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‘Boldstar’ wins at 22nd Asian Project Market in Busan

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A film project by Filipino director Antoinette Jadaone won at the 22nd Asian Project Market (APM), “the largest investment and co-production market in Asia.” The awarding was held as part of the 24th Busan International Film Festival in Busan, South Korea.

Jadaone’s project “Boldstar” bagged the CJ Entertainment Award and it is one of the eight winners this year out of 29 entries.

“Our APM experience this year with ‘Boldstar’ is so much better than last year with Fan Girl. We had great feedback! We had a lot of interested producers from different regions kaiyak. We had more meetings last year, but we have better feedback this year. (‘Your project is #1 on our list!,’ ‘Yours is my favorite!,’ ‘We’d love to be onboard.),” she wrote on her blog last Oct. 7 before the winners were announced.

Antoinette Jadaone (2nd from right) with “Boldstar” producers Bianca Balbuena (2nd from left) and Dan Villegas (extreme right) at the APM awarding ceremony in Busan (Jadaone’s Instagram)

Antoinette Jadaone (2nd from right) with “Boldstar” producers Bianca Balbuena (2nd from left) and Dan Villegas (extreme right) at the APM awarding ceremony in Busan (Jadaone’s Instagram)

She added, “We won’t be shooting ‘Boldstar’ until late 2020, but this gives me push. Here’s to hoping we don’t disappoint them. But more importantly, that I don’t disappoint myself.”

Jadaone directed the hit film “A Thing Called Tadhana” and will direct and write the upcoming TV series “Soulmate” starring James Reid and K-pop girl group Momoland member Nancy. The producers of “Boldstar” are Bianca Balbuena and Dan Villegas.

The other APM winners are: Busan Award – “Topography of Solitude” by Nakai Noemie (Japan); MAS Award – “The Courier Always Knocks Twice” by Hu Jia and Daniel Yu (China); LOTTE Award – “About Daughter” by Boo Jiyoung (South Korea); KOCCA Award – “Winter Worm, Summer Grass” by Kang Sang-woo (South Korea); ArteKino Award – “Mother Tongue” by Zhannat Alshanova (Kazakhstan); Sørfond Award – “Skin of Youth” by Ash Mayfair (Vietnam); and Moneff Award – “The Child” by Kang Donghun (South Korea).

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