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Pinoy film project chosen for Asian Cinema Fund



A movie project by a Filipino filmmaker has been chosen for post-production assistance by the Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) 2017.
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The ACF is a funding initiative by South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) to discover Asian filmmakers.

This year, the ACF selected 23 projects consisting of 16 Asian and seven Korean films for funding and assistance among 342 entries.

The Philippines’ “Sea Serpent” film by Joseph Israel Laban was picked as one of the six recipients of the ACF’s Post-Production Fund.

“Sea Serpent,” which the ACF describes as “a coming-of-age film about a teenage girl waiting for her missing father,” will get “in-kind post-production process in Korea.”

According to the ACF, Digital Intermediate, sound mixing and Digital Cinema Package will be provided by partner companies Korean Film Council (KOFIC), CJ Powercast, Wavelab STD, Studio SH, Plus Gain, Pluto Sound Group, KUMTLE and Dexter Studios.

Other film projects that qualified for Post-Production Fund are China-France’s “Silent Mist” by director Zhang Miaoyan, India’s “The Horse Voiced” by Pushpendra Singh and Korea’s “February” by Kim Joonghyun), “A Haunting Hitchhike” Jeong Heejae and “Last Child” by Shin Dongseok.

For the ACF 2017 Script Development Fund, the five recipients of 10 million won (P442,301) each are “The Fog Catchers” by India’s Balaka Ghosh, “I See Waves” by Thailand’s Abdullah Saad, “Magadir” by Indonesia’s Sidi Saleh, “The Postman” by Afghanistan’s Siddiq Barmak and “A Year of Cold” by Nepal’s Min Bahadur Bham.

The 12 projects chosen for the Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund are “About Love,” Archana Phadke (India); “Comrade on the Road,” Wan Fai (Hong Kong; “It Wasn’t An Accident,” Soe Moe Aung (Myanmar); “I’ve Got the Blues,” Angie Chen (Hong Kong); “Lady of the Harbour,” Wang Shen (Netherlands, China); “A Rifle and a Bag,” Arya Rothe (India; “Sons of the Judge,” Reza Haeri (Iran); “The Tree House,” Truong Minh Quy (China, Singapore, Vietnam); and Korea’s “Eyebrows,” Jung Yoonsuk; “Grey Tomb,” Jang Jinam; “Dear My Genius,” Koo Yunjoo; and “Re-sound,” Jeong Il-geon.

Each AND project will receive funds ranging from 5 million won (P221,045) to 20 million (P884,417).

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