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Bucheon film fest, Whatcha sign deal to screen movies online

19:28 June 10, 2020

SEOUL, June 10 (Yonhap) -- The Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) and Whatcha, a streaming service provider, signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday to screen films for the festival's 24th edition scheduled for next month.

The annual film festival devoted to horror, thriller, mystery, fantasy and sci-fi flicks will screen 69 movies in Bucheon, 50 kilometers west of Seoul, from July 9-16.

The movies will also be streamed online via Whatcha Play, run by the South Korean over-the-top media service company, as part of social distancing efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"Online screening is an unprecedented attempt in the BiFan's history. In this transformative era, I hope this will set a milestone in establishing a synergetic model between a film festival and an OTT platform," Shin Chul, director of the BiFan organizing committee, said.

The films will be available only on the PC version of the streaming platform, which will have an exclusive section for BiFan.

BiFan, launched in 1997, had planned to show films in eight theaters but reduced the offline screen numbers due to concerns about coronavirus contagion.

In this photo provided by the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan), its director Shin Chul (L) and Park Tae-hoon, CEO of Whatcha, pose for a photo after signing a memorandum of understanding on June 10, 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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