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Asian Contents & Film Market 2021 Nominees for the 3rd Asia Contents Awards Unveiled
Directors BONG Joon Ho X HAMAGUCHI Ryusuke’s Special Talk & Director Leos CARAX’s Master Class
BFA (BIFF Film Academy) Application Guideline and Promotional Video
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Presenting the Official Poster for the 26th Busan International Film Festival
The 26th Busan International Film Festival Announces 7 Nominees for the Kim Jiseok Award
Introducing BFA (BIFF Film Academy) Film Studies Degree Program
The 26th Busan International Film Festival Opening Film Heaven: To the Land of Happiness Selected
Announcing the Selections for New Currents
The 26th Busan International Film Festival, which will be held from October 6 (Wed) to 15 (Fri), announced 11 selections for New Currents, the section where the future of Asian cinema can be viewed. New Currents, which is a main competition section at BIFF, has become an entry point for capable directors over the past 25 years in the discovery of new Asian films. Many directors, who were introduced in the section, not only left their marks on the global stage beyond Asia, but also paved the way for new Asian cinema. The 26th Busan International Film Festival showcases 11 New Currents selections, where new and talented directors are discovered. This year, the works of outstanding directors that will brighten the future of Asian cinema are awaiting the audience. The 11 selected films will become the nominees for the New Currents Award, the New Currents Audience Award, the NETPAC Award, and the FIPRESCI Award. - A Japanese director, who worked as an assistant director to Bong Joon Ho, selected for New Currents Among the New Currents selections, director Katayama Shinzo and his film Missing is drawing attention due to his career as an assistant director to Bong Joon Ho. After working as an assistant director for the episode Shaking Tokyo in TOKYO! (2008), an omnibus film by Leos Carax, Michel Gondry, and Bong Joon Ho, Katayama was the assistant director for the film Mother (2009). He debuted with the film Siblings of the Cave (2018). Missing is his second feature, a thriller that is expected to go above and beyond the audience's imagination, which is fitting for a former assistant director to Bong Joon Ho. - Two films each from India and Iran selected This year, two films from India were nominated for the New Currents Award. Pedro depicts the difficult situation that the eponymous protagonist, an electrician who had been living an invisible life in a forest village in the western region of India, coincidentally finds himself in. ln addition to the vivid acting by non-professional actors, the film captures a moment in which every part of the forest transforms cinematically inside the frame. House of Time was co-directed by Rajdeep Paul and Sarmistha Maiti. The suspense builds as a doctor is locked in a house that is occupied by three women, while they sink into the quagmire of time and space. This film was produced by Aurora Film Corporation, which has a long history of being in charge of the production and distribution of Indian films since its establishment in 1906. Two films were selected from Iran as well. The Absent Director depicts a director conducting a rehearsal for a play through video calls and the resulting fracas created by the director and the crew. Like director Sam Mendes's 1917 (2019), the film is a unique piece of work that is shot in single-take style without cuts. Asteroid is a heartwarming film that portrays a boy who makes an earnest living for his mother and siblings despite his poverty. This film also won an award at the Fajr International Film Festival 2021. - New directors of Kazakhstan, China, and Southeast Asia From Central Asia, Red Pomegranate, the second feature of director Sharipa Urazbayeva, who won the Golden Wheel Award from the Vesoul Film Festival of Asian Cinemas 2020 with her debut feature Mariam (2019), was selected as a nominee for the New Currents Award. Following her debut, Urazbayeva demonstrates the force of Kazakhstani women directors through telling the story of women who actively make their own choices. A film selected from Chinese-speaking area, a region from where many films of great quality were submitted this year, is Farewell, My Hometown by director Wang Er Zhou. Farewell, My Hometown overlays the life of three generations of women within pastoral and poetic images and voiceovers. From Southeast Asia, two films that are set in an environment of sexist social contradictions, such as oppressive patriarchy, are introduced. Director Kim Quy Bui of Vietnam revisits Busan with Memoryland, which she directed with much more maturity stemming from a long period of preparation that came after her debut with The Inseminator (2014), which was a film supported by the Asian Cinema Fund. Indonesian director Wregas Bhanuteja completed his feature debut with the mystery crime film Photocopier after receiving an invitation to the Asian Shorts competition section at BIFF with his short film No One is Crazy in This Town (2019). - Korean films: The Apartment with Two Women and Seire For Korean films, director Kim Se-in's first feature film, The Apartment with Two Women, and director Park Kang's Seire were selected. The Apartment with Two Women is a realist family drama that acutely questions the relationship and meaning of family, and tenaciously depicts the emotional battle between mother and daughter that lasts for 2 hours and 24 minutes. Seire is an ominous and fantastic mystery horror film that deals with the Korean folk tradition Samchilil (also called Seire; postpartum confinement), a period during which outsiders are not allowed to enter the house for 21 days after the birth of a baby in order to prevent bad luck. Likewise, the 11 New Currents selections, which are raising expectations for the sensuous works by emerging directors who will lead the future of Asian cinema, will be screened at the 26th Busan International Film Festival, from October 6 (Wed) to 15 (Fri).
