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  • 2018.08

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    [BIFF Press Release] 23rd Busan International Film Festival Announces the Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award Recipient:..

    23rd Busan International Film Festival Announces the Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award Recipient: Ryuichi SAKAMOTO  The 23rd Busan International Film Festival is proud to announce that prominent musician Ryuichi Sakamoto will receive the Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award. The Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award is granted to a notable figure or organization with outstanding achievements in improving and developing the Asian Film industry and facilitating cultural development.  Debuting in 1978 with YMO (Yellow Magic Orchestra), Ryuichi Sakamoto pioneered electronic music and electro hop. Ryuichi has continuously expanded his musical boundaries from classical music into rock and opera. He also entered the world of film music with Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983) by director Nagisa Oshima. Ryuichi was the first Asian to win the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Last Emperor (1986), and accordingly won the Golden Globe Awards and the British Academy Film Awards for The Sheltering Sky (1990) and Little Buddha (1993) to become and remain the master of film music. Ryuichi has constantly composed film music such as The Fortress (2017) and My TYRANO: Together, Forever (2019) followed by his triumphant musical return after a diagnosis of throat cancer in 2014 – The Revenant (2015), which was nominated for the Golden Globe Awards and Grammy Awards. The score will further establish his prominence in contemporary film music.  Ryuichi Sakamoto, celebrating his 40th anniversary of music involvement, is deeply admired and loved by the public as an artist who remains a prominent musician in the history of world cinema and contributes his voice to various social issues and causes. In response to his sheer amount of time, effort, and passion, the 23rd Busan International Film Festival announces Ryuichi Sakamoto as the winner of the Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award in recognition of his music and life.  The opening ceremony of the 23rd Busan International Film Festival at the BIFF Theater of Busan Cinema Center on October 4 will host Ryuichi Sakamoto’s opening performance to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his musical debut.    Photo by Wing Shya  Ryuichi Sakamoto Ryuichi as a musician, artist, producer, as well as a progressive anti-war, peace, and environmental activist had initially stepped into the world of film music by playing Oshima Nagisa’s Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence in 1983. He was in charge of composing the film’s musical score and won the British Academy Film Awards. He gained extensive reputation as a film score composer on the strength of winning majority of awards such as the Academy Award for Best Original Score and Grammy Awards as the first Asian in 1987 thanks to The Last Emperor (1986) by director Bernardo Bertolucci and receiving the second Golden Globe Awards for The Sheltering Sky (1990). Going through a year of medical treatment after the announcement of throat cancer in 2014, Ryuichi Sakamoto returned to the composer’s chair with The Revenant (2015) by Alejandro González Iñárritu and maintained musical reign by being selected for the Golden Globe Awards and the Grammy Awards Nominee. Ryuichi Sakamoto has been recently presenting beautiful music through more than 40 films including Fortress (2017) by director Hwang Dong-hyuk and animated cartoon My TYRANO: Together, Forever (2019) that resonates with the film and fascinates all with its delicate melody with a long-lasting message.      The 23rd Busan International Film Festival will be held from October 4, 2018 to October 13, 2018. Asian Film Market will be held from October 6, 2018 to October 9, 2018. Asian Project Market will be held from October 7, 2018 to October 9, 2018.

  • 2018.08

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    [BIFF Press Release] 23rd Busan International Film Festival Korean Cinema Retrospective -The Pioneer of 1980’s Realism..

    23rd Busan International Film Festival Korean Cinema Retrospective -The Pioneer of 1980’s Realism: LEE Jang-hoThe 23rd Busan International Film Festival announces Lee Jang-ho for Korean Cinema Retrospective and will screen 8 of his representative films.Lee Jang-ho is a representative director of the 1970’s and the 1980’s Korean cinema. His debut film, Heavenly Homecoming to Stars (1974) opened to 460,000 audiences, which was extraordinary for that time. He immediately became one of the most prominent directors of that era. Lee came into the spotlight with his social realism, criticizing poverty and oppression in early 1980’s Korea with films such as Good Windy Days (1980), Children of Darkness (1981), Widow Dance (1983), and Declaration of Fools (1983). He became a renowned director again with his erotic films, Between the Knees (1984) and Eoh Wu-dong (1985), and Lee Jang-hos Baseball Team (1986), based on Lee Hyun-se’s comic book. Lee Jang-ho, one of the most significant Korean directors in the 1980’s, released The Man with Three Coffins (1987), a masterpiece of Lee’s films. Four of Lee’s films - Heavenly Homecoming to Stars (1974), Good Windy Days (1980), Declaration of Fools (1983), and The Man with Three Coffins (1987) are included in the 2013 edition of The 100 Korean Films listed by the Korean Film Archive. Lee’s achievement in film is undeniably outstanding. Lee was the executive chairman at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival and is currently the chairman of the Seoul Film Commission. Lee’s 8 representative films selected for the Korean Cinema Retrospective will be screened at the 23rd Busan International Film Festival from October 4 to October 13. His old but fascinating films have important implications for both cineasts and new audiences.Heavenly Homecoming to Stars (1974)Lee Jang-ho’s debut film is based on a serialized novel of Choi In-ho’s that was first published in newspaper installments. The film opened to 460,000 audiences, crushing domestic box office records. After Kyeong-A (Ahn In-suk), the main character of the film, was dumped by her first love, she becomes the second wife of a man who suffers delusional jealousy. She divorces the man and later becomes a prostitute. Her life story touches all audiences. The film reflects the new wave of the 70’s youth culture with Lee Jang-hee’s songs. The film is also the start of ‘Hostess Melodrama’ films such as Yeong-Jas Heydays and Winter Woman.Good Windy Days (1980) Good Windy Days defines Lee Jang-ho as a critical social realism writer. Ahn Sung-ki returns to the big screen as an adult actor for the first time in this film. Numerous actors such as Kim Seong-chan, Lee Yeong-ho, Yu Ji-in, Kim Bo-yeon, Choi Bool-am, Kim Hee-ra, Park Won-suk, Kim In-moon, Kim Young-ae, and Im Ye-jin provide unforgettable performances. The film was considered a must-see film for other young cineasts at that time. The film describes 1970’s Seoul after the development of Gangnam in southern Seoul. The film is focused on three young impoverished rural men who migrate to an urban life. It also includes different stories from different generations that portray the identification of an era. Children of Darkness (1981) Children of Darkness is based on Lee Cheol-yong’s novel of the same title. The story of the film corresponds to Lee Jang-ho’s other film, Heavenly Homecoming to Stars, in regards to dealing with a woman who becomes a prostitute. The main character of the film, Young-Ae (Na Young-hee)’s dream is to be a singer. She runs away from home and goes to a singer audition despite her parents’ opposition. After the audition, she tries to learn how to sing; however, she is raped and sent to a club band who moves around the local area. She gives birth to a daughter after she begins to live with a man who plays lead saxophone in the club band. Unfortunately, the man is arrested for assault and the daughter dies from pneumonia. Young-Ae later becomes a prostitute who lives a life of hardships in the red-light district.Widow Dance (1983) Widow Dance is based on Lee Cheol-yong’s novel along with Children of Darkness (1981). The film criticizes society by describing the life of widows who have divorced for different reasons. The film consists of three episodes. The first episode is Mal-suk (Lee Bo-hee), who commits fraud on a suitor to deprive him of money by pretending to be divorced from a rich Korean-Japanese guy. Her fraud is revealed and then she is finally arrested. The second episode is about Mal-suk’s sister-in-law (Park Won-suk). Mal-suk’s sister-in-law becomes a widow after her husband dies in a car accident. The last episode follows the previous two episodes. The widows lead hopeless and on-going lives.  Declaration of Fools (1983) Lee Jang-ho, a typical realist film director, adopts the use of innovative film techniques that influence next generation filmmakers. He recorded ironic narration with a children’s voice, shot in low-speed cinematography as seen in classic silent films, and uses the film to express sarcastic acts. The experimental sound of the film is remarkable in mixing electronic game sounds and Buddhist sounds. Lee stated in an interview, “I don’t think that Declaration of Fools was created by myself. The period of dictatorship that overshadowed Korea creates the film. I was forced to make up the story for Declaration of Fools at the beginning of making the film. I was not able to film the movie that I wanted to. I would have quit filming if I had to.” The film reflects a director’s raging spirit that is not afraid of limitations.Eoh Wu-dong (1985) It is a representative erotic film of Lee Jang-ho, with the film Between the Knees (1984). During the Joseon Dynasty reign of King Seongjong, Eoh Wu-dong born of a noble family, falls in love with a lowly man. The true love is forbidden due to the hierarchical nature of society at that time. After a failed suicide attempt, she becomes a Korean geisha who uses her body to tease the nobility. Her family-in-laws attempt to kill her because they do not want the relationship with Eoh Wu-dong noticed. Eoh Wu-dong, the main independent female character, is impressive in regards to being against the male dominant society, unlike the film, Between the Knees (1984). The Man with Three Coffins (1987) Lee Jang-ho’s masterpiece work of his subsequent period is based on Lee Je-ha’s novel with the same title. The main character travels with his wife’s ashes who died 3 years earlier. He meets a sick old man and the nurse who cares for him at the motel by chance. The owner of the restaurant delivers a message of the old man’s special offer to take him to Wolsan, but the protagonist denies. After that, women who have had a sexual relationship with the protagonist continuously end up dead under strange circumstances. He meets the nurse again. Lee Bo-hee simultaneously plays three different roles, including a nurse, who meets the protagonist. The film maximizes a surreal mood.God’s Eye View (2013)Lee Jang-ho released the feature film, God’s Eye View, 18 years after his feature film, Declaration of Genius (1995). A missionary group comprised of a church minister, a missionary, and a church elder is kidnapped by the Islamic rebel forces. The missionary group is afraid of the rebel forces, who demand the release of the rebel force leader from prison in return for releasing the missionary group. The missionary group begins to distrust each other. They are required to choose between life or a religious belief, revealing each one’s naked truth. They consider taking martyrdom is for granted because of the religious beliefs; however, the real martyrdom is not about committing suicide. They are questioned in regards to neglecting another’s death for a religious belief.The 23rd Busan International Film Festival will be held from October 4, 2018 to October 13, 2018.Asian Film Market will be held from October 6, 2018 to October 9, 2018.Asian Project Market will be held from October 7, 2018 to October 9, 2018.

