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Awards

New Currents Award

New Currents Award is given to the two best feature films selected from the first or second feature of new Asian directors introduced in the New Currents section (a competitive section of BIFF for Asian films). A grand prize of USD 30,000 is awarded to each film. The jury consists of world-renowned film experts who will choose winners to discover and encourage the hidden jewels of Asian cinema.

Kim Jiseok Award

It is to remember and honor the late Kim Ji-seok who passed away this year after devoting his whole life to discovering young Asian directors and supporting the growth of Asian cinema. A grand of prize of USD 10,000 is awarded to two films.

BIFF Mecenat Award

BIFF Mecenat Award is granted to the best documentary from Korea and Asia in Wide Angle competitive section. The winner will be granted KRW 10,000,000(approx. USD 10,000) with the purpose of assisting their next production.

Sonje Award

Sonje Award is given to the best Korean and Asian short films in the Wide Angle section, to assist them in producing next project by providing KRW 10,000,000(approx. USD 10,000) to each director.

Actor & Actress of the Year

Actor & Actress of the Year is the award to focus on first-time actors in the independent Korean films among the New Currents and Korean Cinema Today Vision. The top-class Korean actor and actress select one actor and one actress with outstanding performance. The winners will be awarded at the closing ceremony with cash prize of 5,000,000 KRW (approx. 5,000 USD) each.

KTH Award

KTH Award is designed to support Korean independent films. Two winners will be selected among Korean Cinema Today_Vision and New Currents sections and granted 10 million KRW (approx. 10,000 USD).

KBS Independent Film Award

KBS Independent Film Award is given to support Korean independent films. One Korean film will be selected among Korean Cinema Today_Vision and New Currents sections to receive 10 million KRW (approx. 10,000 USD).

DGK Award

DGK Award goes two Korean films from Korean Cinema Today-Vision section. Each winner will be granted 5 million KRW (approx. 5,000 USD).

FIPRESCI Award

This award is given to the year’s best Korean film from either New Currents or Korean Cinema Today_Vision section. NETPAC is an international organization founded in 1990 devoted to the expansion of Asian film distribution and screening.

NETPAC Award

This award is given to the year’s best Korean film from either New Currents or Korean Cinema Today_Vision section. NETPAC is an international organization founded in 1990 devoted to the expansion of Asian film distribution and screening.

Citizen Critics' Award

Citizen critics from the Busan Cinematheque choose the best film from those screened in Korean Cinema Today_Vision section and its director is granted the award. The winner is awarded KRW 10,000,000(approx. USD 10,000) for supporting the director’s next production.

KNN Award

This award is given to the film that gained most acclaim from festival audiences, among the films introduced in the New Currents section. The award is granted by KNN foundation and its winner is awarded USD 20,000.

Busan Bank Award

This award is given to the film that is most highly rated by festival audiences. Around 10 films from the Flash Forward section are selected beforehand to participate in this competition. A total of USD20,000 is granted by the BNK Busan Bank. USD 10,000 is awarded to the director and the other half is used to support the distribution of the film in Korea. Busan International Film Festival’s emblem, Pine Tree sign, will be marked on the eligible titles.

CGV Arthouse Award

This award was newly created in 2011 in collaboration with CJ CGV Arthouse to shed new light on the Korean Cinema Today_Vision section. The award aims to provide independent films, indie films, new films, and low budget films with distribution and screening opportunities.

Busan Cinephile Award

This award is given to the best non-Asia documentary film presented in the Wide Angle documentary showcase. The winner is awarded KRW5,000,000 (approx. USD5,000). The jury consists of college students, including numerous students from the cinema-related departments of six universities in Busan region, select the winner.

The Asian Filmmaker of the Year

This award is granted to the Asian filmmaker who has made the most significant contribution to the advancement of Asian film industry and culture throughout the year.

Korean Cinema Award

The Korean Cinema Award is presented to cineastes that have made a notable contribution in the globalization of Korean cinema.