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  • NAFF announces a record 20 selections for It Project 2012
  • Jun 07, 2012

  • The 5th annual Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF), to be held from July 22 to 25 in conjunction with the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), announced earlier this week a record number of 20 It Project 2012 selections from 13 countries, including the USA, UK, Germany, India, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea.
     
    Started in 2008, NAFF’s It Project began by providing a project market specifically for genre films by young filmmaking talent from Asian territories. Since then it has broadened its horizons, now accepting submissions from all across the globe, as is evident in this year’s cohort.
     
    Featured strongly in 2012 is the increasing importance of multi-national co-productions in Asia and beyond. Kenji TERADA, best known as the screenwriter for the <Final Fantasy> video game series, will bring his film project <AR: After-Recording>, a Japan-Korea-USA-France co-production. KIM Tai-sik is presenting <Kuala Lumpur Taxi>, a Korea-Malaysia co-production, and the ambitious India-UK-Korea co-production <The Profane>, from Sidharth SRINIVASAN, was also selected. Additionally, four other Korean co-productions will appear.
     
    Displaying the program’s now established reputation, a number of decorated filmmakers will participate in this year’s It Project. JANG Chulsoo, whose previous film <Bedevilled> screened at Cannes, is bringing his <Service for People>, and Academy Award nominee Matthew PATRICK’s Berserk will also join. Additionally, Taiwan’s Arvin CHEN, director of <Au Revoir Taipei>, is presenting <Afternoon Delight!> as the winner of the NAFF Award at the 2012 Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF).
     
    This year the It Project will also host its first 3D animation project, SON Daekyun’s <The Birth of B/W Man>, as well as <The Weirdo from Mars>, which is produced by Andy YOON, who also produced the closing film of PiFan 2011, <Blind>.
    Coming together with financiers, distributors and buyers from all over the world, NAFF helps filmmakers arrange a number of 30-minute one-on-one meetings. Over 200 such meetings will take place over two and half days during It Project. Additionally, four cash awards totaling USD $34,000 and three post-production support awards will be presented during the NAFF Award Ceremony & Closing Party on July 25.
     
    For more information, please contact It Project Staff Vicky Lunyu LIN, by e-mail (naff.itproject@pifan.com) or phone (+82 32 327 6313/ ext.121). It Project 2012’s full roster follows.

    * It Project 2012 Official Selections (in alphabetical order)
     
    No
    Title
    Country
    Director
    Producer
    1
    Afterimages
    Singapore
    Tony KERN
    Genevieve WOO
    2
    Afternoon Delight!
    Taiwan
    Arvin CHEN
    LEE Lieh
    3
    AR
    Japan
    Kenji TERADA
    Yutaka SUZUKI
    4
    Azooma
    Korea
    LEE Jiseung
    KIM Hyungkuk
    5
    Berserk
    USA
    Matthew PATRICK
    Jay MALLA
    6
    Evangeline
    Canada
    Karen LAM
    Karen WONG
    7
    Fruit Dreams
    Philippines
    Alvin YAPAN
    Alemberg ANG
    8
    Kuala Lumpur Taxi
    Korea/ Malaysia
    KIM Taisik
    KIM Hyojung
    9
    Masturman
    Japan
    TBC
    Tomoya SUZUKI
    10
    Night of the Witches
    Germany
    Uta ARNING
    Uta ARNING
    11
    Rematch
    Korea
    PARK Hyungchul
    KIM Youngkun
    12
    Safebreaker
    USA
    Ted CHUNG
    Michelle YU
    13
    Service for People
    Korea
    JANG Cheolsoo
    JUNG Hyun
    14
    The Birth of B/W Man
    Korea
    SON Daekyun
    Torsten HOFFMANN
    15
    The Good Husband
    Singapore
    Jason LAI
    Yvonne LOH
    16
    The Profane
    India/ UK/ Korea
    Sidharth SRINIVASAN
    Andy STARKE
    17
    The Weirdo from Mars
    Korea
    CHO Changyeol
    Andy YOON
    18
    Time Stopper
    Hong Kong
    Alebert Koon Yiu LEUNG/ HERBERT Koon Shun LEUNG
    TBC
    19
    Unclaimed
    USA
    Eric LIN
    Mynette LOUIE
    20
    White Zombies
    Australia
    Russell EDWARDS
    Russell EDWARDS
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