  • 2018.08

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    [BIFF Press Release] Announcement for the 2018 Asian Film Academy (AFA) Faculty Members and Participants

    [BIFF Press Release] Busan International Film Festival_(2018.08.20)   Announcement for the 2018 Asian Film Academy (AFA) Faculty Members and Participants   The Asian Film Academy (AFA), which discovers young Asian filmmakers and builds an Asian film network, announces the final 24 participants.   374 Applicants from 28 Countries: A Growing Number of Applicants with Steady Interest   Interest in the Asian Film Academy (AFA) has increased again this year with 374 people from 28 different countries applying for the 14th AFA. The largest numbers of applicants were from India, followed by the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. These countries have all shown outstanding growth in their film industries. The AFA has also seen the highest rate of female participants this year with 8 participants now featured among the final 24 participants who have passed the tough competition.   The Future of Asian Cinema, Every New Talents Gathered in AFA   Rising global stars have been selected as participants for this year’s AFA. Participant Vijaktre Thirapatana from Thailand submitted his short film Death of the Soundman (2017) to the 2017 Venice International Film Festival, and Aigul Nurbulatova (Kazakhstan) worked as a cinematographer for the film Bad Bad Winter (2018), which screened at the program of Association for the Distribution of Independent Cinema for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Chong Shuk Fong (Hong Kong), Rajesh Prasad Khatri (Nepal), and Kiran Shrestha (Nepal) also worked as a team for A Curious Girl (2017) which won the top jury prize for Generation Kplus at the Berlin International Film Festival. Makbul Mubarak from Indonesia, a former Art Major Asian Scholarship student at Korea National University of Arts, is a notable participant this year. Likewise, all the young Asian filmmakers have gathered at the 2018 AFA and we expect their outstanding growth through in-depth education from great faculty members including Lou Ye (Dean).   After the Academy, Various Scholarship Program from Munich to New York  ARRI, the worlds leading manufacturer of professional motion picture equipment, will fund the ARRI Scholarship Award. ARRI joined AFA as sponsorship since 2016 and provided ALEXA Mini cameras for short film productions. As well as ALEXA cameras, this year ARRI will offer a scholarship to two fellows who will have an opportunity to visit the ARRI Main Office in Munich, Germany and participate in the ARRI Training Program. AFA 2018 collaborates with the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and will run the Film Workshop, "BRIDGE TO HOLLYWOOD". After pitching competition at the workshop, two winners will have the opportunity to visit industry events in the United States and Australia. The first place winner will attend a 5-day Film Immersion Program in Los Angeles, USA. The second place winner will be invited to Brisbane, Australia to attend the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA). A qualification to apply for an incubating fund on making an independent feature film will also be given for the AFA graduates. Lastly, there is the New York Film Academy scholarship program. One participant will be selected to go to New York to take four-week long workshops at the New York Film Academy.  The final members of 24 participants will be joined the program for eighteen days from the 27th of September to the 14th of October, and will be taught by Lou Ye (Dean), Tan Chui Mui (directing mentor), and Artur Żurawski (cinematography mentor).  Final List of Participants for the 2018 Asian Film Academy (AFA) No. Name Country 1 Polen LY Cambodia 2 Story CHEN China 3 CHONG Shuk Fong Hong Kong 4 Makbul MUBARAK Indonesia 5 Yerlan AIGOZHINOV Kazakhstan 6 Aigul NURBULATOVA Kazakhstan 7 LEE Ling Malaysia 8 CHEW Boon Wai Malaysia 9 Zoljargal PUREVDASH Mongolia 10 Aung Htet Myanmar 11 Rajesh Prasad KHATRI Nepal 12 Chintan RAJBHANDARI Nepal 13 Kiran SHRESTHA Nepal 14 Carl Adrian CHAVEZ Philippines 15 Cesca LEE Philippines 16 Persian Jalandoni MAGLINTE Philippines 17 Petersen VARGAS Philippines 18 Ernie GOH Singapore 19 Devamanikandan KANNAYA SOMU Singapore 20 CHENG Lijie Singapore 21 HUANG Ailun Taiwan 22 CHENG Ya-Chih Taiwan 23 Nutthapon RAKKHATHAM Thailand 24 Vijaktre THIRAPATANA Thailand                             Faculty Profile  Dean: LOU Ye  Born in Shanghai in 1965 and graduated from the Beijing Film Academy in 1989. He received the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Award in the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg in 1996 with his first film called Weekend Lover (1995). He was also awarded as the winner of Tiger Award at the 1999 International Film Festival Rotterdam with Suzhou River (2000). His work Summer Palace (2006), about the Tiananmen Square protests, competed for the Palme d’Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. The screening of his film at Cannes received good reviews from critics, however he was banned from work in mainland China for five years because the film was screened without governmental approval. Lou Ye founded the film company called “Dream Factory” in 1998, and has led the new wave movement of mainland Chinese cinema. He has continued on developing his works on portraying a cataclysmic current era of busy city in China, to capture the depth of the people who live in the city through making Spring Fever (2009), Mystery (2012), and Blind Massage (2014).  Directing Mentor: TAN Chui Mui  Filmmaker Tan was born in Kuantan, Malaysia in 1978. Her film Love Conquers All (2006) won the New Currents Awards and FIPRESCI International Critics Award at the 2006 Busan International Film Festival, and won the Tiger Award at the 2007 Rotterdam International Film Festival. Also, her film Everyday Everyday (2009) won the top prize at the 2009 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. She was invited to the Cannes Cinefondation Residency, and she was a mentor for many regional filmmaking workshops. She also led a Malaysian New Wave movement through making a filmmaking workshop called NNW Films (Next New Wave Films) for young Malaysian filmmakers. Her other major works are Year Without A Summer (2010) and a short film A Tree in Tanjung Malim (2005).   Cinematography Mentor: Artur ŻURAWSKI, PSC  Artur Żurawski, PSC, a Polish cinematographer, director, and still photographer, was born and raised in small town Chojna in Poland near the German border. He studied cinematography at the Polish National Film School and is a member of the Polish Society of Cinematographers (PSC) and the Polish Filmmakers Association. He started his professional career as an animator, assistant director, and co-author of special effects for an animation film called Piet Mondrian (1995), produced for Polish National Television. In addition, he has worked for the feature films, short films, and documentaries, as well as TV series, advertisements, and music videos. He has worked for the Hindi film industry since 2011, and earned global recognition through the film Mardaani (2014) and Sultan (2016). He works on a photographic project called Z Project, which involves taking a photo every day.  The 23rd Busan International Film Festival will be held from October 4, 2018 to October 13, 2018. Asian Film Market will be held from October 6, 2018 to October 9, 2018. Asian Project Market will be held from October 7, 2018 to October 9, 2018.

  • 2018.08

    01

    [BIFF Press Release] The 21st Asian Project Market Selects 29 Official Projects

    The 21st Asian Project Market Selects 29 Official ProjectsThe Asian Project Market (APM), the biggest investment and co-production market in Asia, announces 29 official projects for 2018. APM is a stepping stone for directors who introduce various new projects to the industry from beyond Asia as well as provide opportunities for significant investment and co-production. Over the past 20 years, a total of 527 projects have been selected and numerous projects realized into films through the Asian Project Market. 401 projects applied for APM 2018, about 30% increase over the previous yearA total of 401 projects from 69 countries applied for APM 2018. The number of projects that applied for APM has increased approximately 30% over the previous year and the regional diversity of the applicants has also expanded. The newly selected 29 projects include Asian directors and producers who are actively engaged in the industry and prospective filmmakers who are expected to attract significant attention.New projects from Korean directors revealed for the first time in BusanThis year, a great number of Korean projects discovered by Busan International Film Festival have been selected. Director Zhang Lu, who gained international reputation by New Currents Award winning film Grain in Ear and whose film A Quiet Dream was selected as an opening film of Busan International Film Festival 2016, and director Kim Uiseok, winner of last year’s New Currents Award winning film After My Death, will visit APM 2018 with their projects Yanagawa and The Martyrdom. The new projects that can be seen are: In the Water by director Shin Dongseok, whose film Last Child was selected by New Currents 2017 and Berlin International Film Festival 2018, and The Final Print by director Jang Woo-jin, the winner of Vision-Director’s Award 2016 with the film Autumn, Autumn.Rendezvous with Europe: new projects from beyond Northeast Asia and Southwest AsiaAPM 2018, selected diverse projects from China and Japan, and new projects from Southwest Asia where the Busan International Film Festival provided continuous support, such as Fan Girl by director Antoinette Jadaone, who holds record in Philippines Box Office and I, the Song by director Dechen Roder from Bhutan, who received special attention with the film Honeygiver Among the Dogs. Projects from Singaporean producers I See Waves by Jeremy Chua and Stranger Eyes by Fran Borgia are also eye-catching. Meanwhile, co-productions that transcend continental boundaries are outstanding. The Pack (Director Tomáš Polenský) is the first Czech Republic co-projection project in APM, and active cooperation between Asian countries and European countries such as France, Netherland, Italy, and German and can also be seen.The APM 2018 presents following new projects for 3 days starting Sunday, October 7 to Tuesday, October 9 at Exhibition Center 2, BEXCO. Asian Project Market 2018 Selections (Project Title in Alphabetical Order) No. Project Director Producer Production Country 1 ABOKKE SUZUKI Yohei TSUTSUI Ryohei Japan 2 Anatomy of Time Jakrawal NILTHAMRONG Mai MEKSAWAN, Chatchai CHAIYON, Yohann CORNU, Anouk SLUIZER Thailand, France, Netherlands 3 Blossom LIU Yanwenjun NAI An, LIN Chi-an China 4 Bone Trumpet Fidel DEVKOTA Min Bahadur BHAM, Catherine DUSSART Nepal, France 5 The Egg Alessandro TRAPANI Leonard TEE Italy, Malaysia 6 The Exam Shawkat Amin KORKI Mehmet AKTAS Kurdista(Iraq),Germany, Japan 7 Fan Girl Antoinette JADAONE Bianca BALBUENA, Dan VILLEGAS Philippines 8 The Final Print JANG Woo-jin HAN Sunhee Korea 9 The Idiots CHEUNG King Wai Derek YEE Hong Kong(China) 10 In the Water SHIN Dongseok JE Jeongju Korea 11 I See Waves Abdullah Mohammad SAAD Jeremy CHUA, Rajib MOHAJAN Bangladesh, Singapore 12 I, the Song Dechen RODER Thinley CHODEN, Dechen RODER Bhutan 13 Japanese. Ahiko Yeldar KAPAROV Aliya UVALZHANOVA Kazakhstan 14 Man of the Sea Jéro YUN Jéro YUN Korea 15 The Martyrdom KIM Uiseok LEE Wonkyu Korea 16 My Small Land (working title) Emma KAWAWADA BANSE Megumi Japan 17 Nirvana Inn Vijay JAYAPAL Mathivanan RAJENDRAN India 18 The Pack Tomáš POLENSKÝ Julietta SICHEL, Jan FRONĚK Czech Republic, Latvia 19 The Palace Anil BARAL Deepak RAUNIYAR Nepal 20 A Plum of Smoke WANG Xuebo Rachel CHEN China, Taiwan 21 The Question of Innocence Vimukthi JAYASUNDARA Sumudu MALALAGAMA Sri Lanka 22 Snow Moon LIM Dae-hyung PARK Doo-hee Korea, Japan 23 Soundtrack of an Eternal Day (working title) YUKISADA Isao KATAHARA Tomoko, Mathew TANG Japan, China 24 Stranger Eyes YEO Siew Hua Fran BORGIA Singapore 25 Where We Belong Kongdej JATURANRASMEE Soros SUKHUM Thailand 26 Without End, Without Doubt GONG Wen JIA Zhang-ke China 27 Yanagawa ZHANG Lu OH Sehyeon Korea 28 Yellow Dust PARK Hong-min CHA Hye-jin Korea 29 Yesterday Will Be Perfect Timothy YEUNG Julia CHU Feron LAU Hong Kong(China), Canada The 23rd Busan International Film Festival will be held from October 4, 2018 to October 13, 2018.Asian Film Market will be held from October 6, 2018 to October 9, 2018.Asian Project Market will be held from October 7, 2018 to October 9, 2018.

