ASIA-PACIFIC, FESTIVALS / EVENTS, South Korea — 02/22/2012 11:05 PM

New call for projects from Busan’s Asian Cinema Fund

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Independent filmmakers who are having difficulty getting their projects off the ground may seek help from the Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Cinema Fund (ACF). The ACF provides diverse funding programs which can help young filmmakers to complete their projects.  

“Now entering its fifth year, ACF hopes to create a renewed solidarity within Asian cinema, and that this new perspective will empower the fund to continue to be a springboard for young talented filmmakers across the region, and to foster and develop creativity with more diverse and original platforms,” says ACF Director Hong Hyosook in the BIFF official website

Launched in 2007, the ACF has three funding categories: the Script Development Fund, the Post-Production Fund and the Asian Network of Documentary Fund. Projects which are selected under the Script Development Fund will be awarded 10 million Korean won (approximately $10,000) each, while those under the Post-production Fund will be completed at state-of-the-art facilities in Korea. DI, sound mixing, and producing negatives and prints are also covered by this fund.

Meanwhile, the AND Fund aims to encourage Asian documentary filmmakers, awarding 10 million Korean won (approximately $10,000) or 5 million Korean won (approximately $5,000) each to selected projects.  

Among the ACF projects which have been successful in prestigious film festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival, one is a documentary. Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi’s “5 Broken Cameras,” won the Public Broadcaster IDFA Audience Award, the Special Jury Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2011, and the World Cinema Directing Award at Sundance 2012. “5 Broken Cameras” was completed in 2010 with help from the AND fund.

Another AND project, Davy Chou’s “Golden Slumbers” was recently incited to the forum section of the Berlin Film Festival 2012.

The ACF 2012 is now accepting submissions until April 20 for the Post-Production Fund and May 10 for the Script Development Fund and Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund. Interested applicants can submit their entries through the ACF website. 

AND conditions

DEADLINE: May 10, 2012


• feature length documentary in the production or post-production stage
• documentary aimed at theatrical release
* Made-for-TV documentaries are not eligible.
* Resubmission will be accepted only when the substantial changes are remarked.


• Cash award of either 10,000,000 KRW or 5,000,000 KRW (Approx. 10,000 USD/5,000 USD)
• Invitation to AND programs at the 17th Busan IFF


Asian Project
Korean Project 
Asian Projects on the conflict-ridden areas will ALSO be considered for DMZ Fund grant supported by DMZ DOCS.

(Basic Dossier) 

Application Form 
Director’s Intention
Project Status
Budget Plan in USD
Biography/Filmography of Director and Producer

(specific Dossier)

Project Proposal (including a list of research materials and investigative contents and corresponding editing script)
Note Providing Explanation of the Changes (in case of resubmission)

(To be sent via courier)

A Rough Cut of the Project on DVD
(In production or post-production)
Director’s Previous Work in DVD Format


Upon the completion into film of the selected project, it should contain ACF opening title card provided by ACF which specifies the relevant film is recipient of AND Fund. 
Participation in AND programs is mandatory.

More info on AND website page  and ACF website.

SOURCES: ACF, gmanetwork

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