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  • 2017.09

    26

    [BIFF Press Release] 22nd Busan International Film Festival Launches ‘Platform BUSAN’

      22nd Busan International Film Festival Launches ‘Platform BUSAN’ Asian Independent Filmmakers Gather in One Place      Busan International Film Festival, a hub of Asian cinema, launches a new program ‘Platform BUSAN’ this year to provide a networking platform for Asian independent filmmakers. Platform BUSAN is established to provide a channel for Asian independent filmmakers to pave the way for joint growth through active interaction.  Platform BUSAN will be held from October 14th (Sat) to October 18th (Wed), at Event Room and Platform BUSAN Lounge in BEXCO Exhibition Center 2, and Dureraum Hall. Over 150 Asian independent filmmakers from 19 countries will attend the program. With multifarious programs, Platform BUSAN will strengthen connections and establish a foothold on the world stage of Asian independent filmmakers.   Establishing much-needed networking space for Asian independent filmmakers Offering functional education and exploring the path for joint growth of Asian independent filmmakers    Platform BUSAN arranges an interactive arena for Asian independent filmmakers who lack networking opportunities offered by the major film industry. Practical lectures on film production and quality information on international expansion will be provided along with opportunities for bonding. Platform BUSAN has special significance as the only gathering place for Asian independent filmmakers and seeking path for the joint growth via sharing their experience. For strengthening network, various talk events and round table programs such as ‘VOICES OF ASIA’ and ‘Incubating Asia - On the possibility of documentary co-production between Asian countries’ are organized. Platform BUSAN is to act as an active network where Asian independent film professionals can exchange experiences and share information about their work, common interests and related issues.  Master filmmakers from different spheres will also take part in the program, lecturing feasible instruction with the actual examples. Chinese master filmmaker Jia Zhangke, cinematographer Thomas Evans “Tom” Stern who is known for collaboration with Clint Eastwood, and representative Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz will offer functional lectures and case studies which provide a special footing for Asian independent filmmakers to take a greater leap forward. There are also programs set to advance the potential of Asian independent filmmakers entering world-class film festivals. ‘Film Fund Talk’ will introduce major film funds and share financial tips needed in film production. ‘Meet the Festival’ will deliver practical advice for Asian independent filmmakers to enter major international film festivals.      Platform Busan Main Programs Date Time Program Title Location Participants October 14th (Sat) 18:30-20:00 Filmmaker’s Talk: Jia Zhangke – Jia Zhangke of 2017 vs Jia Zhangke of 1997 Dureraum Hall JIA Zhangke October 15th (Sun) 10:30-12:30 VOICES OF ASIA Event Room, BEXCO Exhibition  Center 2 Pete TEO, BOO Junfeng, PHAN Dang Di, TSUCHIYA Yutaka, Aditya ASSARAT 13:30-15:30 Incubating Asia - On the possibility of documentary co-production between Asian countries PB Lounge, BEXCO Exhibition Center 2 15:00-16:30 LARGE FORMAT in Cinema – Visual Tools in Storytelling Grand Ballroom, Paradise Hotel Tom STERN October 16th (Mon) 10:30-11:30 ARRI International Support Program Event Room, BEXCO Exhibition  Center 2   13:00-14:00 Small Talk: Korea and Japan Filmmakers’ Talk PB Lounge, BEXCO Exhibition Center 2   13:00-14:00 Asian Female Filmmakers’ Talk Dureraum Hall Bianca BALBUENA, Yulia Evina BHARA, Waraluck HIRANSRETTAWAT, Pailin WEDEL, JO Sona, MA Minji October 17th (Tue) 10:30-12:00 Film Fund Talk Event Room, BEXCO Exhibition  Center 2   13:30-14:40 Meet the Festival Event Room, BEXCO Exhibition  Center 2 Carlo CHATRIAN (Locarno IFF), Bero BEYER (IFF Rotterdam), Christian JEUNE (Festival de Cannes) 15:00-16:00 Small Talk: Regional Independent Film Society Networks PB Lounge, BEXCO Exhibition Center 2 16:00-17:30 Meet the Filmmaker: Lav Diaz - A case study of Lav Diaz’s The Season of the Devil Event Room, BEXCO Exhibition  Center 2 Lav DIAZ October 18th (Wed) 14:00-16:00 Talk with Producer: Jon Kuyper Dureraum Hall Jon KUYPER      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.    

  • 2017.09

    25

    [BIFF Press Release] 22nd Busan International Film Festival Individual Interview Application Guide

     22nd Busan International Film Festival Individual Interview Application Guide    The 22nd Busan International Film Festival, October 12th (Thu) to October 21st (Sat), announces guests available for individual interviews during the festival. The Busan International Film Festival provides individual interview coordination service arranging interviews between the foreign guests and the press.   Reporters wish to have interview with guests should refer to the guests’ schedule in Busan, fill out the application form, and email it to interview@biff.kr. Individual interview will be arranged depending on the arrival date and official schedule of guests.    Individual Interview Date  October 13th (Fri) – October 20th (Fri), 2017 ※ 8 days excluding Opening / Closing days     Individual Interview Application Period  ■  Application Ⅰ: September 25th (Mon) – September 29th (Fri), 2017 >> Individual Interview available for October 13th – October 20th ■  Application Ⅱ: October 10th (Tue) – October 13th (Fri), 2017 >> Individual Interview available ONLY for October 16th – October 20th   * It is NOT available to have interview for October 13th – October 15th, if you do NOT apply in the first application period. * Please refer to guests’ schedule in Busan. * Please register in advance.        How to Apply  Fill the application form and click ‘submit.’ (https://goo.gl/forms/TVw0yudvxTmyzQgt1) * If you want to interview more than one guest, please apply as many times as the number of the guests.   ※ Please add 22nd BIFF Individual Interview team on the Kakao Talk Plus Friend list to receive the news regarding the individual interview during the festival. -Search for Plus Friend ID ‘부산국제영화제’ or ‘biff_press’ on Kakao Talk or scan the QR code below.       1. Who to Interview  Available for Interview NOT Available for Interview - Jurors - Awardee (Korean Cinema Award) - Foreign Guests - Asian Project Market(APM) Guests - Asian Film Academy(AFA) Guests   - Opening / Closing Films Guests - Gala Presentation Guests - Korean Films’ Guests     ※ There will be NO individual interviews for guests who have ongoing promotions with Korean production/distribution/public relations companies during the festival period.      2. Interview Format  ■ A press roundtable or closed press conference may be arranged in place of individual interviews for guests besieged by interview requests or tight schedules.      3. Interview Request and Changes  ■ Interviews with guests must be arranged through the Busan International Film Festival Public Relations team. In case you are obliged to contact with the guest individually, you MUST inform to Public Relations team in advance. ■ Interview schedule is subject to change or cancellation depending on the changes of the guest’s schedule. Interview arrangements on the day of the guest’s arrival/departure date can be difficult. ■ Interviews may not be available according to the guest’s schedule.      4. Interview Schedule Arrangement  ■ Interview schedules cannot be confirmed in advance as the final confirmation will be made via phone or a meeting with the guest after arrival in Korea. Final confirmation of interview schedules and location will be notified individually to each interviewer. (Interview requests will be arranged depending on the guests’ official schedule.)      5. Interview Procedure  ■ Each individual interview is limited to 40 minutes (including photo shoot) or shorter depending on the guest.         Individual Interview Application  Fill out the form and submit via the link below.   https://goo.gl/forms/TVw0yudvxTmyzQgt1        *2017 Individual Interview Guest List is attached and Guest Bio can be downloaded through the link below. http://bit.ly/2xpHPwr        Busan International Film Festival (http://www.biff.kr) Individual Interview Coordinator Email: interview@biff.kr Tel: +82) 51-709-2195(2183)        