  • 2018.08

    01

    [BIFF Press Release] Press Accreditation Guide to the 23rd Busan International Film Festival

    Press Accreditation Guide to the 23rd Busan International Film Festival Press accreditation for the 23rd Busan International Film Festival is open from August 1 to September 14 (18:00, Korean Standard Time). On-site registration will be available starting from October 3 to October 13 with additional fees. Information on applying for the Opening/Closing ceremony photo zone pass will be available soon. ✔ Registration Due Date    General Registration On-Site Registration Period August 1st (Wed) ~ 18:00 (KST) September 14th (Fri), 2018 October 3rd (Wed) ~ 13th (Sat), 2018 Fees NONE 50 USD     * All dates and times are based on Korean Standard Time (KST). ✔ Press Badge Guideline- Press badges are classified into two different types in order to support the covering activities of press.- Press badges are classified into two different types; Press and Press (Technician).- One badge per person (2 types of Press badges cannot be jointly issued to one person) ✔ Badge Types   Type Who Can Register Press (General) a. Correspondents affiliated with an authentic media (printed media, radio, television, online press, press agencies, and magazines). b. Correspondents and editors for print or online media c. Correspondent producers, writers, program planners, and TV and radio reporters d. Regular contributors and critics for print or online media * Press badge holders cannot apply for Opening/Closing Ceremony passes. Press (Technician) Technicians including photographers and camera operators, employed or outsourced by an authentic media. (e.g. Camera assistants, Sound/Audio technicians, Lighting, and Editing staff) * Press (Technician) badge holders are eligible to apply for Opening/Closing Ceremony passes. ✔ Press Badge Benefits  TypeAvailable Tickets per dayAccess to Festival VenuesGuest PackagePress CenterP&I Screening and Video RoomPress Screening and Guest VisitPhoto ZoneAccess to the Asian Film MarketMarket Screening and Online ScreeningMarket ShuttlePress4●●●●● ●  Press (Technician)2●●● ●▲●   ▲: Need to get individual passes for certain photo zones (e.g. Opening/Closing Ceremony photo zone) ✔ Who is Not Eligible?- Administrative staff who do not work as reporters/correspondents (e.g. accountants, secretaries, and drivers)- Administrative staff from outsourcing companies- One-person media creators and blogger- SNS contributors and activists✔ Notes- Please submit the registration form no later than Friday, September 14, 18:00. Registration information can be revised before the deadline. If adjustment needs to me made after the deadline, please contact pressbadge@biff.kr- Accreditation may be cancelled upon notification in cases of intentional misstatement of personal details or failure to meet the festival press accreditation criteria.- A history of no-show may bar you from future press accreditation to the festival. - Press badge does NOT grant access to Opening/Closing ceremonies, the Asian Film Market screenings, parties, and other events that require invitations.  ✔ Submit Request for Press Accreditation Herehttp://guest.biff.kr/participant/main_eng.asp?p_kind=P ✔ Contact InformationBusan International Film FestivalPress Accreditation DeskTel: +82 51 709 2189/2190Fax: +82 51 709 2299E-mail: pressbadge@biff.kr  The 23rd Busan International Film Festival will be held from October 4, 2018 to October 13, 2018.Asian Film Market will be held from October 6, 2018 to October 9, 2018.Asian Project Market will be held from October 7, 2018 to October 9, 2018. 

  • 2018.07

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    [BIFF Press Release] Asian Film Market 2018 Announces 30 Official Selections for Book To Film and E-IP Pitching

    Asian Film Market 2018 Announces 30 Official Selections for Book To Film and E-IP Pitching  Asian Film Market 2018 selects 30 official projects to be introduced in Book To Film and E-IP Pitching, the main events of the Entertainment Intellectual Property (E-IP) Market, where 15 projects will be presented by each event. The pitching event will be held from Saturday, October 6 to Sunday, October 7 and business meetings will be held from Saturday, October 6 to Tuesday, October 9. Following last year, Next Entertainment World (NEW) will award one project from each Book To Film and E-IP Pitching selections with KRW 10,000,000 cash prize. This year, ToryComics (www.torycomics.com), a global web comic platform that provides web comic service in 12 different languages to 141 countries, will participate as a new award sponsor. Total 4 projects from Book To Film and E-IP Pitching selections will each receive cash award worth KRW 5,000,000.  Book To Film: Since 2012, Book To Film continues to serve as a marketplace for publishers, the rights holder of original books, to do business with film directors and producers through meetings to discuss the viability of adapting their book into a film. Interest in Book To Film is growing as contracts for film copyrights are continuously concluded in addition to last year’s NEW CREATOR AWARD-winning book The Untouchables (GOZKNOCK ENT). This year, projects are richer in diversity than ever, despite the short registration time of two weeks. Romance, sci-fi, and the steadily strong genre thriller are noticeable. The selected 15 book projects with inventive subject materials and strong planning skills are expected to attract significant attention. Book To Film 2018 Selections                                                                                                                                                                                               (Book Title in Alphabetical Order)No. Book Title Company Author Genre 1 Ambos GOLDENBOUGH KIM Soo-An Mystery Thriller 2 A Dangerous Breath EUNHAENG NAMU PUBLISHING CO., LTD. PARK Young Romance Thriller 3 "Gansaji," My Hometown MOONJI PUBLISHING CO., LTD. CHOI Shi-Han Drama / Coming-of-age 4 GOSIMAN MACARON (KYOBO BOOK CENTRE) KIM Pung Comedy Drama 5 Greatest Fish WISDOMHOUSE MEDIAGROUP GU Byeong-mo Drama / Fantasy 6 The Insect GOZKNOCK ENT JANG Min-hye Mystery Thriller 7 Jessie's Story WOORINABI Hyun-ju Rosa KIM,PARK Kunwoong History 8 Kyung-ae’s Heart CHANGBI PUBLISHERS KIM Keum Hee Drama 9 LINE SAKYEJUL PUBLISHING CO., LTD. LEE Songhyun Drama 10 Lunar Eclipse CABINET UH Dan Bee Fantasy Romance 11 Please Save Me, Boy SAKYEJUL PUBLISHING CO., LTD. KIM Jin Na Female / Drama / Romance 12 The Sixth Wife GORAEBANG HAN Jisu Mystery Romance 13 A Week Before I Die GOLDENBOUGH SEO Eun Chae  Fantasy / Romance / Mystery 14 *Winter Sleep SWIMMINGKUL BAK Solmay Sci-Fi Drama 15 Young "Minsu" vs Old "Minsu" MOONJI PUBLISHING CO., LTD. KIM Hyejung Drama / Coming-of-age * Included in the book A Beloved Dog Book To Film 2018 Pitching- Date & Time: Oct. 6th (Sat), 13:30 - 15:00- Location: Event Room, Exhibition Center 2, BEXCO- Interpretation will be provided in English  E-IP (Entertainment Intellectual Property) Pitching:  Entering its fourth edition this year, E-IP pitching discovers content that present diverse possibilities of one source multi use with brilliant ides. It is a marketplace for various web platform projects such as web comics, web novels, and stories as well as expanding its territory in content business. In particular, the E-IP Pitching 2016 selection web novel Sprinter: Underworld (ALL THAT STORY) was published as a book, followed by a broadcast as a radio drama. The 2017 selection web comic Item (TOYOU’S DREAM) is in current production as a TV drama, a notable achievements and accomplishment for one source multi use. This year’s E-IP Pitching submission is notable for fresh, original ideas and settings of various genres such as romance, sci-fi, horror, and political drama. The final 15 selections are outstanding in unpredictable plot and expandability of platform. These selections are expected to create further possibilities. E-IP Pitching 2018 Selections                                                                                                                                                                                                  (IP Title in Alphabetical Order)No. IP Title Company Author Genre IP Category 1 Android Love JOARA INC. HU Ji-Young Romance / Sci-Fi Web Novel 2 Delivery Knight TOOMICS LEE Yun Kyun Action Webtoon 3 The Devil TOYOU’S DREAM Meen (Story) Keun bit (Art) Occult / Mystery / Thriller / Fantasy Webtoon 4 Devil School YOUTHMEANS SUO Mystery Horror Thriller Story 5 The Game of a Detective KT CORPORATION MuJang Mystery Thriller Web Novel 6 Good Job ALL THAT STORY Haewon  Crime Noir Story 7 Gorgon TOOMICS KIM Carnby (Story)  SEO Jai-il (Art) Horror / Thriller Webtoon 8 The House of an Old Man DAUM WEBTOON COMPANY E. lim (Story) KIM Jong Wook (Art) Drama Webtoon 9 Kingmaker TOYOU’S DREAM UN (Story) KIM Han Seok (Art) Politics / Drama Webtoon 10 Land of Silence TOONPLUS YOON Seonyoung Thriller / Action / School Story Story 11 Leegye-li Fantasia BRITG LEE Siwoo Horror Fantasy Web Novel 12 The Legendary Army Cook MUNPIA James Robin  Modern Fantasy Web Novel 13 Murder at the Moonshadow Mansion DAUM WEBTOON COMPANY Maharo (Story) Gok (Art) Mystery Thriller Webtoon 14 Replace JAEDAM MEDIA SEO Hong-seok Action Thriller Webtoon 15 UFO(Ugly Family Oh my god)GIRL STORYCOMPANY Ryeong (Story) PARK Hyem (Art) Drama Webtoon * Webtoon: a term used to describe Korean web comics. E-IP Pitching 2018- Date & Time: Oct. 7th (Sun), 10:30 - 12:00  - Location: Event Room, Exhibition Center 2, BEXCO- Interpretation will be provided in English

