Korea’s Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) has announced the five projects that will take part in the KOFIC Filmmakers’ Development Lab (FDL), which this year will take place during the festival.

Started in 2006, the KOFIC FDL matches emerging Korean and Korean diaspora filmmakers with mentors from the film industry to develop their projects. This year, the programme will take place during PiFan’s genre film market – the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF).

The five selected projects are:

The Calling (US) dir: Lee Kyung-Ja – which uses the Korean theme of ‘mudang’ (a female shaman), dealing with the problems of overseas Korean society and cultural identity.

Soul Mate (Korea) dir: Kim Ji Hwan – intensified horror with the motif of the everyday MP3 player.

Papa (Korea) dir: Han Ji Seung – a story of family and music with warm-hearted storytelling.

Red Lines (US) dir: Ted Chung – uses auto-racing to solve family conflict.

The Tricky Happenings Of Wonder (Korea) dir: Sim Sou Yun – mystery involving a corpse, an abandoned baby, a troubled cop and a boy who thinks he has super powers.

Co-sponsored by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) and PiFan, the FDL mentoring program will run July 16-21, with a project pitching session, press conference and a KOFIC FDL Night reception on July 22.

The 13th PiFan will run July 16-26 with the second NAFF taking place July 19-23.