BIFAN’s Bucheon Awards go to projects from Brunei, Cambodia

Screen | 7/18/2018 | Jean Noh
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The Bucheon Awards at this year’s Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) in South Korea went to two projects from countries not so often touted in cinema – Abdul Zainidi’s Worm And The Widow from Brunei and Sokyou Chea’s Soul Searching from Cambodia.

The 22nd Bucheon International Film Festival (BIFAN)’s industry programme NAFF runs until today (July 18) with the awards presented last night. According to organisers, the selection of 26 projects saw a total of 495 meetings with 67 companies and institutions over three days.

Worm - Widow - Outcasts - Brunei - Society

Worm And The Widow is about outcasts in Brunei society who lean on each other to overcome social prejudices and pressures.

Soul Searching starts with the stories of people who claim to have sensed the presence of a spirit or have had an out-of-body experience. The Bucheon Award comes with a cash prize of $13,100 (KW15m).

NAFF - Jury - Year - Producer - Michael

The NAFF jury this year comprised producer Michael J. Werner of M. Werner Strategic Consultants (US), Train To Busanproducer Lee Dongha of Redpeter Films (South Korea) and producer Tim Kwok of Convergence Entertainment (Hong Kong).

Lee said: “There were a few things we considered aside from the unique charm of each project. First, is how well this project is suited to BIFAN’s nature. Second, is how much will this award be realistically useful to the project, and lastly, we took into consideration female and regional filmmaker balance.”

BIG - NAFF - Award - KW10m - Director

The BIG NAFF Award, which comes with $8,870 (KW10m), went to director...
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