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    2018 VR Cinema in BIFF Submission

       2018 VR Cinema in BIFF Submission VR cinema, one of the new movie trends in the  21th century, is the hottest issue among cineastes all around the world.'VR Cinema in BIFF' held by BIFF and Barunson Ltd. is a place for unique experience exclusive in the event and discussions about the movies in the future.We are waiting for fresh and various contents that will be exhibited and introduced to people in our exhibition event 'VR Theater' . Deadline: August. 31, 2018Contact: mingun100@barunson.co.kr  Submission Form 2017 VR Cinema in BIFF download     

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    [BIFF Press Release] Asian Cinema Fund 2018 Selection Announced

    Asian Cinema Fund 2018 Selection Announced- 16 Asian Projects, 8 Korean Projects ---Asian Cinema Fund (ACF), a funding initiative that discovers and supports creative and talented Asian filmmakers to vitalize the production of Asian independent films, announces its 2018 selection. ACF has selected 24 projects from among 365 submitted projects in four funding categories: Production Support Fund, Script Development Fund, Post-Production Fund, and Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund.--ACF 2018 Production Support Fund (1 Korean project) - Project Title Director Snow Moon LIM Dae-hyung -Production Support Fund was newly installed last year to help create a stable production environment for independent film productions in South Korea. This year, the Production Support Fund selected LIM Dae-hyung’s feature film Snow Moon. It is recognized for its high quality script and detailed portrayals of characters that softly touch the heart. Snow Moon is about a Korean high school girl who finds a love letter sent from Japan addressed to her recently divorced mother and the mother’s subsequent decision to visit Japan to find the sender. Provided with a cash grant of KRW 200,000,000 and in-kind post-production support, Snow Moon will have its world premiere at the 24th Busan International Film Festival, held in 2019.--ACF 2018 Script Development Fund(5 Asian projects, projects in alphabetical order) - Project Title Director Country De Facto* Rakan MAYASI Palestine, Lebanon The Idiots CHEUNG King Wai Hong Kong, China In the Belly of a Tiger* Siddartha JATLA India Moon Night Diver OTA Shingo Japan, Taiwan, South Korea The Palace Anil Ranjan BARAL Nepal, Netherlands, USA *AFA (Asian Film Academy) Project- The Script Development Fund selected five Asian projects for script development support. This year, filmmakers from Nepal, Bhutan, Mongolia, and the Middle East – regions where Busan International Film Festival provides continuous interest, submitted high quality projects. This indicates the growth in Asian cinema as well as an increase in the number of talented filmmakers in these regions. Another notable factor in this year’s submissions is the large increase in the number of co-production projects. The selected projects are noted for their creativity and originality in portraying social and political issues. In particular, the projects submitted by the graduates of Asian Film Academy (AFA) were of exceptional quality that provided a glimpse of how these young filmmakers will become leading directors representing their countries.--ACF 2018 Post-Production Fund(3 Asian projects and 3 Korean projects, projects in alphabetical order)- Project Title Director Country Fly By Night Zahir OMAR Malaysia House of Hummingbird KIM Bora South Korea Maggie YI Okseop South Korea My Dear Friend YANG Pingdao China Nakorn-Sawan Puangsoi AKSORNSAWANG Thailand, Germany Sub-zero Wind KIM Yuri South Korea -Post-Production Fund selected six feature film projects that are diverse in style. The selected projects are all feature debut films by the directors and will have their world premieres at the 23rd Busan International Film Festival. There are 3 Asian projects. The Chinese project My Dear Friend (Director YANG Pingdao) tells a story about a journey taken by two friends of 60 years who wish to discover their roots. The Thai project Nakorn-Sawan (Director Puangsoi AKSORNSAWANG) shows the power of authenticity in film through a story of a woman who travels from Germany to scatter her mother’s remains at Nakorn-Sawan, a place that Thai people believe is the gateway to heaven. Fly By Night from Malaysia (Director Zahir OMAR) is a crime drama set in modern Kuala Lumpur that tells the story of four criminals who perfect their small but profitable con game, but make the too simple human error of wanting more. -Three Korean projects are featured. Sub-zero Wind (Director KIM Yuri) is a coming-of-age film about two girls who find themselves in the midst of broken relationships and family. House of Hummingbird (Director KIM Bora) portrays the life of a teenage girl who lives in Daechi-dong Gangnam, an affluent neighborhood of Seoul in 1994, the year of the tragic collapse of Seongsu Bridge. Maggie (Director YI Okseop) is an eccentric and realistic film that tells a story about a nurse in the orthopedics department who wants to believe in everything. -The Post-Production Fund will provide in-kind support that includes Digital Intermediate (DI), Sound Mixing, English Subtitles Spotting, and Digital Cinema Package (DCP) from quality post-production studios in South Korea. Partner companies are Korean Film Council (KOFIC), CJ POWERCAST, 2L Imageworks, Wavelab STD., Studio SH, Plus Gain, Pluto Sound Group, and KUMTLE.--ACF 2018 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund (8 Asian projects and 4 Korean projects, projects in alphabetical order)  - Project Title Director Country 206 – A Fragmented Past Unearthed HEO Chulnyung South Korea absence Ekta M India Blue Island CHAN Tze Woon Hong Kong Castle Hamed ZOLFAGHARI Iran Kabul Dystopian Symphony Aboozar AMINI Afghanistan, Japan, Netherlands Last Night I Saw You Smiling NEANG Kavich Cambodia Odoriko OKUTANI Yoichiro Japan Pomelo Phuong Thao TRAN Vietnam The Primate Citizen Sinae HA South Korea The Silhouettes Afsaneh SALARI Iran, Philippines To Name Hyunsook JOO South Korea The Way to You BYUN Gyuri South Korea - AND Fund has selected 12 projects this year, to support feature-length documentaries that aim for theatrical release.The increase in the number of co-productions for this year’s Asian project submissions is a welcoming trend since it shows that Asian documentary filmmakers are currently building networks and striving to reach outside of Asia.This year’s selected Asian projects portray the lives of ordinary people in a simple and poetic manner, who are in the midst of extreme circumstances such as war, displacement, urban development, and changing times with great cinematography.Korean projects show diverse and vast viewpoints while upholding a critical awareness of the issues dealt with. Among them, the selected projects offer a new approach and perspective to much-talked-about issues by focusing on the bone fragments of massacre victims, the parents of queer children, ordinary people traumatized by the Sewol Ferry Disaster, and the dilemma of being a ‘subject of rights’ in regards to the orangutan named Sandra in Argentina.Selected projects will be invited to participate in the AND Program held at the 23rd Busan International Film Festival. The program will provide mentoring and networking opportunities to assist in the completion of documentary projects. BIFF Mecenat and BNK Busan Bank have provided sponsorship for the AND fund.

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    [BIFF Press Release]Asian Project Market (APM) 2018 Looking for New Projects

     Asian Project Market (APM) 2018 Looking for New Projects The Asian Project Market (APM) 2018 is receiving applications from feature film projects looking for co-producers and investors.  Originally launched in 1998 as the Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP), APM celebrated its 20th edition last year by holding 645 meetings, the largest number ever. APM selected 527 projects in 2017, and about 230 projects from that group have been completed. Numerous films supported by APM are receiving international attention at various renowned film festivals.Since Davy Chou’s Diamond Island (2016, APM 2014 project), APM projects have been invited to the Cannes Film Festival three years in a row. Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts by Mouly Surya (2017, APM 2015 project) was screened at the Directors' Fortnight last year and Manto by Nandita Das (2018, APM 2015 project) is invited to the Un Certain Regard this year. Blue Wind Blows by Tomina Tetsuya (2018, APM 2015 project) was also screened at the Berlin International Film Festival. At International Film Festival Rotterdam, four previous projects – The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful by Yang Ya-Che (APM 2012 project), Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts by Mouly Surya, Silent Mist by Zhang Miaoyan (APM 2015 project), and The Song of Scorpions by Anup Singh (APM 2014 project) – were highly praised by both critics and audiences. Many projects are ready to meet audience at home and abroad, including The Science of Fictions by Yosep Anggi Noen (APM 2014 project). Min Kyudong’s Herstory (APM 2017 project) and Kim Jee-woon’s Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade (APM 2013 project) are also working on theatrical releases. APM will select creative projects of both young and well-known directors in Asia and throughout the world. Business meetings with investors and co-producers will be held at the Busan International Film Festival, from October 7th to 9th. Online application form is available through APM official website (http://apm.asianfilmmarket.org) until June 15th, Friday. 