Announcing Selections for the Korean Cinema Today-Vision Section
The 26th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), which will be held from October 6 (Wed) to October 15 (Fri), has announced 12 selections for the Korean Cinema Today-Vision section. The Korean Cinema Today-Vision section of BIFF is the venue that introduces the latest Korean independent films with outstanding cinematic quality, and discovers emerging competent Korean directors. Based on the results in recent years, such as Short Vacation (2020) directed by Kwon Min-pyo and Seo Hansol, Behind You (2020) directed by Park Hong-min, Good Person (2020) directed by Jung Wook, Lucky Chan-sil (2019) directed by Kim Cho-hee, Moving On (2019) directed by Yoon Danbi, Maggie (2018) directed by Yi Okseop, Our Body (2018) directed by Han Ka-ram, Sub-zero Wind (2018) directed by Kim Yuri, Microhabitat (2017) directed by Jeon Gowoon, February (2017) directed by Kim Joonghyun, Park Hwa-young (2017) directed by Lee Hwan, Possible Faces (2017) directed by Lee Kanghyun, Autumn, Autumn (2016) directed by Jang Woojin, and Jane (2016) directed by Cho Hyunhoon were first unveiled worldwide through the Korean Cinema Today-Vision section. After their releases at BIFF, these films received favorable reviews from both domestic and international critics and audiences. This year, all the selections of the Korean Cinema Today-Vision section have a high quality of production and outstanding craftsmanship. From solid storytelling to the planning and implementation of daring and original imageries, the cinematic qualities have been evenly elevated through their fascinating and challenging approach to filmmaking. Therefore, the Korean Cinema Today-Vision section, which has selected 10 films in the past, has now expanded its selection to 12 titles. Nobody's Lover, directed by Han In-mi, captures a period of mysterious yet brutal growth that a high school girl passes through with delicate and sophisticated emotional direction. Through My Midwinter, directed by Oh Seongho, is a desperate youth melodrama based on the realistic plight of contemporary youth. A Lonely Island in the Distant Sea, directed by Kim Miyoung, reflects the mature and determined attitude of a father and a daughter as they face a significant change in life. Doom Doom, directed by Jung Wonhee, is a positive female narrative about a single mother who is also a talented DJ. A Bit Different, directed by Lee Woodong, is a genre film set in a limited place where two detectives are entangled in complicated incidents. Sophie's world, directed by Lee Jeahan, depicts various times of four days and the emotional panorama of a foreign traveler, Sophie, and her Korean friends. No Surprise, directed by Shin Sun, narrates an undeniably intriguing story about time and emotion by portraying three friends who happen to reunite in one place. Hot in Day, Cold at Night, directed by Park Songyeol, is a moral drama that uses a strange touch of laughter to portray the daily life of a poor but honest couple. Film for the Coming Winter, directed by Kim Kyungrae, raises questions about love and philosophy in a conversation between a man and a woman about a film within the film on a familiar yet strange day. Chorokbam, directed by Yoon Seo-jin, depicts the secular days of a family with an elegant mise-en-scéne of green palette and a drastic production design throughout the film. Not One and Not Two, directed by Seo Bohyung, captures a man's meditative life in his search for enlightenment, which is portrayed in a challenging genre with various images and avant-garde compositions. The Conversation, directed by Kim Dukjoong, is focused on small yet lively daily conversations, while featuring delicate cinematography with experimental composition and rhythm. The selected titles of Korean Cinema Today-Vision section will be reviewed and granted various awards such as the DGK MEGABOX Award, the CGV Arthouse Award, the KBS Independent Film Award, the CGK&SamyangXEEN Award, the Critic b Award, the Watcha Award, the Citizen Critics' Award, and the Actor & Actress of the Year award. The 12 titles of the Korean Cinema Today-Vision section will present the vision of contemporary Korean cinema and can be viewed at the 26th Busan International Film Festival, which will be held for 10 days from October 6 (Wed) to October 15 (Fri).
Jury Members for the New Currents Competition Section
The 26th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has confirmed four jury members for New Currents, which is a competition section for new Asian films. New Currents is a main BIFF section that introduces the first or second feature films of emerging directors, who will lead the future of Asian cinema. Beginning with the first edition in 1996, New Currents, which has showcased new Asian directors’ works including those from Korea, has drawn the attention of the global film industry by introducing cinematic works of ambitious spirit. New Currents is a competition section in which four members of the jury select two of the best feature films and award each film a prize of USD 30,000. Deepa Mehta, an international master director born in India, was appointed as head of the jury for the BIFF New Currents Award. Mehta, who appeared on the global cinema scene when she received the Caméra d'Or Special Distinction at the Cannes Film Festival in 1991 with her first feature film Sam & Me, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (currently Best International Feature Film) in 2007 with her film Water (2005). She is active in various fields, such as participating in the production of Leila (2019), a Netflix Original Series. Other members of the jury include Cristina Nord, the head of the Berlinale Forum; Jang Joonhwan, who took domestic and international film festivals by storm with the film, Save the Green Planet! (2003), and received the Daejong Film Awards (the Grand Bell Awards) for Best Director, and the Blue Dragon Awards for Best Feature in 2018 with the film 1987: When the Day Comes (2017); and director Jeong Jae-eun, who made an impressive first appearance in the Korean film society with her first feature debut, Take Care of My Cat (2001), and is currently expanding her horizons to include documentaries and exhibitions. Take Care of My Cat was also selected as one of the 10 Best Asian Films by Female Directors, ‘Wonder Women Movie.’ The 26th BIFF will be held for ten days from October 6th (Wed) to October 15th (Fri). The two recipients of the New Currents Awards will be announced at the closing ceremony.
The 26th Busan International Film Festival Presents On Screen Section
The 26th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), which will be held from October 6th (Wed) to October 15th (Fri), is launching the new program, On Screen section. The section screens highly anticipated drama series that will be streamed over online video streaming platforms (Over-the-Top, hereinafter OTT). The On Screen section plans to showcase highly anticipated drama series on OTT platforms as either world premieres or Asia premieres. The section aims to precisely reflect the current state of the market, which is expanding multi-directionally, while embracing the extended flow and value of cinema. As BIFF accommodates not only traditional theatrical releases, but also OTT drama series with the new addition of the On Screen section, it is able to present more diverse and higher-quality works to the audience, whose range of fandom is expanding. On Screen section will be a swift and preeminent entrance into a new area of cinema. The three drama series invited to the On Screen section, which have been confirmed through a careful and rigorous selection for the section’s first launch, are director Yeon Sang-ho's Hellbound, director Kim Jin-min’s My Name, and Forbidden, which was co-directed by directors Anucha Boonyawatana (Thailand) & Josh Kim (US). Hellbound and My Name are Korean dramas on Netflix, while Forbidden is HBO ASIA's original series. Hellbound, which is based on the eponymous popular webtoon, tells the story of supernatural events in which people suddenly receive a hell-bound condemnation. The events lead to the establishment of a religious organization called the New Truth Church, which gains a following in the midst of the chaos, and those who try to reveal the truth of the situation become involved with each other. Director Yeon Sang-ho, who has provided the audience with a generic catharsis through a tight narrative and novel subjects in each of his works, is in charge of directing the series, which raises expectations for the opening of a new genre in Korean film. Veteran actors Yoo Ah-in, Park Jeong-min, Kim Hyun-joo, Won Jin-a, Yang Ik-june, Kim Do-yoon, Kim Sin-rock, Ryu Kyung-soo, and Lee Re add their own unique refinements to the show. The screening of this series is an Asia premiere, which is its second worldwide screening, following its first screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. Director Kim Jin-min, whose Netflix series Extracurricular has surprised and shocked not only movie fans but also people in the film industry, has finally come out with his next work: My Name. The work is a powerful and captivating action noir with a female-led narrative that depicts the harsh truth of the protagonist (Han So-hee), who infiltrates the police using another name to reveal the secret of her father's death and to seek his revenge. Some of the trendiest acting talents in Korean cinema and stand-out performers, Han So-hee, Park Hee-soon, Ahn Bo-hyun, Kim Sang-ho, Lee Hak-ju, and Jang Yull make appearances. It is a world premiere. Lastly, the series Forbidden was co-directed by Thai director Anucha Boonyawatana and Korean-American director Josh Kim. The two episodes premiering at BIFF 2021 were directed by Anucha Boonyawatana, who won the Kim Jiseok Award at BIFF 2017. Forbidden, the story of four friends who travel from Bangkok to a remote mountain village for one of their father's funeral, stars one of Thailand's rising stars, actor-singer Kritssanapoom Pibulsonggram. The still unreleased work is expected to present an extreme horror that incorporates many various plot twists. It is a world premiere.
