthew Modine’s progressive Membership First slate. Asner is the former president of the Screen Actors Guild, serving two terms from 1981 to 1985, and winning five Emmys for his role as Lou Grant and two others [...]

  • Natalie Portman Thor Comic Con

    Comic-Con: Marvel 'Shock and Awe' Strategy Dominates Twitter Buzz

    Disney’s Marvel Studios handily won the hype trophy from this year’s Comic-Con International San Diego. Marvel Studios — which returned to the 2019 Comic-Con stage with a chock-full Phase 4 slate of announcements — dominated the discussion on Twitter out of the convention, capturing the biggest volume of buzz for nine of the top 10 [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content