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    [BIFF Press Release] Busan’s Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) Accepting Submissions for 2018 Projects

     Busan’s Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) Accepting Submissions for 2018 Projects      Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) of Busan International Film Festival accepts applications for 2018 selection of Post-Production Fund and Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund from April 1 to 20, 2018.  Since its launch in 2007, ACF is discovering talented independent Asian filmmakers and supporting their film projects to tell their unique stories across Asia and around the globe. Last year’s Post-Production Fund recipient Last Child was invited to Berlin International Film Festival 2018 and Silent Mist was screened at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018.  Looking for Asian feature-length fiction projects, ACF Post-Production Fund will provide post-production services including D-Cinema Packaging in Korean studios with the condition that the completed film has the world-premiere screening at the 23rd Busan International Film Festival in coming October. AND Fund aims to assist feature-length documentary projects in any stages of production. It will give cash grants up to 10 million Korean won (approximately 10,000 US dollars) to selected projects and invite the fund recipients to the AND Program held during the festival period.  Detailed guidelines for submission are posted on the ACF website and applicants must submit through the online application form (http://acf.biff.kr). The submission will be open until 5p.m. on April 20th in Korean time. 

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    [BIFF Press Release] Call for Applications to the Asian Film Academy (AFA) 2018 Calling for Applications

     Call for Applications to the Asian Film Academy (AFA) 2018      Asian Film Academy (AFA), an educational program leading the future of Asian cinema, is calling for applications. Online application is available through official website (http://afa.biff.kr/) until April 30th, Monday.  AFA had 313 alumni from 32 countries all over Asia. Many young talents have been fostered by AFA and stood out both in domestic and international film field. For recent achievements, Whether the Weather is Fine, a project of AFA 2010 fellow Carlo Francisco Manatad, is hand-picked to Cannes Film Festival’s Cinefondation Atelier Project. This project has been previously funded by Busan’s Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) as well. Also, Min Bahadur Bham, AFA 2013 fellow, is selected as a participant of Cinefondation Residence Program at Cannes Film Festival. His project A Year of Cold was participated in Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) and Asian Project Market (APM) at Busan last year, too.   Last year’s AFA received 361 applications, which was the largest number of previous editions, and selected 24 finalists. World-renowned director Kore-eda Hirokazu led the academy as Dean, and Boo Junfeng and Tooraj Mansoori joined as Directing mentor and Cinematography mentor. During its 17-day period, various programs including Workshop & Mentoring, Special Lectures and Short Film Production were held, and fellows were able to build strong network among them with high satisfaction about the programs.   AFA 2018 will be held for 18 days, from September 27th to October 14th.   

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    [2017 Press Release] 22nd Busan International Film Festival Final Report

