So exactly how fantastic is the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival? Is it worth the hour and half commute from central Seoul? Now in its 19th year, Pifan is the film festival of choice for movie maniacs. Those into niche genres will enjoy the festival’s collection of everything from animated films, to foreign hits to horror, sci-fi and thrillers. One of the most beloved categories on the program is the Bucheon Choice that spotlights their top twelve genre films. They’ve also been praised for their selection of directors and retrospectives, which was particularly the case in 2013 when they focused in on Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky and brought in his son and principal actor Brontis Jodorowsky. The Q&A sessions are well organized and often translated. Look up timetables in advance and beat likeminded Seoulites to these hot tickets.