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  • 2014.08

    20

    [Press Release] Jury for the 19th Busan International Film Festival Wide Angle Section Announced

    [Press Release] Busan International Film Festival (2014.08.20)Jury for the 19th Busan International Film FestivalWide Angle Section Announced The 19th Busan International Film Festival announced the jury for the Wide Angle section program that presents creative short films, animations, documentaries, and experimental films with new cinematic perspectives. Among the documentaries invited to the Wide Angle, 2 works (one Korean and one Asian) will be selected as the best documentaries leading to the BIFF Mecenat Award which grants 10,000,000 KRW (approximately 10,000 USD) to the creators. Short films invited to the Wide Angle are also candidates for the recipients of the Sonje Award which is given to the 2 best short films (one Korean and one Asian) with the same prize amount. The jurors for the Wide Angle Section at the 19th Busan International Film Festival consist of internationally prestigious personages from diverse cinema backgrounds. The BIFF Mecenat Award Jury who will select the best Asian documentary, is comprised of Tan Pin Pin, Maria Bonsanti and Yi Seung-jun. Tan Pin Pin is a director who actively engages in film production in Singapore. Maria Bonsanti serves in the artistic directorship position of Cinéma du Réel. Yi Seung-jun is a Korean documentary director who received the Best Feature Length Documentary Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam with Planet of Snail (2011). The Sonje Award Jury who will choose the recipients of the best Asian short film award is comprised of Yuya Ishii, Doug Jones and Park Jung-bum. Yuya Ishii is a renowned Japanese film director in his 20s. His film The Great Passage (2013) was a Japanese submission for the Foreign Language Film of the 86th Academy Awards. Doug Jones is a former programmer at the Los Angeles Film Festival and is now the executive director of Images Cinema, a nonprofit arts organization. Park Jung-bum is a Korean film director who has received attention at home and abroad with his first feature film The Journals of Musan (2010).    The BIFF Mecenat Award – Documentary Maria BONSANTI/ Artistic director of Cinéma du Réel / France Since 2000, Maria Bonsanti has collaborated with several international film festivals. Among them was the Locarno Film Festival, for which in 2006 and 2007 she has been in charge of the coordination of “Play Forward”, the section devoted to experimental films and video art. She has long collaborated with the International Documentary Film Festival of Florence which she was appointed as co-director in 2011. Since 2004 she has been part of the selection committee as well as in charge of the conservation and restoration of film archives. In 2012, she was nominated Artistic Director of Cinéma du Réel in Paris. She has acted as a member of the jury and panel in several festivals like DocsDF, IndieLisboa, Karlovy Vary, DocAviv, and the Montreal International Documentary Festival. TAN Pin Pin / Director / SingaporeTan Pin Pin is a Singaporean director who earned a Master of Arts degree at Northwestern University. Her award-winning film Moving House (2001) was screened on Discovery Channel Asia as the first film directed by a Singaporean director.Singapore GaGa (2005) was the first documentary to be released in Singaporean theaters. Her other works Invisible City(2007) and To Singapore, with Love (2014) earned acclaim when introduced at the Busan International Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival. She is currently in production for Hinterland slated to be completed in 2015. YI Seung Jun / Director / KoreaYi Seung-jun was born in Busan in 1971. His independent and TV documentaries Invisible War – India Bihar Report (2000), and Breathing (2002) tell stories of isolated people in society. Another work of his, Flowers, Two Women’s Story (2007), KBS(Korea Broadcasting System)’s special documentary, won the 20th Korea PD Award, and Children of God (2008) won the NETPAC Award at the Jeonju International Film Festival. His next work Planet of Snail (2011) earned the best picture award in feature section at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and Silverdocs along with the Audience Award and UNICEF Special Award at the EBS International Documentary Festival. His most recent work Wind of the Moon(2014) will be released in 2015. Sonje Award- Short film Doug JONES / Executive Director of Images Cinema / AmericaDoug Jones earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Studies from Metropolitan University. After graduation, he engaged in film production and nonprofit film organizations. He has curated films for Minneapolis’ Oak Street Cinema, San Francisco’s Red Vic Movie House, the Noise Pop Film Festival, the Mill Valley Film Festival in Northern California, and the San Francisco International Film Festival and most recently, the Los Angeles Film Festival where he served as Associate Director of Programming. He also writes for cultural publications such as Indiewire and Film Comment. He is currently the Executive Director of Images Cinema, a nonprofit arts organization that screens a variety of independent, international and classic films. ISHII Yuya / Director / JapanYuya Ishii was born in Saitama Prefecture in 1983. In 2007, Yuya Ishii’s film Bare-Assed Japan (2005) was greeted at the Vancouver International Film Festival’s Dragon & Tiger Young Cinema Award. His consecutive works Rebel, Jiro’s Love(2006), Girl Sparks (2007) and Of Monster Mode (2007) showed his unique style. His landmark work to date, Sawako Decides(2010) took part in the Berlin International Film Festival and the Hong Kong International Film Festival, and led to Ishii becoming the youngest Blue Ribbon Award recipient at the 53rd Japan Film Blue Ribbon Awards in 2011. His 2013 film, The Great Passage was selected as a Japanese submission for the Foreign Language Film of the Academy Awards. PARK Jung-bum / Director / KoreaPark Jung-bum’s first short film Templementary (2000) was introduced at the Wide Angle section of the Busan International Film Festival, and his second work 125 Jeon Seung-chul (2008) was granted awards at many prestigious film festivals including Mise-en-scene Short Film Festival. He served as the first assistant director on Lee Chang-dong’s film Poetry(Best Screenplay at 2010 Cannes Film Festival). In 2009, he completed his debut feature film The Journals of Musan which received both the New Currents Award and the FIPRESCI Award at 2010 Busan International Film Festival and earned acclaim throughout the Marrakech International Film Festival, the Locarno International Film Festival, and the Deauville Asian Film Festival. His second feature film Alive (2014) was selected for the Asian Cinema Fund, presented at Jeonju Digital Project 2014 and later invited to the Locarno International Film Festival. 19th Busan International Film Festival will be held Oct 2, 2014 to Oct 11, 2014.Asian Film Market will be held Oct 5, 2014 to Oct 8, 2014.Asian Project Market will be held Oct 6, 2014 to Oct 8, 2014