  • 2017.09

    23

    Screening information updates on the ticket catalogue of the 22nd Busan Int’l Film Festival(20 Oct)

    제22회 부산국제영화제 티켓카탈로그 상영정보 변경안내Screening information updates on the ticket catalog of the 22nd Busan Int’l Film Festival  ※ 티켓 카탈로그 인쇄일인 9월 15일 이후 상영 변동 사항을 아래와 같이 안내합니다. (9월 15일 이후에 변동된 사항은 볼드체로, 10월 6일 이후는 붉은 볼드체로 표기했습니다.)※ Please refer to the updates since the ticket catalog was printed on September 15th. (Updates from September 15th are in Bold style, while updates from October 6th are Red Bold.)※ 묶음상영의 경우, 상영 순서가 변동될 수 있습니다. ※ Combined Screening order may be subject to change without notice.  (코드, 일자, 시각, 상영관, 한글제목, 영문제목)(code, mm-dd, hh:mm, venue, Korean title, English title) ○ 상영 취소 Screenings Cancelled410, 10-17, 11:00, C5, 메리와 마녀의 꽃, Mary and The Witch’s Flower095, 10-13, 17:30, M5, 서밋, The Summit351, 10-16, 17:00, L6, 서밋, The Summit071, 10-13, 11:00, L9, 그 남자, 류타로, Sweating the Small Stuff460, 10-17, 13:00, M2, 그 남자, 류타로, Sweating the Small Stuff608, 10-19, 19:00, C1, 그 남자, 류타로, Sweating the Small Stuff176, 10-14, 17:30, M3, 보이는 것과 보이지 않는 것, The Seen and Unseen240, 10-15, 11:00, C5, 기차역, The Journey425, 10-17, 10:00, L2, 사랑보다 위대한, A Feeling Greater Than Love44, 10-16, 17:00, CA, 재, Ash131, 10-14, 10:00, C4, 러브리스, Loveless○ 상영 추가 Additional Screenings911, 10-16, 16:30, L6, 그 남자, 류타로, Sweating the Small Stuff912, 10-18, 10:00, L6, 그 남자, 류타로, Sweating the Small Stuff913, 10-15, 10:30, C5, 보이는 것과 보이지 않는 것, The Seen and Unseen915, 10-14, 17:30, M3, 기차역, The Journey916, 10-17, 13:00, M2, 사랑보다 위대한, A Feeling Greater Than Love ○ 상영관 및 상영시간 변경 Changed Time & Venue199, 10-15,  14:00, BH,  희대의 사기, Carbon, 10-15/BH/14:00 → 10-13/SH/19:30004, 10-13,  19:30, SH, 마운틴,  Mountain, 10-13/SH/19:30 → 10-15/BH/14:00 206, 10-15, 16:00, B2, 장군의 수염, The General's Mustache, 16:00 → 16:30209, 10-15, 19:00, B2, 로쿠로쿠, ROKUROKU: The Promise of the Witch, 19:00 → 19:30239, 10-15, 13:30, CS, 주피터스 문, Jupiter's Moon, 10-15/CS/13:30 → 10-19/C4/10:00743, 10-20, 13:30, L2, 나의 사랑하는 톤도, In the Claws of Century Wanting, 13:30 → 13:00○ 묶음 상영 순서 변경 Changed Combined Screening Order323, 441, 578, 582, 한국 단편 경쟁 1, Korean Short Film Competition 1, Beloved-My Father in a Suitcase-A Friend Holding Crutches → My Father in a Suitcase-A Friend Holding Crutches-Beloved322, 545, 684, 688, 한국 단편 경쟁 2, Korean Short Film Competition 2, Bright Future-Away from Home-A Hand-written Poster → Bright Future-A Hand-written Poster-Away from Home411, 539, 793, 797, 한국 단편 경쟁 3, Korean Short Film Competition 3, Ordinary People-Goner-Love Jo. Right Now. → Love Jo. Right Now.-Goner-Ordinary People347, 413, 579, 583, 한국 단편 경쟁 4, Korean Short Film Competition 4, The History of Hormone-Illegal Parking-Freeway → Freeway-Illegal Parking-The History of Hormone433, 521, 745, 한국 단편 경쟁 5, Korean Short Film Competition 5, Playground-Yuri in Summer-The Virgin Flight → Playground-The Virgin Flight-Yuri in Summer048, 306, 520, 아시아 단편 경쟁 1, Asian Short Film Competition 1, A Curious Girl-Chronicle of a Durian-Cemetery of Courtesy → Chronicle of a Durian-Cemetery of Courtesy-A Curious Girl179, 412, 622, 아시아 단편 경쟁 3, Asian Short Film Competition 3, Madonna-The Road-The Day I Am Gonna Come-Suerte → The Day I Am Gonna Come-Madonna-The Road-Suerte127, 422, 603, 단편 쇼케이스 3, Short Film Showcase 3, Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month-A Gentle Night-Tshweesh-Death of the Sound Man → Jodilerks Dela Cruz, Employee of the Month-Tshweesh-Death of the Sound Man-A Gentle Night085, 397, 552, 단편 쇼케이스 4, Short Film Showcase 4, Gaze-Braguino → Braguino-Gaze111, 미드나잇 패션 2, Midnight Passion 2, Downrange-It Stains the Sands Red-ROKUROKU: The Promise of the Witch → Downrange-ROKUROKU: The Promise of the Witch-It Stains the Sands Red058, 588, 포커스: 유아사 마사아키 1, Focus: YUASA Masaaki 1, Lu over the wall-Ping Pong The Animation → Ping Pong The Animation-Lu over the wall008, 300, 포커스: 유아사 마사아키 2, Focus: YUASA Masaaki 2, Night is Short, Walk On Girl-The Tatami Galaxy → The Tatami Galaxy-Night is Short, Walk On Girl391, 사하 시네마 단편 콜렉션, Sakha Short Collection, Mappa-Deliverance-Fisherman-Premonition-Wooden Horse → Fisherman-Wooden Horse-Premonition-Mappa-Deliverance○ GV 취소 Cancelled Guest Visits307, 10-16, 14:00, B3, 사람들, They259, 10-15, 17:00, L6, 구름 너머, Beyond the Clouds394, 10-17, 10:00, M2, 신이 된 배우: 베흐루즈, Behrouz: A Legend on Screen148, 10-14, 19:00, CS, 택시운전사, A Taxi Driver302, 10-16, 10:00, B2, 이산자, After Chosun598, 10-19, 13:00, B2, 케스킬 2: 재대결, Keskil 2: Rematch535, 10-18, 19:00, L2, 24 스노우, 24 Snow319, 10-16, 20:00, C4, 중독된 땅, Veleno404, 10-17, 17:00, C3, 중독된 땅, Veleno130, 10-14, 19:30, C3, 마누엘, Manuel314, 10-16, 13:30, C3, 마누엘, Manuel126, 10-15, 10:00, C2, 그림자들이 지는 곳, Where the Shadows Fall380, 10-16, 19:30, SH, 그림자들이 지는 곳, Where the Shadows Fall133, 10-14, 17:00, C4, 균형, Equilibrium216, 10-15, 16:00, C2, 균형, Equilibrium290, 10-15, 13:00, SH, 침입자, The Intruder296, 10-16, 17:00, BH, 침입자, The Intruder223, 10-15, 12:30, C4, 살인자 말리나의 4막극, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts256, 10-15, 20:30, L5, 장미빛 사랑은 없다, No Bed Of Roses215, 10-15, 13:00, C2, 폐허, The Decaying627, 10-19, 19:30, C6, 귀신 이야기, Ghost Stories○ GV 추가 Additional Guest Visits490, 10-18, 16:00, SH, 그리움, Longing057, 10-13, 16:30, L4, 조금만 더, More264, 10-15, 20:00, M1, 조금만 더, More209, 10-15, 19:00, B2, 로쿠로쿠, ROKUROKU: The Promise of the Witch011, 10-13, 20:00, B1, 작은 독립영화사의 흥망성쇠, Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company159, 10-14, 10:30, L5, 톰 오브 핀란드, Tom of Finland673, 10-19, 11:00, M3, 후고, Hugo735, 10-20, 20:00, C7, 후고, Hugo911, 10-16, 16:30, L6, 그 남자, 류타로, Sweating the Small Stuff912, 10-18, 10:00, L6, 그 남자, 류타로, Sweating the Small Stuff913, 10-15, 10:30, C5, 보이는 것과 보이지 않는 것, The Seen and Unseen498, 10-18, 11:00, B3, 보이는 것과 보이지 않는 것, The Seen and Unseen154, 10-14, 13:30, L3, 마더!, Mother!163, 10-14, 10:00, L6, 동반자, A Worthy Companion250, 10-15, 13:00, L4, 동반자, A Worthy Companion445, 10-17, 13:00, L7, 링사이드 스토리, The Ringside Story624, 10-19, 10:00, C6, 그리움, Longing560, 10-18, 11:00, M1, 살인자 말리나의 4막극, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts160, 10-14, 14:00, L5, 오메르타, Omerta440, 10-17, 11:00, L6, 오메르타, Omerta44, 10-16, 13:30, M1, 앙가말리 사람들, Angamaly Diaries  ○ 5분 이상 러닝타임 변경 Runtime changed more than 5 mins000, 204, 339, 523, 651, 죄 많은 소녀, After My Death, 107’→113’276, 437, 551, 환생, REBORN, 87’→95’207, 302, 600, 이산자, After Chosun, 90'→110'806, 새벽을 알리는 루의 노래, Lu over the wall, 107'→112'058, 588, 포커스: 유아사 마사아키 1, Focus: YUASA Masaaki 1, 130'→135'133, 216, 595, 균형, Equilibrium, 83'→90'230, 168, 596, 나의 마지막 수트, The Last Suit, 86'→93'384, 620, 비욘드 리버, Beyond the River, 107'→112'074, 282, 286, 475, 479, 프로스트, Frost, 115'→120'239, 297, 주피터스 문, Jupiter's Moon, 123'→128'218, 503, 706, 캄보디아의 봄, A Cambodian Spring, 121'→126'904, 905, 맨헌트, Manhunt, 106'→111'117, 468, 별들의 고향, Heavenly Homecoming to Stars, 105'→110'274, 543, 654, 레터스, Letters, 80'→73'269, 487, 니모를 찾아서, Finding Nemo, 100'→108' ○ 컬러 → 흑백 Color → B&W391, 10-17, 11:00, B3, 목각말, Wooden Horse, Color→Color+B&W○ 자막 Subtitle109, 10-14, 16:30, BH, 나비잠, Butterfly Sleep, 표시 없음→ KN238, 10-15, 10:00, CS, 나비잠, Butterfly Sleep, 표시 없음→ KN575, 10-18, 14:00, M5, 나비잠, Butterfly Sleep, 표시 없음→ KN739, 10-20, 19:30, CS, 나비잠, Butterfly Sleep, 표시 없음→ KN667, 10-19, 17:00, M1, 판타스틱 우먼, A Fantastic Woman, KE→KN486, 10-18, 20:00, BT, 셰이프 오브 워터: 사랑의 모양, The Shape of Water, 표시 없음→KE695, 10-20, 13:30, BH, 셰이프 오브 워터: 사랑의 모양, The Shape of Water, 표시 없음→KE214, 10-14, 10:30, C3, 아홉 개의 손가락, 9 Fingers, 표시 없음→KE749, 10-20, 14:00, C3, 아홉 개의 손가락, 9 Fingers, 표시 없음→KE594, 10-19, 14:00, B1, 나는 마녀가 아니다, I Am Not a Witch, 표시 없음→KE704, 10-20, 19:00, M2, 나는 마녀가 아니다, I Am Not a Witch, 표시 없음→KE269, 10-15, 10:30, M3, 니모를 찾아서, inding Nemo, KE→KN487, 10-18, 10:30, BH, 니모를 찾아서, inding Nemo, KE→KN207, 10-15, 13:00, B2, 이산자, After Chosun,  표시 없음→KN302, 10-16, 10:00, B2, 이산자, After Chosun, 표시 없음→KN600, 10-19, 19:00, B2, 이산자, After Chosun, 표시 없음→KN094, 10-13, 14:00, M5, 수춘도 2: 수라전장, KE→KN378, 10-16, 13:00, SH, 수춘도 2: 수라전장, KE→KN758, 10-20, 20:00, L6, 수춘도 2: 수라전장, KE→KN○ 상영등급 조정 Change of ratings052, 235, 471, 738, 아메리카 타운, America Town, 19세→15세

