The 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) has announced its line-up, opening with the Asian premiere of Ari Folman’s The Congress.

The fest will screen a total of 230 films from 44 countries. The selection includes 53 world premieres, 19 international premieres and 47 Asian premieres.

The fest will close with the world premiere of The Terror Live, starring Ha Jung-woo. Directed by Kim Byeong U, the film in its script stage was an award-winner at PiFan’s Network of Fantastic Films (NAFF) It Project market in 2009.

The Puchon Choice feature competition includes current local box office hit Secretly Greatly, directed by Jang Cheol-soo, Lee Daniel’s recent Cannes competitor The Paperboy and Erik Matti’s Filipino film On The Job from Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

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PiFan’s Ani Fanta section will screen animated films such as A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story Of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman and Shinkai Makoto’s The Garden Of Words.

The fest’s special screenings this year include spotlights on Tsukamoto Shinya, which will feature Kotoko and Tetsuo, The Iron Man amongst other films; graduation films from the Korean Academy of Film Arts including Members Of The Funeral and Bleak Night; and Alejandro Jodorowsky including his Fando And Lis as well as the recent documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune.

Aside from NAFF’s previously announced It Projects and Spotlight on the Philippines, the industry event will hold forums on issues such as mobile technology, making genre films in China and Southeast Asia, and 3D film language.