Jury Members for the Kim Jiseok, BIFF Mecenat, and Sonje Awards
The 26th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has confirmed the juries for the Kim Jiseok, BIFF Mecenat, and Sonje Awards. - The Kim Jiseok Award jury is looking for up-and-coming directors to lead the future of Asian cinema! - Reza MIRKARIMI, Gulnara ABIKEYEVA, and KIM Haery have been appointed as the members of the Kim Jiseok Award jury. The Kim Jiseok Award was established in 2017 to commemorate the spirit of the late BIFF program director, Kim Jiseok, who was dedicated to the discovery of and support for new directors as well as to the growth of Asian cinema. Among the world premieres directed by renowned Asian directors, two films are selected and each director is awarded USD 10,000. This year, Iranian director Reza Mirkarimi has been appointed as the jury president. Gulnara Abikeyeva, professor and film critic from Kazakhstan, and Kim Haery, a film critic and the current editor-in-chief of the film magazine CINE21, will form the Kim Jiseok Award jury. - The six jury members for the BIFF Mecenat and Sonje Awards have been announced, and they are setting out to discover the best documentary and short film in Asia! These jurors for the BIFF Mecenat and Sonje Awards are also drawing a lot of attention, as they are film industry participants whose capacities are widely acknowledged and respected both domestically and internationally. The BIFF Mecenat Award selects a Korean and an Asian documentary, and the Sonje Award selects a Korean and an Asian short film among the films invited to the Wide Angle competition section. The winners are awarded KRW 10,000,000 each. The BIFF Mecenat Award jury consists of director Wang Nanfu, who gained worldwide recognition for her film, Hooligan Sparrow (2016), which was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature in 2017, director Kelvin Kyung Kun Park, who is a visual artist and was a recipient of the BIFF Mecenat Award in 2018 with his film ARMY, and Mandy Marahimin, who endeavors to commercialize Indonesian and Southeast Asian documentaries. Bastian Meiresonne, who is actively participating in various international film festivals as an Asian cinema consultant and organizer; Royston Tan, a Singaporean director whose name was on Time Magazine's "Top 20 Asian Heroes" list in 2004; and Yoon Danbi, who won four awards at BIFF 2019 with her feature debut, Moving On (2019), join the Sonje Award jury. BIFF 2021, which is now publicizing the announcements of the Kim Jiseok, BIFF Mecenat, and Sonje Awards jury members, who will be responsible for selecting emerging directors to lead the future of Asian cinema and the best cinematic works throughout Asia, will be held for ten days from October 6th to October 15th.
2021 Portland Film Festival, Presented by COMCAST
Named “one of the coolest film festivals in the world,” by MovieMaker Magazine, the 2021 Portland Film Festival presented by Comcast for the fifth year, is going virtual again this year and packing its program with hundreds of independent film screenings, director’s chats, networking events as well as educational workshops and panels. As one of Oregon’slargest film festivals, The Portland Film Festival will be available around the world online this fall from Wed., Oct. 6 through Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. Comcast’s Xfinity customers with Xfinity X1 or Xfinity Flex will have easy and free access to a collection of films and livestream events. “Independent voices are vital to our culture and in more need of support than ever. It’s our festival’s mission to bring a broad diversity of independent voices together in one place and we’re proud to be able to do that again this year,” said Josh Leake, Portland Film Festival’s Founder and Executive Director. “It was a tough decision to go solely virtual, but we feel that it’s the best decision for everyone’s health and well-being. And, thanks to our partnership with Comcast, we are able to present more independent voices to a larger audience through Xfinity X1 and Flex than we’ve ever reached before.” The 2021 Portland Film Festival will feature stories by and about women, the Asian community, the Black community, the Indigenous community, the Latinx community, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, veterans, among many other important and compelling stories. Programming will be announced in the coming weeks. “It’s important that we represent diversity and independent voices on screen and behind the camera at our festival,” said Joe Stevens, Portland Film Festival’s Director of Programming. “As an Afro-Indigenous programmer, my goal is to share a collection of diverse voices through our festival and bring more awareness to the importance of diversity in the film industry. The people who tell and shape the story behind the camera are just as important as those who portray the characters on screen.” Tickets and passes for the 2021 Portland Film Festival go on sale today here. Currently, all films and events will be accessible virtually and prices range from $10 for one film to $100 for an all-access pass. Xfinity X1 and Flex customers across the nation will have free access to a collection of films and livestream events by simply saying “Portland Film Festival” into the Xfinity Voice Remote for the duration of the festival. “This year, Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Flex customers will be able to access free, curated films created by a diverse array of talented, independent filmmakers from home via our award-winning Xfinity Voice Remote,” said David Tashjian, Regional Senior Vice President of Comcast Oregon/SW Washington. “We support and applaud the Portland Film Festival for their commitment to amplifying independent voices.” ABOUT COMCAST CORPORATION: Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on broadband, aggregation, and streaming with over 56 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information. AVOUT THE PORTLAND FILM FESTIVAL: The Portland Film Festival is one of Oregon’s largest film festivals, and was named “one of the coolest film festivals in the world,” by MovieMaker Magazine. It is a non-profit, year round organization dedicated to nurturing filmmakers and audiences, and to celebrating the power of a good story. The Festival focuses on the people, ideas, technology, skills and artistry behind filmmaking, and provides both entertaining and educational opportunities for the public. Supporting sponsors in addition to the Festival’s presenting sponsor, Comcast, include Koerner Camera Systems, Gearhead Production Rentals, Oregon Governor’s Office of Film & Television, City of Portland Film Office, Boys & Girls Club of Portland, Ryan Artists, SAG- AFTRA, Portland Mortgage and Pepsi, among many others.