  • 2014.08

    19

    [Press Release] Asian Project Market 2014 Selects 30 Official Projects

    [Press Release] Busan International Film Festival (2014.08.19)     Asian Project Market 2014 Selects 30 Official Projects     The Asian Project Market (APM), the biggest investment and co-production market in Asia, finalized 30 official project selections.   As the primary co-production market in Asia, APM connects promising film projects to interested investors, and approximately 200 projects were turned into completed films since its inception. APM has been the birthplace of prominent directors such as Kim Ki-duk, Lou Ye, Jia Zhangke, Tsai Ming-liang. Previous APM projects include director Lee Chang-dong’s 2010 Cannes Film Festival Best Screenplay winner Poetry (2010), director Oh Sung-yoon’s most watched Korean animation Leafie (2011), director Bong Joonho’s big hit Snowpiercer (2013), and 2013 Venice International Film Festival Grand Jury winner director Tsai Ming-liang’s Stray Dogs (2013).   APM unveils original and creative official projects and is expected to receive significant international attention. New projects from established and new directors are on their way to Busan. A total of 30 projects from 20 countries were selected, reflecting global trend and interest in multi-national collaboration.     APM 2014 Official Project List   In alphabetical order by project title     Project Title Director Producer County 1 Blue Sunset SHIN Suwon Francis LIM Korea, Australia 2 Clair-obscur Yesim USTAOGLU Marianne SLOT, Titus KREYENBERG Turkey, France 3 A Copy of My Mind Joko ANWAR Tia HASIBUAN, Uwie BALFAS Indonesia 4 Diamond Island Davy CHOU Charlotte VINCENT Cambodia, France 5 Doggy and the Gastronauts Dusan MILIC Undine FILTER Serbia, Germany 6 Dora (Working title) July JUNG KIM Jiyeon Korea 7 Edge of the World SOHN Soopum Park Jooyoung Korea  8 The Family Ground (Working title) YEON Sang Ho LEE Dongha Korea 9 The Flag Firas KHOURY Hany ABU-ASSAD Palestine 10 Fowl Brillante Ma MENDOZA Larry CASTILLO Philippines , France, Germany 11 FULL-MOON PARTY Dang Di PHAN Thi Bich Ngoc TRAN Vietnam, France 12 Hair of the Dog that Bit You Vimukthi JAYASUNDARA Vimukthi JAYASUNDARA Sri Lanka 13 In the Beat of Night Mohamad AHMADI Shohreh GOLPARIAN Iran 14 The Killer Pema TSEDEN Sangye GYAMTSO China 15 Learning to Build a Fire Hannah ESPIA Giancarlo ABRAHAN Philippines 16 The Long Excuse (Working title) NISHIKAWA Miwa NISHIKAWA Asako Japan 17 LOTUS POSITION LIU Shu Isabelle GLACHANT, LIANG Ying Hong Kong(China) 18 Mantra - The Song of Scorpions Anup SINGH Saskia VISCHER Switzerland, India, France 19 The Master Nawapol THAMRONGRATTANARIT Soros SUKHUM, Donsaron KOVITVANITCHA, Cattleya PAOSRIJAREON, Attaphon NABANGXANG Thailand 20 My Happy Family Nana EKVTIMISHVILI, Simon GROSS Simon GROSS Georgia, Germany, France 21 No Land's Man Mostofa Sarwar FAROOKI Mostofa Sarwar FAROOKI Bangladesh, India, USA, Australia 22 Pokarekare Ana: Yeon-Ga SONG Ilgon Sebastian Dong Hun LEE, Catherine FITZGERLAD Korea, New Zealand 23 Samui Song Pen-ek RATANARUANG Raymond PHATHANAVIRANGOON, Arunee SRISUK, Rasarin TANALERTTARAROM Thailand 24 The Science of Fictions Yosep Anggi NOEN Edwin NAZIR Indonesia 25 SIDE HERO Vasan BALA Guneet MONGA India 26 SIXTY NINE Chi ZHANG Guipu HU, Wei YANG, Angie HENLE China, China 27 To All Naked Men Bassam CHEKEHS Behrooz HASHEMIAN France, Turkey 28 The Two Kings Nonzee NIMIBUTR Henry KO, Sandra GAVIRIA Thailand, USA 29 UNEXCHANGEABLE ROH Gyeong-tae, LEE Woo ROH Gyeong-tae, LEE Woo Korea 30 Vapour of Smoke Lee Isaac CHUNG Eugene SUEN, Samuel Gray ANDERSON USA, Korea     APM 2014 presents projects by globally recognized directors. Director Brillante Mendoza (Philippines), winner of 2005 Locarno International Film Festival Golden Leopard and 2009 Cannes Film Festival Best Director; 2012 Busan International Film Festival closing film Television (2012)’s director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki (Bangladesh); director Pen-ek Ratanaruang (Thailand) of Invisible Waves (2005), invited to compete at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2006; and Vimukthi Jayasundara, winner of 2005 Cannes Film Festival Camera d’Or, will introduce their new projects in Busan.   Projects of talented producers are also selected for APM: Producer of The Lunch Box (2013) Guneet Monga (India); Marianne Slot, producer of director Lars Von Trier’s films Antichrist (2009), Melancholia (2011), Nymphomaniac (2013); Director Hany Abu-Assad, who received Jury Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival with Omar (2013) is visiting Busan as a producer this time.     This year at the APM, many brilliant Korean projects were selected:   Director Yeon Sang Ho, 2012 Busan International Film Festival triple crown winner with The King   of Pigs (2011) Director Shin Suwon, 2012 Cannes Canal Plus winner with Circle Line (2012), brings Blue Sunset Director July Jung, selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival last May with A Girl at my Door (2014), brings Dora (working title). 2008 Busan International Film Festival New Currents Award winner Roh Gyeong-Tae, invited to the 2009 Cannes Film Festival ACID (Association for the viewing of independent cinema with Land of Scarecrows) is expected to present Unexchangeable at APM 2014.   The Asian Project Market 2014 will take place for 3 days from Monday, October 6 to Wednesday, October 8 at the BEXCO Exhibition Center II, Hall 4.   19th Busan International Film Festival will be held Oct 2, 2014 to Oct 11, 2014. Asian Film Market will be held Oct 5, 2014 to Oct 8, 2014. Asian Project Market will be held Oct 6, 2014 to Oct 8, 2014

  • 2014.08

    19

    [Press Release] Hosts Announced for the 19th Busan International Film Festival Opening Ceremony

    [Press Release] Busan International Film Festival (2014.08.19) Curtains Up for the 19th Busan International Film Festival Opening CeremonyWith Hosts WATANABE Ken and MOON Sori  The 19th Busan International Film Festival announces Japanese actor Watanabe Ken and Korean actress Moon Sori as hosts for the Opening Ceremony. The meeting of the two world-renowned actors, representative figures from Japan and Korea, embody a dynamic combination. Watanabe Ken and Moon Sori will open the Busan International Film Festival on October 2, 2014.           Watanabe Ken is the third international figure to hold the mic at the Busan International Film Festival following Tang Wei in 2012 and Aaron Kwok in 2013. He is Japan’s most-loved actor who has also carved a place for himself in the international film industry. His popularity has grown immensely worldwide due to appearances in Batman Begins (2005), Memoirs of Geisha (2006), and Inception (2010). Unforgiven (2013) starring Watanabe Ken was presented in the Gala Presentation section at the Busan International Film Festival in 2013. Watanabe makes his second visit to Busan to host the opening ceremony this year.  Since the bold impression in her screen debut in Peppermint Candy (1999), by Lee Chang-dong, “The Great Actress” has been the definition of Moon Sori. Moon Sori shot to international fame by winning the Best New Actress at the 2002 Venice International Film Festival with Oasis (2002) by Lee Chang-dong. Her acting career spans from Korea to international screens and has helped elevate the status of the Korean film industry. Moon Sori also hosted the 12th Busan Film Festival opening ceremony with her husband, Director Jang Joon-hwan in 2007.  Starting with the declaration of hosts of the opening ceremony with Watanabe Ken and Moon Sori, the 19th Busan International Film Festival will gradually unveil its news of the event.  Major filmography of Watanabe KenObereru Sakana (2001) / Batman Begins (2005) / Memoirs of Geisha (2005) / Memories of Tomorrow (2006) / Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) / The Unbroken (2009) / Inception (2010) / Shanghai (2010) / Hayabusa: Harukanaru Kikan (2012) / Unforgiven (2013) / Godzilla (2014) Major filmography of Moon SoriPeppermint Candy (2000) / Oasis (2002) / A Good Lawyer’s Wife (2003) / The President’s Barber (2004) / Family Ties (2006) / Forever the Moment (2008) / You Don’t Even Know (2009) / Hahaha (2010) / An Ethics Lesson (2013) / The Spy: Undercover Operation (2013) 19th Busan International Film Festival will be held Oct 2, 2014 to Oct 11, 2014. Asian Film Market will be held Oct 5, 2014 to Oct 8, 2014.Asian Project Market will be held Oct 6, 2014 to Oct 8, 2014

