Asian film festivals team up to increase opportunities for Asian filmmakers

Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan 2011) posterThe Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) of the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) and Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) of the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) signed a memorandum of understanding on June 24th to closely collaborate and build an amicable network among genre film makers as well as their respective industries.

The agreement, which begins on July 1, 2011, is expected to establish a more formal relationship between the two film festivals. The agreement highlights to strengthen film producers and directors from both sides to accelerate Asian genre films and its project market while actively conducting exchanges in both terms of financial and academic. Also, the agreement includes NAFF selecting a HAF project as newly installed NAFF ward at HAF next year as an international collaboration between HAF and NAFF and inviting the project to NAFF2012 as NAFF It Project official selection.

The director of PiFan Young-bin Kim said, “This agreement empowers the role of PiFan and HKIFF as the hub of the Asian film project market and keeps performing the roles in creating a firm foundation for the Asian film market that will help establish a world-class film industry.”

The 15th PiFan runs from July 14 to 20, 2011 alongside NAFF (which runs July 17 – 20th) while the 36th Hong Kong International Film Festival will be held from March 21 to April 5, 2012, alongside HAF (from March 19 – 21st). Both Roger Garcia and Bede Cheng, HHIFF Program manager, will attend 4th NAFF opening reception to celebrate the partnership.