  • 2017.09

    22

    [BIFF Press Release] 22nd Busan International Film Festival Introduces the Latest Screen Technology

      22nd Busan International Film Festival Introduces the Latest Screen Technology- Flagship Laser Cinema Projector & LED Screen Implements Qualified Visual-outputEnjoy the festival with the high-resolution!  The 22nd Busan International Film Festival adopts the newest screen system for the Busan Cinema Center that enables the BIFF Theater to provide the highest visual-output with the best surroundings for audiences to watch the Opening Film, Closing Film and Open Cinema. Introducing ‘Flagship Laser Cinema Projector’, known for its prowess to provide high-resolution, visitors this year can enjoy BIFF Theater Screenings of well-made popular and anticipated new films with exceptional performance under the atmosphere of cool autumn breezes. Ten films will be screened from October 12th (Thur) to October 21st (Sat) at BIFF Theater in Busan Cinema Center; the Opening Film Glass Garden, the Closing Film Love Education, Gala Presentation Mother!, Open Cinema films Zombillenium, Let Me Eat Your Pancreas, Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side of the Bottom?, Tomorrow and Thereafter, The Shape of Water, Salyut-7 and Dangal. Newly installed Flagship Laser Cinema Projector from Barco will sharpen the BIFF Theater in any environment with a complete lineup of 2K, 4K and laser light sources. Barco laser technology is the official projector platform for the Berlin International Film Festival and many other major international film festivals. Along with the Flagship Laser Cinema Projector, LOTTE CINEMA Centum city, one of the 5 official screening venues, will introduce an LED Screen. The LED Screen, only used at LOTTE CINEMA World Tower, is known as an innovative screen that overcomes traditional theater projector limitations on brightness and contrast. Visitors experiencing the LOTTE CINEMA Centum City will enjoy a festival with full-featured 4K resolution that offers seamless images. From October 13th (Fri) to 20th (Fri), LOTTE CINEMA Centum City will screen lineups from the 22nd Busan International Film Festival selections.  

  • 2017.09

    22

    [BIFF Press Release] Multiple Events Hosted in 2017 Asian Film Market! ― Special emphasis on intellectual property rig..

