The Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) has announced the line-up for its tenth anniversary edition. 35 projects from 18 countries have made the final cut, out of more than 200 submissions.
Once again the PPP mixes masters and newcomers, including Cannes Camera D'Or winner Bahman Ghobadi, Berlinale Silver Bear winner Wang Xiaoshuai, and up-and-coming Vietnamese filmmaker Phan Dang Di.
The line-up also includes works from producers like Terence Chang, Peter Fudakowski - who produced the Academy Award-winning Best Foreign Language Film Tsotsi, and former PPP director Tsai Ming-liang.
PPP notes that this year it has projects from Armenia and Nepal for the first time. Projects from women directors are steadily increasing, as are co-productions between Asian and non-Asian countries.
Launched in 1998 as a project market to discover and support Asian independent film projects, the PPP brings filmmakers to Busan during the Pusan International Film Festival to explore financing and co-production opportunities with film industry professionals from around the world, and has since opened its selection to non-Asian projects as well.
Past PPP projects include Alexi Tan's Blood Brothers, which is closing this year's Venice film festival, and Lee Kang-sheng's Help Me (a.k.a. Help Me Eros), also to be screened in Venice in competition.
The co-productions market has partnerships with Rotterdam's CineMart, HAF (Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum), and the Producer Network of Marche du Film of Cannes, as well as a project exchange agreement with IFP's No Borders International Co-Production Market. The Goteborg International Film Festival Fund that supports filmmakers from the third world is one of the PPP 's sponsors, and also offers a $5,000 cash award.
As part of the Asian Film Market, the PPP will run Oct 8 - 11.
PPP 2007 Official Selection (Title/Country/Director/Producer)
11 FLOWERS / China / WANG Xiaoshuai/ WANG Xiaoshuai, Isabelle Glachant
BAHMAN GHOBADI PROJECT (working title)/Iran/Bahman GHOBADI/Bahman GHOBADI, ICHIYAMA Shozo
BI, DON'T BE AFRAID / Vietnam/ PHAN Dang Di / Jimmy Nghiem PHAM, NGO Hai, NGUYEN Bao Mai
BOY WITH GRENADE / India / Santosh SIVAN / Santosh SIVAN, Paul HARDART
DON'T LOOK UP / Hong Kong, South Africa, Japan/ Fruit CHAN / Anant SINGH, Brian COX, Yoko ASAKURA
THE EIGHT SENTIMENTS / Korea / SUNG Ji-hae / HWANG Yun-Jeong
EMPTY CHAIR / Iran/ Saman ESTEREKI / Ali Reza SHOJA NOORI, Shohreh GOLPARIAN
FAREWELL (Working Title) / Korea / PARK Ki-bok / BAE Yong-kook
FEAST OF VILLAINS / China / PAN Jianlin / ZHANG Yifan, WANG Yu, ZHANG Lijun
FIRST PAGE TAIPEI / US, Taiwan/ Arvin CHEN / Michelle CHO
THE FLICKER'S DANCE / US / Priyanka KUMAR / Larry MEISTRICH
FLOWERS IN THE SKY / Sri Lanka / Prasanna VITHANAGE / Prasanna VITHANAGE
HOMETOWN / China / WANG Bing / KONG Lihong
HONEY / Turkey / Semih KAPLANOGLU / Semih KAPLANOGLU
I AM HAPPY (working title) / Korea / YOON Jong-chan / BAE Yong-kook
THE ICEMAN / China / DIAO Yinan / Vivian QU
INTIMATE STRANGER / Japan / NAKAMURA Mayu / OKADA Yutaka
THE ISLAND FUNERAL / Thailand / Pimpaka TOWIRA / Mai MEKSAWAN
JOAN AND THE VOICES / Armenia / Mikayel VATINYAN / Armine ANDA, Cedomir KOLAR
KIM'S ISLAND / Korea / LEE Hae Jun / KIM Moo Ryoung
KNIFE /Singapore, Thailand, China/ DONG Xie / Julia FRASER, Julie LE BROCQUY, Asun MAWARDI
LES VACANCES NOIRES / Korea / KIM Tai-sik / KIM Hyo-jeong
MEMORY / Hong Kong, China, Korea / Daniel Wai-Kwok YU / Rosa PANG
NEW SORROWFUL TO A GHOST / Taiwan / Joseph Nan Hong KUO / TSAI Ming Liang, Vincent WANG
NIGHT AND DAY / Korea / HONG Sangsoo / OH Jungwan, John KANG, Ellen KIM
ON NEXT SUNDAY / Japan / KEMMOCHI Satoki / UEMURA Maki
PESANTREN / Indonesia / Nurman HAKIM / Nan ACHNAS
ROOM OF DREAMS / Japan / SONO Sion / HIRASAWA Sho
SAMTEN / China / ZHANG Miaoyan / YANG Zhihong
SCENT OF HEAVEN / Korea / MIN Boung-hun / KIM Suk-bum
THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY / US, South Africa / Michael KANG / Jamin O'BRIEN
THE SECRET SHARER / UK / to be confirmed / Peter FUDAKOWSKI, Elizabeth YANG, Michal KWIECINSKI
THE VIRGIN GODDESS /India, Nepal/ Kanala N.T. SASTRY / Theodoor RICHARD
THE WOODEN-MAN CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN TEMPLE / Hong Kong, US / Benny LAU / Terence CHANG
YANG YANG / Taiwan / CHENG Yu-Chieh / LEE Khan