     22nd Busan International Film Festival Final Report   I. Overview1. Summary- Period: Oct 12th (Thu) – Oct 21st (Sat), 2017- 300 films from 76 countries (2016: 299 films from 69 countries)- Screening Venue: 32 screens at 5 theaters (Market and P&I Screening excluded) Busan Cinema Center, LOTTE CINEMA Centum City, CGV Centum City, MEGABOX Jangsan Haeundae, Sohyang Theater Centum City2. Total Attendance: 192,9913. World & International Premieres- 99 World Premieres / 31 International Premieres4. Asian Film Market- Market Badge: 1,583 participants and 658 companies from 45 countries- Sales Booths: 65 sales booths from 163 companies of 23 countries- Market Screening: 73 screenings of 68 films from 14 countries and 41 companies (43 Market Premieres)- Online Screening: 207 films (172 official selections of Busan International Film Festival included)- Many sales companies received attention from international buyers by showcasing new films for the first time and introducing box-office blockbusters.- Celebrating its 20th year, Asian Project Market 2017 arranged the most number of meetings of all years.- Various industries professionals including film investment/production, broadcasting and drama production participated in E-IP Pitching and Book To Film.  II. Accomplishments1. Rejuvenation Year for the 22nd Busan International Film FestivalDespite all the problems and difficulties the festival had gone through in the past few years, the 22nd Busan International Film Festival successfully recuperated its position as a hub of Asian cinema with increased audience numbers and guests from and beyond Asia. Munificent love and support from the audience reconfirmed the foundation and meaning of the 22nd Busan International Film Festival. 2. Wide Range of Audiences Attending with Diverse Film SelectionThe 22nd Busan International Film Festival is characterized with the wide range of audience with the increased number of Cinekids group audience as well as the increased ticket sales of the retrospective and special program films. In addition, films in Open Cinema gained ardent feedback from the audiences and some films were fully occupied without a vacancy. Weekday ticket sales growth and diversified audience participation manifest overall satisfaction of the 22nd Busan International Film Festival. 3. Steady Kickoff of Platform BUSANNewly launched ‘Platform BUSAN’ wrapped up with avid response from participants, providing a networking platform for Asian independent filmmakers that paved the way for joint growth through active interaction. Platform BUSAN set out as a place for up-and-coming Asian filmmakers’ association and networking that continues to be a vital growth driver with programs that reflect the needs of film professionals.   4. Programs Showcasing Industry TrendsVR theaters and VR conferences brought out the active participation from the audience and film professional. The 22nd Busan International Film Festival received high compliments with a showcase of current industry trend and a blueprint for future VR cinema.  5. Sustainable Asian Film Market 2017With 14% more participants compared to last year, considerable numbers of new projects from sales companies attracted attention from buyers and led to actual contract completions. Greeting its 20th year, APM had the largest number of meetings, while E-IP Pitching and Book To Film manifested its potential to expand with unceasing meetings for domestic and international films, drama productions, and broadcasting companies. 6. Introduction of One-stop Independent Film Production Support SystemNewly established at Asian Cinema Fund, Production Support Fund is a fund to actively aid the Korean independent film productions. It is a one-stop system by granting financial support for the production and post-production services. First grantee is Not in This World by Park Jung-bum.   III. Awards1. New Currents AwardWinner: After My Death / KIM Uiseok (Korea)Winner: Blockage / Mohsen GHARAEI (Iran)* New Currents Award Jury- Head Juror: Oliver STONE (Director / United States)- Jury Members: Bahman GHOBADI (Director / Iran)Agnès GODARD (Cinematographer / France)Lav DIAZ (Director / The Philippines)JANG Sun-woo (Director / Korea) 2. Kim Jiseok AwardWinner: Malila: The farewell Flower / Anucha BOONYAWATANA (Thailand)Winner: The Scythian Lamb / YOSHIDA Daihachi (Japan) * Kim Jiseok Award Jury- Jurors: Tony RAYNS (Film Critic / United Kingdom)        Darcy PAQUET (Film Critic / United States)        Garin NUGROHO (Director / Indonesia) 3. BIFF Mecenat AwardWinner (Korea): Soseongri / PARK Baeil (Korea)Winner (Asia): Sennan Asbestos Disaster / HARA Kazuo (Japan)* BIFF Mecenat Award Jury - Jurors: David WILSON (Co-Conspirator of True/False Film Festival / United States)Nandini RAMNATH (Film Critic / India)KIM Youngjo (Director / Korea) 4. Sonje AwardWinner (Korea): A Hand-written Poster / KWAK Eunmi (Korea).Winner (Asia): Madonna / Sinung WINAHYOKO (Indonesia)* BIFF Sonje Award Jury - Jurors: La Frances HUI (Curator of the Museum of Modern Art New York / United States)AHN Seonkyoung (Director / Korea)        WOO Ming Jin (Director / Malaysia) 5. Actor & Actress of the Year AwardsActor of the Year: PARK Jonghwan / Hit the Night (Korea)Actress of the Year: JEON Yeobeen / After My Death (Korea) * Actor & Actress of the Year Award Jury- Jurors: KWON Hea-hyo (Actor / Korea)KIM Ho-jung (Actress / Korea)6. KNN AwardWinner: End of Summer / ZHOU Quan (China)7. Busan Bank AwardWinner: Pulse / Stevie CRUZ-MARTIN (Australia) 8. Citizen Critics’ AwardWinner: Possible Faces / LEE Kanghyun (Korea)9. Vision - Director’s AwardWinner: February / KIM Joonghyun (Korea)Winner: Hit the Night / JEONG Gayoung (Korea)* Vision - Director’s Award Jury- Jurors: KANG Yu-jung (Film Critic / Korea)KIM Seonguk (Film Critic / Korea)BYUN Sungchan (Film Critic / Korea)10. CGV Art House AwardWinner: Microhabitat / JEON Gowoon (Korea)11. Busan Cinephile AwardWinner: A Free Man/ Andreas HARTMANN (Germany)12. NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) AwardWinner: February / KIM Joonghyun (Korea)* NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Award Jury- Jurors: Anne DEMY-GEROE (Professor, Vice President of NETPAC, Festival Director of Iranian Film Festival Australia / Australia)KUO Ming Jung (Programmer of Taipei Film Festival / Taiwan)SHIN Dong Il (Director / Korea)13. FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique) AwardWinner: Last Child / SHIN Dongseok (Korea)* FIPRESCI Award Jury- Jurors: Kirill RAZLOGOV (IZVESTIA Columnist / Russia)Premendra MAZUMDER (Film Critic / India)JEONG Minah (Film Critic / Korea)14. Asian Filmmaker of the Year AwardWinner: SUZUKI Seijun (Director / Japan)15. Korean Cinema AwardWinner: Christoph TERHECHTE (Head of Berlin International Film Festival Forum / Germany)  IV. Summary of Asian Film Market 2017 Market Badge: 1,583 participants and 658 companies from 45 countries Sales Booths: 65 sales booths from 163 companies of 23 countries Market Screening: 73 screenings of 68 films from 14 countries and 41 companies (43 Market Premieres) Online Screening: 207 films (172 official selections of Busan International Film Festival Included)* With attendance of various industries professionals including film investment/production, broadcasting and drama production, 1,583 visitors (200 more than last year) participated in E-IP Market events such as E-IP Pitching and Book To Film.Asian Project Market (APM)- A total of 28 projects and 645 project meetings.* Selecting up-and-coming projects by promising new directors and female directors, the 20th Asian Project Market arranged the highest number of 645 meetings over 3 days and strengthened its stature as one of the largest places for investment and coproduction. APM 2017 Award Winners- Busan Award: GLORIOUS ASHES by BUI Thac Chuyen (Vietnam) - Bright East Films Award: Revenge by LI Xiaofeng (China) - CJ Entertainment Award: Humba Dreams by Riri RIZA (Indonesia)- LOTTE Award: GASOLINE by OH Seung-uk (Korea)- KOCCA Award: Sora by YOON Ga-eun (Korea)- ARTE International Prize: Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous by Wissam CHARAF (France, Lebanon)- Sørfond Award: A Year of Cold by Min Bahadur BHAM (Nepal, France, Germany)- MONEFF Award: GASOLINE by OH Seung-uk (Korea) E-IP Market 2017 Award Winners [Title by author / Publisher or Production Company]- NEW CREATOR Award (Book To Film): The Untouchables by LEE Jung Yuen / GOZKNOCK ENT - NEW CREATOR Award (E-IP Pitching): Madam Mystery by LEE Soo-A / WISDOMHOUSE MEDIAGROUP INC. V. Summary of Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) 2017The Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) is a funding initiative to promote the production of Asian and Korean independent films. Established in 2007, ACF is composed of four categories: Script Development Fund that provides substantial help for completing the screenplay; Post-production Fund designed to enhance the quality of the film in its completion stage; Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund to encourage the production of documentaries presenting new perspectives; and this year’s newly launched Production Support Fund for Korean independent film projects to assist in the actual production. 1. Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) 2017 – 24 projects funded- Script Development Fund: 5 Projects (4 from Asia, 1 from AFA Project), 10 million KRW each* AFA Project gives funding opportunity to AFA (Asian Film Academy) alumni.- Post-production Fund: 6 Projects (3 from Asia, 3 from Korea), In-Kind Support including D.I (color grading), Final Sound Mixing, English Subtitle Spotting, and D-Cinema Packing.- Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund: 12 Projects8 projects from Asia: 2 projects each receive 10 million KRW, 6 projects each receive 5 million KRW4 projects from Korea: 1 project receives 20 million KRW, 3 projects each receive 10 million KRW* All fund recipients participate in the AND Program, held during the Busan International Film Festival, to further develop their documentary projects with the help of AND Mentors and by exchanging ideas with one another.- Production Support Fund: 1 Korean Project200 million KRW for production & post-production support- AND Program: Oct 14th (Sat) ~ 17th (Tue)① Special Lecture: “Discovering the Unexpected in the Footage” by SUWA Nobuhiro (Director of The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Invited to BIFF 2017 World Cinema Section) ② ‘AND Taskovski Films Asian Talent Fund Award’ selection: Dear My Genius by KOO Yunjoo – 1 year of online mentoring. 2. Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) Accomplishments in 2017- Newly Launched Production Support FundNewly launched to further facilitate the production of Korean independent films. ACF aims to serve as a one-stop production support system by granting financial support for the production and post-production services.- ACF-Funded Films at Film Festivals In 2017① Script Development FundA. Singaporean director BOO Junfeng’s Apprentice (2012 Script Development Fund) won Critic’s Choice Award and Grand Prix at this year’s Fribourg International Film Festival.B. Palestinian director Annemarie JACIR’s Wajib (2015 Script Development Fund) won Don Quixote Award, Junior Jury Award, Best Film ISPEC Cinema Award, and Youth Jury Award at this year’s Locarno International Film Festival, and invited to A Window on Asian Cinema section at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival.C. Nepali director Min Bahadur BHAM’s A Year of Cold (2017 Script Development Fund) was selected as one of the official projects of APM 2017 and won the Sørfond Award.② Post-production FundA. Bhutan director Dechen RODER’s Honeygiver Among the Dogs (2016 Post-production Fund) received Special Mention for Don Quixote Award, Special Jury Award, and Youth Jury Award at this year’s Fribourg International Film Festival.③ AND FundA. Sri Lankan director Jude RATNAM’s Demons in Paradise (2013 AND BIFF Mecenat Fund – former title: The Iron Demon) was invited to this year’s Cannes Film Festival.B. Taiwanese director HUANG Hui-chen’s Small Talk (2014 AND DongSeo Asia Fund - former title: The Priestess Walks Alone) won the Teddy Award in the Best Documentary category at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.C. Thai director Sompot CHIDGASORNPONGSE’s Railway Sleepers (2014 AND BIFF Mecenat Fund) and Lebanese director Mary JIRMANUS SABA’s A Feeling Greater Than Love (2014 AND BIFF Mecenat Fund – former title: Fatima) were invited to this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.  3. ACF-Funded Films Screened at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival8 Feature films (4 from Asia, 4 from Korea),4 Documentaries (3 from Asia, 1 from Korea) New CurrentsLast Child by SHIN Dongseok (South Korea)2017 Post-production Fund, World PremiereAshwatthama by Pushpendra SINGH (India)2017 Post-production Fund, World Premiere A Window on Asian CinemaSea Serpent by Joseph Israel LABAN (Philippines)2017 Post-production Fund, International PremiereSilent Mist by ZHANG Miaoyan (China/France)APM 2015 Project, 2017 Post-production Fund, World Premiere, Nominee of 2017 Jiseok AwardWajib by Annemarie JACIR (Palestine)2015 Script Development Fund Korean Cinema Today - VisionFebruary by KIM Joonghyun (South Korea)2017 Post-production Fund, World PremiereA Haunting Hitchhike by JEONG Heejae (South Korea)2017 Post-production Fund, World Premiere Korean Cinema Today - PanoramaMermaid Unlimited by O Muel (South Korea)2014 Script Development Fund, World Premiere Wide Angle - Documentary CompetitionIn the Claws of a Century Wanting by Jewel MARANAN (Philippines)2013 AND BIFF Mecenat Fund, World PremiereLetters by Jero YUN & Marte VOLD (South Korea/Norway/Denmark)2016 AND BIFF Mecenat Fund, World Premiere Wide Angle - Documentary ShowcaseA Feeling Greater Than Love by Mary JIRMANUS SABA (Lebanon)2014 AND BIFF Mecenat Fundi’ve got the blues by Angie CHEN (Hong Kong (China))2017 AND BIFF Mecenat Fund  VI. Summary of Asian Film Academy (AFA) 20171. Period: October 6th (Fri) - October 22nd (Sun), 2017 (17 days)2. Participants: about 100 people (24 fellows from 15 countries, 15 faculty members, 35 staffs and actors, 30 alumnus and others)3. Faculty Members- Dean: KORE-EDA Hirokazu (Japan)- Directing Mentor: BOO Junfeng (Singapore)- Cinematography Mentor: Tooraj MANSOORI (Iran)4. Programs1) Short Film Production and Screening- No Jum Sang l HD l 20min l Color- Pencil, Money, Whatever, Microphone l HD l 15min l Color2) Workshop and Mentoring (Directing, Cinematography, Production design, Sound mixing, Editing, DI)3) 7 Special Lectures and AFA & MPA Film Workshop4) AFA Network event: 60 attendees 5) 7 attending programs- Platform Busan: ARRI International Support Program, Meet the Festival, Talk with Producer (Jon KUYPER)- AND Special Lecture: SUWA Nobuhiro- Asian Film Market event: Film Fund Talk- BIFF official events: Master Class (Oliver STONE), Meet the Guest: Talk to Talk with DOP 5. Scholarships1) ARRI Scholarship  - Awardee: Theo  LOZADA (Philippines)- Awardee: Zabiullah  SAIFI ASKARI (Afghanistan)2) MPA Award- Awardee: ZHANG Jiajun (China)- Awardee: AW See Wee (Malaysia) VII. Summary of Platform BUSAN1. Period: October 14th (Sat) - October 18th (Wed), 2017 (5 days)2. Participant: about 160 participants from 21 countries3. Main Events1) VOICES OF ASIA- Guest speaker: Mohsen MAKHMALBAF (Director / Iran)- 120 participants- Representatives from Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, India, Singapore, and Japan discussed the film industry in Asia and communicated with young filmmakers. 2) ARRI International Support Program- 70 participants- An introduction of ARRI International Support Program and Academy, as well as a discussion seeking the way for Asian participants3) Meet the Festival- Guest speaker: Christian JEUNE (Director of Film Department, Cannes Film Festival), Carlo CHATRIAN (Artistic Director, Locarno International Film Festival), Bero BEYER (Festival Director, International Film Festival Rotterdam) - 110 participants4) Meet the Filmmaker: Lav Diaz- Guest speaker: Lav DIAZ (Director / Philippines), Bradley LIEW (Director / Philippines), Bianca BALBUENA (Producer / Philippines)- 80 participants- An introduction of film making through Lav Diaz’s latest production The Season of the Devil5) Filmmaker’s Talk: Jia Zhangke - Jia Zhangke of 2017 vs Jia Zhangke of 1997- Guest speaker: JIA Zhangke (Director / China), HUH Moon-yung (Film Critic / Korea)- 100 participants- A talk event with Jia Zhangke and his films from the very first film to latest works6) Small Talk✔ Incubating Asia - On the possibility of documentary co-production between Asian countries✔ Korea and Japan Filmmakers’ Talk✔ Asian Female Filmmakers’ Talk✔ Regional Independent Film Society Networks   VIII. Accredited GuestsTotal: 5,232Domestic Guests: 2,047Foreign Guests: 490Cinephiles: 1,112Asian Film Market: 1,583 * Excluding press 

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    [BIFF Press Release] Successful Closing of 12th Asian Film Market in the Great Attention of Film Industry Professionals