    Multiple Events Hosted in 2017 Asian Film Market! ― Special emphasis on intellectual property rights  2017 Asian Film Market hosts specialized events to meet the expectations of film and media professionals. Following last year, the events focusing on intellectual property have become even more remarkable. Asian Film Market events are composed of ‘Book To Film’ and ‘E-IP Pitching’ that introduce original works and web content suitable to other platforms as well as ‘Story to Film’ that evaluates production potential by introducing original stories. The ‘Copyright Forum’ shares practical approaches to protect copyright cinematic content and spotlights VR Cinema in ‘VR Conference’. Events of 2017 Asian Film Market will be held from Oct 14th (Sat) to Oct 17th (Tue) in Event Room and Multi-meeting Zone at BEXCO Exhibition Center 2. Book To FilmIn its sixth year, Book To Film serves as a meeting place for publishers and filmmakers to meet and discuss the viability of adapting books into films. The 9 selections will be presented to various personnel from the film and media industries at the ‘Book To Film’ pitching event and business meetings.Date: 10:30-12:00, Oct 14th (Sat), 2017Venue: Event Room, BEXCO Exhibition Center 2E-IP PitchingE-IP Pitching introduces original content from web dramas, web novels, web comics and other stories adaptable by entertainment industry professionals that can fit across multiple media platforms such as film and media. Showcasing 9 selections that went through fierce competition, E-IP Pitching offers a glimpse of next generation film and drama.Date: 13:30-15:00, Oct 14th (Sat), 2017Venue: Event Room, BEXCO Exhibition Center 2 Story to Film‘Story to Film’ is an event co-organized by the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) and the Asian Film Market with the hosting by Producers Guild of Korea (PGK). It presents award-winning works of ‘Korea Story Open Competition 2016’ for the first time. ‘Story to Film’, the former New Story Creation Project Pitching, is now on the verge of a new leap, introducing 8 selections to entertainment content specialists.Date: 13:30-15:00, Oct 15th (Sun), 2017Venue: Event Room, BEXCO Exhibition Center 2 Copyright ForumCopyright Overseas Promotion Association (COA) invites industry veterans in the copyright field and shares practical information and ideas. The Forum serves as an opportunity to improve awareness within the film industry. In respect of achieving sustainable solutions for online piracy, the Forum also reviews current copyright infringement practices and remedies related to cinema under the copyright framework. 1. Case StudyDate: 10:30-12:00, Oct 14th (Sat), 2017Venue:   Multi-meeting Zone, BEXCO Exhibition Center 2, 4Dㆍ4Eㆍ4FTopic: Best Practice in Counteracting Copyright InfringementGuest Speakers- Michael KWAN (Motion Picture Association (MPA) / Regional Director, Technology of Asia Pacific Internet Center / Hong Kong (China))- Allen WANG (Yingke Law Firm / Senior Partner / China)- INA Masaharu (Content Overseas Distribution Association (CODA) / Director / Japan)- LEE Changhoon (Munhwa Broadcasting Company (MBC) / Team Manager / South Korea) 2. Panel DiscussionDate: 16:30-18:00, Oct 14th (Sat), 2017Venue: Event Room, BEXCO Exhibition Center 2Topic:- Current Copyright Issues Related to Films- Strategies for Reducing Internet Piracy - Copyright Protection for Films in Foreign CountriesModerator: KIM Hyechang (Korea Copyright Commission (KCC) / Director of Copyright Trade Research Team / South Korea)Guest Speakers- Michael KWAN (Motion Picture Association (MPA) / Regional Director, Technology of Asia Pacific Internet Center / Hong Kong (China))- SHI Wenxia (China Film Copyright Protection Association (CFCA) / Deputy Secretary-General / China)- INA Masaharu (Content Overseas Distribution Association (CODA) / Director / Japan)- KIM Seokhoon (Korea Copyright Protection Agency (KCOPA) / Manager of Online Protection Team / South Korea) VR ConferenceThe 22nd Busan International Film Festival launches ‘VR Cinema in BIFF’ co-organized with Barunson Co., Ltd.. As an Asian Film Market event, ‘VR Conference’ consists of ‘VR Cinema Production Case Study’, which invites VR film and VR animation filmmakers to share their production experiences and know-how, along with ‘Current State and Prospect of the VR Industry’, where VR industry personnel attend. 1-1. VR Feature Film Production Case StudyDate: 16:00 -19:00, Oct 15th (Sun), 2017Venue: Event Room, BEXCO Exhibition Center 2Guest Speakers- Jérôme BLANQUET (Okio Studio / Director / France)- Adam COSCO (Dark Corner/ Director / Canada)- LEE Seungmoo (Korea National University of Arts / Professor / South Korea) 1-2. VR Animation Production Case StudyDate: 17:00 – 19:00, Oct 16th (Mon), 2017Venue: Event Room, BEXCO Exhibition Center 2Moderator: CHE Min Hyuk (VR/AR Lab of CJ / Producer / South Korea)Guest Speakers- Kane LEE (Baobab Studio / Producer / USA)- Eugene CHUNG (Penrose Studio / CEO and Director / USA)2. Current State and Prospect of the VR IndustryDate: 16:00 – 17:00, Oct 16th (Mon), 2017Venue: Event Room, BEXCO Exhibition Center 2Guest Speaker:  KOH Yoonjeon (KT Future Business Development Unit / Senior Vice President / South Korea) AFiS Project PitchingAFiS Project Pitching is an event that presents feature-length fiction films from 6 selected students from the International Film Business Academy at the Busan Asian Film School (AFiS). In 2017, out of 20 feature-length projects that are developed, 6 films will have individual pitching and 12 films will have business meetings.Date: 13:30 - 15:00, Oct 16th (Mon), 2017Venue: Event Room, BEXCO Exhibition Center 2 Film Fund TalkMajor film fund executives, from around the globe, help explain the application method for each fund, range of support and budget for each episode to producers and cineastes. The Asian Film Market event offers practical information to cineastes who seek various methods to attract funding.Date: 10:30-12:00, Oct 17th (Tue), 2017Venue: Event Room, BEXCO Exhibition Center 2Moderator: Sten-Kristian SALUVEER (Storytek / CEO & Founder, Tallinn Black Nights IFF / Head of Industry Projects / Estonia)   

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    [BIFF Press Release] 22nd Busan International Film Festival Ticketing Schedule Announced

