2022 Fact Sheet
26th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival
Non-competitive international film festival with a competitive section
Dates & Venues July 7 (THU) - 17 (SUN), 11 days
Opening Ceremony: July 7 (THU) 19:00 (RED CARPET 18:00) Bucheon City Hall Lawn Square
Opening Film Screening: July 7 (THU) 20:30, Bucheon City Hall, Main Theater (2F)
Closing Ceremony: July 14 (THU) 19:00, Bucheon City Hall theater
Theaters: Bucheon City Hall Lawn Square, Bucheon City Hall Theater, Fantastic Cube , Korea Manhwa Museum, CGV Sopoong, Megabox Starfield City Bucheon
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
Restoration of Daily Life and the Return of BIFAN
Our life is coming back. In the past two years, the Korean film industry and theaters have suffered immensely due to the pandemic, and the crisis is still ongoing. However, Korean films have made remarkable achievements overseas. The Cannes Film Festival honored the Korean Films once again, and the whole world went crazy for the K series, including Squid Game. What do we call films? Is Squid Game something utterly out of the scope of films? The language of cinema, the form of the medium, and how the audience receives them have changed, and the changes are irreversible. The audience and filmmakers should celebrate together the achievements of Korean films and K contents, which were rooted in the nourishment of Korean cinema. I hope that BIFAN will serve as a place for the recovery of the exhausted and weary community and audience, all gathered to console each other for the tough time we had over the last two years.
Bringing Festive Fever Back: Halloween in July
Halloween is a party for the youth that allows them to express their individuality and freedom. Halloween in July started from the authentic imagination of BIFAN, dreaming of enjoying Halloween in midsummer, and the Festival will bring a fantastic feast ready to blast.
Halloween in July is BIFAN's gift to the community and visitors who finally came to the plaza for freedom. It offers a variety of programs for a perfect midsummer party, such as wearing costumes, parades, dancing nights, water gun fights, junk art gardens, and mission games, completed with the voluntary participation of the public. The party will serve as the place where the visitors and local stores will enjoy the coexistence, providing various entertainment with accommodations tailored to the concept of events related to nearby stores. Halloween in July is tailored to meet BIFAN's identity, combining different elements and creating new colors with ingenious imagination.
New Programs, New Festival
While keeping the signature competition programs, Bucheon Choice and Korean Fantastic, BIFAN revamped all the other sections. Mad Max will introduce the film masters' new works. The other sections, Adrenaline Ride, Metal Noir, Merry-Go-Round, Family Beyond, XL, and more, are packed with captivating films with section titles that the audience can find their favorite films. BIFAN also brings various special exhibitions, THE ACTOR, SEOL KYUNG GU, featuring the actor of our time, 39+1 KAFA in BIFAN, a pre-event for the 40th anniversary of the Korean Film Academy in 2023, and BOYS, BE, LOVE, a special exhibition with BL(Boys’ Love) films. The children's jury will resume with the new name, The Jury of Strange Children Jury, in the Odd Family section. As a hybrid festival, BIFAN will present the online Screenings at wavve(www.wavve.com) as it did last year, with more numbers of on-site theaters.
B.I.G Offering Offline and Online Industry Programs
B.I.G went online with metaverse and other online business platforms for the past two years due to the pandemic. This year, B.I.G comes back with offline events, forums, and face-to-face business meetings, and it also continues to offer online platforms, including Bucheon Fantastic Castle Gather-town in metaverse, for those who can't attend offline events. B.I.G provides a new communication process, P&I (press and industry) screening, so that people can view the film festival projects and the portfolio of participants. Director Brian Yuzna will be the dean of the Fantastic Film School with the master class.
Goedam Campus Season 3
Goedam Campus has made remarkable achievements over the past two years. Following the Goedam Collection with online Goedam(괴담, 怪談) from all over the world and Goedam Shorts with Korean Goedam, the 2022 Goedam Archive collects ghost stories from the number of the UNESCO Creative City of Literature that has signed an agreement with Bucheon City. The International Goedam Collection will be published and distributed to industry officials and the Creative City of Literature worldwide as booklets and e-books in both Korean and English. The Goedam Short Films Production Support led the projects to major local and international film festivals, and Ghost Friend has an opportunity to be released in theaters. Goedam Planning & Development Camp participants made outstanding achievements in completing projects or signing contracts with production companies. Season 3 of finding new talents has already begun with the Goedam Campus programs, and the creators will be introduced at the Goedam Campus launching ceremony during the Festival.
During the pandemic, Beyond Reality greeted audiences at Incheon International Airport, but it prepared for its 7th journey this year at the Bucheon Manhwa Museum and the Culture Hall of the Hyundai Department Jungdong Store. BIFAN explored the potential of the metaverse Festival through the virtual platform exhibition XR3 in collaboration with the Cannes Film Festival and New Image Film Festival last year. This year, BIFAN focuses on presenting works with various media. The selection expands both in forms and contents, blending with media art, theater performances, games, and YouTube, are to meet the audience. Please observe how the possibilities of cinematic storytelling have evolved instead of examining how far they are away from films. This year's Beyond Reality presents how film history could advance by collaborating with adjoining art fields.