The 26th Busan International Film Festival ‘Actor & Actress of the Year' Jurors
Uhm Junghwa and Cho Jinwoong are commissioned to be jurors for the ‘Actor & Actress of the Year’ award at the 26th Busan International Film Festival, which will be held from the October 6th to October 15th. The ‘Actor & Actress of the Year’ award is dedicated to discovering new actors that have the potential and capacity to lead the future of the Korean movie industry. The ‘Actor & Actress of the Year’ award is presented to one actor and one actress for outstanding performance. The nominees include all actors and actresses from Korean independent feature films that were submitted to New Currents and the Korean Cinema Today_Vision section. Since its establishment in 2014, it has honored the following actors and actresses with the award: Choi Woo-shik of Set Me Free and Cho Soohyang of Wild Flowers in 2014, Lee Ju-Won of Alone and Jang Sun of Communication & Lies in 2015, Lee Minji and Gu Gyohwan of Jane in 2016, Jeon Yeobeen of After My Death and Park Jonghwan of Hit the Night in 2017, Lee Juyeong of Maggie and Moon Choi of Our Body in 2018, Kim Junhyung and Mun Hye-in of The Education in 2019, and Lim Seong-mi of Fighter in 2020. As a juror for the 26th BIFF 'Actor & Actress of the Year' award, Uhm Junghwa debuted in the 1993 film, On a Windy Day We Must Go to Apgujeong, and went on to star in Marriage Is a Crazy Thing (2002), Singles (2003), All for Love (2005), Princess Aurora (2005), Haeundae (2009), Dancing Queen (2012), Montage (2013), Miss Wife (2015), and Okay! Madam (2020), from which she built a strong filmography by taking on challenging roles in various genres. Furthermore, she is active in many fields, from variety shows to popular music, and is considered to be a multi-dimensional entertainer. The other juror for the 26th BIFF 'Actor & Actress of the Year' award, actor Cho Jinwoong, left a strong impression in his debut film, Once Upon a Time in High School (2004), and has been receiving endless accolades from audiences due to his eclectic acting ability, as seen in The Admiral: Roaring Currents (2014) and Assassination (2015), both of which garnered over 10,000,000 audience counts, A Hard Day (2014), The Handmaiden (2016), Believer (2018), Intimate Strangers (2018), Black Money (2019), Me and Me (2020) to list a few. The winner of the ‘Actor & Actress of the Year’ award will receive 5,000,000 KRW as a reward and will receive the award from the two jurors, Uhm Junghwa and Cho Jinwoong, in person at the BIFF closing ceremony, which is scheduled to take place on October 15th.
The 26th Busan International Film Festival’s Special Program, ‘New Voices, Chinese Films’
The 26th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), which will be held from October 6th to October 15th, is showcasing a special program for up-and-coming Chinese directors, ‘New Voices, Chinese Films.’ The 26th BIFF is opening a special program, ‘New Voices, Chinese Films,’ dedicated to emerging, talented Chinese directors who have been active participants in the film industry over the past decade. This special program highlights how a new generation of Chinese directors are differentiating themselves through their cinematic accomplishments and the messages they wish to convey. China, which plays a prominent role in the world movie industry, is the third largest film producing country, following the United States and India. According to the Korean Film Council’s ‘2020 Chinese Film Industry Status and Trend Report,’ the Chinese film industry’s market size surpassed 60 billion CNY (approximately 10.6 trillion KRW) for the first time in 2018 and premiered 538 films in theaters in 2019. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, which had a substantial effect on the movie industry, the Chinese film industry had an impressive annual growth rate of 20%. Despite such success, the Korean public has not been able to experience the scope, depth, and potential of Chinese films. In light of this, the 26th BIFF is planning to open a special program that will focus on the works of up-and-coming, preeminent Chinese directors, who will continue the legacy of master directors such as Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige, Jia Zhangke, and many others, and will observe the new trends in Chinese cinema. The films selected for ‘New Voices, Chinese Films,’ which are quite peripheral from the current Chinese film industry’s mainstream market, are the representative works of these directors, who have all received much acclaim from the international film industry after premiering at various prestigious film festivals throughout the world. More importantly, these films are worthy of attention because they portray, in their own unique cinematic perception and style, the lives and hardships of individuals who struggle to keep pace in the ever-changing, modern Chinese society. Diao Yinan’s crime thriller, Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014), which won the Golden Bear award and won Liao Fan the Silver Bear for Best Actor award at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival; Bi Gan’s Kaili Blues (2015), which won him the Best Emerging Director Award at the 68th Locarno Film Festival; Li Rui Jun’s Walking Past the Future (2017), which was invited to the Un Certain Regard section at the 70th Cannes Film Festival; Gu Xiaogang’s Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountain (2019), which received high acclaim during Critics’ Week at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival; Zheng Lu Xinyuan’s The Cloud in Her Room (2020), which received the Tiger Award at the 49th International Film Festival Rotterdam; Song Fang’s The Calming (2020), which was invited to the 70th Berlin International Film Festival Forum and won the CICAE Art Cinema Award; and Wei Shujun’s Ripples of Life (2021), which was premiered at this year’s Cannes’ Critics’ Week; were all selected for this special program. Many of the aspiring, preeminent directors invited to this year’s program have a deep, ongoing affiliation with BIFF. Both Diao Yinan and Li Rui Jun have continued to showcase their works at BIFF following their invitations to the New Currents section for their debut films, while Wei Shujun has showcased all three of his feature films at BIFF including his debut film, Duck Neck. Song Fang, who is an alumnus of BIFF’s very first Asian Film Academy (AFA), which aims to discover new film talents in Asia, also has a long-standing relationship with BIFF. This year’s special program, ‘New Voices, Chinese Films,’ will be co-hosted by Pusan National University (PNU) Film Institute and BIFF, and will be open for ten days from October 6th to October 15th. In addition, there will be an online platform immediately following the movie premiere that will encourage interaction with the audience as well as make available the publication of a special program book that will be co-written by both domestic and international authors.