      22nd Busan International Film Festival Ticketing Schedule Announced    The 22nd Busan International Film Festival announces its ticketing schedule for the Opening/Closing Ceremony and General Screening. The Opening and Closing Ceremony ticketing will open at 18:00 on Tuesday, September 26th with General Screening ticketing starting at 14:00 on Thursday, September 28th (Korean time).   Ticketing for the Opening and Closing Ceremony, starting September 26th, Tuesday, will only be available online; ticketing for General Screening starting September 28th, Thursday will be available online, and at all Busan Bank locations, ATMs, and phone banking (1588-6200). Online ticket purchases can be made at the Busan International Film Festival official website after a simple log-in.   For additional information, please visit the Busan International Film Festival official website (www.biff.kr) or contact BIFF Call Center (1666-9177).     22nd Busan International Film Festival Ticketing Guide   ◆  Individual Ticket Type Opening/Closing Screening and Ceremony Opening/Closing Screening and Ceremony (non-reserved seat) General Screening 3D/4DX Midnight Passion Price(KRW) 20,000 10,000  6,000 8,000 10,000   ◆  Group Ticket  1. General Screening - Policy and Price: Group ticketing is possible when there are more than 15 people with 1,000 won discount per person. >> 5,000 KRW per person   Theaters available for group audiences Period Note Busan Cinema Center (BIFF Theater, Haneulyeon Theater), Sohyang Theatre Centum City 10.13 - 10.21   Busan Cinema Center (B1), CGV Centum City(6·Starium), LOTTE CINEMA Centum City(4·6) 10.16 - 10.20 Less than 50 people ※ Opening/Closing Ceremony, 3D/4DX, Midnight Passion are NOT available   2. Cinekids Section - Policy and Price (for the Cinekids Section only): Group ticketing is possible for more than 15 children between the ages of 5 to 13 with 50% discount. >> 3,000 KRW per person   Theaters available for group audiences Period Busan Cinema Center (BIFF Theater, Haneulyeon Theater), Sohyang Theatre Centum City 10.13, 10.16 - 10.18   3. Booking Period: Open on September 18th (Mon), 2017 ※ Please refer to our website (http://www.biff.kr) for detail information about reservation.    ◆ Ticketing Information   ·         50% discount for General Screening will be provided to the elderly over 60 at on-site ticketing. (ID card must be required.) ·         Mobile Advance Ticket is available in Kakao Talk Gift Shop with 10% discount til sold-out. ·         14 Barrier-Free films will be screened at the CGV Centum City 7. (Braille catalogue will be equipped.) ·         If tickets are sold out online, same-day tickets will be available on-site at the BIFF Ticket Box. ·         BIFF Hill Ticket Box (Busan Cinema Center, 1F) is open until 15:00 on the Closing day. ·         Cinemountain Ticket Box (Busan Cinema Center, 6F) is open until midnight on the day of ‘Midnight Passion’ screening.     ◆ BIFF Call Center Information   - Call Center: 1666-9177 - Operating Period: September 12th (Tue) - October 21st (Sat), 2017 ·           Before the Opening: 10:00~18:00(Lunch Break: 13:00~ 14:00 / Closed on Sunday), ·           During the festival: 08:30~21:00            * The office will be closed during Chuseok(Korean Thanksgiving holidays) .      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 Holds BIFF Forum

     22nd Busan International Film Festival Holds BIFF Forum - A total of 6 forums including film criticism, culture and industry    The 22nd Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) holds 6 BIFF forums. The 2017 BIFF Forum consists of a discussion on current Korean cinema issues, an academic forum on Asian Cinema, and an industry forum forecasting the future film industry. The 2017 BIFF Forum will operate for 5 days, October 13th (Fri) to 17th (Mon), at the Conference Room (4F) of Busan Center for Creative Economy & Innovation.    Gender Equality Movement in Korean Cinema This year’s Busan International Film Festival will be adorned with films from woman directors in the Opening and Closing Ceremony for a first time challenge to traditional male-centered Korean Cinema. Following the heated discussion at the Seoul International Women’s Film Festival last June, ‘Talks on Film Policy of Gender-Equality #2’ will deliberate on how to accomplish gender equality in the film industry and critically examine a male-dominated Korean Cinema. In addition, ‘Film and Legal Seminars’ will discuss legal issues related to misogyny with the case in V.I.P. by Park Hoonjeong.   ■   Talks on Film Policy of Gender-Equality #2: How to Accomplish Gender Equality in Film Industry? Date & Time: 14:00 -18:00, October 13th (Fri), 2017   ■     Film and Legal Seminars: New Trends of Korean Films and Industry and the Legal Imperatives Date & Time: 14:00 -18:00, October 18th (Wed), 2017    The 2017 BIFF Forum, the Headquarter of Asian Cinema Discussion and Cooperation Despite frigid diplomatic relations between Korea and China, various Chinese films are invited to the 22nd Busan International Film Festival and many Chinese film professionals will attend the festival. The Korea-China Scenario Forum is a platform for the network and collaboration of scenarists from Korea and China as well as an opportunity to discuss possible collaboration such as co-developing scenarios that will be completed into co-production. The forum will glance over sociocultural changes in Asia, centering on Taiwan, and analyze the new movie Before We Vanish by Kurosawa Kiyoshi in the 2017 Asian Auteur presented by the PNU Film Institute.   ■   Korea-China Scenario Forum Date & Time: 10:00 -13:00, October 13th (Fri), 2017   ■   Chinese Film Forum: Taiwan and Asia, Faltering Identity      Date & Time: 14:00-18:00, October 16th (Mon), 2017   ■   2017 Asian Auteur: KUROSAWA Kiyoshi Date & Time: 10:00-12:30, October 18th (Wed), 2017    VR Technology and Cinema, growing together Apart from the Busan International Film Festival’s newly launched ‘VR Cinema in BIFF’, Dankook Graduate School of Cinematic Content will have a substantial discussion on the topic ‘VR Cinema and Storytelling’. VR technology, featuring 360-degree cameras and interaction, raises attention and interests as an advanced audio-visual medium along with storytelling as a vital component in application of VR in film industry. BIFF Forum will expand its discussion from case study of VR optimized storytelling to prospect of future VR technology with filmmakers, producers and VR professionals.     ■   VR Cinema and Storytelling Date & Time: 13:30 -18:00, October 17th (Tues), 2017      

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    [BIFF Press Release] Busan International Film Festival’s Newly-Launched Production Support Fund Selects PARK Jung-bum’..

     Busan International Film Festival’s Newly-Launched Production Support Fund Selects PARK Jung-bum’s Not in This World     Greeting its 22nd year, Busan International Film Festival added the new Production Support Fund to the Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) to further facilitate to the production of Korean independent films. This year, the Production Support Fund will be given to director PARK Jung-bum’s Not in This World. A total of 29 original film projects of high quality applied for the Fund from June 19 to 30. The selection committee for the Production Support Fund reviewed the project proposals and interviewed a select number of projects while considering the quality of the screenplay and the feasibility to be actually produced. As a result, director Park Jung-bum’s Not in This World was selected to receive the Production Support Fund. The Selection Committee revealed that “[Not in This World] is a great film project that is well-written with characters showing great strength”. Most of all, the project has a unique perspective on Korean society. Also, it is a film that fits the Production Support Fund’s goal to introduce to the world the great independent films that are currently made in Korea. In receiving the Production Support Fund, director Park Jung-bum says, “After finishing my previous film, Alive, I tried my best to make a new film but it was very difficult to receive funding. Selected as a recipient of Busan International Film Festival’s Production Support Fund, I am given a new opportunity. I’d like to express my deepest gratitude to the selection committee and the staff at BIFF. The crew and actors of Not in This World will become one and we’ll make great efforts to make a great film.” Not in This World is about a farmer from the countryside who struggles to save a girl who’s become a prostitute and will receive 200 million KRW for production stage and post-production services (DI, Sound Mixing, English subtitle spotting, DCP). The film will start shooting at the end of this year. After receiving post-production services early next year, the film will be screened at the 23rd Busan International Film Festival. From 2006, ACF has supported documentary productions as well as the script developments and post-productions for feature film projects in order to procure diversity in Korean and Asian independent films as well as to promote them throughout the world. In the last 10 years, ACF showed great achievement in international film festivals and film markets by introducing new directors and vitalizing the production of independent films. With the newly launched Production Support Fund, ACF aims to serve as a one-stop production support system by providing financial production support and post-production services.

