Busan’s Asian Cinema Fund Announces 13 Winners
The Asian Cinema Fund, a grant program for film and documentary projects held alongside the Busan International Film Festival, announced six winners from Korea and seven from elsewhere in Asia. The fund was put on hiatus during the two years of COVID, which also reduced the size of the festival and transformed the Asian film content and market in a virtual event. Three winners – ‘In the Land of Brothers’, by Raha Amirfazali, ‘Life I Stole’, by Putri Purnama Sugua and ‘Smart City’, by Rohin Raveendran – each receive KRW 10 million ($7.50) for development of the screenplay and are invited to participate in the ACFM’s Asian project market. Three films currently in post-production — “Birth,” by Yoo Jiyoung, “Juhee from 5 to 7,” by Jang Kunjae, and “Mariam,” by Arvind Pratap — will receive in-kind support for digital intermediaries, DCP production , sound mixing and subtitling, and are scheduled to premiere as finished works at the Busan Festival. Seven documentaries also receive KRW 10 million in production support. Busan Festival runs from October 5 to 14, 2022. ACFM runs from October 8 to 11, 2022.
The Taipei Film Festival presented its grand prize with a cash reward of NTD 600,000 ($20,000) to ” Soft “, a French film directed by Samuel Theis. The festival’s special jury prize went to ‘Beautiful Beings’, directed by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson. “The Quiet Girl”, directed by Irishman Colm Bairéad, won the audience award. “Softie” also won the Taiwan Film Critics Society Award, judged by three members of the society. They praised the film for exploring a child’s sexual desire that crosses gender and class boundaries from a tender and fearless perspective.
28 Sarajevo Film Festival (August 12-19) will host a retrospective of films by the Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the art of cinema. Presents ‘My Joy’, ‘In the Fog’ and ‘Donbass’, the documentaries ‘Maidan’ and ‘Babi Yar. Context” and the short films “Portrait”, “Reflections. Director’s Cut” and “A Night at the Opera” will be screened. Loznitsa will also receive the Heart of Sarajevo award at the opening ceremony of the festival.
The Edinburgh Television Festival (August 24-26) unveiled other sessions, including The Worldview Address, where David Nevins, President and CEO of Paramount Premium Group and COO Paramount + Scripted Series, chats with former Sky Studios boss Jane Millichip, of the current landscape of scripted content, his experiences in maximizing creative ingenuity, talent relationships and intellectual property, and whether the industry can support the influx of streamers both from a view of PSB and talent drain. During the festival’s opening debate, The Future of PSBs, moderated by Mobeen Azhar, a panel of British content production heavyweights including Patrick Holland, Jane Turton, Fatima Salaria, Jon Thoday, David Abraham and Pat Younge, discuss what broadcasters can do to make themselves more relevant.
In How to Avoid a World Without Indies, Gold Wala’s Faraz Osman moderates a panel featuring Pact’s John McVay, Channel 4’s Rebecca Thorpe, Production Manager Kathryn Jein and Chalkboard’s Mike Benson to discuss providing real support finance to the British independent sector. And, in a collaboration with the Edinburgh International Film Festival, His Dark Materials — Pushing Boundaries in New Worlds, Dafne Keen and Amir Wilson are joined by Bad Wolf CEO Jane Tranter, screenwriter Jack Thorne and director Amit Gupta to discuss how they rose to the challenge of creating the many worlds of Philip Pullman for viewers.
Meanwhile, actor, screenwriter, director, producer and jazz singer Robert Davi will aim to settle the global debate over whether “Die Hard” is a Christmas movie, complete with a song. Davi will perform at the screening of “Die Hard” at London Action Film Festival on July 28 and He will join director John McTiernan, who will take part in the Q&A and explore why the film is widely regarded as one of the greatest action films of all time. Davi is known for his portrayal of the villainous opera singer in ‘The Goonies’ and as James Bond villain Franz Sanchez in ‘Licence to Kill’. His role as FBI Special Agent Big Johnson on “Die Hard” remains a fan favorite.
McTiernan will be honored at the festival with the Moving Target Award for Outstanding Contribution to Action Cinema. British stuntman, stunt coordinator and action director Vic Armstrong also received an award. In addition to previously announced events, the festival will also feature a 25th anniversary “Con Air” Q&A screening with director Simon West.
UnionDocs revealed Artistic Differences, part of its Break Out series of events, co-organized with Cíntia Gil and in partnership with several international film festivals and venues, including Dokufest, Open City Documentary Festival, FICValdivia, RIDM and Taiwan International Documentary TIDF-Festival. Each month there will be a three-part series in a new location that will include a film program, online study group, physical screening and dialogue between filmmakers and guest authors, co-hosted by Christopher Allen and Gil . The first is Under a Roof (July 28-August 9) in Dokufest, Kosovo, which will host a film duo by Besim Sahatçiu (“117”, Yugoslavia, 1976) and Manuela Serra (“The Movement of Things”, Portugal, 1985 ). The study group will include ideas and thoughts from writer Boris Buden, and the final dialogue will take place at Dokufest between Buden and Manuela Serra.