  • 2014.08

    14

    [Press Release] Korean Cinema Retrospective - JUNG Jin-woo

    [Press Release] Busan International Film Festival (2014.08.14)The 19th Busan International Film Festival Korean Cinema Retrospective - The Timeless Filmmaker, JUNG Jin-woo The 19th Busan International Film Festival Korean Cinema Retrospective spotlights the director Jung Jin-woo as a decades-long renowned director and producer of Korean Cinema. Korean Cinema Retrospective is a program that sheds new lights on directors or actors who have opened a new page in the Korean cinema history. The main 8 works directed by Jung Jin-woo will be presented in this retrospective.                    Director Jung Jin-woo produced over 50 films in the 1960s to mid-1990s; his works include Betrayal, Border Line (1964), Green Rain, First Love, A Student Boarder (1966), Chun-Hui, Disclosure, The White Crow (1967), Frozen Spring, King Yeong-chin, the Last Crown Prince (1970), Oyster Village, Long Live the Island Frog (1972), Wild Ginseng, The Rose That Swallowed Thorn (1979), Does Cuckoo Cry at Night (1980), Parrot Cries with Its Body (1981), The MA-NIM (1984) and Mugoonghwa-Korean National Flower (1995) after making his debut with The Only Son in 1962. Jung Jin-woo distinguished himself in social melodrama films dealing with separation on the Korean peninsula or social class barriers in the 60s. He also broadened his field to various issues in the 70s and focused on depicting women’s lives on the verge of crisis in the late 70s to mid- 80s. Jung Jin-woo established his own film company Woo-jin Film in 1969 and drew success in the importation and distribution of foreign cinema and theater management, producing about 130 films. In 1972, he held a production directorship position at the Korean Film Commission and worked on Testimony (1973), a masterpiece of director Im Kown-taek, which consumed groundbreaking amount of production costs at the time. Jung Jin-woo also promoted the advancement of film technology such as real-time recording. The Korean Cinema Retrospective will provide unprecedented opportunities for younger audiences to watch Jung Jin-woo’s unusual films and the middle-aged to experience nostalgia. The program will present his 8 main films that have opened a new page in the Korean cinema history at the Busan Cinema Center during the Busan International Film Festival. Border Line (1964) was obtained with difficulty due to the absence of the original version that shows classy expression of Jung Jin-woo. It was brought back from China after being exported as a Chinese dubbed version which would be presented in the retrospective. Among 8 works, his widely known films such as Green Rain (1966), A Student Boarder (1966), and The White Crow (1967) are included. The 19th Busan International Film Festival Korean Cinema Retrospective hopes to give the audience a chance to revive the genuine aspect of director Jung Jin-woo, paying tribute to his works. ○ JUNG Jin-wooJung Jin-woo is a master director in Korean cinema and directed over 50 films from his debut film The Only Son (1963) to Mugoonghwa-Korean National Flower (1995). His work such as A Student Boarder (1966), Green Rain (1966), and Love In the Rain (1975) brought a new cinema trend of actively mingling music in films. Later, he shed light on the brutal realities of women’s lives in Does Cuckoo Cry at Night (1980), Parrot Cries with Its Body (1981), Sea Gull, Don’t Fly Away (1982), and The MA-NIM (1984). Many Korean actresses such as Kim Ji-mee, Moon Hee, Nam Jeong-im, Yoon Jeong-hee, Yoo Ji-in, Jeong Yun-hui, Jang Mi-hee, Na Young-hee, and Won Mi-kyung received attention in Jung Jin-woo’s films. Jung Jin-woo established his own film company Woo-jin Film in 1969 and drew success in the importation and distribution of foreign cinema and theater management, producing about 130 films. He now holds a position as the chief director of Korea Motion Picture Directors’ Association and Korean Film Foundation. ○ Korean Cinema Retrospective ScreeningsBorder Line (1964)Green Rain (1966)A Student Boarder (1966)The White Crow (1967)Oyster Village (1972)The Rose That Swallowed Thorn (1979)Does Cuckoo Cry at Night (1980)The MA-NIM (1984) 19th Busan International Film Festival will be held Oct 2, 2014 to Oct 11, 2014. Asian Film Market will be held Oct 5, 2014 to Oct 8, 2014.Asian Project Market will be held Oct 6, 2014 to Oct 8, 2014

  • 2014.08

    13

    [Press Release] Asian Film Market 2014 Early Bird Successfully Closed

    [Press Release] Busan International Film Festival (2014.08.13)   Asian Film Market 2014 Early Bird Successfully Closed Early Birds Double Compared to Last Year!     The 19th Busan International Film Festival successfully closed sales booth early registration for the Asian Film Market 2014.   2.5 Times Increase in New Companies, Early Registration Doubles Compared to 2013 Sales booth early registration for the Asian Film Market 2014 is complete with 140 national and international companies including 37 new companies. New companies have increased about 2.5 times, and the total number of companies from 79 to 140.   Participation of Prominent Chinese Film Production and Management Companies China’s representative film production companies, Beijing Galloping Horse Film of director John Woo’s The Crossing (2014), Goldsome Pictures of Painted Skin and Ip Man are newly joining the Asian Film Market this year. Management companies including Easy Entertainment, which managed China’s top stars such as Xu Zheng, Ning Hao, Huang Bo, and Wen Zhang, registered for a booth as well.   The recent ‘Agreement Between the Governments of Korea and China Concerning Co-Production of Films’ will encourage co-production between the two nations’ film industries. The Asian Film Market extends its scope to the market for casting stars, turning the Korean Wave into industrialization. Growing interest in the Asian Film Market will bring together more companies and buyers, showing that the Asian Film Market plays a critical role in the global market.   As part of the European Film Promotion, more than 30 European leading film distribution companies and related organizations are participating. The United States’ mid to large distribution companies including Lake Shore Entertainment and XYZ Films are newly joining.   Asian Film Market Sales Booth Registration Closes on August 31 Final registration for sales booth at the Asian Film Market is on August 31. Market Badge registration continues online until September 30. More information regarding registration is available on the website (www.asianfilmmarket.org). The Asian Film Market 2014 will take place from October 5 to 8 at BEXCO (Busan Exhibition & Convention Center) in Centum City, Busan. The Asian Film Market welcomes every participant to the hub of film business where investment, production, copyright purchase, and film distribution are discussed.     ○ Registration for Sales Stand General Registration: August 1 - August 31   Type Code Price Size 9㎡ Standard 9S USD 1,610 3m*3m 18㎡ Standard 18S USD 3,220 6m*3m 36㎡ Standard 36S USD 4,300 6m*6m Raw Space per ㎡ RS USD 80 1m*1m                    ▶ For Raw Space: Minimum order size is 36㎡ or over ▶ All types have an additional package option including the electronic equipment. ▶ One Complimentary Hotel Accommodation for 5 nights ▶ Free Market Badges (2 for 9㎡ booth Type, 5 for 18㎡or over)     - Registration for Market Badge Early Bird Registration : July 1 – August 15 / USD 70 General Registration : August 16 - September 30 / USD 150 On-site Registration : October 3 - October 8 / USD 200   - Market Screening Registration: August 1 - 31 ▶ Rate : USD 200 per slot for 2 hours (first come, first served)   ○ Contact - Asian Film Market Official Website : http://www.asianfilmmarket.org - General Inquiries : market@asianfilmmarket.org / bifcom@filmbusan.kr - Market Badge : badge@asianfilmmarket.org - Sales Stand : exhibition@asianfilmmarket.org  - Market Screening : screening@asianfilmmarket.org     19th Busan International Film Festival will be held Oct 2, 2014 to Oct 11, 2014. Asian Film Market will be held Oct 5, 2014 to Oct 8, 2014. Asian Project Market will be held Oct 6, 2014 to Oct 8, 2014

  • 2014.08

    08

    [Press Release] Corinne SIEGRIST-OBOUSSIER Receives 19th Busan International Film Festival Korean Cinema Award