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    [BIFF Press Release] 22nd Busan International Film Festival Announces 10 Nominees for Kim Jiseok Award

    22nd Busan International Film Festival Announces 10 Nominees for Kim Jiseok Award   The 22nd Busan International Film Festival newly establishes the ‘Kim Jiseok Award’ to honor the late Kim Ji-seok who passed away earlier this year after devoting his life's career to discovering young Asian directors and supporting the growth of Asian cinema. The 22nd Busan International Film Festival announces 10 official candidates for Kim Jiseok Award.   Unlike the New Currents section introducing the first or second film of up-and-coming Asian directors, Kim Jiseok Award nominees are selected from films produced by active and skilled Asian directors. Among 10 world premiere films in A Window on Asian Cinema, the section for new films of Asian directors and most-talked films, 2 finalists will be chosen through the jury’s examination and awarded 10,000 USD each.    Kim Jiseok Award is to remember Kim Ji-seok, one of the founding members of the Busan International Film Festival and one of its first Program Directors who dedicated himself to fostering new Asian films and encouraging up-and-coming Asian directors for over 20 years, as well as a leading individual who worked hard to establish the festival identity as the hub of Asian cinema. To preserve the meaning of the Award, Kim Jiseok Award Jury consists of Asian film professionals who maintained close relationship with the late program director and contributed to the globalization of Asian cinema. Film critics Tony Rayns, Darcy Paquet and a representative Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho will serve as first jurors for the Kim Jiseok Award at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival.   ■ 2017 Kim Jiseok Award Nominees (Title in Alphabetical order)Ash l LI XiaofengA medical student, a steelworker, and two murders. Two men reemerge a decade after a young police investigator fails to solve the case, one a success and one saddled with miseries. Unable to leave the past behind, the group of men head towards redemption—or damnation.  The Bold, The Corrupt And The Beautiful l YANG Ya-Che An ambitious businesswoman who is trying to play the government and industry off each other for personal gain finds herself in trouble after an ingenious plan backfires, leading to murder, and becomes a deadly catalyst that could destroy the life and family she set out to protect.  The Carousel Never Stops Turning l Ismail BASBETH About a man who never forgets his late wife, newlyweds at a zoo, three girls who travel across the countryside, a prostitute who contemplates her escape, a woman who seeks her mother’s murderer, two farmers who protest against the eviction done by the government, and about a car that witnesses everything.  Goodbye Kathmandu l Nabin SUBBANepal’s brutal civil war wages on during the winter of 2004, three separate characters look for success, identity and love in Kathmandu during a historic upheaval. Amar returns from the US to start a business. Mangal is torn between tradition and rock music, while Robin is pressured to join the Gurkhas.  In the Shadows l Dipesh JAIN Is Khuddoos trapped within old Delhi’s city walls, in his own mind, or both? That’s the central question in this psychological thriller, in which a lonely man obsesses over the people he watches on hidden cameras, and a boy he fears is in danger. Malila: The Farewell Flower l Anucha BOONYAWATANA Former lovers Shane and Pich navigate a break-up, a wife, child, death, and a terminal illness to reunite, separate and reunite in one final transcendent time. Malila is a film about healing, acceptance, guilt, forgiveness, and the ability to understand life’s uncertainties.  The Scythian Lamb l YOSHIDA Daihachi A government-sponsored program brings six strangers to Uobuka, a small town by the sea. Tsukisue is the pleasant and efficient city official who is in charge of the program. A body is discovered after Tsukisue learns the shocking truth.  Silent Mist l ZHANG Miaoyan Danger lurks in the fog that hovers over the winding paths of a canal town in modern-day Southern China. Mysterious incidents occur after an old man arrives. At night a rapist seeks his prey while in daylight a wealthy businessman threatens humble shopkeepers.  Smaller and Smaller Circles l Raya MARTIN When a dead boy from a poor community is found on a trash heap, nobody cares to notice. Forensic specialist Father Gus Saenz investigates as more pre-teen bodies turn up in a Manilla dump site. Based on an award-winning Filipino novel.  Wilderness l KISHI Yoshiyuki Shinjuku in 2021 is the wilderness, where Shinji, an abandoned child, and Clipper, from an abusive home, hone their boxing skills as a way to find their identities. Opposites except for their shared loneliness, the two ultimately make a connection in the ring.   *Still images are attached.       

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    [BIFF Press Release] MANHUNT Joins Gala Presentation of the 22nd Busan International Film Festival

     MANHUNT Joins Gala Presentation of the 22nd Busan International Film FestivalJapanese film BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL also added on Official Selection      The master of Hong Kong action genre, John Woo visits the 22nd Busan International Film Festival with his new film Manhunt. Manhunt is the latest remake of Kimi yo fundo no kawa wo watare (1976) to pay homage to iconic Japanese actor Takakura Ken. Earning enthusiastic support from worldwide fans with Better Tomorrow (1986) and The Killer (1989), John Woo’s new film Manhunt is a long-awaited return to his classical action genre. The film recently had its premiere at the Venice International Film Festival and received praise from the film industry. Many Korean fans are expecting his first visit to the Busan International Film Festival.  Manhunt will amaze film buffs that are deeply ingrained with memories of Hong Kong films from the 1980s and ‘90s. Manhunt showcases action-packed extravaganza following the journey of Du Qiu, who once was a respected lawyer, but is unwittingly framed as a perpetrator in a murder case, and veteran detective Yamura who tracks Du Qiu. With star cast from many Asian countries, such as Chinese Actor Zhang Hanyu as Du Qiu, Japanese Actor Masaharu Fukuyama as Yamura the detective and Korean Actress Ha Ji-won as lady assassin who pursues Du Qiu, Manhunt has captured worldwide attention.  Manhunt will meet audiences at the Gala Presentation that introduces new films from contemporary master directors and the most-talked films in a year. Butterfly Sleep by Jeong Jae-eun, Mother! By Darren Aronofsky, Narratage by Yukisada Isao, and The Third Murder by Kore-eda Hirokazu will also be screened in the Gala Presentation of the festival. Miike Takashi’s 100th film Blade of the Immortal is a samurai action film based on a popular Japanese manga of the same title. Kimura Takuya performs as a cursed samurai and Sugisaki Hana acts a girl who accompanies with him for revenge of her killed parents. Blade of the Immortal will be showcased in A Window on Asian Cinema of the 22nd Busan International Film Festival.    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 Announces Opening Ceremony Hosts, Jang Dong-gun and Kim Ha..

     Dressing the festival up in style: 22nd Busan International Film Festival Announces Opening Ceremony Hosts, Jang Dong-gun and Kim Ha-neul       The 22nd Busan International Film Festival announces actor Jang Dong-gun and Kim Ha-neul as Opening Ceremony hosts. After their work on SBS drama A Gentleman’s Dignity, the shared stage of the Opening Ceremony raises expectations for the two top-class actors to work together one more time. Jang Dong-gun and Kim Ha-neul will show a new harmony at the Opening Ceremony of the 22nd Busan International Film Festival on October 12th (Thu).    With his debut drama Our Heaven in 1990, Jang Dong-gun has continued to build his career to become a leading Korean actor. He has shown his talent both on screen and in dramas, playing diverse roles in films Friend (2001), Taegukgi - The Brotherhood of War (2003), Good Morning President (2009) and TV dramas The Last Match (1994), Medical Brothers (1997), All About Eve (2000) and A Gentleman’s Dignity (2012). Jang Dong-gun won the Best Actor Award at the Blue Dragon Awards with the big cinema hit Taegukgi - The Brotherhood of War and achieved recognition as a competent actor. He also starred in many international co-production films and his newest films: V.I.P. (2017) by Park Hoonjeong, Seven Years Night (2017) by Choo Chang-min and Chang-gweol (Rampant) (2018).   Kim Ha-neul made her acting debut with Bye June (1998) by Choi Ho. Since then, she captivated audiences through succeeding in every work she has starred in. She has built a prolific career, appearing in various pieces like Ditto (2000), My Tutor Friend (2003), Too Beautiful to Lie (2004), Lovers of Six Years (2007), Blind (2011), TV drama Piano (2001), Romance (2002), On Air (2008), and A Gentleman’s Dignity (2012). Kim Ha-neul was awarded the Best Actress Award in the Dae Jong Film Awards and the Blue Dragon Awards. She recently showed great depth as an actress staring in the TV drama On the Way to the Airport (2016) and film Misbehavior (2017) by Kim Taeyong.  ■ Major filmography of JANG Dong-gunLove Wind, Love Song (1998), Nowhere to Hide (1999), Anarchists (2000), Friend (2001), 2009 Lost Memories (2002), The Coast Guard (2002), Taegukgi - The Brotherhood of War (2003), Typhoon (2005), The Promise (2005), Good Morning President (2009), The Warrior’s Way (2010), My Way (2011), Dangerous Liaisons (2012), No Tears for the Dead (2014), V.I.P. (2017) ■ Major filmography of KIM Ha-neulBye June (1998), Ditto (2000), My Tutor Friend (2003), Ice Rain (2003), Too Beautiful to Lie (2004), Dead Friend (2004), Almost Love (2006), Lovers of Six Years (2007), My Girlfriend is an Agent (2009), Paradise (2009), Blind (2011), You’re My Pet (2011), Remember You (2014), Misbehavior (2017) 

