All you need to know about the 21st Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival

Posted on 7 July, 2017 by Team Wishberry

The 21st Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival popularly known as BiFan will bring 289 films from 58 countries with the theme of Love, Fantasy and Adventure from July 13 to 23 for 11 days, at Bucheon in South Korea.

In 2016, two Indian entries, Anurag Kashyap’s Raman Raghav 2.0 won the Best Asian Genre Film at the festival, and Rohit Mittal’s Autohead bagged the Best Actor Award (Deepak Sampat).

This year, Tamil director Shakti Soundar Rajan’s Miruthan will screen at the festival, under the World Fantastic Red non-competitive category.

The fest will witness discussions on interesting topics like ‘Terrible Women: Monsters and Villainess’ and feminism in cinema, a look into the films of the legendary Spanish director Alex De La Iglesia, virtual reality tour in films, and more.


BiFan has been known for screening South Korean films from the genres of horror, thriller, mystery and fantasy. In recent times, it has expanded the categories to warm up to a bigger number of cinemagoers. The categories this year are:-

Bucheon Choice - BiFan’s all-genre feature film competition section, which presents original films from all over the world.

World Fantastic Red – A section for those who love blood-splattering action, creepy horror, and heart-pumping thriller films.

Family Zone - Fantasy movies that children and adolescents can watch with their family.

Fantastic Short Films - A selection of short fantasy masterpieces from around the world.

Korean Fantastic – Encouraging and supporting Korean Fantasy films, this category is a competition section that is open to domestic feature and short films.

World Fantastic Blue - A panorama of the world’s fantasy films where blue stands for comedy, fantasy and drama.

Forbidden Zone - Forbidden Zone is a place for extreme and ‘dangerous’ movies that challenge the taboo, as well tease the boundaries of ‘freedom of expression’.

Opening film at BiFan

Room No. 7

Directed by Lee Yongseung, Room No. 7 follows the story of an entrepreneur and a young boy who have a ‘secret’ hidden in room number 7 of a small DVD viewing shop. The director’s crowdfunded debut feature 10 minutes that deals with unstable employment among the younger generation, received critical appreciation at various International film festivals.

Closing film at BiFan


Gintama is a live-action film based on a popular comic of the same name authored by Sorachi Hideaki, and directed by Fukuda Yuichi. The plot follows the formation of a parallel universe caused by a sudden, random appearance of extra-terrestrial creatures in the time when samurais still existed.

Bucheon Choice - Competition

Bucheon Choice is an international competition category that focuses on discovering new trends of genre films. The selection standards for this category are novelty and creativity that capture a unique experimental style of filmmaking.

Following is the list of genre bending films all over the world competing for the Golden Kebbi.

68 Kill

Directed by Trent Haaga, 68 Kill is about a timid hapless man whose girlfriend decides to rip off her rich sugar daddy. Inside the rich man’s house things begin to get terrifying by the minute. The film won the Audience Award at SXSW Film Festival.

Black Hollow Cage

A girl who lives secluded in a house in the woods with only the company of her father and a wolfhound, finds among the trees, a mysterious cubic device with the ability to change the past. Directed by Sadrac Gonzalez-Perellon, the film is a lyrical sci-fi suspense that keeps quizzing you until the very end.


Set in Albania, Bloodlands is a film on generational conflict, blood feuds, witches and coming-of-age. Directed by Steven Kastrissios the film is his second outing after his critically acclaimed debut film The Horsemen.

Dearest Sister

Directed by Mattie Do Dearest Sister is a film about love, jealousy, and horror. The plot follows a girl who, after losing her sight, begins receiving messages from spirits that allow her cousin sister to win the lottery.