The 6th Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) has announced its winners with Kei Ishikawa’s Japan-Poland co-production Baby taking the top Bucheon Award with cash prize of $13,500 (KW15m).
NAFF is held by the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) which this year will close with The Terror Live, a previous It Project.
Lee Chung’s Green Field Lane No. 1 picked up the NAFF Award of $9,000 (KW10m) while Khavn De La Cruz’s Ruined Heart! Another Love Story Between A Criminal And A Whore took the It Project Award with the same amount.
Kevin Lewis’ Glutton won the Hanmac Culture Award with $10,000. Kim Jho Gwang-soo’s The Secret Inspector And The Vampire took the DAOU Tech Award with $4,500 (KW5m).
NAFF has three post-production support awards:
- the Moneff award for editing went to Chris Chow’s Cherry Returns;
- Wave Lab’s sound post-production support award went to Nam Ki-woong’s Capsule;
- Sebang Digital Lab’s digital intermediate support award went to Lim Kyoungtack’s Asylum.
The It Project Jury was made up of producers Yukie Kito (Tokyo Sonata), Stu Levy (Priest), Carrie Wong (Hot Summer Days) and director Yoon Jong-chan (Blue Swallow). They made their decision primarily based on the projects’ creativity, originality, and probability of completion as well as other factors such as character focus and plot.
“We had a total of 442 meetings - 384 pre-scheduled and 58 on-site - for both It Project and the Project Spotlight compared to 314 total last year,” says Thomas Nam, NAFF managing director.
Potential co-producers and financiers meeting with filmmakers at NAFF included Fortissimo, Media Asia, Finecut and CJ Entertainment.