BIFF News: Asian Project Market 2019 Call for Applications

Applications for the Busan International Film Festival’s ‘Asian Project Market’ (APM) are now open at the APM’s official website until Saturday, June 15.

APM provides opportunities for filmmakers to take their new projects forward with potential investment and co-production partners. It also discovers new and striking film projects, ranging from large commercial scale to low-budget independent films to link them with global film investors, producers and distributors. Originally launched in 1998 as the Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP), APM celebrated last year’s edition by arranging 743 official business meetings with the participation of 149 related companies, a record-breaking result. APM has established itself as the largest investment and co-production market in Asia.

APM has selected 556 projects over the last 21 years, and about 230 projects have been completed. Projects from previous editions include films by internationally renowned directors such as Lee Chang-dong’s Oasis (Korea/APM 2001) and Poetry (Korea/APM 2008), Bong Joon-ho’s The Host (Korea/APM 2004) and Snowpiercer (Korea/APM 2009) and Platform directed by Jia Zhang-ke (China, Hong Kong(China), Japan, France/APM 1998).

Also, many other films were highly praised at major film festivals. Jinpa by director Pema Tseden (China/APM 2014) won the Best Screenplay in Orizzonti at the Venice International Film Festival 2018, A lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery by director Lav Diaz (Philippines, Singapore/APM 2012) was awarded the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival 2016, and Diamond Island by director Davy Chou (Cambodia, France, Germany, Thailand, Qatar/APM 2014) was given the SACD Award at the Cannes Critics’ Week. In addition, director Kawase Naomi’s An: Sweet Red Bean Paste (Japan, France, Germany/APM 2013) was selected for the Un Certain Regard section opening film of the Cannes Film Festival 2015 and director Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s The President (Georgia, France, UK, Germany/APM 2013) was screened as the opening film in Orizzonti of Venice International Film Festival 2014.

APM selects around 30 creative feature film projects by both young and well-known directors in Asia and throughout the world. Business meetings for investment and co-production are slated to start Sunday, October 6 to Tuesday, October 8 for 3 days at the Busan International Film Festival.

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