2023 Fact Sheet
27th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival
Non-competitive international film festival with a competitive section
51 countries 262 films (feature film 121, short film 110, XR film 31)
World Premire (WP) 83 films (feature film 23, short film 58, XR film 2)
International Premire (IP) 26 films (feature film 8, short film 4, XR film 14)
Aisa Premire (AP) 61 (feature film 28, short film 24, XR film 9)
Korea Premire (KP) 57 (feature film34, short film 17, XR film 6)
Dates & Venues June 29 (THU) - July 9 (SUN), 11 days
Opening Ceremony: June 29 (THU) Bucheon CityHall Grass Square
Opening Film Screening: June 29 (THU) Bucheon CityHall 2F Uh-Wool-Ma-dang
Closing Ceremony: July 9 (SUN) Bucheon CityHall 2F Uh-Wool-Ma-dang
Theaters: Bucheon City Hall Lawn Square, Bucheon City Hall Theater, Fantastic Cube , Korea Manhwa Museum, CGV Sopoong, Megabox Starfield City Bucheon Bucheon ArtBunkerB39
Online Screening Platform: wavve
Presented by Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival Organizing Committee
Hosted by Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival Executive Committee
Supported by Ministry of Culture, Sports, & Tourism, Bucheon City, Korean Film Council, Gyeonggi Contents Agency, Seoul Business Agency, Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science & Creativity, Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation
The 2023 Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival presents the slogan 'Cinema+'to reflect BIFAN's intention to assess the state of Korean cinema amidst significantshifts in the industry and cultural landscape. With the convergence and combination ofKorean pop culture such as K-series, K-pop, and K-webtoon, BIFAN aims to diagnose thepresent and envision the future. Since 2020, BIFAN has been pondering the essence ofcinema, initiating the agenda of 'Redefining Cinema.' The film industry is experiencing rapid changes, far beyond the mere exchange of original stories and creative talents. These changes propel the nature and environment of cinema into a realm of continuous transformation and expansion. Meanwhile, now after the pandemic, Korean cinema faces a massive crisis that has affected the film industry centered on theaters. This crisis could be another opportunity for cinema to expand by collaborating with music, series, and webtoons, and those adaptations and expansions particularly thrive in genre films, demonstrating great vitality. Building on the successful launch of the Series Award last year, BIFAN remains committed to exploring the intersection of cinema with other cultural forms, such as series and webtoons, and through active collaboration with the Korea Manhwa Contents Agency. This year, we anticipate fruitful discussions and explorations of the ever-expanding future of cinema in Bucheon, engaging filmmakers, audiences, and citizens alike.
Celebration Programs to Honor Bucheon's 50th Anniversary
As Bucheon celebrates its 50th anniversary, BIFAN strives to nurture a symbiotic relationship between the city and the festival, ensuring harmonious growth and coexistence. With the success of 'Halloween in July' launched in 2022 that received a positive response from the public, new programs are designed for Bucheon's 50th anniversary in 2023. These exciting programs offer an opportunity the citizens of Bucheon, who adapted well to the challenges of the pandemic, to immerse themselves in a spirit of celebration, resilience, and cultural enrichment. Bucheon City is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a bigger parade, where the Bucheon community and visitors can join in the open space. For three exciting days, a range of programs are planned to create a memorable summer vacation experience, including a lively dance party featuring EDM, thrilling water gun fights using color powder with natural ingredients, and experiential playgrounds with ice and circus performances, ensuring entertainment for all. The nights will come alive with collaborative events with local shops, surprise guerrilla performances across Bucheon to honor its anniversary, and food trucks serving unique culinary delights. Notably, the Bari Hotel program offers to stay overnight in partnership withlocal hotels, ultimately allowing visitors to enjoy the city's offerings while supporting the local economy. The Goedam Campus organized the 'Bucheon Goedam Contest' to uncover ghost stories set in Bucheon and selected 11 chilling Bucheon ghost stories among 118 submissions. In time for the Festival, the Bucheon Goedam Collection of these peculiar and mysterious tales from Bucheon will be published and distributed as a booklet. As a distinctive addition to the 'Bucheon City 50th Anniversary Special, each BIFAN programmer will carefully select one film released in 1973, marking the 50th anniversary of Bucheon. With this selection, BIFAN aims to create a special moment for the audience to get immersed and celebrate Bucheon's remarkable 50th anniversary by screening masterpieces that have made a lasting impact on film history, valuing the cultural growth of Bucheon, a city that is encompassing not just films but also comics and webtoons.