Fondazione In Between Art Film | Floating Cinema - Unknown Waters | from August 20, Venice
Over the course of 12 evenings from 20th August to 4th September 2021, Floating Cinema - Unknown Waters returns, an open-air cinema festival that takes place exclusively on the waters of the Venetian Lagoon, an opportunity for various local and international cultural organisations that operate in the city to come together and create something collectively. The Floating Cinema - Unknown Waters is a project conceived by Edoardo Aruta and Paolo Rosso presented by Microclima, in collaboration with Ocean Space / TBA21 − Academy, Pentagram Stiftung, Palazzo Grassi - Punta della Dogana - Pinault Col- lection, In Between Art Film Foundation and Lamyland - Owenscorp. The event consists of a series of screenings, performances and presentations on a floating platform located in the middle of the lagoon, in the shallows behind the Giudecca island, located close to the Rio de Sant’Eufemia. Spectators will be able to watch the programming from both their own boats, and from a barge designed to accommodate members of the public without a boat, in com- pliance with the current social distancing rules. Floating Cinema - Unknown Waters came about from the desire to develop cultural activities and ways of coming together through new forms of dialogue and participation. In this process of reimagination, Venice, archetype of a city in which the fragile relationship between human beings and the environment is ever-present, can act as a catalyst for experimentation and new ideas, which may start locally, but have the potential to create global ripples. The theme of the second edition of the festival is travel. Travel embodies not only the exploration of distant lands, the depths of the sea, outer space and time itself, but also the exploration of the relationships between cultures, a way of accessing and comparing them with one another. Venice has always been a crossroads of stories and cultures, a place of arrivals and departures, but it is also regularly challenged by overtourism, lending itself to hosting a reflection on new forms of mobility and cohabitation. The ideas of instability, the unexpected, resistance, technological solutions, and water’s potential for creating routes for both transport and communication relate to the notion of travel as a physical, emotional and imaginative movement, and also inform the core concepts at the heart of Unknown Waters. Over the course of 12 evenings, local and international directors and artists, will come together in an amphibious setting. Partner institutions and local and international organisations have been asked to contribute to the programming with a selection of feature films, short films, art films, performances and presentations. In addition to collaborating with our five partner institutions, Cinema Galleggiante has also benefitted from contributions by numerous institutions. The organisations that have returned to participate in the 2021 edition are: About, ALMA ZEVI, Awai, Casa Capra, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, DH Office, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Museo Fortuny - Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Galleria Michela Rizzo, Iuav University of Venice, and Spazio Punch. Some of the Italian organisations participating for the first time this year are: a.topos, bruno, Centro Studi e Documentazione della Cultura Armena, EMERGENCY ONG ONLUS, Festival delle Arti Giudecca e Sacca Fisola, Fondazione Giancarlo Ligabue, Humboldt Books, il Provvisorio - Centro Civico Zitelle, Lago Film Fest, Rete Cinema in Laguna, Libreria MarcoPolo, Libreria Mare di Carta, OCIO - Osservatorio Civico per la casa e la residenzialità, RI-PRESE memory keepers, Science Gallery Venice, Spiazzi, Università degli Studi di Udine. Our international contributors include: Air de Paris, Art for the world, Arthub, Kunsthalle Zürich, The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA, redhero-Bodhi Dharma Foundation and The Brooklyn Rail. Our catering service will be curated by TOCIA! cuisine and community, an interdisciplinary platform founded by chef Marco Bravetti, who, in dialogue with the themes around which each evening will be based, will be involving other chefs who work in the lagoon area to realise an experiment in collective, community-based cooking, dedicated to sustainability. Floating Cinema - Unknown Waters is part of 1600 Venezia / 421-2021, a series of events that celebrate the 1600th anniversary of Venice. The Floating Cinema is also supported by ALMA ZEVI, DH Office and Fondazione Giancarlo Ligabue.
BIFF, A Special Program: The Best Asian Films by Female Directors, 'Wonder Women Movies'
The Busan International Film Festival will present a special program: The Best Asian Films by Female Directors, ‘Wonder Women Movies’ for its 26th edition, which runs from October 6-15. The hottest titles from the best Asian female directors at the 26th BIFF include: Salaam Bombay! The Murmuring Capernaum and many more... BIFF’s special program: The Best Asian Films by Female Directors aims to draw attention to films of female directors and the progress they are making worldwide. In 2015, the late Kim Jiseok, the former BIFF program director, planned the Asian Cinema 100 for the 20th BIFF edition. For the program, he requested film professionals around the world to recommend 10 of the best Asian films for inclusion in the top 100 list; a list which would be updated every five years. BIFF prepared the first update in 2020 that reflected the opinions of 140 film professionals throughout the world. As part of this project, a survey was conducted to select the 10 best Asian films by female directors. Every five years, BIFF will reevaluate and update ‘Asian Cinema 100’ by focusing on specific aspects within the Asian cinema industry and trends in Asian cinema aesthetics. Salaam Bombay! (1988, India), a debut feature film directed by Mira Nair, a jury president of the New Currents competition at BIFF last year, has taken first place for the special program, ‘Wonder Women Movies’. The film depicts the devastating realities of daily lives in Bombay, India. It has achieved significant critical acclaim, winning 25 awards including the Golden Camera award at the Cannes Film Festival. The titles included in the program were: Blackboards (2000, Iran) by Samira Makhmalbaf, A Simple Life (2011, Hong Kong, China) by Ann Hui, The Murmuring (1995, Korea) by Byun Youngjoo, Suzaku (1994, Japan) by Kawase Naomi, The Day I Became a Woman (2000, Iran) by Marzieh Meshkini, Take Care of My Cat (2001, Korea) by Jeong Jae-eun, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017, Indonesia/France/Malaysia/Thailand) by Mouly Surya, Capernaum (2018, Lebanon) by Nadine Labaki, and Wadjda (2012, Saudi Arabia) by Haifaa Al-Mansour. The 26th BIFF will feature many programs and attractions. The 10 best Asian films selected in the special program, ‘Wonder Women Movies’, will be screened during this year’s BIFF edition. A special feature book, which will include commentary from the directors and recommendation letters from industry professionals, will be published. There will also be various programs, one of which will be a Special Talk between Korean filmmakers, international female filmmakers and the audiences at this year’s BIFF.