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    [BIFF Press Release] The Late Film Director Suzuki Seijun is Selected as the Recipient of The Asian Filmmaker of the Y..

     The Late Film Director Suzuki Seijun is Selected as the Recipient of The Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival     Suzuki Seijun, an icon of unpredictable and experimental style is the recipient of The Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival Special Screening, ‘Suzuki Seijun: A Drifter Across the Borders’ will cover from his early works to later works   The 22nd Busan International Film Festival selected the late Japanese Master film director Suzuki Seijun for The Asian Filmmaker of the Year. A legend in Asian genre film, with his unpredictable and experimental style, the 22nd Busan International Film Festival awards The Asian Filmmaker of the Year to Suzuki Seijun to honor his cinematic legacy and contribution to Asian film industry.   Born in 1923 in Tokyo, Japan, Suzuki Seijun debuted as filmmaker with Cheers At the Harbor: Triumph In My Hands in 1956. He directed over 40 works until 1967, displaying an idiosyncratic cinematic approach that challenged the convention of genre film. Especially, paring pop visuals with yakuza hitmen, he has inspired many prominent filmmakers such as Wong Kar Wai, Quentin Tarantino and John Woo. Preeminent Korean filmmakers such as Park Chan-wook and Bong Joon Ho have been very vocal in praise. Despite failing health, he gave memorable moments to his fans with a sense of humor and keen mind at the 10th Busan International Film Festival in 2005. He died on February 13th, 2017 at the age of 93; fans around the world now mourn his loss.   The Asian Filmmaker of the Year will be given to Okada Yutaka, the representative of Argo Pictures who was one of the assistant directors and co-scenarists of Suzuki Seijun, during the opening ceremony of Busan International Film Festival, held on October 12th.   In celebration of Suzuki Seijun as the Asian Filmmaker of the Year, the 22nd Busan International Film Festival will screen his major works through Special Programs in Focus ‘Suzuki Seijun: A Drifter Across the Borders’ which showcases his cinematic world. Special Program in Focus will screen 7 major works of Suzuki Seijun including Gate Of Flesh (1964), which was controversial for the bold portrait of sex, Branded to Kill (1967), a masterpiece which brought conflict with the Nikkatsu Corporation, and major later works, Zigeunerweisen (1980) and Pistol Opera (2001). Audiences will be able to witness cinematic achievements that Suzuki Seijun has established as the innovative film maker across the Asian borders. Other additional events where the international cineastes such as film critics Yamane Sadao and Tony Rayns introducing Suzuki Seijun’s cinematic world to audience will be placed along with the screenings.     ■ SUZUKI Seijun l Director l Japan  Suzuki Seijun was born in Tokyo in 1923. He enrolled in the film department of the Kamakura Academy in 1946 and worked as an assistant director at several studios. Debuted as filmmaker with Cheers At the Harbor: Triumph In My Hands (Minato no kanpai: Shôri o waga te ni) in 1956, he directed over 40 works until 1967 and named as a significant figure in Japanese New Wave. He also. Suzuki’s yakuza thrillers and pop-art cinematic style influenced future filmmakers including Wong Kar Wei, Quentin Tarantino and John Woo. His representative works includes Gate of Flesh (1964), Tokyo Drifter (1966), Branded to Kill (1967), Zigeunerweisen (1980). Princess Raccoon (2005) was screened at the 10th Busan International Film Festival.     Special Programs in Focus ‘Suzuki Seijun: A Drifter Across the Borders’ Screenings   Pistol Opera Miyuki, the third-ranked assassin for The Assassins Guild, is asked to pull off a hit by the group's agent, but finds herself in a sticky situation when she learns who her targets are. With the subtitle “Killing with style,” the film shows the quintessential Seijun visual style.   Branded To Kill Hanada is a gun-for-hire listed as the No. 3 hit-man of the underworld. During a job worth five million, he successfully takes out two of his rivals, securing his slot as No. 2. But success as a contract killer comes at a high price. Seijun’s most highly praised masterpiece.   Gate Of Flesh In an impoverished and burnt out Tokyo ghetto of post-World War II Japan, Maya joins a band of prostitutes and learns the trade. Soon she falls in love with an ex-soldier who is shot nearby. Based on the same titled novel by Tamura Taijiro, the film is the first film of the “prostitution trilogy.”   Tokyo Drifter When his Yakuza gang is disbanded, Tetsu stays loyal to his boss but it’s not easy task for him. With a stunning choreographed action sequences and vibrant colors, Tokyo Drifter stands as one of the best-know masterpiece of Seijun along with Branded to Kill   Kagero-za Set in 1920s Taisho period, Kagero-za examines the inner workings of the human psyche. After a playwright Matsuzaki, meets Shinako (a mysterious beauty) he encounters another woman looking similar to her. Based on the same novel by Izumi Kyōka.   Yumeji Yumeji is a fictional account of Yumeji Takehisa, a painter and poet from the Taisho period. He gets involved with a beautiful widow to become a rival of her dead husband's ghost and the jealous lover who murdered him. The last film of the “Taisho trilogy.”   Zigeunerweisen The first film of “Taisho trilogy”, the film is based on a novel by Uchida Hyakken’s Disk of Sarasate. Following the journey of Aochi, a professor of German, the film shows Seijun’s aesthetic signatures blurring the boundaries of fantasy and reality.    

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    [BIFF Press Release] 22nd Busan International Film Festival Preview Room Guide

    22nd Busan International Film Festival Preview Room Guide     The 22nd Busan International Film Festival operates a Preview Room in Busan and Seoul offices that enables journalists to preview selected films in order to concentrate on various coverage during the festival. The Preview Room will be open from September 12th (Tue) to September 30th (Sat).   ■ Application - Reservation (First Come First Served) - Please apply preferred date/time, hours of use, company, name, and contact details (company, cell phone) via e-mail (preview@biff.kr) - You may refer to preview room list on our web site (http://press.biff.kr) which will be available after the Press Conference. (http://press.biff.kr à Press guide à ID: press PW: biff2017) * Preview room list will be uploaded at 16:00 on September 11th (Mon). * Please note that some films may not be available to preview by request of director and distribution company.   ■ Application deadline - One day prior to the desired date * Advance reservation is required - Please understand that the reservation process is to run all previews smoothly, in case applicants are concentrated at the same time. Therefore, previews cannot be guaranteed on your desired date and time without reservation. Also, please be on time to avoid waiting.   ■ Period - Sep 12th (Tue) ~ Sep 30th (Sat) (approx. 3 weeks, including weekends)   * Please use public transportation as parking is not available.   ■ Operation Hour - Seoul: Monday to Sunday, 10:00-18:00 - Busan: Monday to Sunday, 10:00-18:00 * Entrance available until 2 hours prior to the closing time (16:00)   ■ Venue - Seoul: Busan International Film Festival Seoul Office #1601, Garden Tower, 84, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul * 5 minutes by walking from Exit no. 4 of Anguk Station towards Changdeok Palace.     - Busan: BIFF HILL Library (2F), Busan Cinema Center 120, Suyeonggangbyeon-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan   ■ Contact - SONG Ayoung (Tel. +82 51-709-2184)

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    [BIFF Press Release] 22nd Busan International Film Festival Reveals the Actor & Actress of the Year Jurors, Kwon Hea-h..

