8 Chinese film projects among Busan’s APM selections

13 August 2012 13 h 49 min Comments Off

Busan’s Asian Project Market (APM), formerly known as Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP), has announced 30 selections for this year, including 8 projects from Chinese speakings countries (China, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan).

“Submissions were up a bit this year – we had 196 and chose 30, so the quality of the selection is very high. We’re seeing a greater diversification of territories as well. “Finding a balance between art films and commercial films is always a concern, and we took special care in this selection,” said Nam Dong-Chul, Asian Film Market general manager.

8 APM 2012 Project List from Chinese language countries (in alphabetical order by project title)

Country Project (English) Director
. Singapore, Taiwan “69″ Royston TAN
. Singapore, Malaysia “The Block” WOO Ming Jin
. China, France “A Corner from Heaven” ZHANG Miaoyan
. China, Netherlands “Dead & Beautiful” David VERBEEK
. China “Good Season, Goodbye” GAO Zipeng
. China “I Love You Arirang” WANG Xiaoshuai
. Taiwan “Love Is Blue” (working title) CHANG Tso-Chi
. Taiwan “The Rouge-sang de Chine” YANG Ya-Che

2 of these projects are coproduction with Europe (France and Netherlands).

As usual, APM showcases well-known names such as Wang Xiaoshuai, Yukisada Isao, Lav Diaz, Santosh Sivan, Chang Tso-Chi and Royston Tan, while also highlighting newcomers such as Musa Syeed, whose Valley Of Saints won the Audience Award at Sundance this year and Marat Alykulov, who is a recent Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) winner.

Strong Presence of the Leading Asian Directors

Projects from renowned Chinese directors are noticeable:
. Chinese WANG Xiaoshuai, the Jury Grand Prix Silver Berlin Award winner of the Berlin Film Festival forBeijing Bicycle, presented “I love you Arirang”, the story of North Korean female working at a restaurant in China.
. Singapore’s Royston TAN with the project “69″ and the frequent guest of the BIFF, CHANG Tso-Chi, a Taiwanese director of “How Are You, Dad?” and “When Love Comes” are other directors whose appearance is keenly anticipated.

Ambitious Projects by Up-And-Coming Directors

This year’s APM is also marked by the projects of BIFF’s newly discovered directors, including Chinese Director GAO Zipeng (whose debut feature brought him to the BIFF’s New Currents Section) and YANG Ya-Che from Taiwan. These talented directors have been internationally recognized through the BIFF.

Success of the APM Projects in the Global Cinema World

Many APM projects have attracted noticeable global attention. This year, the Indonesian director Edwin appeared in competition at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival with his film “Postcards from the Zoo”, while YANG Yonghi’s “Our Homeland” received the C.I.C.A.E Award in Berlin. Chinese HUR Jin-ho’s “Dangerous Liaisons” was invited to the Directors’ Fortnight of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Numerous APM projects have been fully produced and acclaimed at international film festivals and by audiences.

The APM 2012 continues its effort to introduce more diverse programs. The Ties that Bind Work Shop co-organized with UDINE Far East Film Festival and EAVE, the Film Fund Talk promoting meetings with major global fund managers, the Book To Film linking the film and publication industry, the KOFIC Industry Forum hosted by the Korean Film Council, and BFC Project Pitching co-hosted by the Busan Film Commission will support the Asian Project Market as a representative project market.

The APM 2012 will take place between October 8 and 11 at BEXCO, where the Asian Film Market and BIFCOM will also be held.  The 17th Busan International Film Festival will be held from Thursday, October 4, 2012 to Saturday, October 13, 2012.

Full APM selection list on BIFF website

Source: BIFF (13/08/2012)

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