     Successful Closing of 12th Asian Film Market in the Great Attention of Film Industry Professionals    On October 17th, Asian Film Market 2017 successfully completed its 4-day journey with the APM & E-IP 2017 Awards Ceremony. Compared to last year, 200 more participants visited the Asian Film Market. A total of 1,583 professionals from 45 countries participated and actively engaged in production, investment, imports, exports and publication rights businesses. In its 20th edition, the Asian Project Market (APM) arranged 645 business meetings, the biggest number of meetings, which established APM as the largest co-production market in Asia. It was also able to ascertain participants’ interest in original content with rooms full of participants at multifarious events such as Book To Film, E-IP Pitching, newly introduced VR Conference and Copyright Forum.   Great Advance in Korean Sales Companies Armed with Box-office Hits and New FilmsIncluding major investors and distributors, many Korean sales companies received attention from international buyers by showcasing new films for the first time in Busan and introducing various box-office blockbusters this year. Showbox got the attention of buyers through RV: Resurrected Victims, a current box-office hit, Memory of a Murderer which is based on a novel and A Taxi Driver. LOTTE Entertainment screened a 12-minute-long teaser of Along with the Gods for the first time through Market Screening, which attracted many buyers and completed pre-sales to various countries. CJ Entertainment made a profit selling of Heart Blackened starred by Choi Min-sik and My World Only to Asian markets. As well, 1987 starring by Ha Jung-woo has high expectation and received many future offers. The content Panda had sales launching in the Asian Film Market, headlining an action blockbuster film Steel Rain, which reflects the realities of North Korea, an untitled new film by Yeon Sang-ho (Train to Busan) and Psychokinesis. M-Line Distribution sold THE OUTLAWS, which is leading the box-office to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Philippines, and presold A Special Lady starring by Kim Hye-soo, to Taiwan. The sales company of the 22nd Opening Film Glass Garden, Finecut, Co., Ltd came to spotlight presented works with impressive acting and fresh storylines such as Man of Will and True Fiction.   Celebrating its 20th year, Asian Project Market 2017 Arranged the Most Number of Meetings of All Years Starting from 1998, the 20th APM proved once again as the Asia’s most prestigious investment and coproduction event, with over 645 meetings held between 28 APM project teams and international producers. This year, it features even numbers of meetings between each project by introducing projects of multifarious genres and concepts from various many countries. Sora by Yoon Ga-eun, Doi Boy by Nontawat Numbechapol and The Gospel of the Beast by Sheron Dayoc have caught the interest among the professionals.   E-IP Pitching and Book To Film in the Center of Attention from Various IndustriesA total of 18 novels, webtoons, web novels were introduced through the 6th Book To Film and the 3rd E-IP Pitching this year. Many industry professionals including film, TV, and drama fields attended the events so that there was not enough space to hold all of them. Various genres such as thrillers, romance, horror, history, and unique characters like ballerina, Vietnamese female immigrant, former North Korea special agent, psychopath, anti-suicide civil servant and idol attracted attention of many drama production companies including Venture Incubator, Tencent, Alibaba Pictures, GROUP 8, Studio Dragon, Monster Union, broadcasting companies, and film investment production companies. Meetings for contract continued and 381 contracts were in the process. Kyobo Book and All That Story had unceasing contract meetings. Most of the contracts are expecting the second meetings and soon many contracts will be completed.   Providing Essential Information to Film Industry: The Future of VR and Copyright Protection The 2017 Asian Film Market together with Barunson Co. Inc. held VR Conference to share recent production technology and know-how, attracting attention from VR and film industries with new prospects for the VR market. Copyright Overseas Promotion Association emphasized the importance of film copyright protection in a digital environment with sample cases as well as gave substantial and useful information. Story To Film, co-hosted by Korea Creative Content Agency and managed by the Broadcasting Producers Guild of Korea (PGK), introduced 8 projects, and Busan Film Commission brought out projects of AFiS in Pitching and marked Asian Film Market as a platform. In addition, Asian Network of Documentary (AND) in Asian Film Fund of the Busan International Film Festival initiated in the Market this year and raised expectations for further cooperation on a documentary work. Lastly, through 7 funds introduced in Film Fund Talk, participants in AFiS and Platform Busan could gain useful information for future projects. This year’s Asian Film Market participants stated that the Asian Film Market is a market that film industry workers in Asia must attend and even small companies can receive attention from attendees. To reflect the needs of more international buyers attending, Asian Film Market will also expand in quality and size along with close relationship with exhibitors. Asian Film Market badge holders can watch 207 films via Online Screening (http://os.asianfilmmarket.org) until October 31st, including 172 films officially selected at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival.   E-IP Market Awards 2 Projects, and Asian Project Market Gives 8 Awards The NEW CREATOR Award supported by Next Entertainment World grants 10 million Korean won to one work each from the Book To Film and E-IP Pitching selections. This year, the NEW CREATOR Awards go to The Untouchables presented by GOZKNOCK ENT​ and Madam Mystery by WISDOMHOUSE MEDIAGROUP INC..APM finalized with arranging the most number of business meetings, 8 out of 28 original high-quality projects were honored with the following awards. Sørfond Award, newly established this year, which provides opportunities for the official invitation of Sørfond Pitching Forum, went to A Year of Cold by Min Bahadur Bham. The Busan Award went to GLORIOUS ASHES by Bui Thac Chuyen and the Bright East Films Award went to Revenge by Li Xiaofeng. The CJ Entertainment Award for an international project, financed by CJ Entertainment, was given to Humba Dreams by Riri Riza and The Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) Award went to Sora by Yoon Ga-eun. The ARTE International Prize granted by ARTE France was awarded to Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous by Wissam Charaf. GASOLINE by Oh Seung-uk was awarded two awards; LOTTE Award and MONEFF Award. MONEFF Award offers post-production services and facilities, especially editing and VFX.   [Asian Project Market 2017 Award Winners] The winners of the 20th Asian Project Market (APM) and the E-IP Market were announced at the APM & E-IP Ceremony, held at the Haeundae Grand Hotel.  E-IP Market 2017 Award Winners NEW CREATOR Award - Book To Film Pitching l The Untouchables​ l ​LEE Jung Yuen​ l ​GOZKNOCK ENT​ ​NEW CREATOR Award - E-IP Pitching l Madam Mystery​ l ​Lee Soo-A​ l ​WISDOMHOUSE MEDIAGROUP INC.   Asian Project Market 2017 Award Winners Busan Award l GLORIOUS ASHES l BUI Thac Chuyen l Vietnam Bright East Films Award l Revenge l LI Xiaofeng l China CJ Entertainment Award l Humba Dreams l Riri RIZA l Indonesia LOTTE Award l GASOLINE l OH Seung-uk l Korea KOCCA Award l Sora l YOON Ga-eun l Korea ARTE International Prize l Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous l Wissam CHARAF l France, Lebanon Sørfond Award l A Year of Cold l Min Bahadur BHAM l Nepal, France, Germany MONEFF Award l GASOLINE l OH Seung-uk l Korea   Asian Film Market 2017 Results in Numbers Market Badge: 658 companies from 45 countries, 1,583 participants Sales Booth: 163 companies from 23 countries, 62 sales booths Market Screening: 41 companies from 14 countries, 68 films presented, 73 screenings (43 market premieres) Online Screening: 207 films (including 172 films presented at BIFF)  

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    [BIFF Press Release] 22nd Busan International Film Festival Held ‘Remembering Kim Jiseok’

       22nd Busan International Film Festival Held ‘Remembering Kim Jiseok’Bogwan Order of Culture Merit was awarded to late Kim Ji-seok, the Deputy Director of Busan International Film Festival.   The 22nd Busan International Film Festival held ‘Remembering Kim Jiseok’ on October 15th to commemorate the late Kim Ji-seok, Deputy Director and Program Director who had passed away in May of this year. The awarding ceremony of Bogwan Order of Culture Merit for Mr. Kim Ji-seok was also held at the ‘Remembering Kim Jiseok’ event.    Kim Ji-seok was a founding member of the Busan International Film Festival. He devoted himself to developing the Busan International Film Festival into a world-renowned film festival in Asia. He worked at the Festival since 1996 as the Asian Cinema Programmer, Program Director and Deputy Director. He is highly esteemed for his dedication to growth in Asian cinema by excavating up-and-coming Asian films and filmmakers to the world.    Bogwan Order of Culture Merit is bestowed to individuals who have contributed to culture and art development. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism awarded Bogwan Order of Culture Merit to late Kim Ji-seok on September 26th in recognition of his contributions.     At ‘Remembering Kim Jiseok’, Asia cineastes and professionals with a close relationship to the late Kim Ji-seok held a memorial to remember him. Minister Do Jongwhan of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism visited and awarded Bogwan Order of Culture Merit to the bereaved family. Do Jongwhan and filmmakers who were close friends of Kim Ji-seok such as Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Tan Chui Mui and Kore-eda Hirokazu delivered speeches as well. Especially, Asian directors shared touching memories with Kim Ji-seok moving the crowd to tears.  ‘Remembering Kim Jiseok’ was held at 18:00 on Oct 15th at the Grand Ballroom, second floor, Haeundae Grand Hotel.      The 22nd Busan International Film Festival will be held from Oct 12, 2017 to Oct 21, 2017.Asian Film Market will be held from Oct 14, 2017 to Oct 17, 2017.Asian Project Market will be held from Oct 15, 2017 to Oct 17, 2017.

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    [BIFF Press Release] 22nd Busan International Film Festival Eve Celebration Schedule & Opening Ceremony Guest Announce..

    22nd Busan International Film Festival Eve Celebration Schedule & Opening Ceremony Guest Announcement   [22nd Busan International Film Festival Eve Celebration]   Date & Time 18:00, Oct 11th (Wed), 2017 Venue Nampo-dong Outdoor Stage Moderator Film Critic Oh Dong-jin, Anchor Kim Min-hee Event  1. BIFF Overview Video Screening (Introduction) 2. Opening & Guest Introduction (Part 1) 3. Lighting Ceremony of Outdoor Lighting (Part 1) 4. Hand Printing Unveiling Ceremony (Part 1)5. Performance (Part 2)  Guest  • Chairman Kim Dong-ho, Festival Director Kang Soo-youn (Busan International Film Festival) • Busan Mayor Seo Byeong-soo, Mayor of Jung-gu Kim Eun-suk • Director Lee Doo-yong • Artists: Heize, LIVE HIGH, AlphaBAT     [22nd Busan International Film Festival Opening Ceremony Red Carpet Attendee list]                                                                                      Please download the attachment within the press release for the list.       

