Asian Contents & Film Market 2023
The Asian Contents & Film Market (ACFM) was successfully completed last year with the largest participation ever.
This year, we are preparing to furnish participants with even more informative programs. Similar to last year, the ACFM 2023 will open Online Booth and Market Screening, allowing participants to enjoy some of the BIFF Official Selections and diverse line-ups from various sales companies online.
Asia’s leading film and content market, ACFM 2023 will be held simultaneously at Exhibition Center 1, BEXCO, Busan and at ACFM 2023 Online Website for a total of four days from 7 October to 10 October.
Announcing the 30 Official Selections
for the Asian Project Market 2023!
Asian Project Market, the biggest film investment and co-production market in Asia, has selected 30 projects for this year’s edition. With a total of 399 submissions from 50 countries, this year marked the second highest competition rate to date. This year saw a large number of submissions from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, while the number of Japanese and Taiwanese projects saw a significant increase from previous years. In particular, the increase in number of co-productions between countries in Asia and the Americas and Europe is raising expectations for Asian contents and creators.
The large number of selections by BIFF alumni Asian directors is garnering much attention. APM 2023 official selections include Mr. Van (Vietnam / Germany) by director Kim Quy Bui, who was invited to the New Currents section at the Busan International Film Festival 2021, and Southern Summer (China / Malaysia) by director Lan Tian, recipient of the Sonje Award at the Busan International Film Festival 2022. In addition, Song Fang, alumnus of the first edition of the Asian Film Academy (AFA) who has become a prominent figure on the international stage, and Makbul Mubarak, AFA 2018 alumnus, have also returned to BIFF as directors. Furthermore, projects by directors Fukada Koji, Ahmed Yassin Al Daradji, and Kawawada Emma, who met with the audience at the Busan International Film Festival 2022 with past APM projects, directors Rima Das, Hsu Chao-Jen and Hirose Nanako have been selected.
In addition, 7 Korean projects were selected for the Asian Project Market 2023, including projects by directors Yoon Danbi, who received international recognition with her feature debut and quadruple crown winner at the Busan International Film Festival 2019, Moving On (2019), An Old Lady (2019)’s Lim Sun-ae, A Leave (2020)’s Lee Ranhee, and Kim Mi-young, who received the DGK MEGABOX Award at the Busan International Film Festival 2021. With director Lee Dongwoo’s Snake & Scorpion, a feature adaptation of last year’s Wide Angle selection of the same title, director Shin Sun of No Surprise (2021), and director Kang Yi Kwan, who will be revisiting BIFF with Morning Star, APM is expected to give insight to the future of Korean cinema.
The selection of various northeast Asian projects is also grabbing attention with collaborative projects between experienced and newly emerging directors, as well as selections with promising and creative stories.
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