Two Special Programs and Diverse Event Programs
As a renowned genre film festival, the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival(BIFAN) offers diverse programs, which include the competition sections of 'Bucheon Choice' and 'Korean Fantastic.' BIFAN's official selection offers a delightful cinematic experience: Mad MaxX introduces new creations by acclaimed directors, and the sections such as Adrenaline Ride, Metal Noir, Merry-Go-Round, Odd Family, and XL, pay homage to various film genres and offer curated film selections to help the audience to choose films that meet their preferences. choose films to meet their preferences. One of BIFAN's flagship programs, the special spotlight on a Korean actor or actress, glimpse into the current state of Korean cinema through the traces of actors and actresses who have represented contemporary Korean films. This year, BIFAN presents the special spotlight on Korean actor with Master CHOI MIN SIK, a retrospective of 10 films personally personally selected by the actor, spanning from the 1990s to recent releases. Moreover, in collaboration with the Korean Film Archive, two of Choi Min Sik's early works, Vapor (1988) and On The Way To The Winter (1989), will be digitally restored and publicly screened for the first time. The program also includes a commemorative booklet and a mega talk session with Choi Min Sik. Another special program, Folk Horror: Land of Cruelty, Beliefs of Terror, delves into the significant trend of folk horror films in contemporary global cinema. section offers 11 features and short films covering a spectrum of folk horror classics and recent acclaimed works. Alongside the screenings, there will be a mega talk session involving director Kier-La Janisse of Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror and other Korean and international producers, programmers, film critics, and researchers who will discuss the captivating history of folk horror. Attendees can also enjoy a booklet and limited-edition merchandise to enhance their understanding of folk horror. Director Tezka Macoto opens a master class along with the selection of his shorts under the title of Visualism, which seamlessly traverses live-action and animation. The master class with director Konaka Kazuya will feature his autobiographical work on filmmaking, Single 8, and the original short film within a film, Turn Point 10:40, providing valuable insights into the art of filmmaking. Embracing the global trend of film restoration, BIFAN presents a rich lineup of masterpieces in the Strange Hommage section. Films including David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch, Gregg ArakI's The Doom Generation, Patrick Tam's Nomad: Director's Cut, Johnnie To's The Heroic Trio with incredible performances by Michelle Yeoh, Anita Mui, and Maggie Cheung, and KON Satoshi's Millennium Actress, are among the eight restored films prepared to encounter today's audience and be reinterpreted through a contemporary lens. BIFAN also offers enjoyable screening events for cinephiles, such as The Night of Living'Duk-hu' and B My Guest, featuring 'unique' guests to add an extra touch of 'strangeness' to the Festival. Asian genre film industry platform B.I.G-an enhanced hybrid solution This year’s BIFAN Industry Gathering (B.I.G.) brings strengthened globalized programs with complete onsite schedules and complimentary online programs, including P/I screenings, workshops, and industry meetings for its three main components: NAFF Project Market, NAFF Fantastic Film School, and Made in Asia. NAFF Project Market Welcoming back numerous overseas partners and the new ones in this post-pandemic edition, NAFF Project Market invites carefully chosen twenty-nine projects from eighteen countries. They include five spotlight projects sponsored by VIPO from Japan, such as new works by Takahashi Hiroshi and Kumakiri Kazuyoshi, and four from Nordic Genre Invasion, making its return since including new projects by Pal Oie and Fredrik S. Hana. Among the support sponsors, TAICCA is on board with a 10,000 USD cash prize.
Fantastic Film School (FFS)
This year's FFS welcomes a renowned film veteran BarrySabath as the Dean. one space too much. mentors, including Hollywood executive Chris Lee and XYZ executive Todd Brown, will provide up close and personal instructions for thirty participants from seventeen countries as they begin to develop their project as well as group work, following the footsteps of Bradley Liew, Kenneth Dagatan, and Martika Ramirez Escobar, former FFS participants who became globally successful filmmakers with their films in Sundance, Tokyo, Sitges and more.
Made in Asia
Once again, Made in Asia takes a leap forward. Through the regular publication of industry reports to share standardized market information, and an industry forums bringing together key players of the Asian film industry, Made in Asia aims to provide a platform for exchange and cooperation among the various Asian film industries. This year, the Asian Film Industry Report will be extended to 17 countries. Through forums dealing with current major issues at the Asian film industry, solutions and visions will be exchanged, partnerships maintained and strengthened. Expanding partnership agreements between various Asian governmental and public institutions will extend and become the matrix for a cooperation organization of the Asian film industry.
Goedam Campus Season 4
BIFAN opens the fourth season of Goedam Campus. The booklet featuring the winners of the Bucheon Goedam Competition, the 'Bucheon Goedam Collection', will be published and distributed to industry officials and libraries. The collection will contain 11 intriguing and mysterious stories about Bucheon, offering a fresh perspective on the city and inspiring future content. As world premieres, seven of last year's Goedam Short Films Production Support projects will be screened. BIFAN has established business agreements with organizations in Indonesia and Taiwan to launch the new Goedam Residency program, inviting talented individuals from each country. The best projects from the Goedam Planning and Development Camp will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas in Taiwan and Indonesia in the second half of the year and two Goedam shorts will be featured at the TFC’s Short Film Festival. The Festival will also include the inauguration ceremony of 'Goedam Campus 2023,' where selected Goedam short projects will be awarded, and mentors and mentees from the eight projects of the Goedam Planning and Development Camp will come together to strengthen their creative spirit. Acclaimed author, Seo Miae, known as the queen of mystery novels, will share her creative secrets through the 'Goedam Master's Secret.' Additionally, there will be an anthology book talk by Safe House and a book café featuring other genre publishers such as Mineumsa The Golden Bough.
Everything we see, feel, and think can be transformed into digital signals, accumulated, reproduced, and shared. Immersive content, actively reflecting the art of the digital age, boldly penetrates neighboring art genres. This year's 'Beyond Reality' introduces works that expand into architecture and performing arts. Additionally, we will be hosting a 'Content Jam' workshop, utilizing generative artificial intelligence and motion capture that swiftly produce visually stunning results. While technology cannot always provide definitive answers to art, creators will have the opportunity to gain faithful and efficient assistance.