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Asian Cinema Fund Selects 23 Projects For 2017 Edition

16 Asian, 7 Korean projects to be presented at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival.


Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) unveiled today the 23 projects from all over the region that will be represented by their respective filmmakers in the 3 ACF categories: Script Development Fund, Post-Production Fund, and Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund. All 23 projects will be participating during the 22nd Busan International Film Festival happening this 12 – 21 October, 2017 at Haeundae-gu, Busan in South Korea.

ACF, which was launched exactly 10 years ago during the 12th Busan International Film Festival, is the initiative that supports talented and emerging Asian filmmakers by linking them with potential financiers, investors, distributors, and all other stakeholders and collaborators needed to help them complete their film projects.

Five Asian projects were selected for the ACF 2017 Script Development Fund from a pool of 195 submissions. Socio-political stories involving social contradictions, class struggles, and ethnic conflicts stood out the most from all the entries, according to ACF. Each selected project will receive KRW 10,000,000 for script development purposes.

For the ACF 2017 Post-Production Fund, a total of 3 Asian projects and 3 Korean projects were chosen. Eligible projects were those films that have already completed the production phase and can complete editing and pre-mixing before July 2017.

All 6 projects will receive an in-kind post-production grant in Korea, comprising of Digital Intermediate (DI), sound mixing, and Digital Cinema Package (DCP) processes. Partner companies are Korean Film Council (KOFIC), CJ Powercast, Wavelab STD, Studio SH, Plus Gain, Pluto Sound Group, KUMTLE, and Dexter Studios.

For this year’s ACF Asian Network of Documentary Fund, 12 documentary projects (8 Asian, 4 Korean projects) will be receiving various sums of cash grants. This year marks AND Fund’s 12th edition and as of February 2017, AND Fund has already assisted in the completion of 163 Asian documentaries showcasing the diverse culture and history of its Asian participants.

The 8 documentary projects selected from Asia this year tackle on a wide-ranging set of topics, while the 4 Korean projects deal mostly with current issues hounding Korea lately. The AND Fund cash grant has been provided by BIFF Mecenat, Youngsan University, and BNK Busan Bank.


The 23 Asian and Korean projects selected for ACF 2017 are:

ACF 2017 Script Development Fund

The Fog Catchers, directed by Balaka Ghosh (India)
I See Waves, directed by Abdullah Saad (Thailand)
Magadir, directed by Sidi Saleh (Indonesia)
The Postman, directed by Siddiq Barmak (Afghanistan)
A Year Of Cold*, directed by Min Bahadur Bham (Nepal)
*Asian Film Academy Project


ACF 2017 Post-Production Fund

Asian Projects

The Horse Voiced, directed by Pushpendra Singh (India)
Sea Serpent, directed by Joseph Israel Laban (Philippines)
Silent Mist, directed by Zhang Miaoyan (China, France)

Korean Projects

February, directed by Kim Joonghyun (South Korea)
A Haunting Hitchhike, directed by Jeong Heejae (South Korea)
Last Child, directed by Shin Dongseok (South Korea)


 ACF 2017 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund

Asian Projects

About Love, directed by Archana Phadke (India) – KRW 5,000,000 cash grant
Comrade On The Road, directed by Wan Fai (Hong Kong) – KRW 5,000,000 cash grant
It Wasn’t An Accident, directed by Soe Moe Aung (Myanmar) – KRW 5,000,000 cash grant
I’ve Got The Blues, directed by Angie Chen (Hong Kong) – KRW 10,000,000 cash grant
Lady Of The Harbour, directed by Wang Shen (Netherlands, China) – KRW 5,000,000 cash grant
A Rifle And A Bag, directed by Arya Rothe (India) – KRW 5,000,000 cash grant
Sons Of The Judge, directed by Reza Haeri (Iran) – KRW 5,000,000 cash grant
The Tree House, directed by Truong Minh Quy (China, Singapore, Vietnam) – KRW 10,000,000 cash grant 

Korean Projects

Eyebrows, directed by Jung Yoonsuk (South Korea) – KRW 20,000,000 cash grant
Grey Tomb, directed by Jang Jinam (South Korea) – KRW 10,000,000 cash grant
Dear My Genius, directed by Koo Yunjoo (South Korea) – KRW 10,000,000 cash grant
Re-sound, directed by Jeong Il-geon (South Korea) – KRW 10,000,000 cash grant


For more information about this initiative, click here: ACF at BIFF

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Janice freelances as a Screenwriter and Director in the Philippines and the U.S., but her first, great love will always be Creative Writing. She's contributed for dailies and magazines in her island hometown of Cebu from the age of 14. One of her most exciting writing gigs was in the Film section of the now-defunct lifestyle webzine, Limité, in which she got to interview one of her filmmaker heroes, Richard Linklater in New York City in 2012. When she's not writing or daydreaming up stories, Janice loves to go backpacking around small islands, making driftwood art, and playing with her Shih-Poo dog, Brandy.

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