By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
A total of 27 film projects including two from the Philippines have been chosen by the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)'s Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) as funding recipients.
The Asian Cinema Fund aims to help "activate more independent film productions and the creation of a stable production environment for Asian filmmakers by offering funding for projects in different stages of production."
The ACF called for entries from March to May this year for three categories: Script Development Fund, Post-Production Fund and Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund.
|Racquel Zaballero-Sanchez (left) and Jewel Maranan |
(Photos courtesy of Sanchez's Facebook page and @shinematutina on Twitter
Under the Script Development Fund, Filipino Racquel Zaballero-Sanchez's project "The Blackboard Princess" was chosen along with Suman Ghosh's "Peace Haven" (India and USA), Soudade Kaadan's "The Day I Lost My Shadow" (Syria), Wichanon Somumjarn's "Beer Girl" (Thailand), Yosep Anggie Noen's "The Science of Fictions" (Indonesia), Goh Taejeong's "Perfect Stranger" (Korea), Kim Geon's "The Internship" (Korea) and Shim Hyun-seok's "Your Family" (Korea).
Each project will be awarded 10,000,000 Korean won (about $10,000) for the completion of the script.
The project of Filipino filmmaker Jewel Maranan, "Tondo, Beloved," was chosen as a recipient under the Asian Network of Documentary Fund. Other recipients are China's "Bullet from Nowhere" by Gu Tao, "Datong" by Zhou Hao and "Patriotism '90" by Du Haibin, India's "Our Metropolis" by Gautam Sonti, Sri Lanka and France's "The Iron Demon" by Jude Ratnam, Cambodia and France's "The Storm Makers" by Guillaume Suon, Singapore's "To Singapore, With Love" by Tan Pin Pin, Japan's "Zen Priest Henry's Red Shoes" by Nakamura Takayuki, and Korea's "Comfort Factory Complex" by Im Heung-soon, "Hijab" by Kim Tae-Il, "Open City: Guangzhou and Ansan" by Kim Jeong, "Prisoner of Conscience" by Kim Cheol Min and "Solidarity for the Gureombi" by Cho Sung Bong.
A total of $140,000 has been reserved as support funding for the projects.
For the Post-Production Fund, the recipients are Thailand's "Concrete Clouds" by Lee Chatametikool, Mongolia's "Yellow Colt" by Khoroldorj Choijoovanchig, and Korea's "Mot"By Seo Ho-bin, "Shuttlecock" by Lee Yubin and "Thuy" by Kim Jaehan.
Under this, the post-production process including sound mixing and digital cinema package will be completed at state-of-the-art facilities in Korea.
A total of 438 film projects were submitted this year including 26 from the Philippines, according to the BIFF.
The 18th Busan International Film Festival will be held from Oct. 3 to 12.
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