Monday, August 19, 2013

Kongdej, Tongpong in the hunt at Asian Project Market

Features by Kongdej Jaturanrasamee and Tongpong Chantarangkul are among the selections in this year's Asian Project Market at the Busan Iternational Film Festival.

Kongdej is planning what is apparently a sequel to his comedy-drama puzzler P-047 (Tae Peang Phu Deaw, แต่เพียงผู้เดียว) – P-048. The Thai title is Kalapalwasan. Meanwhile, Kongdej's latest indie feature, the teen drama Tang Wong, is set for release in Thai cinemas on August 29.

Tongpong is planning a feature called The Fireflies. It follows his critically acclaimed debut I Carried You Home (Padang Besar, ปาดังเบซา), which was supported by the Busan fest's Asian Cinema Fund.

They'll vie for funding with 28 other projects, which include Exotic Pictures by Edwin and Monkey's Mask by Garin Nugroho from Indonesia, and Samuel Over the Rainbow by the Philippines' Benito Bautista.

Also of regional news interest – Cambodian auteur Rithy Panh has been selected as the Asian Filmmaker of the Year.

APM also hosts another round of the Ties That Bind workshop, which is held in cooperation with the Udine Far East Film Festival. This year's selection included Malaria and Mosquitos by Pimpaka Towira.

The Asian Film Market and the Asian Project Market run from October 7 to 10 as part of the 18th Busan International Film Festival, October 3 to 12.

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