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2009 Brisbane Int. Film Festival – Day 1

Well, I guess this little series of posts over the next week and a bit will offer a bit of a slice of BIFF-life, and even though I’m unable to discuss a few films that are in competition for the FIPRESCI award that I am judging with Tina Kaufman and Kenicho Okubo, I’ve still managed […]

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APSA Blogs – Tim Milfull

Tim MILFULL is a film critic based in Brisbane, Australia, and his work has appeared in print, online, on radio and television. He teaches film theory and creative writing in the Creative Industries Faculty of the Queensland University of Technology, and is currently completing his PhD in creative writing. Tim recently finished a long-term stint […]

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Four Weeks Until Entries Close

There are just four weeks to go until entries close for the third annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), with at least 50 countries vying for the region’s highest accolade in film. To date, APSA has taken receipt of over 120 film titles with 50 countries represented thus far. More than 200 titles are expected to enter before the cut off date: postmarked August 24, 2009.

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2009 Pucheon Int. Fantastic Film Festival – Day 7

WHO’S ON FIRST? WHAT’S ON SECOND? One of the odder traditions of PiFan (as if the combination of gore and erotica is not wacky enough) is that it is a festival that has two closing nights. The First opening night is when all the awards are handed out (more about that in a couple of […]

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2009 Pucheon Int. Fantastic Film Festival – Day 6

Went to a midnightscreening of South Korea’s long-awaited disaster movie extravaganza Haeundae. It’s weird that the film is not part of PiFan as a disaster movie and one as good-looking this would be a great opening film or closing (too big to be anything else!). Sometimes the lack of co-operation between festivals and local distributors […]

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2009 Pucheon Int. Fantastic Film Festival – Day 5

SPOTLIGHT ON SINGAPORE As part of PiFan’s NAFF event, there is an annual component which puts special focus on projects from one particular region. This year it is Singapore. Five filmmakers made their pitch complete with audio-visual props to an audience of press, investors and curious film-going Koreans. While not part of NAFF’s project competition, […]

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2009 Pucheon Int. Fantastic Film Festival – Day 4

MUNCHING WITH THE MAYOR As all festival directors know there is a political element in coordinating a film festival that must be appeased. So it was that representatives of the foreign press were invited to have lunch with Bucheon’s Mayor, Hong Gun-pyo. The Hollywood Reporter were represented by Patrick Frater, Maggie Lee and Ivy Lam. […]

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2009 Pucheon Int. Fantastic Film Festival – Day 3

TOP NAFF, NO RIFF RAFF Festivals run on buzz. On one level PiFan is driven by its appeal to a local and loyal audience of film fans who devour horror films, grok science fiction movies and adore anything a little bit out of the ordinary. The ‘Fantastic’ aspect of PiFan is a key element in […]

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2009 Pucheon Int. Fantastic Film Festival – Day 2

OZ NOIR KICKS OFF PIFAN Kicked off my film watching activities here at Pifan with a new Digibeta feature by Australian Jon Hewitt. Last year, I reviewed his previous film Acolytes for Variety. It was a convincing chiller about some teenagers who stake out a suspected serial killer’s house (me: I spent my adolescent summers […]

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2009 Pucheon Int. Fantastic Film Festival – Day 1

  I’ve been going to PiFan aka Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival aka South Korea’s second biggest film festival, since 2002. It’s where I was first introduced to my fellow APSA Nominations Council member Kim Hong-Joon and since those heady days it has always been a festival that has punched above its weight. Under Mr […]

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