10-18 November 2021 D-19


Fantastic Asia with Fancine

During the 31st edition of Fancine – Málaga Fantastic Film Festival – from the 10th to the 18th of November, CineAsia and Fancine are organizing an online course about the fantasy genre.

The phantasmagorical traditions and mythologies from different Asian countries have always been a starting point for CineAsia’s programing. The course will allow students to go through several of the essential films necessary for understanding horror and fantasy films from Asia.

Sign-up for the course


Dates: intensive (Wednesday, the 3rd of November – Tuesday, the 9th of November)

Sessions: 5 2-hour sessions, from Wednesday, the 3rd of November till Tuesday, the 9th of November from 7 to 9 pm.

Online: Via Zoom. Before the event, participants will receive all the necessary information for access.

In-person 2nd part: four screenings + film forum. Four Asian genre films screened as part of the Festival’s program on the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th of November in the multi-purpose hall of the University of Málaga Rectorate.

All those that have signed up can take part of both phases, but only UMA students interested in obtaining 1 ECTS credit must be present for both.

Fee: 65€ (general public) 20 € (UMA students) 

Course certificate: CineAsia will send via email a certificate of attendance to those who ask for it and have been to 80% of classes.

UMA students who signed up and take part of the second part will obtain a document at the end of the festival which will grant them an ECTS credit in their faculty’s office.


Syllabus (conferences):

1.     Japan: from folklore to Japanese manga and fantasy anime (Eduard Terrades) 

Wednesday 3rd of November, 7 to 9 pm

In the West, the most powerful ally to beauty has always been light; in traditional Japanese aesthetic, it’s essential to capture the enigma of the shadow. In Japan, fantasy is real. Spectres lurk in every corner and their appearances are a common topic of conversation between colleagues and students. Welcome to Japanese fantasy.

2.     South Korea: in search of identity (Gloria Fernández) 

Thursday 4th of November, 7 to 9 pm

Lights turn off. Trailers advertise the new romantic drama of the season… but that’s another story. Now it’s time for fear. To be afraid. Although not a very popular genre among its public, Korea has always shown a passion for horror. It has increased in the last decade thanks to the genre’s rebirth with Japanese filmmakers like Hideo Nakata or Takashi Shimizu as important references.

3.     China – Hong Kong – Taiwan: the ghosts from the Asian giant (Enrique Garcelán) 

Friday 5th of November, 7 to 9 pm

When compared to horror and fantasy films from Japan and South Korea, genre films from Hong Kong tend to soften the magnitude of horror. This is due to the profound influence from traditional Chinese culture and the limits set by censorship. Rather than emphasize its horrific side, films incorporate important elements about the relationship between living and dead. But in recent years, this has been changing a great deal…

4.     India: the most exotic and unknown horror cinema (Víctor Muñoz) 

Monday 8th of November, 7 to 9 pm

One of the most amusing characteristics of Indian horror is its bad reputation among its national public. Most video club owners specialized in Indian or Pakistani films will laugh in your face when asked about Indian horror. Others will say no such thing exists or explain how bad they are. But it’s not all true, and there are examples to back this up.

5.     Southeast Asia: ghosts, folklore and superheroes (Víctor Muñoz and Enrique Garcelán) 

Tuesday 9th of November, 7 to 9 pm

Horror films from Southeast Asia have traditionally been very popular, and has public committed and devoted to mythological stories, ghosts, vampires and superheroes. Blue ghost children watch the spectators from bellow the tables. Camera flashes reveal invisible beings. And folk-horror has been one of the biggest successes in recent years.


Taught by the CineAsia team formed by Eduard Terrades Vicens, Víctor Muñoz, Gloria Fernández and Enrique Garcelán. 

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