The Puchon InternationalFantastic Film Festival (PiFan) held its closing ceremony yesterday with thetop Puchon Choice award going to Adam'sApples from Danish director Anders Thomas Jensen.

Adam's Apples also won the best actor award, which was shared by Ulrich Thomsen andMads Mikkelsen, while best director went to Stormfrom Sweden's Mans Marland and Bjorn Stein.

Hong Kong director Pang Ho Cheung's Isabella was the closing film at the festival.

Although Puchon avoided thetorrential rains in the south of Korea, there was still a subdued atmosphere at thefestival, amidst constant light rains and winds and news of damage in otherparts of the country.

But despite the weather, andthe initial threat of another boycott by the local industry following lastyear's debacle over festival politics, general opinion was that the event waswell-organised with interesting programming. This included the coup of havingthe world premiere of Christopher Smith's Severance,which is to screen at Locarnonext month.

Highlights also included10th anniversary events, such as a retrospective devoted to legendary Asianaction star Jimmy Wang.

With Japan's Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival infinancial crisis, and the Tokyo International Fantastic Film Festival on indefinitehiatus, PiFan has a chance to become Asia's premierefantastic film festival and to attract an increase in international guests,press and buyers.

As of July 19, the festivalsaw 34,500 admissions, with two extra days of review and surprise screeningsleft on July 21-22. "Last year we had 35,029 admissions for the entire tendays, so this year we should see an increase in ticket sales," said PiFan'shead of publicity Lim Hye-kyung.

Commemorating its 10thedition this year, PiFan screened a record 251 features and shorts from over 30countries.


Puchon Choice Feature Film Category:

Best Film: Adam's Apples (Denmark)
Dir: Anders Thomas Jensen

Best Director: Mans Marlandand Bjorn Stein
Storm (Sweden)

Jury Special Prize: Severance (UK)
Dir: Christopher Smith

Best Actor: Ulrich Thomsenand Mads Mikkelsen
Adam's Apples (Denmark)

Best Actress: Kazue Fukiishi
Noriko's Dinner Table (Japan)

Pruzio Award: Noriko's Dinner Table (Japan)
Dir: Sono Sion

European Fantastic Film Festival Federation's AsianFilm Award:
TheMaid (Singapore) by Kelvin Tong

Puchon Choice Short Film Category:
Grand Prize: It's In The Air (France) by Yohann Gloagluenn
Best Director: Cutting Edge (France) by Gregory Morin
Citizen's Choice: Lock-smith (Korea) by Park Jae-hong
1st Kid's Fanta Award: Tori &Rabi (Korea) by Choi Jae-jin