    [Press Release] Busan International Film Festival (2014.08.08)   Corinne SIEGRIST-OBOUSSIER Receives 19th Busan International Film Festival Korean Cinema Award    Corinne Siegrist-Oboussier, the director of Filmpodium, was selected as a recipient of the Korean Cinema Award which is accorded to individuals who have contributed to promote Korean Cinema to worldwide audiences. The award will be presented at the 19th Busan International Film Festival.     Corinne Siegrist-Oboussier has been a pioneer in spreading Korean films in Switzerland for 20 years and has co-organized, together with a Korean film critic An Cha Flubacher-Rhim, various Korean cinema retrospectives. It was Corinne Siegrist-Oboussier’s passionate support and assistance that contributed to make Korean cinema known with the Swiss public.   Corinne Siegrist-Oboussier was also a major partner for a Korean cinema retrospective in 1994 where she introduced 12 Korean films in independent film theaters in 16 cities in Switzerland. To accompany this retrospective, she co-edited the first book in German language on ‘Korean Cinema in the 1990s’, with financial support from the Swiss government. Due to the efforts of Corinne Siegrist-Oboussier and her team, in 2010, works by Korean directors (such as Park Chan-wook, Bong Jun-ho, Kim Ki-duk, and Kim Jee-woon) were presented at a special exhibition themed ‘Brand New Korean Cinema’ at Filmpodium, in which she holds the directorship position. In 2013, she planned another program on ‘New Korean Auteur Films’ sparked by the celebration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between Korea and Switzerland, which was presented in independent cinemas in 4 other Swiss cities. Thanks to her efforts, O Muel, the director of Jiseul (2012) was invited and introduced to Swiss audiences.   Corinne Siegrist-Oboussier has brought Korean cinema closer to Swiss audiences, working as a network bridge between the two countries in diverse ways. The Busan International Film Festival would like to recognize her contributions to the advancement of Korean cinema on an international scale with the Korean Cinema Award.     Corinne SIEGRIST-OBOUSSIER Corinne Siegrist-Oboussier was born in 1956 in Aarau, Switzerland, and studied English, French, and German literature and linguistics at Basel University (M.A., 1984); she also has a degree in Arts and Culture Management. Since 1984, she has been a board member of the film society Le Bon Film, Basel. From 1987 to 2005, she was the manager and curator of Stadtkino Basel, a non-profit art-house cinema connected to Le Bon Film. She also was on the board of various cultural and educational film institutions from 1991 to 2002. In 2005, she was appointed as a co-director of Filmpodium Zürich and became the director of this institution in 2014.     Past Recipients of the Korean Cinema Award * Position held at the time of the award presentation   18th Charles TESSON (Cannes International Film Festival Critics’ Week Artistic Director, France)   17th HAYASHI Kanako (Festival Director of Tokyo FILMeX, Japan)   16th Julietta SICHEL (former Program Director of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic)   15th Bruno BARDE (Festival Director of Deauville Asian Film Festival, France)   14th Jeannette Paulson HERENIKO (President of Asia Pacific Film.com, former Director of Hawaii International Film Festival, USA) Riccardo GELLI (Director of Korea Film Festival in Florence, Italy)   13th Richard PENA (Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, USA)   12th Sabrina BARACETTI (Festival President of Udine Far East Film Festival, Italy) Jean-Francois RAUGER (Head Programmer of the Cinémathèque Française, France)   11th Martial KNAEBEL (Festival Director of Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland) Terawaki KEN (former Director-General of Cultural Affairs Department, Japan)   10th Dieter KOSSLICK (Festival Director of Berlinale, Germany) Thierry FREMAUX (Festival Director of Cannes International Film Festival, France)   9th YANO Kazuyuki (Festival Director of Yamagata International Documentary Festival, Japan) Phillip CHEAH (Festival Director of Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore)   8th PARK Byoung-yang (President of Asia Film Production, Japan) LEE Bong-ou (President of Cine Quanon, Japan)   7th Alain PATEL (Festival Director of Deauville Asian Film Festival, France)   6th Eva ZAOROLOVA (Artistic Director of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic)   5th Martin & Anna Louisa GIROD (Directors of Stadtkino Basel, Switzerland)   4th Serge LOSIQUE (Festival Director of Montreal International Film Festival, Canada) LEE Young-il (Film Critic, Korea)   3rd Gilles JACOB (Festival Director of Cannes International Film Festival, France) Moritz DE HADELN (Festival Director of Berlinale, Germany)   2nd Aruna VASUDEY (Editor-in-Chief of Cinemaya, India) SATO Tadao (Festival Director of Hukuoka Film Festival, Japan)   1st Adriano APRA (Festival Director of Pesaro International Film Festival, Italy) Tony RAYNS (Film Critic, UK) Alain JALLADEAU (Festival Director of Three Continents Festival, France) Ulrich GREGOR (Director of International Forum, Berlinale, Germany) Laurence KARDISH (Programmer of Museum of Modern Art, USA) Ancha FLUBACHER-RHIM (Deputy Festival Director of Jeonju International Film Festival, Korea) Simon FIELD (Festival Director of Rotterdam International Film Festival, UK)       19th Busan International Film Festival will be held Oct 2, 2014 to Oct 11, 2014. Asian Film Market will be held Oct 5, 2014 to Oct 8, 2014. Asian Project Market will be held Oct 6, 2014 to Oct 8, 2014

  • 2014.08

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    [Press Release] The Pillar of Hong Kong New Wave, Ann HUI, To Receive 2014 Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award

    [Press Release] Busan International Film Festival (2014.08.04)  The Pillar of Hong Kong New Wave, Ann HUI, To Receive 2014 Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award  The 19th Busan International Film Festival selected Ann HUI to receive the 2014 Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award. The Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award is presented to an Asian filmmaker who has significantly contributed to the development of the Asian film industry and Asian culture. This year, in order to acknowledge her contribution to Asian cinema, and to recognize her spirit that produced outstanding works of the generation, Ann Hui was selected.    Ann Hui, one of the great female Asian directors, led the Hong Kong New Wave movement and pioneered the golden era of Hong Kong cinema. Hong Kong’s favorite director, Ann Hui has also become critically acclaimed outside her home base of Hong Kong and China. She is particularly skilled in portraying the joys and sorrows of the lower and middle class in Hong Kong, and lives of women through varied film genres. Her ability has only increased with time and experience; she is now considered a pillar of Asian cinema.  Ann Hui’s The Golden Era (2014), selected as the closing film of this year’s Venice International Film Festival, reminded worldwide audiences of her prowess as a filmmaker. Set against the backdrop of 1930s China and its turbulent political and cultural environment, actor TANG Wei plays Xiao Hong (a major figure in Chinese modern literature). Ann Hui will also serve as the president of the International Jury for the Orizzonti section of the 2014 Venice International Film Festival.  Ann Hui’s Eighteen Springs (1997), starring the top actor of the time Leon LAI, was the closing film for the 2nd Busan International Film Festival. A number of her films including July Rhapsody (2002) starring Jacky CHEUNG, The Postmodern Life of My Aunt (2006) with CHOW Yun-fat, and Night and Fog (2009) with Simon YAM have been previously screened at the Busan International Film Festival over the years. Ann Hui’s latest work The Golden Era (2014) will be screened in the 2014 Busan International Film Festival as a part of the Gala Presentation.  Biography Ann HUI was born in 1947 to a Chinese father and Japanese mother, and the family moved from China to Hong Kong in 1952. After studying in Hong Kong University and London film School, she entered the film industry with The Secret (1979). Since then as a driving force of the New Wave movement, she directed numerous works. Ann Hui showed her devotion to Hong Kong and its people through her works. This continued even when China resumed sovereignty of Hong Kong and many Hong Kong based filmmakers went on to the mainland to challenge themselves in a different environment. Ann Hui worked with top actors of the time such as Andy LAU, Leon LAI, Nicholas TSE, SHU Qi, and Maggie CHEUNG, and built up an unrivaled filmography.   Filmography (in chronological order)1979 The Secret1980 The Spooky Bunch1981 The Story of Woo Viet1982 Boat People1984 Love in a Fallen City1987 Romance of Book and Sword1987 Princess Fragrance1988 Starry is the Night1990 Song of the Exile1991 Zodiac Killers1995 Summer Snow1996 Ah Kam aka The Stuntwoman1997 Eighteen Springs1997 As Time Goes By1999 Ordinary Heroes2001 Visible Secret2002 July Rhapsody2003 Goddess of Mercy2006 The Postmodern Life of My Aunt2008 The Way We Are2009 Night and Fog2010 All About Love2011 A Simple Life2014 The Golden Era  Past Recipients of the Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award11th (2013): Rithy Panh (Director, Cambodia)10th (2012): Wakamatsu Koji (Director, Producer / Japan) 9th (2011): Tsui Hark (Director, Producer / Hong Kong)8th (2010): Tsai Ming-Liang (Director / Taiwan)7th (2009): Yash Chopra (Director, Producer / India)6th (2008): Gulnara Sarsenova (Festival Director of International Eurasia Film Festival / Kazakhstan)5th (2007): The late Edward Yang (Director / Taiwan)4th (2006): Andy Lau (Producer, Actor / Hong Kong)3rd (2005): NHK (Broadcasting Station / Japan)2nd (2004): Hou Hsiao Hsien (Director / Taiwan) 1st (2003): Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Director, Producer / Iran)   19th Busan International Film Festival will be held Oct 2, 2014 to Oct 11, 2014. Asian Film Market will be held Oct 5, 2014 to Oct 8, 2014.Asian Project Market will be held Oct 6, 2014 to Oct 8, 2014

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    [Press Release] Asian Film Academy 2014 Selects Its 24 Participants

