6-8 October 2019
22nd Asian Project Market
The 21st Asian Project Market Selects 29 Official Projects|
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The 21st Asian Project Market Selects 29 Official Projects
The Asian Project Market (APM), the biggest investment and co-production market in Asia, announces 29 official projects for 2018. APM is a stepping stone for directors who introduce various new projects to the industry from beyond Asia as well as provide opportunities for significant investment and co-production. Over the past 20 years, a total of 527 projects have been selected and numerous projects realized into films through the Asian Project Market.
■ 401 projects applied for APM 2018, about 30% increase over the previous year
A total of 401 projects from 69 countries applied for APM 2018. The number of projects that applied for APM has increased approximately 30% over the previous year and the regional diversity of the applicants has also expanded. The newly selected 29 projects include Asian directors and producers who are actively engaged in the industry and prospective filmmakers who are expected to attract significant attention.
■ New projects from Korean directors revealed for the first time in Busan
This year, a great number of Korean projects discovered by Busan International Film Festival have been selected. Director Zhang Lu, who gained international reputation by New Currents Award winning film Grain in Ear and whose film A Quiet Dream was selected as an opening film of Busan International Film Festival 2016, and director Kim Uiseok, winner of last year’s New Currents Award winning film After My Death, will visit APM 2018 with their projects Yanagawa and The Martyrdom. The new projects that can be seen are: In the Water by director Shin Dongseok, whose film Last Child was selected by New Currents 2017 and Berlin International Film Festival 2018, and The Final Print by director Jang Woojin, the winner of Vision-Director’s Award 2016 with the film Autumn, Autumn.
■ Rendezvous with Europe: new projects from beyond Northeast Asia and Southwest Asia
APM 2018, selected diverse projects from China and Japan, and new projects from Southwest Asia where the Busan International Film Festival provided continuous support, such as Fan Girl by director Antoinette Jadaone, who holds record in Philippines Box Office and I, the Song by director Dechen Roder from Bhutan, who received special attention with the film Honeygiver Among the Dogs. Projects from Singaporean producers I See Waves by Jeremy Chua and Stranger Eyes by Fran Borgia are also eye-catching. Meanwhile, co-productions that transcend continental boundaries are outstanding. The Pack by Tomáš Polenský is the first Czech Republic co-projection project in APM, and active cooperation between Asian countries and European countries such as France, Netherland, Italy, and German and can also be seen.
The APM 2018 presents following new projects for 3 days starting Sunday, October 7 to Tuesday, October 9 at Exhibition Center 2, BEXCO.
Asian Project Market 2018 Selections
(Project Title in Alphabetical Order)
Anatomy of Time
Min Bahadur BHAM,
Shawkat Amin KORKI
Kurdistan (Iraq), Germany, Japan
The Final Print
CHEUNG King Wai
Hong Kong (China)
In the Water
I See Waves
Abdullah Mohammad SAAD
I, the Song
Man of the Sea
My Small Land (working title)
Czech Republic, Latvia
A Plum of Smoke
The Question of Innocence
Soundtrack of an Eternal Day (working title)
YEO Siew Hua
Where We Belong
Without End, Without Doubt
Yesterday Will Be Perfect
Hong Kong (China), Canada
- The 23rd Busan International Film Festival will be held from October 4, 2018 to October 13, 2018.
- Asian Film Market will be held from October 6, 2018 to October 9, 2018.
- Asian Project Market will be held from October 7, 2018 to October 9, 2018.