Asia Contents Awards 2021 Call for Submissions
The Asian Contents & Film Market (ACFM)’s Asia Contents Awards (ACA) calls for applications of outstanding Asian content from TV, OTT, and other diverse platforms. ACA 2021 is open until Thursday, July 15th. Content including TV, OTT drama series, animation, short-form, and web drama throughout Asia is open for submissions of the 3rd Asia Contents Awards until July 15 online. The Asia Contents Awards (ACA) is an award ceremony for outstanding TV, OTT drama series and other diverse platforms’ content throughout Asia. Celebrating its third edition, the ACA has expanded the submissions of content to animation, short-form, and web drama series in addition to TV, OTT drama series. Accordingly, the awards categories have been added which include Best OTT Original, Best Asian Animation, and Best Short-form / Web Drama. It is comprised in total of 14 categories; 10 competition titles (6 Program Awards, 4 Individual Awards) as well as 4 Invitation Awards such as Lifetime Achievement Award and ACA Excellence Award. As a total content market, ACFM was to solidify its foundation by encompassing every audiovisual content from film to OTT, Web drama series distributed on TV, OTT, and other diverse platforms worldwide. ACA has nominated 28 works from 12 countries to compete among 75 submissions accepted from 17 countries last year. The winners from previous edition are The World of the Married (JTBC Studios, Korea), The Bad Kids (iQIYI, China), When the Camellia Blooms (KBS, Korea) and Kingdom Season 2 which has received the global acclaim and drew attention winning 2 awards of Best Writer, Kim Eunhee and the Best Actor, Ju Jihoon. Furthermore, the ceremony presented a new aspect of the award in the era of New Normal, hosting it as hybrid event. ACA 2021 is now accepting submissions at its official webpage until July 15 (Thu). To learn more about submission process, visit http://www.asiacontentsawards-eng.com The details of date and format will be announced afterward.
Louis Siciliano is the composer of the new feature film directed by Dario Argento
The legendary film director returns behind the camera, with a thriller inspired by Edgar Allan Poe with the original music composed by Sir Louis Siciliano and set entirely in the center of Rome. Louis Siciliano will be the composer of the soundtrack of the new feature film by Dario Argento entitled BLACK GLASSES (temporary title). The name of Louis Siciliano is added to the list of composers (Goblin, Ennio Morricone and Brian Eno) who, over the years, have collaborated with this legendary film director. Initially, DAFT PUNK was thought of for the production of the soundtrack for this feature film. When the news of the breakup of the famous duo arrived in February, Dario Argento met Louis Siciliano and had no doubts about the new choice. “Music in Dario Argento’s films has a very important function and having the trust and esteem of a sublime Maestro like him is truly the crowning of a dream for me. I am working 16 hours a day in pre-production to create some powerful and original sounds for this project. As soon as the shooting starts, I will also start recording in parallel, in order to proceed hand in hand with the film editing,” declared Louis Siciliano, already totally involved in the creative process of what is already promised to be the next season’s film event. Sir Louis Siciliano, award-winning composer of film music, has been repeatedly defined by critics as a “Renaissance Spirit”: argonaut of expressive and original sounds, innovator of the meta-language for musical composition MUMEx (Multiverse Music Exploration), pioneer of Electronic Music and the spatialization of sound, multi-instrumentalist and conductor known all over the world for his tireless activity as an ambassador of Syncretic Music. The Maestro Louis Siciliano who lives and works between Los Angeles, London and Rome is also the founder of MAGIC&UNIQUE GROUP, a sort of Resistance, the last bastion of many musicians from all over the world who have polarized around this “Artistic Movement” and who fight strenuously against the cultural flattening imposed by the mainstream. Dario Argento has chosen an innovative and counter-current Artist to give voice to this mysterious new feature film.