    [Press Release] Busan International Film Festival (2014.07.18)   Asian Film Academy 2014 Selects Its 24 Participants     Asian Film Academy (AFA), a global filmmaking education program for the future of Asian cinema, has announced the 24 participants for 2014.   Launched in 2005, this year’s number of applicants for AFA has increased by more than 52%. This year’s applicants included those who have been invited to renowned film festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival, and heightened the intensity of the competition. Also, the growth in the Chinese film industry has led to an increased number of applicants from China. The number of female applicants has grown each year and the figure now represents 1/3 of the total applications in 2014. As a result, 7 female fellows will be joining AFA 2014. Many young filmmakers from Bangladesh continue to apply, perhaps influenced by the selection of Bangladesh’s Television (2012) as the closing film for the 17th Busan International Film Festival.   For its 10th year, AFA has increased various forms of support for fellows. Technical assistantship, previously limited to selected AFA alumni, has widened its pool of applicants to include all of AFA alumni. The 7 chosen technical assistants will help out this year’s fellows in filming and post-production during the AFA period.   Earlier this year, AFA agreed to partner with 2 leading film institutes, the New York Film Academy and Full Sail University. The New York Film Academy, together with AFA, will provide opportunities for 2 fellows to each participate in 4-Week Hi-Def Filmmaking Workshops, one in New York and one in Beijing. The instructors from Full Sail University will visit Busan and give special lectures for fellows during AFA. Starting this year, AFA is scheduled to further increase support of this nature.   The selected 24 future film professionals from all over Asia will take part in AFA 2014 for 18 days. Distinguished Hungarian director Béla TARR will be heading AFA 2014 as the Dean, and Busan Film Commission Director OH Seok-geun will also double as the Deputy Dean. Korean director SONG Il-gon (directing mentor) and Polish cinematography director Ryszard LENCZEWSKI (cinematography mentor) complete AFA 2014 faculty. The 24 fellows will produce 2 short films which will be officially presented in the 19th Busan International Film Festival. Other AFA programs include workshops, a master class, special lecture series and mentoring.   Asian Film Academy 2014 will be held for 18 days from September 25 to October 12, 2014.     Asian Film Academy 2014 Participants (in alphabetical order of country)  Name Country Sayed Masood ESLAMI Afghanistan Chaitali SOMADDER Bangladesh Sambath CHEY Cambodia Jianshang HSU China Siyang WEN China Kayla TONG Hong Kong Tojo Xavier CHERUTHURUTHIL India Mikhail CH. MARAK India Manas MITTAL India Aditya AHMAD Indonesia Saeid BEHBAHANINIA Iran CHO Hyungdong Korea LEE Sohee  Korea TAN Jingliang  Malaysia Min Min HEIN Myanmar Asmita SHRISH Nepal Shahrukh SHAH Pakistan Giancarlo Lauro C. ABRAHAN V Philippines Josemaria BASA Philippines Bryan DUMAGUINA Philippines CHIA Meng Chee  Singapore Shyan TAN Singapore Chanaka Krishan Viduranga WIJAMUNIGE Sri Lanka Patiparn BOONTARIG Thailand     What is Asian Film Academy? Asian Film Academy (AFA) is a global filmmaking education project hosted by Dongseo University, Busan Film Commission, and the Busan International Film Festival to foster emerging filmmakers and establish an Asian filmmakers’ network. For 18 days, AFA provides a wide program of workshops, mentoring, a master class, and short film production. Through this extensive curriculum, AFA equips fellows with a strong foundation to become exceptional filmmakers.   For the past 9 years, 217 young filmmakers from 29 countries have graduated from AFA and distinguished themselves. Previous AFA deans include prominent directors such as KUROSAWA Kiyoshi, HOU Hsiao Hsien, IM Kwontaek, Mohsen MAKHMALBAF, Abbas KIAROSTAMI, JIA Zhangke, and LEE Chang-dong.        19th Busan International Film Festival will be held Thursday, October 2, 2014 to Saturday, October 11, 2014. Asian Film Market will be held Sunday, October 5, 2014 to Wednesday, October 8, 2014. Asian Project Market will be held Monday, October 6, 2014 to Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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    [Press Release] Asian Film Market 2014 Registration Begins July 1

    Asian Film Market 2014 Registration Begins July 1     The 9th Asian Film Market began registration on July 1. The Asian Film Market 2014 will be held for 4 days (October 5 – 8) at BEXCO (Busan Exhibition Convention Center) during the 19th Busan International Film Festival (October 2 – 11).     Continued Growth of the Asian Film Market The Asian Film Market, a place where film professionals from all over the world gather to develop, sell, acquire, and produce films, continues to show strong growth each year. The Asian Film Market 2013 was attended by 733 companies from 49 countries, and 1,272 Market Badge holders, a 16% increase from 2012. Over 10,000 meetings took place last year which resulted in at least 150 closed deals.   BOOK TO FILM is a meeting place for publishers wanting to transform printed content into film as well as producers and directors who seek original copyright. In 2013, BOOK TO FILM expanded to include webcomics, comics, and graphic novels. In addition, the increased numbers of online and Market screenings, as well as the improved services and meeting environment, helped make the Asian Film Market 2013 a success.   The Asian Film Market 2014 is co-hosted by the Busan International Film Festival and the Busan Film Commission.     Registration Period - Sales Stand Registration Early bird registration: July 1 – July 31 (30% discount off the official rate) General registration: August 1 – August 31   - Badge Registration Early bird registration: July 1 – July 31 / USD 70 General registration: August 1 – September 30 / USD 150 On-site registration: October 2 – October 8 / USD 200   Contact us For further inquiries, please contact the email address below -Asian Film Market official website: http://www.asianfilmmarket.org -General inquiries: market@asianfilmmarket.org -Market Badge: badge@asianfilmmarket.org -Sales Stand: exhibition@asianfilmmarket.org -Market Screening: screening@asianfilmmarket.org

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    [Press Release] Asian Cinema Fund 2014 Selection Announced

    Asian Cinema Fund 2014 Selection Announced   29 Projects Selected – 18 Asian Projects, 11 Korean Projects The Asian Cinema Fund (ACF), a unified body of production support programs for the worldwide development and promotion of Asian films, announced its 2014 selection of 29 projects.   A total of 565 projects, an approx. 30% increase from last year’s, were submitted across the three categories of ACF - Script Development Fund, Post-Production Fund, and Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund. Asian filmmakers from 52 countries, including Japan, Singapore, and Nepal, showed a great interest in ACF and submitted their projects. Participation from India (161 projects) and China (50 projects) continue to show an increase.     ACF 2014 Script Development Fund (8 projects: 5 from Asia, 3 from Korea) Category Project Director Country Script Development Fund Asia Diamond Island Davy CHOU Cambodia, France Hair of the Dog that Bit You Vimukthi JAYASUNDARA Sri Lanka Learning to Build a Fire Hannah ESPIA Philippines One of Us TAN Chui Mui Malaysia A Wrong Season Carlo F. MANATAD Philippines Korea The Days Not Yet Come SIN Yiee Soo Korea Haenyeo O Muel Korea Twenty Years Old PARK Riwoong Korea * Projects in alphabetical order ** A Wrong Season is an Asian Film Academy (AFA) project. Its grant, as an AFA project, is funded by Showbox/Mediaplex,Inc. Showbox/Mediaplex,Inc. is a multi-integrated Korean motion picture studio, and a leader in Korean film investment and distribution.   From a high number of submitted projects, 5 Asian projects and 3 Korean projects were selected for the Script Development Fund. 8 selected projects will each receive a cash grant of KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD10,000).     ACF 2014 Post-Production Fund (7 projects: 4 from Asia, 3 from Korea) Category Project Director Country Post-Production Fund Asia A Corner of Heaven ZHANG Miaoyan China, France The Inseminator BUI Kim Quy Vietnam Jalal’s Story Abu Shahed EMON Bangladesh So Be It Kongdej JATURANRASMEE Thailand Korea A Matter of Interpretation LEE Kwangkuk Korea Shadow Island SON Seungung Korea Wild Flowers PARK Sukyoung Korea * Projects in alphabetical order ** A Corner of Heaven is an Asian Project Market (APM) 2012 project. APM of the Busan International Film Festival is a market for film projects from all over the world and annually selects 30 new promising titles.   The Post-Production Fund is becoming known for its discovery of new directors, including LEE Yubin whose film Shuttlecock (2013) was well received. This year, 4 Asian projects and 3 Korean projects were selected for the Post-Production Fund. The selected projects will receive post-production services such as DI, Final Mixing, and DCP from quality Korean studios. Two Korean companies, The Color (DI), and PLUSGAIN (Sound Mixing), joined the ACT program this year and will contribute. A Chinese post-production company, Forestt Studio, also joined this year, and will be working with a Chinese project, A Corner of Heaven, in China.   Along with the recent additions, the post-production companies involved are KOFIC (Korean Film Council), CJ Powercast, Digital Studio21, Sebang Digital Lab. Ltd., Studio SH, and Wavelab STD.     ACF 2014 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund (14 projects: 9 from Asia, 5 from Korea) Category Project Director Country Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund Asia Dust ZHAO Liang China Fatima Mary JIRMANUS SABA Lebanon Like Ants for Sugar Shirley ABRAHAM India Liu's Rhapsody LI Xiaofeng, JIA Kai China Nick and Chai Wena SANCHEZ, Cha ESCALA Philippines The Priestess Walks Alone HUANG Hui-zhen Taiwan Proposition for a Revolution Khushboo RANKA, Vinay SHUKLA India Railway Sleepers Sompot CHIDGASORNPONGSE Thailand Weaving WANG Yang China Korea The Children in Blue JUN Sangjin Korea Late Bloomer JANG Hee Sun Korea Military Play PARK Kyung Kun Korea Stains of Star KIM Sung-min Korea Perfect World HAN Young Hee Korea * Projects in alphabetical order   Much like previous years, projects by talented directors have been selected for the AND Fund. The 14 selected AND projects will each receive a cash grant between KRW 5,000,000 and 20,000,000 (approx. USD 5,000 – 20,000). The AND Fund is supported by Youngsan University, Dongseo University, Pusan National University, Dong-Eui University, Busan Bank, BIFF Mecenat, and Supporters of BIFF.   AND Fund Asian Projects Cash Grant - KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD 10,000, 3 projects): Liu's Rhapsody (China), The Priestess Walks Alone (Taiwan), Proposition for a Revolution (India) - KRW 5,000,000 (approx. USD 5,000, 6 projects): Dust (China), Fatima (Lebanon), Like Ants for Sugar (India), Nick and Chai (Philippines), Railway Sleepers (Thailand), Weaving (China)   AND Fund Korean Projects Cash Grant - KRW 20,000,000 (approx. USD 20,000, 1 project): Stains of Star - KRW 15,000,000 (approx. USD 15,000, 1 project): The Children in Blue - KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD 10,000, 3 projects): Late Bloomer, Military Play, Perfect World

