South Korea’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN) has unveiled its lineup for this year’s fest and the genre-heavy fest is certainly making no bones about being heavily influenced by sci-fi films of yore. In fact, this year’s fest will have “Robots: Future Beyond the Human Race”, a program devoted to classic sci-fi titles such as Blade Runner, Westworld, Forbidden Planet, Weird Sciene, and more.
The festival will open with Edgar Nito’s The Gasoline Thieves, an award-winning film from this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, while Ko Myoungsung’s The 12th Suspect will be the closing film.
This year, the festival will run a couple of weeks earlier than normal, taking place June 27 through July 7. With 288 films this year (170 features, 118 shorts), BIFAN will be home to 22 feature-length World Premieres, 27 feature-length International Premieres, and 50 feature-length Asian Premieres. Below are a small handful of titles playing at this year’s BIFAN
In full disclosure, I have been selected as a jury member for the Bucheon Choice category. I am honored to be on this jury alongside the esteemed Japanese director Shusuke Kaneko, who directed three Gamera films, as well as South Korean actress Uhm Jung-hwa, and South Korean director E.oni.
More information about BIFAN can be found on their official website.
BUCHEON CHOICE: FEATURES IN COMPETITION:
Achoura – Talal SELHAMI (Morocco, France)
The Art Of Self-Defense – Riley STEARNS (US)
Come To Daddy – Ant TIMPSON (Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, US)
The Culprit – KO Jungwook (Korea)
Daniel Isn’t Real – Adam Egypt MORTIMER (US)
G Affairs – LEE Cheuk Pan (Hong Kong)
Is That You? – Rudy Riveron SANCHEZ (UK, Cuba)
The Lodge – Severin FIALA, Veronika FRANZ (UK, US)
The Miracle Of The Sargasso Sea – Syllas TZOUMERKAS (Greece, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden)
The Room – Christian VOLCKMAN (France, Luxembourg, Belgium)
Tourism – MIYAZAKI Daisuke (Japan, Singapore)
We Are Little Zombies – NAGAHISA Makoto (Japan)
KOREAN FANTASTIC: FEATURES IN COMPETITION:
Abyss: The Girl’s Eye – CHANG Hyunsang
Fanfare – LEE Donku
Film Adventure – LEE Sangdeok
The Game Of Life – YANG Jaeho
The Girl In A Tiny Room – PARK Sojin
Lapse – CHAE Sooeung
Welcome To The Guesthouse – SHIM Yohan
Zombie Fighter – LIM Jihwan