The 26th Busan International Film Festival honors the late Lee Choon-yun as a recipient of Korean Cinema Award
The 26th Busan International Film Festival which will be held from October 6 to October 15 for 10 days announces the late Lee Choon-yun as the Korean Cinema Award awardee to remember and honor his lifetime achievements. “A big brother” to Korean film industry, Producer Lee Choon-yun who devoted his life to promote Korean Cinema has been awarded the Korean Cinema Award. One of Veteran South Korean producers to Korean film industry, Lee Choon-yun passed away on May 11. The 26th Busan International Film Festival will honor Lee Choon-yun with Korean Cinema Award at the Opening Ceremony of the festival. The Korean Cinema Award has been awarded to the people or organizations who have contributed to promote Korean cinema around the world. As the founder of a film production company, CINE2000 and chairperson of Korean Association of Film Art & Industry (KAFAI), Lee Choon-yun is like a big brother figure in Korean film industry. He started film production since 1980s and opened a new horizon of Korean-style horror with the Whispering Corridors series. He has granted opportunities to directors and actors, having produced Happiness Does Not Come In Grades (1989) directed by Kang Woo-suk, Their Last Love Affair (1996) directed by Lee Myung-se, Trio (1997) directed by Park Chan-wook, Art Museum By The Zoo (1998) directed by Lee Jeong-hyang, Interview (2000) directed by Byun Hyuk and The Terror, Live (2013) directed by Kim Byung-woo which he also acted in the film. Lee is highly estimated to have greatly contributed to the rise of Korean cinema through innovative film productions with young directors of the time. In addition to being a prolific producer, Lee was an advisor to the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) since 1997 and played significant role in fostering freedom of expression when the festival was under fire from the previous administration after the screening of The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol (2014). He was considerably influential to many film people, being a leader in the Screen Quota movement and instrumental in the formation and running of all sorts of film festivals. “Lee Choon-yun is the preserver of the BIFF. Especially, when the festival was under pressure of the previous administration’s blacklisting due to the screening of The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol (2014), he provided the crucial assistance voicing out,” said Huh Moon-young of the BIFF festival director. Lee was one of the board memebers of the festival since 2016 in addition to being an intermittent advisor to the festival since 1997. [Lee Choon-yun ㅣ KAFAI Chairpersonㅣ Korea] Born in Sinan County in South Jeolla Province, South Korea, Lee Choon-yun studied theater at Chung-Ang University. He started his film career in 1983, following a stage career in the seventies. Having started with Widow Dance (1984), his major credits include My Mellow Rose, Happiness Does Not Come In Grades, Deep Scratch, Hwang Jin Yi, and The Terror, Live. As a chairperson of CINE2000, he produced Whispering Corridors series, which opened a new horizon of Korean horror. The Whispering Corridors, high school horror series launched a raft of prominent actresses’ and directors’ careers. [Past Recipients of the Korean Cinema Award (Position held at the time of the award presentation)] 24th BAE Yong-jae (Festival Director and Founder of Korean Film Festival in Paris, Korea) Yoo Dong-suk (Former Festival Director of Korean Film Festival in Paris, Korea) 23rd Martine THÉROUANNE (Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas Festival Director and Co-Founder, France) Jean-Marc THÉROUANNE (Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas General Manager and Co-Founder, France) 22nd Christoph TERHECHTE (Head of Berlin International Film Festival Forum, Germany) 21st Laurence HERSZBERG (Director-general of Forum des Images, France) 20th Wieland SPECK (Berlin International Film Festival Panorama Programmer, Germany) 19th Corinne SIEGRIST-OBOUSSIER (Director of Filmpodium, Switzerland) 18th Charles TESSON (Artistic Director of Cannes International Film Festival Critics’ Week, France) 17th HAYASHI Kanako (Festival Director of Tokyo FILMeX, Japan) 16th Julietta SICHEL (Former Program Director of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic) 15th Bruno BARDE (Festival Director of Deauville Asian Film Festival, France) 14th Riccardo GELLI (Director of Korea Film Festival in Florence, Italy) Jeannette Paulson HERENIKO (President of Asia Pacific Film.com, Former Director of Hawaii International Film Festival, USA) 13th Richard PEÑA (Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, USA) 12th Sabrina BARACETTI (Festival President of Udine Far East Film Festival, Italy) Jean-François RAUGER (Head Programmer of the Cinémathèque Française, France) 11th Martial KNAEBEL (Festival Director of Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland) TERAWAKI Ken (Former Director-General of Cultural Affairs Department of Japan, Japan) 10th Dieter KOSSLICK (Festival Director of Berlinale, Germany) Thierry FRÉMAUX (Artistic Director of Cannes International Film Festival, France) 9th YANO Kazuyuki (Festival Director of Yamagata International Documentary Festival, Japan) Phillip CHEAH (Festival Director of Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore) 8th PARK Byoung-yang (President of Asia Film Production, Japan) LEE Bong-ou (President of Cine Quanon, Japan) 7th Alain Jacques Louis PATEL (Festival Director of Deauville Asian Film Festival, France) 6th Eva ZAORALOVÁ (Artistic Director of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic) 5th Martin & Anna Louisa GIROD (Directors of Stadtkino Basel, Switzerland) 4th Serge LOSIQUE (Festival Director of Montreal International Film Festival, Canada) LEE Young-il (Film Critic, Korea) 3rd Gilles JACOB (Festival Director of Cannes International Film Festival, France) Moritz de HADELN (Festival Director of Berlinale, Germany) 2nd Aruna VASUDEV (Editor-in-Chief of CINEMAYA, India) SATO Tadao (Festival Director of Fukuoka Film Festival, Japan) 1st Adriano APRÀ (Festival Director of Pesaro International Film Festival, Italy) Tony RAYNS (Film Critic, UK) Alain JALLADEAU (Festival Director of Festival des 3 Continents, France) Ulrich GREGOR (Director of International Forum, Berlinale, Germany) Larry KADISH (Programmer of Museum of Modern Art, USA) Ancha FLUBACHER-RHIM (Deputy Festival Director of Jeonju International Film Festival, Korea) Simon FIELD (Festival Director of Rotterdam International Film Festival, UK)
GHOST LAB Virtual Premiere, Netflix Hosts Thailand’s first-ever virtual red carpet event
Netflix is marking the worldwide release of GHOST LAB, with Thailand's first-ever virtual red carpet event. The film, which focuses on a haunting experiment that opens the door to mysteries of the afterlife, is directed by Goff-Paween Purijitpanya and stars Tor-Thanapob Leerattanakachorn, Ice-Paris Intarakomalyasut and Nychaa- Nuttanicha Dungwattanawanich. The GHOST LAB Virtual Premiere took place on Netflix Thailand's official Facebook and YouTube channels and featured a star-studded celebrity lineup. Jaonaay-Jinjett Wattanasin, Juné-Plearnpichaya Komalajun, Goy-Arachaporn Pokinpakorn, Natty-Nantanat Thakadkul, Dream-Apichaya Panichtrakul, Bank-Thiti Mahayotarak, Sky-Wongravee Nateetorn and the iconic duo "OffGun" (Off-Jumpol Adulkittiporn and Gun-Atthaphan Phunsawat) walked the virtual red carpet from their homes and spoke to celebrity host Bam-Pitipat Kootrakul about their excitement on the highly-anticipated global debut. During the Virtual Premiere, director Goff-Paween Purijitpanya and the film’s stars, Tor-Thanapob Leerattanakachorn, Ice-Paris Intarakomalyasut and Nychaa- Nuttanicha Dungwattanawanich, met on a virtual stage to recount their experiences with GHOST LAB, the first collaboration between Netflix and GDH. They discussed the film’s fresh take on the supernatural and interacted virtually with A-list celebrities who had joined the event from their home. The event ended with a lively countdown to the official debut of GHOST LAB on Netflix.