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    [Press Release] BIFF Appoints Asian Cinema Programmer

    Busan International Film Festival Appoints Asian Cinema Programmer The Busan International Film Festival appointed KIM Young-Woo as a new Asian Cinema Programmer.   The Asian Cinema section has been co-managed by KIM Ji-Seok Executive Programmer and CHO Young-jung Programmer until Cho Young-jung’s departure at the end of 2013. The position remained empty until the addition of Kim Young-Woo who begins his duty this June.   Kim Young-Woo majored in Visual Arts and Television at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and began his career as a programmer working in several key Korean film festivals such as Chungmuro International Film Festival in Seoul and Green Film Festival in Seoul.   Kim Young-Woo will oversee documentaries and short films in Asia, and strive to introduce new and diverse Asian films to the audience along with Kim Ji-Seok Executive Programmer.   Current programmers are: Kim Ji-Seok Executive Programmer, in charge of Asian Cinema; NAM Dong-chul Programmer, Korean Cinema; RHEE Soue-won, Dosin PAK and Jin PARK Programmers, World Cinema; and HONG Hyosook Programmer, Korean Documentaries and Director of Asian Cinema Fund.   The 19th Busan International Film Festival will take place from October 2 – 11, 2014.     KIM Young-Woo Profile (photo attached) -       Majored in Visual Arts and Television at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey -       Program Coordinator for Chungmuro International Film Festival in Seoul (2007 – 2009) -       Programmer for Green Film Festival in Seoul (2010 – May, 2014) -       Programmer for Seoul International Architecture Film Festival (2013 – May, 2014)  

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    [Press Release] Asian Film Academy 2014 Faculty Confirmed

    Asian Film Academy 2014 Faculty Confirmed   Asian Film Academy (AFA), a global education program on filmmaking for the future of Asian cinema, has announced its faculty for 2014.   Distinguished Hungarian director Béla Tarr has been named as the Dean of AFA 2014. Tarr became a familiar name for the Korean audiences with his The Turin Horse (2011), and visited Busan for the first time in 2012 as Jury Head for the Busan International Film Festival New Currents Award. Korean director Song Il-gon has been selected as a directing mentor, and Ryszard Lenczewski from Poland is in charge of cinematography. Director of Busan Film Commission, Oh Seok-geun will resume his position as the Deputy Dean, a position he has held since 2011, and provide support for AFA fellows. In its 10th year, AFA formed a faculty filled with world-renowned filmmakers with European influence, including Tarr, building high expectations.   Previous AFA Deans include celebrated directors from Asia such as Kurosawa Kiyoshi, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Im Kwon-taek, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abbas Kiarostami, Jia Zhangke and Lee Chang-dong. Tarr is only the second European AFA Dean after Poland’s Krzysztof Zanussi in 2011.   AFA consists of the learning and sharing of practical and philosophical filmmaking knowledge through short film production, workshops, a master class, special lecture series and mentoring under the direction of this very capable faculty. AFA agreed to partner with two leading film institutes, the New York Film Academy and Full Sail University and have numerous special events planned for its 10th year.   Asian Film Academy will be held for 18 days from September 25 to October 12, 2014.   AFA 2014 Faculty Profile Dean: Béla TARR / Director / Hungary Béla Tarr is a Hungarian master filmmaker best known for Damnation (1987), Satan’s Tango (1994), Werckmeister Harmonies (2000), and The Man from London (2007). His use of long takes in black-and-white in Damnation became his characteristic style and reaches its peak in Satan’s Tango, which is over 7 hours long, and Werckmeister Harmonies which is comprised of 39 shots. Based on Georges Simenon’s original novel, The Man from London competed in the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. The Turin Horse (2011) won the Jury Grand Prix Silver Bear at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival, and the FIPRESCI International Critics’ Award at the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival. Recently Tarr launched an academic film course at the University Sarajevo School of Science and Technology in Bosnia and Herzegovina to nurture the next generation of film art.   Deputy Dean: OH Seok-geun / Director of Busan Film Commission / South Korea Since his directorial debut with As You Please (1991), Oh Seok-geun went on to make The 101st Proposition (1993), and Love is a Crazy Thing (2005). As the current Director of the Busan Film Commission, Oh has been leading several projects that aim to build production networks in Busan and throughout Asia. As part of his efforts, Oh founded the film company named Balcon Corporation in 2007, which discovers promising Asian filmmakers and offers distribution opportunities for independent and art films. Oh also produced the omnibus film Camellia (2010) with Korean, Japanese, and Thai directors which was selected as the closing film at the 2010 Busan International Film Festival .   Directing Mentor: SONG Il-gon / Director / South Korea Born in 1971, Song Il-gon studied cinema at the Polish National Film School, and his talent was recognized through short films he produced as a student, The Dream of Clowns (1997), and Liver and Potato (1998). His short film The Picnic (1998) received the Cannes Jury Prize and his first feature film Flower Island (2001) won 2001 Busan International Film Festival New Currents Award and 2001 Venice Film Festival CinemAvvenire Award. He went on to direct Spider Forest (2004), Feathers in the Wind (2004), The Magicians (2005), and his first documentary Dance of Time (2010). His Always (2011) was selected as the opening film of the 2011 Busan International Film Festival.   Cinematography Mentor: Ryszard LENCZEWSKI / Cinematography Director / Poland Born in 1948, Ryszard Lenczewski studied at the Cinematography and Television Production Department of Polish National Film School and is an experienced cinematography director who filmed approximately 100 works in 32 countries. Since 2006, he has been teaching at the Polish National Film School. His recent film, Ida (2013) won the Spotlight Award of the American Society of Cinematographers, and received prizes from 12 film festivals including Toronto International Film Festival.

