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Jeonju Project Market supports independent filmmakers

2010/05/25 Source

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Jeonju Project Market (JPM) held a successful second edition at the Jeonju Int'l Film Festival April 29 May 7 with a slew of industry screenings and pitching sessions. JPM distinguishes itself from Korea's other film markets at PIFF and PiFan by seeking out and supporting the production of truly independent feature films and documentaries by emerging producers. While PIFF's PPP and PiFan's 'It Project' emphasize the director or the genre strengths of a project, JPM is a platform for bolstering indie producers and providing practical help in a cash-strapped economy.

Working with the Producers Guild of Korea (PGK), Day 1 of JPM gave the stage to producers of 5 Korean feature film projects in a Producer Pitching session. The jury selected "Tango in the Apartment" by MOON Seung-hyeok for the JPP Producer Award of 7 million KRW. Following this came the Documentary Pitching session with "Petition" by Kim Hee-chul chosen for the 5 million KRW award, while the SJM Cultural Foundation handed out a generous 80 million KRW to "Sad Legend" by Kim Myeong-joon as its most outstanding project.

Day 2 of JPM brought together three international and two Korean feature productions for a Work-in-Progress pitch in which directors and producers screened footage of their incomplete projects in hopes of finding completion financing and a JPP award worth 10 million KRW. The top pitch was Sri Lanka's Cannes Camera D'Or winner Vimukthi Jayasundara with his work-in-progress Through the Windshield. Korean production "Dance Town" by Jeon Kyu-hwan received an honorable mention.

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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