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    [BIFF Press Release] 22nd Busan International Film Festival Announces Opening Ceremony Hosts Im Yoon-ah & Jang Dong-gun

    22nd Busan International Film Festival Announces Opening Ceremony Hosts Im Yoon-ah & Jang Dong-gun      The 22nd Busan International Film Festival announces actor Jang Dong-gun and Im Yoon-ah (Yoona) as Opening Ceremony hosts. Originally announced as the Opening Ceremony host, actress Kim Ha-neul tried to keep her schedule despite sudden news of her pregnancy. However, she is not able to participate due to the advice from her doctor., Im Yoon-ah stepped up to replace her and host the Opening Ceremony at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival with Jang Dong-gun. Everyone involved with BIFF sends a message of support and celebration to Kim Ha-neul   Im Yoon-ah made her debut with the idol group Girls’ Generation and started her acting career with TV drama Two Outs in the Ninth Inning in 2007. She established herself as a versatile entertainer in numerous works such as You Are My Destiny (2008), Cinderella Man (2009), Love Rain (2012), Prime Minister and I (2013), THE K2 (2016) and King in Love (2017). She recently made her first debut as a screen actress with a successful role in Confidential Assignment (2017).   The screening of the Opening Film Glass Garden by director Shin Suwon will take place after the hosting of Opening Ceremony by Jang Dong-gun and Im Yoon-ah.  

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    Notice for updates on booking <The Square>

    The online booking for (Code 003/ 317/ 697), which was not available for online booking on Sept. 28 due to delayed receipt of the film, will open on Oct. 2 from 18:00 (Korean Time). * 10/13(Fri.) / 003 / CGV Centum City 4 / 13:00 ~ 15:22* 10/16(Mon.) / 317 / CGV Centum City 4 / 13:30 ~ 15:52* 10/20(Fri.) / 697 / Busan Cinema Center Haneulyeon Theater / 20:00 ~ 22:22

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    [BIFF Press Release] 22nd Busan International Film Festival Launches ‘VR CINEMA in BIFF’

       22nd Busan International Film Festival Launches ‘VR CINEMA in BIFF’   The 22nd Busan International Film Festival opens ‘VR CINEMA in BIFF’ that gives experience to virtual reality (VR) through screenings of more than 30 VR films.  ‘VR CINEMA in BIFF’ is co-hosted by the Busan International Film Festival and Barunson Co. Inc., the Korean VR industry leader. The biggest VR event in Asia, ‘VR CINEMA in BIFF’ at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival will be the place to realize the possibilities of VR cinema in new ways, more than just being the audience watching VR films.   36 Selections for VR CINEMA in BIFFVR CINEMA in BIFF arranges exclusively designed screening room ‘VR Theater’ to screen 36 international films including narrative fictions, documentaries and animations for all audiences. Unlike the traditional VR screening method using cables, VR CINEMA in BIFF will show a new way of wireless streaming and present the futuristic and sustainable VR theater with its. ‘VR Theater’ on the 1st floor of BIFF HILL, Busan Cinema Center consists of ‘360-degree VR Cinema Zone’ to enjoy films with Gear VR (a system with rotating pictures as the user’s head direction changes), and Oculus Rift (a system developed to be used in front of desks, and to help watching films in small space) installed the ‘Interactive VR Cinema Zone’.       22nd Busan International Film Festival ‘VR CINEMA in BIFF’ Screening & Events   EventDate & TimeVenueInformationVR TheaterScreeningOct 13 (Fri)– 20 (Fri)10:00 – 18:001F, BIFF Hill, Busan Cinema Center*Free of charge (no ticket required)*On-site reservations are required for entrance to the Theater, on first-come first-served basisVR ConferenceVR Feature Film Production Case StudyOct 15 (Sun) 16:00 – 19:00Event Room, BEXCO Exhibition Center 2Guest Speakers 1) Jérôme BLANQUET (Okio Studio / Director / France) 2) LEE Seungmoo (Korea National University of Arts / Professor / South Korea)VR Animation Production Case StudyOct 16 (Mon) 17:00 – 19:00Event Room, BEXCO Exhibition Center 2Moderator1) CHE Min Hyuk (VR/AR Lab of CJ / Producer / South Korea)Guest Speakers 1) Kane LEE (Baobab Studio / Producer / USA) 2) Eugene CHUNG (Penrose Studio / CEO, Director / USA)Current State and Prospect of the VR Industry Oct 16 (Mon) 16:00 – 17:00Event Room, BEXCO Exhibition Center 2Guest Speaker 1) KOH Yoonjeon (KT Future Business Development Unit / Senior Vice President / South Korea) VR Conference is available to Badge holders accredited by the 22nd Busan International Film Festival and pre-registered participants.For further details, and please refer to Asian Film Market website: www.asianfilmmarket.org      22nd Busan International Film Festival VR Theatre ScreeningTitleDirectorProduction YearRunning TimeGenre AlterationJerome Blanquet201718 minDramaAshes to AshesIngejan Lighthart Schenk, Jamille van Wijngaarden, Steye Hallema201611 minDramaDead TheatreUmezawa Soichi20169 min 30 secDramaI, PhilipPierre Zandrowicz201615 minDramaknivesAdam Cosco201616 minDramaLifelineVictor Michelot20176 minDramaMiyubiFélix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël201740 minDramaAn ObituaryYoon Jin201712 minDramaReawakening of memoriesKim Young Kap201715 minDramaTengoku Syori KojoNishimura Yoshihiro201610 minDramaUltraman Zero VRTaguchi Kiyotaka20176 min 30 secDramaBloodlessKim Gina201713 minDocumentaryDays of the RoadsLee Se-young201725 minDocumentaryGreeceZhao Qi20175 min 30 secDocumentaryNotes to My FatherJayisha Patel20179 minDocumentaryThe Spacewalker VRAlexander Gorokhov20174 min 30 secDocumentaryUnder A Cracked SkyJonathan Corum,Graham Roberts20179 minDocumentaryYeh! BalletSooni Taraporevala201714 min 30 secDocumentary.FLYKang Ji-young,You Jun-Whan20174 min 30 secAnimationAllumetteEugene Chung201620 minAnimationArden's Wake: The ProglogueEugene Chung201716 minAnimationAsteroid!Eric Darnell20174 minAnimationBOHWAGAK - A LONG THE WAY TO UTOPIABryan Ku20175 minAnimationThe Dream CollectorLi Mi201713 minAnimationFree WhalePeibin Zhang20177 min 30 secAnimationGantz: O VRKawamura Yasushi 20163 min 30 secAnimationGeojedo: The 3rd front linePark Gyu-Min20179 min 30 secAnimationInvasion!Eric Darnell201615 minAnimationLewis CaseKim Ju-Sin20175 minAnimationThe Philosopher's AppleNaito Kaoru20179 minAnimationPippa's PanCeline Tien20175 minAnimationPlanet InfiniteSeto Momoko 20177 minAnimationRainbow CrowEric Darnell20174 minAnimationRomantic PandaLee Bae-sil20165 minAnimationVirtual Reality DiverHigashi Hiroaki 20174:30 minAnimationKinoscopePhilippe A. Collin, Clement Leotard20169 min 30 secAnimation / Documentary    

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    [BIFF Press Release] 22nd Busan International Film Festival Main Event Schedule

      22nd Busan International Film Festival Main Event Schedule     * The following schedule was determined under September 27th. Additional events to the Main Event ScheduleⅠare highlighted. The details below are subject to changes, modifications, or cancellations. Please check the announcements on the official website and Press Center for future changes.     Open Talk       Outdoor Greeting      Meet the Guest: Talk to Talk       Short Film, Long Chat     Special Talk       Master Class         Hand Printing              

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    [BIFF Press Release] 22nd Busan International Film Festival Announces Closing Ceremony Hosts

     22nd Busan International Film Festival Announces Closing Ceremony Hosts Must-see actors Kim Taewoo & Han Yeri End the Grand Finale of the Festival    The 22nd Busan International Film Festival announces actors Kim Taewoo and Han Yeri as Closing Ceremony Hosts. Kim Taewoo and Han Yeri both started out as shinning rookies and are now bonafide actors. The two will now show their charming chemistry in hosting the Closing Ceremony together. They will complete a 10-day journey of film with the 22nd Busan International Film Festival on October 21st at Busan Cinema Center.  Source: J,Wide-Company & Big Issue   Kim Taewoo debuted with TV Drama First Love (1996), he was discovered with his acting in The Contact (1997) and became a forever scene-stealer leaving lasting an impression in roles of all shape and sizes. He has shown his larger-than-life acting style, played a wide range of characters, from nerd to villain in works such as Joint Security Area (2000), Woman on the Beach (2006), The Naked Kitchen (2009), Like You Know It All (2009), TV drama That Winter, the Wind Blows (2013), The Book of Corrections (2015), Goodbye Mr. Black (2016) and The Good Wife (2016).   Han Yeri starred in various short films and was spotlighted as an independent film star. She captivated audiences, played a North Korean table tennis player with a perfect North Korean accent and a unique poker face in As One (2012). After, she built her career in both films and dramas starring in South Bound (2013), Sea Fog (2014), A Quiet Dream (2016), TV Drama Six Flying Dragons (2016) and Age of Youth (2016). Specially, she came into prominence as ‘Eun-hee’, in Worst Woman (2016), her character that suffers from the worst day even though she tried her best. With her major film A Quiet Dream (2016) selected as the Opening Film in the 21st Busan International Film Festival, it triggered ushering in ‘Han Yeri-era’.     ■ Filmography of KIM Taewoo The Contact (1997) / Joint Security Area (2000) / L'Abri (2002) / Woman Is the Future of Man (2004) / Faceless Beauty (2004) / Woman on the Beach (2006) / If You Were Me 3 (2006) / Epitaph (2007) / Wide Awake (2007) / The Naked Kitchen (2009) / Like You Know It All (2009) / No Doubt (2010) / A Friend in Need (2010) / The Winter of the Year was Warm (2012) / The Pirates (2014) / Working Girl (2015) / Memories of the Sword (2015)   ■ Filmography of HAN Yeri As One (2012) / South Bound (2013) / Sea Fog (2014) / Love Guide for Dumpees (2015) / Six Flying Dragons (2016) / The Hunt (2016) / Age of Youth (2016) / Worst Woman (2016) / A Quiet Dream (2016) / The Table (2017) / Age of Youth 2 (2017)   

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