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    [Press Release] Call for Applications to 2014 Asian Project Market

    Call for Applications to 2014 Asian Project Market   Asian Project Market (APM), the biggest film project market in Asia, is accepting projects until June 30, 2014.   Ranging from big-scale commercial films to low-budget independent films, APM is a place of investment and co-production opportunities for all directors with new projects. Since its inception, APM supported Asian directors, new and well-known alike. In the last 16 years, 412 projects have been selected and approximately 160 have been completed into films. Many of these finished projects became internationally acclaimed films.   Films by great Asian directors such as Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s Three Times (2005, Taiwan), Jia Zhangke’s Platform (2000, China / Hong Kong), Jafar Pananhi’s The Circle (2000, Iran) and Tsai Ming-Liang’s Face (2009, Taiwan / France / Belgium / Netherlands) were completed with the backing of APM.   Other APM projects supported by APM are films by new directors including Ounie Lecomte’s A Brand New Life (2009, Korea / France), Semih Kaplanoglu’s Honey (2010, Turkey / Germany) which won the Golden Bear at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival and Edwin’s Postcards from the Zoo (2012, Indonesia) which was a competition entry in 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.   Korean APM projects include Lee Chang-dong’s Poetry (2010), Kim Ki-duk’s The Bow (2010), Hong Sang-soo’s Woman is the Future of Man (2004), Zhang Lu’s Dooman River (2010) and Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer (2013). Oh Seong-yun’s Leafie, A Hen into the Wild (2011) and Yeon Sangho’s The Fake (2013), films that expanded Korean animation market, were APM projects as well as Park Chan Ok’s Paju (2009), an opening film of the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2010. Asian Project Market will be held for three days from October 6 to 8, 2014. Film directors who are available for meetings with investors and producers at Busan in October are eligible to apply. Registration is available online at the APM official website (http://apm.asianfimmarket.org) until June 30.   Contact Details Email: apm@asianfilmmarket.org Tel: +82 51 709 2234   For previous APM projects, please visit: http://apm.asianfilmmarket.org/eng/database/list_ppp_history.asp?this_year=2012

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    Asian Film Market 2014 Online Screening Introduction

    < INTRODUCTION TO ONLINE SCREENING> The Busan International Film Festival and Asian Film Market have provided an ‘Online Screening (http://os.asianfilmmarket.org)' service from 2010. Last year, there were 263 films including 192 festival titles and more in 2014. This year’s Online Screening will begin from September 15. We wish you take many advantages of it and get a fruitful result from Asian Film Market.Online Screening will make an effort to realize an optimum business environment in the film industry by providing a more convenient way of seeing films for Asian Film Market attendees.Rights holders and Sales Agents will have a brand new and efficient form of advertising for their film and Buyers and Investors can use Online Screening as the best tool to decide on their purchases and investments. Furthermore, if a film doesn’t have a Sales Agency, this service will be helpful in finding the right company.Everyone who wants to promote their film can upload it to this service and all contents will only be reviewed by Market Badge Holders for the 2014 Asian Film Market. Also, all exhibitors will be able to check the list of who previewed their film.Online Screening has three main categories: 1. APM, Director’s Previous Works- ‘APM, Director’s Previous Works’ is useful in providing background understanding of the 2014 APM project selections. Period Viewing Rights Sep. 15 ~ Oct. 31 All Market Badge Holders for 2014  2. Looking for a Sales Agent- The films looking for a Sales Agent or Independent Films including those in 2014 Busan International Film Festival. Period Viewing Rights Sep. 15 ~ Oct. 31 All Market Badge Holders for 2014   3. Online Screening 2014- All films registered in Online Screening will be provided. Period Viewing Rights Oct. 2 ~ Oct. 31 All Market Badge Holders for 2014  For any queries about the online screening service, please contact os@asianfilmmarket.org. 

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    [Press Release] Call for Applications to the 2014 Asian Film Academy

    Call for Applications to the 2014 Asian Film Academy    Asian Film Academy (AFA), a global education program on filmmaking dedicated to fostering the future of Asian cinema, is accepting applications until April 30, 2014.   AFA, in its 10th year, consists of the learning and sharing of practical and philosophical filmmaking knowledge through short film production, workshops, a master class, special lecture series and mentoring under the direction of faculty that includes world-renowned film professionals.   AFA is joined by two leading film institutes, the New York Film Academy and Full Sail University, as partners. The New York Film Academy will provide an opportunity for one of this year’s AFA fellows to take part in a 4-Week Hi-Def Filmmaking Workshop. The instructors from Full Sail University will have a special lecture for fellows during AFA. In addition to these special programs, AFA is planning to hold an Alumni Special Screening event to mark its 10th anniversary and welcome back some of the AFA graduates.   Previous AFA deans include prominent directors such as Kurosawa Kiyoshi, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Im Kwontaek, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abbas Kiarostami, Jia Zhangke, and Lee Chang-dong.   Asian Film Academy will be held for 18 days from September 25 to October 12, 2014.     AFA Dates: September 25 – October 12, 2014 Host: Dongseo University, Busan Film Commission, Busan International Film Festival Application Deadline: April 30, 2014 Announcement: July 10, 2014 Application Guideline: Please visit the website (http://afa.biff.kr) Contact: afa@biff.kr / Tel. +82-51-709-2034    New York Film Academy One of the leading film schools in the world, the New York Film Academy offers a variety of workshops and BFA, MFA, and AFA programs designed to teach students the art of visual storytelling. With locations across the globe, the NYFA philosophy of 'learning by doing' focuses on readying students to achieve their professional goals.   Full Sail University Full Sail University (Winter Park, Florida, USA) offers various programs focused on the world of entertainment and media. It offers 44 degree programs in film, music, design, and game. The campus includes more than 110 studios and production environments, and students can experience career relevant education through a close relationship with industry.

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    [Press Release] Ties That Bind Announces Participants for 2014

    Ties That Bind Announces Participants for 2014   The 6th edition of TIES THAT BIND Asia – Europe Producers Workshop (TTB) has announced 10 participants.   TTB brings together 10 producers from Asia and Europe to participate in 2 workshops on cross-continental co-production during the Busan International Film Festival and the Udine Far East Film Festival. 10 promising projects have been selected to participate.   Several projects with ties to the Busan International Film Festival have been selected. Producer Karim Aitouna is participating with Women of the Weeping River which is being directed by Sheron Dayoc of SATRA, a 2011 ACF Script Development Fund project. Masumi Soga’s project Kodokushi is being directed by Janus Victoria who was invited to the Wide Angle section of the Festival in 2012 with Aurora, My Aurora. Antonin Dedet is again working with director Gyeong Tae Roh on Black Stones. They worked together previously on Land of Scarecrows, a 2008 ACF Post-Production Fund project which won the 2008 New Currents Award.   Weronika Czołnowska is producing Baby with director Kei Ishikawa. The project won the main prize at IT Project Market at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival. Tarantula, a Belgian company famous for its international co-productions, is taking part via Valérie Bournonville who is producing Walkers by Oliver Meys. Tarantula co-produced Batalla en El Cielo by Carlos Reygadas (in competition in Cannes 2005) with Mexico, Congorama by Philippe Falardeau (Director’s Fortnight in Cannes 2006) with Canada, Le Sel de la Mer by Annemarie Jacir (Un Certain Regard in Cannes 2008) with Palestine, La Cantante de Tango by Diego Martinez Vignatti (in competition Locarno 2009) with Argentina, and Visages by Tsai Ming-Liang (in competition in Cannes 2009) with Taiwan, among others.     Producer Country (Producer) Project Director 1 Karim Aitouna France Women of the Weeping River Sheron Dayoc 2 Joenathann Alandy Philippines Hypothalamus Dwein Baltazar 3 Valérie Bournonville Belgium Walkers Olivier Meys 4 Weronika Czołnowska Poland Baby Kei Ishikawa 5 Antonin Dedet France Black Stones Gyeong Tae Roh 6 Justin Deimen Singapore Lanun Chua Jingdu 7 Julius Ponten Netherlands Ratu Adil Jim Taihuttu 8 Alina Yan Qiu China Mazu, Guardian of the Seas Xiao Zheng and David Ebner 9 Masumi Soga Japan Kodokushi Janus Victoria 10 Lina Tan Malaysia Five Star Billionaire Bernard Chauly   TTB provides practical information and education for producers working on Asia-Europe co-production projects. Through scenario development, group discussion, successful case study analysis, and mentoring programs, the producers are supported to improve their projects and make connections with financiers and production partners.   EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs), one of the organizers of TTB, selected the Busan International Film Festival as the most influential partner in Asia and ran TTB for 5 years. The 10 producers, 5 from each continent, will participate in 2 workshops. The first one will be held during the Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy (April 25 – May 3, 2014), and the second one during the Busan International Film Festival (October 2 – 11, 2014).   TIES THAT BIND is organised by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund, EAVE, Udine Far East Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival / Asian Film Market / Asian Project Market, and funded by ASEF (Asia-Europe Foundation), ANA (Arts Network Asia) and THE (Trans Europe Halles).

