KOREAN CINEMA RETROSPECTIVE
The Timeless Filmmaker, CHUNG Jin Woo (8 Films)
SPECIAL PROGRAMS IN FOCUS
- The Power of Georgian Women Filmmakers (12 Films)
- New Turkish Cinema: Faces of the 21st Century (7 Films)
- Archeology of Korean Cinema (1 Film)
- Hand Printing
Each year the Busan International Film Festival selects distinguished cineaste for its Hand Printing ceremony to honor outstanding contributions to world cinema.
- Ann HUI / Director / Hong Kong, China
- CHUNG Jin Woo / Director / Korea
- Bela Tarr / Director / Hungary
- Master Class
Note to the world-renowned directors’ life and film philosophy
- Bela Tarr / Director / Hungary
- Asghar Farhadi / Director / Iran
STRENGTHENED PROGRAM AS A PLACE OF DISCOVERY
The Busan International Film Festival devoted itself to discovering Asian cinema’s new talent and films each year. This year, the festival will screen films from Asian countries that are relatively unknown for filmmaking, and have unstable film industries. The 19th International Film Festival will be the place to discover these hidden jewels.
SCREENING OF DIVERSE KOREAN FILMS
From Director Im Kwon-taek's 102nd film Revivre and to Daughter directed by actress Ku Hyesun and from Timing, an animation based on a web comic by Kang Pul, and to Park Chan-wook’s A Rose Reborn, diverse Korean films will be screened. Other Korean films, fresh in all areas including theme and subject matter, will be introduced. These include films that deal with social issues such as Cart, a film about female workers’ strike working in a supermarket, and half, a story about transgender human rights issue, as well as We Will Be Ok, a film about a no-name actor and an aspiring director, and So Very Very.
VITALIZATION OF ASIAN FILM MARKET
Steep Increase of sales booth registration
Together with continued participation of existing companies, new registration of companies at home, distribution companies in China, and Asia’s leading management companies and talent agencies led to a high increase.
Asian Star Casting Forum launched for global co-production
To facilitate the process of casting, which is a critical stage of pre-sale and pre-production, the Asian Film Market established a new platform for Asian management companies and talent agencies.
10 Korean producers of huge box office hits in one place
10 Korean producers whose films broke the 10 million admissions mark gather in one place for the Korean Producers Forum - Producing Blockbusters: 10 Korean Producers of Huge Box Office Hits. They will discuss the present and future of Korean production.
ASIAN CINEMA FUND EXCHANGE EXPANDED
ACF Post-Production Fund has supported talented Asian filmmakers to broaden the quality of film projects with cooperation from domestic companies since its first year. Beginning this year, more number of projects will be beneficiaries of this fund due to an increase of the number of companies. Also, AND (Asian Network of Documentary) is strengthening its exchange with international documentary supporting programs. From this year, ACF is broadening the scale and means of support by screening one AND project at Indian DocWok Workshop and Docs Port Incheon (a documentary pitching event) respectively.
ASIAN FILM ACADEMY 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL PROGRAM
Celebrating the 10th anniversary this year, Asian Film Academy will hold a special event of watching and discussing on the films with 2 graduates of the program who are actively engaging in the international film industry. Also, it will expand the opportunity for communication between graduates and participants; 7 graduates will help out the participants with the whole production process, in comparison to previous years when 2 graduates assisted. The faculty from overseas film schools such as New York Film Academy and Full Sail University will give special lectures.
EXTENDED SUPPORT FOR INDEPENDENT FILMS
‘Actor & Actress of the Year’ newly launched
Actor & Actress of the Year will be awarded to an actor and an actress featured in an independent Korean film. Inaugural judges for the Actor and Actress of the Year are Kim Hee-ae and Yoo Ji-tae.
‘Daemyung Culture Wave Award’ established
Daemyung Culture Wave Award is a newly created award for expansion of the opportunity regarding distribution of independent Korean films in an effort to continue increasing the support by the Busan International Film Festival.
CINEKIDS AND SENIOR CITIZENS PROGRAM
The newly launched Wide Angle: Cinekids program will screen 5 films for kids (ages 5 to elementary school students). The screening for kids will take place at Haneulyeon Theater, and Busan Cinema Center. Also, “reading subtitles” will be provided for children who cannot read subtitles on the screen, along with price discount (1+1 deal) and free gift.
Senior citizens (age over 60) will be the beneficiaries of the discount service for films screened at the Dongseo University Sohyang Theater and MEGABOX Busan Theater. Seniors over 60-year-old will receive a 50% discount when suggesting the identification card at the site, and group reservation is available at the Dongseo University Sohyang Theater and MEGABOX Busan Theater 1.