The Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) 2023 is now accepting submissions.
- Script Development Fund: 3/20-4/10
- Post-Production Fund: 3/20-4/20
- Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund: 4/20-5/15
ACF, which aims to discover and support talented filmmakers in Korea and Asia, calls for applications for the Script Development Fund from March 20 (Mon) to April 10 (Mon) while the application period for the Post-Production Fund will be open from March 20 (Mon) to April 20 (Thurs), and the Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund from April 20 (Thurs) to May 15 (Mon).
ACF has contributed to the vitalization and stabilization of the production environment of feature films and documentaries throughout Korea and Asia through first-hand support. It has taken on a pivotal role in securing the diversity of films and its entry into the global market. In particular, through collaborations with various support programs of ACFM, the selections are provided with networking opportunities in the industry and support in the production and distribution process.
This year’s selections for the Script Development Fund will be invited to the Asian Project Market (APM) and provided investment and co-production opportunities, while also being a nominee for the APM Awards. The representatives of AND Fund selections will also be officially invited to the ACFM 2023 and provided the chance to interact and establish networks with industry.
Each year, ACF selections have shown much prominence in prestigious film festivals around the world. Rehana (2021), an official selection of BIFF 2021 and the Script Development Fund recipient in 2017, received much attention with the invitation to the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival in 2021, while Memoryland (2021), 2016 ACF Script Development Fund selection, was invited to the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival’s forum.
In addition, documentary films that were completed with the support of the AND Fund have also continued to celebrate their global success. The 2019 AND Fund selection, Dear Mother, I Meant to Write about Death (2022), was invited to the 35th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, while 2018 AND Fund selection, Blue Island (2022), was an official selection at the 2022 International Film Festival Rotterdam and awarded the Special Jury Prize in the Asian Vision Competition section and the Audience Award at the 2022 Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival.
ACF 2023 will be accepting applications for three categories; Script Development Fund, Post-Production Fund, and Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund. The selected projects will receive post-production service or cash grants. The Script Development Fund is limited to Asian films and must be the director’s first or second feature-length fiction film. Detailed information for the submission guideline can be found on the official ACF website (https://acf.biff.kr/eng/).