The 21st Bucheon International Animation Festival (BIAF), has issued its official poster, created by Denis Do, the director of BIAF 2018 Jury Prize-winning feature Funan. The 2019 edition will be held October 18-22 just outside Seoul, South Korea.
“I wanted to link the female martial artist to the nature through the iconic sculpture. Because martial arts are so deeply anchored in our asian cultures, it is a way to remind our cultural and spiritual legacy, our peaceful mind,” Do said of his design. “Also, the female protagonist is designed with muscles and strong shapes… We don’t often show such characters. Not sensual, not sexy, only a strong body and a strong mind. I wanted to take the opportunity and I thought it would be relevant for an Asian animation film festival to highlight colors and culture of an Asian country (not very known one). Also, to make a short film with ambitions, not something to simple.”
Do is also creating the official festival trailer for BIAF2019.
A graduate of acclaimed French animation school Gobelins, Do has earned several prestigious awards for his debut animated feature, including the 2018 Annecy Cristal, and the Grand Prize and Audience Award from Animation Is Film Festival in L.A.
Do will return to Bucheon this year as a member of the feature film competition jury.
Read more about Funan in the May 2019 issue of Animation Magazine (No. 290).