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Asian Film Academy 2019 Call for Applications

Busan International Film Festival’s educational program ‘Asian Film Academy (AFA)’ is now accepting applications. AFA fosters young Asian talents and builds networks for Asian filmmakers. The application is available online at afa.biff.kr until April 30, 2019.

Since its inception in 2005, AFA has produced 337 alumni from 32 countries in Asia. Many alumni have stood out in major film festivals around the world. Manta Ray by director Phuttiphong Aroonpheng (AFA 2009, Thailand) won the Orizzonti Award for Best Film at the Venice International Film Festival 2018 and Last Night I Saw You Smiling by director Neang Kavich (AFA 2013, Cambodia) won the NETPAC Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019. Crocodile Tears by director Tumpal Tampubolon (AFA 2010, Indonesia) and Raising a Beast by director Xaisongkham Induangchanthy (AFA 2012, Laos) have been selected for La Fabrique Cinéma, a program developed by the Institut français to support projects by young filmmakers. Both directors will attend Cannes Film Festival 2019 as part of the program.

AFA fellows will participate in various programs including Workshop & Mentoring, Special Lectures, and Short Film Production for 18 days. Two short films completed by the fellows will be premiered at the 24th Busan International Film Festival. Each year, internationally renowned directors are invited as the AFA faculty members and directors such as Lou Ye, Kore-eda Hirokazu, Lee Chang-dong and Jia Zhangke have served as the dean in previous years. AFA fellows were able to learn abundant new experiences from faculty members and build a strong network among themselves.

AFA 2019 will be held from September 26 to October 13.

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