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Asian movie directors compete for top award

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Thirteen novice Asian directors are competing at the region’s premier film festival this week for an award they hope will kick-start their careers and grab international attention. The 15th Pusan International Film Festival?s main award, which will be presented on Friday, is known as New Currents and offers two 30,000 dollar prizes for first- or second-time Asian directors.

“As a young independent director you are trying to get noticed,”said first-time director Sivaroj Kongsakul. “The films are often very personal so it might be hard to find an audience in commercial cinemas but screening at this festival, and being accepted for this award, puts you in touch with an audience and with important members of the international film community such as foreign producers.”

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via AFP

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