Since its inception in 1996, Busan International Film Festival has established its role as a strong supporter of the film industry through its various programs such as the Asian Contents & Film Market, Asian Project Market, Asian Cinema Fund and Asian Film Academy. The 26th Busan International Film Festival will take place from 6-15 October 2021 and the Asian Contents & Film Market from 11-14 October 2021.

The 2021 Asian Project Market – Pop Up Film Residency Award winner is Elephants in the Fog by Abinash Bikram Shah, Nepal.

Pop Up Film Residency: April 2022, Bratislava


Abinash Bikram Shah

Abinash Bikram Shah

Director, Writer


Abinash Bikram Shah is an award-winning, freelance writer/director. An alumnus of Locarno Filmmakers Academy, Berlinale Talents and the Asian Film Academy, Abinash has written, directed and produced short films that have participated and won awards at many international film festivals. He has also written feature films that premiered at Berlin International Film Festival 2012 and Venice International Film Festival Critics Week 2015, as well as Nepal′s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards 2017. In addition, he has created two of Nepal’s most popular television series, both as the lead writer. While working as a programming director for Ekadeshma International Short Film Festival, Abinash is currently preparing his directorial debut feature-length film.

Selected Filmography

I AM HAPPY (2011) – Writer / Director – (Short Film premiered at Busan International Film Festival 2011)
Highway (Deepak Rauniyar, 2012) – Writer – (Feature Film premiered at Berlin International Film Festival 2012)
The Black Hen (Min Bahadur Bham, 2015) – Writer – (Feature Film premiered at Venice International Film Festival 2015)
The Moon Is Bright Tonight (2018) – Writer / Director – (Short Film premiered at Busan International Film Festival 2018)
The Glorious Face (2021) – Writer / Director (Short Film in Post-Production)
Simri (2021) – Writer / Director (Medium Length Film in Post-Production)


Elephants in the Fog

The story of a group of trans-women, living in a small village terrorized by wild elephants. Led by the witty and sly matriarch, Pirati, they make ends meet by performing at other people’s celebrations. Each night, they volunteer a member for the village patrol team, to keep the wild elephants away. Until one night, the youngest member of the group, Apsara goes missing. 

Inspired by the tragic incident of a trans-woman who disappeared, Elephants in the Fog deals with the marginalization of queer people, their “invisibility” for mainstream society.




Çağla Zencirci & Guillaume Giovanetti

Çağla Zencirci & Guillaume Giovanetti

Çağla Zencirci & Guillaume Giovanetti form a directorial duo based in Paris and Istanbul, and they directed several short films in the Middle-East, Europe, Central Asia and Far-East, selected in more than 200 Festivals worldwide (Berlinale, Locarno, Rotterdam, Tampere, FIDMarseille, Clermont-Ferrand, etc.) and awarded more than 40 times.

Noor (2012), their first feature-length film presented at the ACID section of the 65th Festival de Cannes, Ningen (2013) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2013, and  Sibel (2018) premiered at the Locarno Film Festival and was awarded the Prize of the Youth Jury, the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the FIPRESCI Prize.