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Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Film Market Changes Name, and Asia Contents Awards Call for Submissions

  • Thursday, May 21, 2020, 12:26 pm
  • ACROFAN=Seunghee Shin
Asian Film Market, changes name to “Asian Contents & Film Market”
Fifteen years after its establishment in 2006, the Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Film Market announces a name change to Asian Contents & Film Market (ACFM).

The name change adds clarity to ACFM’s belief in solidifying its foundation as a total contents market that includes both film and content distributed on TV, OTT, and other diverse platforms, as well as uplifts the One-Source Multi-Use (OSMU) system by introducing original content such as books, web comics, web novels, and web dramas, to industry professionals at the E-IP (Entertainment Intellectual Property) Market.

Last year, ACFM branched out from film into a market that embraces TV series and available content through streaming platforms in its establishment of the Asia Contents Awards and forming a new committee with Tcha Sung Jai and Oh Dongjin as new directors for the organization. For this year’s edition, ACFM will speed up the process of expanding the scope of its business and fully prepare ACFM as a marketplace where diverse content (regardless of platform) can be exchanged.

ACFM 2020 will take place from Saturday, Oct 10 to Tuesday, Oct 13 for 4 days at Bexco in Busan.

2nd Asia Contents Awards, now accepting submissions until June 30
Asia Contents Awards, newly launched in 2019, will accept submissions from this year.

Asia Contents Awards recognize outstanding TV and OTT-originated series in Asia. It is comprised of 10 categories – Drama (Best Creative, Best Asian Drama), Individual (Best Actor and Actress, Best Writer, Best Rising Star, Newcomer), Lifetime Achievement, and Special Awards (Excellence Award, Technical Achievement Award).

1st Asia Contents Awards winners include Best Creative for Mr. Sunshine (Korea), Best Asian Drama for Faculty (Singapore) and The Hormones, The Series (Thailand), and Best Writer went to Park Hae Young for My Mister (Korea) and Lu Shih-yuan for The World Between Us (Taiwan).

Applications are now open until Tuesday, June 30.

The world faces an unprecedented crisis related to COVID-19. The Busan International Film Festival and ACFM will consider the health and safety of audiences and film industry professionals a top priority. We will continue to plan and prepare for the event, while simultaneously monitoring important developments regarding coronavirus and film industry situations around the world.