THE END OF THE HEIST IS APPROACHING, Part 5 of the iconic series will be released in two volumes
Netflix has revealed the release date for the final season of the series Money Heist. According to today’s announcement, the most famous heist in history will come to an end in two instalments of five episodes each: volume 1 will be released on September 3 and volume 2 will be released on December 3, 2021. “When we began to write Part 5 in the midst of the pandemic, we felt that we had to change what was expected from the ten-episode season and used every tool we could to create the sensation of a season finale or series finale in the first volume itself. We decided to work in an extremely aggressive genre, putting The Gang on the ropes. In volume 2, we focus more on the emotional situation of the characters. It is a journey across their sentimental map that connects us directly to their departure,” said Á Pina, the show’s creator. - Official synopsis The gang has been shut in the Bank of Spain for over 100 hours. They have managed to rescue Lisbon, but their darkest moment is upon them after losing one of their own. The Professor has been captured by Sierra and, for the first time, doesn’t have an escape plan. Just when it seems like nothing else could go wrong, an enemy comes on the scene that is much more powerful than any they’ve faced: the army. The end of the greatest heist in history is approaching, and what began as a robbery will turn into a war.
Filipina Filmmaker and her Award Winning Satire About White Fragility, "ALLY 3000" featured on KOFY House
Filipina filmmaker, Giovannie Espiritu, and her award-winning film “ALLY 3000” will be featured on KOFY House at 5:30 PM on Sunday, May 23, 2021. The episode of KOFY House will also delve into cast interviews, the creative process, and features Espiritu’s early work, “Ultra-Feminist,” which took a surprise Honorable Mention win at the prestigious Outfest Film Festival and began her foray into story creation. The film itself is about a tech CEO who is presented with a product designed to alleviate white guilt and the cringe worthy conversations that ensue in the workplace. ALLY 3000 on the film festival circuit with an Honorable Mention at the LatinX21 Film Festival and a Best Screenplay award at the Culture and Diversity Film festival which praised ALLY 3000 as a “smart, inventive comedy.” Since then, it has garnered over 10 awards and 4 nominations on the international circuit in the categories of scriptwriting, social justice, and directing. The episode of KOFY House will also delve into cast interviews, the creative process, and features Espiritu’s early work, “Ultra-Feminist,” which took a surprise Honorable Mention win at the prestigious Outfest Film Festival and began her foray into story creation. Filmmaker and actress Giovannie Espiritu says that began writing as an outlet to battle the constant sexism and undermining she experienced as a person of color in the film industry. “Most of my work is an irreverent response to the injustice that I see in the world. I get angry, and because “angry” isn’t an acceptable emotion at times for women, it becomes transmuted into cringe comedy. I’m thankful that there are people out there that can relate. It makes me feel a little less alone in the world, and gives me more hope that we can change the status quo,” Espiritu laughs. Chris Bollini, the host of KOFY House, is a Bay Area based movie critic known as “the Blue Jean Critic” and is a Critics Choice member.
World Premiere of the Movie Unsinkable: The Secret to Bouncing Back
ILLUMINATE Film Festival in Sedona, Arizona May 20-26th. Starring bestselling author of “Unsinkable” and renowned “bounce back” expert Sonia Ricotti. May 18, 2021 – 1 of 9 World Premieres at ILLUMINATE Film Festival, UNSINKABLE: The Secret to Bouncing Back takes viewers on a life-changing journey to discover the true secret to bouncing back when life knocks you down. Get ready to be unsinkable! Many of the world’s top bounce back experts, scientists, and teachers including Bob Proctor, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Lisa Nichols, Les Brown, Marci Shimoff, Barnet Bain, John Assaraf, Jack Canfield, Shellyann Siddoo, John Gray, and Rhonda Britten share their life-changing stories and messages to reveal how anyone can go from hitting rock bottom to achieving massive success. Directed by Riley Dayne and produced by Stephen Huszar with world-renowned cinematographer Jason Han. Original score by award-winning composers Graeme Cornies, James Chapple, and Brian Pickett. The project was shot on state-of-the-art RED Epic in crystal clear 4K, going above and beyond the industry standard to ensure a stunning visual finished product. Filmmaker Q&As – Guests from UNSINKABLE for virtual livestream are: Marci Shimoff - New York Times Bestselling Author of “Happy for No Reason” and “Love for No Reason,” Bob Proctor - Bestselling Author, Speaker and Success Coach, Lisa Nichols - Bestselling Author of “No Matter What!” and Motivational Speaker along with other nationally renowned guests for virtual livestream Q&As. Festival Virtual Q & A Schedule - Check the livestream schedule at: https://watch.eventive.org/illuminate2021/live. ILLUMINATE Film Festival, the nation’s premiere conscious film festival returns in both a virtual and in-person format with a stellar lineup of films, premieres, panels, parties, and special events for its 6th annual showcase May 20-26 in Sedona, Arizona. Located at the Mary D. Fisher Theater, the Sedona Airport Drive-In, and The Collective Sedona. The festival is dedicated to ensuring the audience’s safety and is adhering to the CDC guidelines. Safety protocols can be viewed on their website. Nine documentary films are slated to make their world debuts at the 2021 ILLUMINATE Film Festival. “It’s a testament to the universal quest for connection, and why we created the festival as a home and launching platform for conscious films,” said Danette Wolpert. “We’re honored that a growing number of films choose to show here before anywhere else.” World premieres have more than doubled since the festival’s inaugural installment in 2014. Part of a world-class film line-up, the nine world premieres join a festival gaining increasing recognition not only for the quality and intent of its films but also as a “destination festival” and conscious experience in itself. ILLUMINATE was selected by The Huffington Post as a “top festival to revitalize the soul.” Visit https://illuminate2021.eventive.org/films