The Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 2020 will be held from July 9th to July 16th. A total of 194 films (89 features, 85 shorts, 20 VR) from 42 countries will be screened this year. In addition to thrillers, horror stories, and fantasies that show the identity of a genre film festival, black comedies and animations that deliver a new kind of delight also await audiences. A total of 72 of these films (22 features, 50 shorts) will be making their world premiere at BIFAN 2020.
The sci-fi and dystopian disaster genres have a stronger presence this year than any other previous year. Also, the rapid progress made by female directors from Korea, Europe, and the Americas can be seen in the films at BIFAN. What stands out in the films of these directors is the thoughtful observation of beings that have not had a voice in the androcentric worlds that have dominated genre films for a long time. The films present a new world of genre cinema by reinterpreting genre conventions through a feminist approach.
It should be noted about the posters of this year’s edition of the festival, a visualization of the BIFAN’s mission -“amplify genre talent and introduce it to the world.” The pictures used as background for the two official posters were taken at an undeveloped residential area, which had been the site of a military base. The vivid pink colored Cell of Fantasy with varying sizes placed all over the site carries the symbolic bold message that the BIFAN seeks the new sensibilities and energy that will bloom, soar, and spread throughout the closed-down spaces which are being reborn as a space for embracing various possibilities.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting our lives in a tremendous way, the 24th BIFAN will be breaking from the traditional operating structure of film festivals that require face-to-face interaction. It will be a “hybrid” film festival that keeps pace with the changing media environment. Films will be screened both offline at theaters and online through Watcha. For a special program on the Renaissance of Chinese Genre Movies, selected films will be screened on the Smart Cinema mobile app. In addition, a showcase of 10 vertical short films and multiple online events will be presented in collaboration with TikTok. By increasing touchpoints, BIFAN aims to make qualitative changes and create new opportunities for audiences to enjoy films.
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