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Submission Rules & Regulations

The 23rd Busan International Film Festival will be held from October 4 to 13, 2018 in Busan, Korea.

OFFICIAL SUBMISSION - Rules and Regulations 2018

  Short Films Feature Length
LENGTHS Less than 60 minutes
(Only less than 30 min. in the short film competition)
60 minutes or more
DEADLINES June 29, 2018 July 30, 2018
Submission will be considered complete only when the required film information is registered online and the screener is delivered to the Festival by the deadline.
ELIGIBILITY The Festival accepts features, short films, documentaries and animation. The film must not be broadcasted on TV or available on the Internet prior to the Festival.

Production Date

The film must have been completed no earlier than October 2017 and should be completed no later than September 2018. Films previously submitted to the Festival but not selected will not be reconsidered.

ENTRY FEE There is no entry fee for submission to the Festival.
SUBMISSION FORMAT The Festival accepts DVD screener for selection consideration. Films in any language other than Korean or English must be provided with English subtitles. The DVD screener should be clearly labeled with the details as below:

DVD Submission

The DVD should be clearly labeled with the
1) Film Title
2) Director’s Name
3) Duration
4) Contact Information
5) Tracking Number.
  • SENDING THE DVD SCREENER
    All costs are to be prepaid by the sender, and the Festival will not assume responsibility for any charges. To ensure safe and timely shipment, mark the parcel with “NO COMMERCIAL VALUE - FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY”. The DVD screeners will not be returned, and professionally destroyed after the conclusion of each edition of the Festival.

Shipping Address

Attn. Submission Coordinator (Program Team)
BUSAN International Film Festival
#1601, GARDEN TOWER, 84, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03131, Korea
Tel: 82-2-3675-5097
THEATRICAL FORMAT Should the film be selected, it must be available in either DCP(D-Cinema), 35mm, HDCAM, or (Digi)Beta by September 2018. No other formats including DVD and Blu-ray are compatible. DCP is the most preferred, and the rest of the available formats may be restricted to certain screening venues and time-slots due to different facilities in venues.
PRIORITY The Festival program gives priority to World or International premieres.
  • World premieres are films screened for the first time to any audience, including country of origin.
  • International premieres are films screened for the first time to an audience outside country of origin.
SELECTION RESULTS The Festival will notify the selection results to the filmmakers by August 31. The Festival reserves the right to decide the section in which the selected film will participate. The Festival does not provide individual explanation on the non-selection of a film. (For information on program sections, please click here.)
CONTACT submission@biff.kr