Far East Film Festival 20

Udine Italy April 20th/ April 28th 2018
The Film Festival For Popular Asian Cinema

Focus Asia

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April 26/27/28 2017 – Udine – Visionario

FOCUS ASIA

The Far East Film Festival’s Industry section will be the venue for cultural exchange between Europe and Asia, a market where future genre film projects are developed.

The principal aim of the Far East Film Festival has always been that of reducing the cultural distance between the East and the West by showcasing the films which are popular in Asia: the films people are actually going to see at the cinema - the blockbusters and genre films that rarely used to reach Western audiences except through pirated copies or in other unorthodox ways.

Over the past 20 years, many of the channels which provide access to films (free TV, pay TV, VOD, streaming and home video) have begun devoting varying amounts of space to the greatest Asian filmmakers.

And most of the titles which have reached Western audiences have passed through the Far East Film Festival.

The birth of Asia Focus has been, therefore, a natural development of the festival: a film market dedicated to genre films which are principally Asian but with close links to their Italian and European peers. Away from the hustle and bustle of major festivals (like Cannes and Berlin) in an environment and a city that encourage participants to meet and exchange ideas.

Last year FEFF set up FOCUS ASIA to branch out even further and implement an Industry section, giving Asian and European buyers the opportunity to discuss genre film productions (finished projects). This year, taking the next step forward, FOCUS ASIA 2017 will become an actual film market where Asia and Europe, and any other parties willing to join, will shape the future of genre film.

The idea is to create new connections already during the films’ initial production phase, putting together high-quality projects and key players from the respective film industries.

The selection of the projects, around a dozen in total, will be handled by some of the major genre film festivals: Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (Bucheon, South Korea), Black Nights Film Festival - Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event (Tallinn, Estonia), Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia (Sitges, Spanish State) and the Nordisk Film & Fond’s Nordic Genre Boost (Oslo, Norway).

Every selected project will be evaluated over the course of three days, from 26th to 28th April, by important and influential decision makers and possible financiers from both film industries. The programme will include one-to-one meetings and a series of panel discussions and case studies on development strategies, and genre film financing and distribution.