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    [Press Release] BIFF 2014 Selects its Official Poster

    Busan International Film Festival 2014 Selects its Official Poster   The 19th Busan International Film Festival (October 2 – 11, 2014) selected its official poster and marked the beginning of the intense preparation.   The official poster is based on original work Emotion1/4 Y.R.G.W by Korean painted sculpture artist Lee Hyuck Jin, and designed by the Busan International Film Festival’s art director, Choi Soon-dae.   Emotion1/4 Y.R.G.W by Lee Hyuck Jin is a ‘painted sculpture’ produced by combining pictures and long pieces cut from boards made of fiber on top of resin. These were assembled by entwining horizontal and vertical pieces, much like traditional Korean basket weaving, and painting on the surface. The ‘togetherness’ of films, audiences, and cineastes is represented by the intertwined pieces and the bright colors reflect the celebratory nature of the Busan International Film Festival.   Lee Hyuck Jin strives to produce works outside the traditional structures of art by utilizing the original techniques of ‘painted sculpture’, and colorful and intense images.   The selection of the official poster kick starts the Busan International Film Festival Organizing Committee in the process of film and guest invitation, and event planning. The Busan International Film Festival opens on October 2, 2014 and will be held for 10 days.   Poster Original Artist Profile LEE Hyuck Jin - Born in 1971 - Graduated from Seoul National University, College of Fine Arts (BFA Sculpture) - 7 solo exhibitions and 100+ domestic/international art fairs & group exhibitions - Collections Art Bank, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea; Namsong Art Museum; Amway Art Museum; Maeil Business Newspaper & MK Inc.; LOTTE Hi-mart Co., Ltd.; Communication Will Co., Ltd.; Choosung Co., Ltd.; KD POWER Co., Ltd.; etc. Private collections in Korea / China / Hong Kong     The 2014 Busan International Film Festival and Asian Film Market posters can be downloaded.

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    [Press Release] Call for Submissions to Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) 2014

    Call for Submissions to Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) 2014   Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) is seeking new and brilliant projects for 2014 to continue producing leading directors of the future Asian Cinema.     Script Development Fund Post-Production Fund AND (Asian Network of Documentary) Fund Submission Deadline May 10, 2014 April 20, 2014 May 10, 2014 Funding For Work in progress fiction feature script Fiction feature project shot in HD digital format Feature length documentary project for theatrical release Provides Cash grant of KRW10,000,000 (approx. USD10,000) Post-production services; DI, Final Mixing, DCP at post studios in Korea or in China Cash grant of KRW10,000,000 or 5,000,000 (approx. USD10,000 or 5,000) To Submit Enter the ACF online entry form (http://acf.biff.kr) and fill the requested information and documents. Ship the DVD if needed. Decisions 1st week of July (to be confirmed)   ACF of the Busan International Film Festival provides comprehensive support from the beginning to the end. ACF is currently accepting applications for Script Development Fund, Post-Production Fund and AND (Asian Network of Documentary) Fund.   Since its inception, ACF has supported 94 feature films and 131 documentaries. This year, Forestt Studio, a Chinese post-production company, joins ACF program and will provide post-production support in China if a Chinese project is selected.  Korean post-production companies such as KOFIC (Korean Film Council), CJ Powercast, Digital Studio2L, Stareast Digital Lab. Ltd., Studio SH and Wavelab STD will provide DI, sound mixing and DCP (digital cinema package). AND is supported by Youngsan University, Dongseo University, Pusan National University, Busan Bank, BIFF Mecenat, and Supporters of BIFF.

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    [Press Release] Asian Film Market 2014 Appoints Market Committee Members and Advisors

    Asian Film Market 2014 Appoints Market Committee Members and Advisors   The Asian Film Market has organized Market committee members and advisors to actively react to regional market changes in East Asia that have drawn the attention of the international film industry. These moves represent a first step towards becoming Asia’s leading co-production market.   Market Committee Members Strengthen Asian Film Market In 2013, Jay Jeon assumed the role of the Asian Film Market Director, in conjunction with his position as Deputy Director of the Busan International Film Festival, and Jeon Chanil was named the Deputy Director of the Asian Film Market. Since then, the new leadership strived to strengthen the Asian Film Market. Through the addition of committee members, the focus is on the internal stabilization and the external networking.   For the committee, Chae Bohyun will be in charge of the Chinese regional networks and Susan Chae will manage the Asian Project Market (APM). Previously, Chae Bohyun was involved in various film productions and Busan Film Commission and responsible for China related matters since the Asian Film Market’s inception until recently. As a committee member, Chae Bohyun will strengthen relations between the Market and the Chinese film industry and oversee joint projects.   Susan Chae, a founding member of Asian Project Market (APM), then named Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP), has been charged with its management. Susan Chae worked as a producer for various Korean film production companies such as BaekDu-DaeGan Films, Opus Pictures, and iFilm. She launched a film company, TheunDa Pictures, and produced Dance of Time (2009) by director Song Ilgon. Utilizing her years of experience in the film industry, which includes her expertise in independent arthouse films and commercial films and investment/import/distribution, Susan Chae will search for fresh projects and seek to further globalize APM.   Advisors to Aid in Market Operation and Joint Projects Additionally, Asian Film Market appointed leading film professionals as advisors to further enhance personnel and build joint network.   For domestic advisors, Kim Woo Taek, president of NEW, an investment and distribution company; Choi Jaewon, CEO and Executive Producer of Withus Film, a production company; Ahn Dongkyu, CEO and Producer of ahnsworld, DHUTA, and Dasepoclub; Jung Sang Jin, CEO of arthouse cinema Art Nine and distribution company Atnine Film; and other representatives of Korean film industry companies have been named.   NEW is Korea’s dominant investment and distribution company and recorded the highest market share in Korean film distribution in 2013. Withus Film is most notable for producing The Attorney (2013), a huge hit in Korea, and Ahn Dongkyu produced works such as Secret Reunion (2010) and Confession of Murder (2012) and currently working on Chronicle of Blood Merchant (2014).   Asian advisors outside Korea, such as Lee Yein Teng of Malaysia’s leading satellite television company Astro, have also been named. These consultants will share their professional knowledge for increased Market activities and assist Market operations such as production, investment and international distribution.

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    [Press Release] BIFF Appoints World Cinema Programmer

    Busan International Film Festival Appoints World Cinema Programmer   Jin PARK Joins Busan International Film Festival As World Cinema Programmer The Busan International Film Festival appointed Jin Park as a new World Cinema Programmer who officially joined the Festival in March.   The World Cinema section was previously managed by Jay Jeon, Rhee Soue-won and Dosin Pak. However, since Jay Jeon was named the Director of Asian Film Market in 2013, the position remained empty.   Jin Park has been writing as a film critic for various Korean film magazines including KINO and Film2.0. He served as an Executive Programmer for the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival for 6 years and as a Programmer for the Green Film Festival in Seoul.   The Busan International Film Festival introduces notable films from Asia and all over the world. Jin Park will oversee films from Central and South America and will work with Rhee Soue-won, who is responsible for films in the European and African regions, as well as Dosin Pak, in charge of North America and Oceania.   Other programmers remain the same: Kim Ji-Seok Executive Programmer, in charge of Asian Cinema; Nam Dong-chul Programmer, Korean Cinema; Hong Hyosook Programmer, Korean Documentaries and Director of Asian Cinema Fund; and Rhee Soue-won and Dosin Pak Programmers of World Cinema section.   The 19th Busan International Film Festival will take place from October 2 – 11, 2014.   Jin PARK Profile (photo attached) -       Lecturer at Chung-Ang University and Yonsei University -       Film Critic for Korean film magazines such as KINO, Film2.0, Movie Week etc. -       Programmer for Green Film Festival in Seoul (2005-2006) -       Executive Programmer for Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (2007-2013)  

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