     22nd Busan International Film Festival Reveals the Actor & Actress of the Year Jurors, Kwon Hea-hyo and Kim Ho-jung   The 22nd Busan International Film Festival introduces jurors for the Actor & Actress of the Year, the awards that illuminate new actors. Two great Korean actors performing actively in film and drama, Kwon Hea-hyo and Kim Ho-jung are assigned as jurors for this year and will focus on first-time actors in independent Korean films. Actor & Actress of the Year Award will be granted to one male and one female actor with outstanding performances in the independent Korean films among the New Currents and Korean Cinema Today Vision, and will be presented at the closing ceremony of the 22nd Busan International Film Festival.    Kwon Hea-hyo and Kim Ho-jung, discovering hidden talent!  The Busan International Film Festival has appointed a top-class Korean actor and actress as jurors for the Actor & Actress of the Year. Considering independent Korean films in the New Currents and Korean Cinema Today Vision, the jurors will select an actor and actress and grant the prize. Kim Ho-jung, a talented actress both on stage and screen, and Kwon Hea-hyo, a preeminent actor maintaining his career with the latest Vanishing Time: A boy who returned (2016) by Um Tae-hwa, and The Day After (2017) by Hong Sang-soo, will examine nominees and discover hidden talent in Korean cinema.   Actor & Actress of the Year Award was established in 2014 and has devoted to discovering and encouraging up-and-coming actors and actresses in independent films. Past recipients such as Choi Woo-shik in Set Me Free (2014) by Kim Tae-yong, Cho Soohyang in Wild Flowers (2014) by Park Sukyoung, Lee Ju-won in ALONE (2015) by Park Hong-min, and Jang Sun in Communication & Lies (2015) by Lee Seung-won, continue to build their careers in various platforms after winning the prize. The 2016 Winners Lee Min-ji and Gu Kyohwan in Jane (2016) by Cho Hyunhoon gained attention as rising actors and have consolidated the meaning of the award. Like previous year, the 22nd Busan International Film Festival will contribute to reveal up-and-coming actors and support their promising potential.    The jurors will directly award the Actor & Actress of the Year Award and a cash prize of 5,000,000 KRW at the closing ceremony on October 21st.    ■ Actor & Actress of the Year Awards Jurors  KWON Hea-hyo / Actor / Korea Kwon Hea-hyo started his career with the play The Good Woman of Setzuan in 1990. Kwon was a member of Hanyang Repertory and made his debut in cinema with Lee Jang-ho’s Myong-Ja Akiko Sonia (1992). He continued to build his career through Out to the World (1994) by Yeo Kyun-dong, Ghost Mamma (1996) by Han Ji-seung, Change (1997) by Lee Jin-seok, and Tie a Yellow Ribbon (1998) by Han Ji-seung. As a Korean renowned actor, he has performed actively in films, dramas, performances including his latest C'est si bon (2015) by Kim Hyun-seok, Yourself and Yours (2016) by Hong Sang-soo, Vanishing Time: A boy who returned (2016) by Um Tae-hwa, and The Day After (2017) by Hong Sang-soo.   KIM Ho-jung / Actress / Korea Kim Ho-jung began acting on stage and won the Best Rookie Actress at the Baeksang Arts Awards in 1995. She made her cinema debut with the Scent of Love (1999) by Kim Soo-yong, and with Moon Seung-wook’s The Butterfly (2001), she gained worldwide popularity and won the Bronze Leopard Award (Best Actress Award) at the Locarno International Film Festival. Kim has actively pursued her acting in films including her latest Madonna (2015) by Sin Su-won, Will You Be There? (2016) by Hong Ji-young and Fabricated City (2017) by Park Kwang-hyun. She received the Best Supporting Actress at the Baeksang Arts Awards and the Popularity Award at the Golden Cinema Film Festival in Korea with Im Kwon-taek's Revivre (2014). Kim Ho-jung continues to establish herself on stage and screen.    

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    [BIFF Press Release] 22nd Busan International Film Festival Establishes ‘Kim Jiseok Award’

     22nd Busan International Film Festival Establishes ‘Kim Jiseok Award’   The 22nd Busan International Film Festival newly establishes the ‘Kim Jiseok Award’. It is to remember and honor the late Kim Ji-seok who passed away this year after devoting his whole life to discovering young Asian directors and supporting the growth of Asian cinema.  Many Asian filmmakers call the late Kim Ji-seok, the Program Director of Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), as the heart of Asian Cinema, and of BIFF. He was always sharing his life with BIFF as a founding member. He also contributed over 20 years to supporting young filmmakers in Asia, and took an essential role to establish BIFF as one of the world’s best film festivals. To follow his spirit and remember the festival identity as the hub of Asian cinema, BIFF launches the ‘Kim Jiseok Award’  The aim of the award is to discover and encourage Asian films, the ‘Kim Jiseok Award’ will be selected among films screening in A Window on Asian Cinema, a section that introduces films from the year’s most talented Asian filmmakers. Approximately 10 World Premieres in A Window on Asian Cinema will be selected as nominees and the jury members will select the final two films as the first ‘Kim Jiseok Award’ recipients. Each film will be awarded a cash prize of 10,000 US dollars.  Jury members of ‘Kim Jiseok Award’ are Tony Rayns and Darcy Paquet, film critics who have a keen interest and contribute in the globalization of Asian cinema. Garin Nugroho, an acknowledged Indonesian director who has been invited to numerous renowned film festivals, will join the ‘Kim Jiseok Award’ jury as well. Three jurors will award outstanding films with distinct Asian characteristic.    ‘Kim Jiseok Award’ Jurors■ Tony RAYNS / Film Critic / United Kingdom Tony Rayns is a London-based filmmaker, critic and festival programmer with a special interest in the cinema of East Asia. As well as his writings  Sight & Sound, Cinema Scope, Film Comment, Artforum, Rayns has also written books on Korean, Chinese and Japanese cinema. His latest book about Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love and his film The Jang Sunwoo Variations, a documentary film about a Korean director Jang Sun-woo, show his constant affection toward East Asia cinema. From 1989 to 2016, he curated East Asian film selections for the Vancouver International Film Festival and coordinated the festival’s Dragons & Tigers Award competition for twenty years. Rayns was involved in launching the Busan International Film Festival in 1995 and 1996 and has kept his relationship with the festival as a festival advisor. He received the Kawakita Prize in 2004 as well as the Foreign Ministry of Japan’s Commendation in 2008, both for services to Japanese cinema.  ■ Darcy PAQUET / Film Critic / United States  Darcy Paquet is the founder of Koreanfilm.org, a site that introduces Korean cinema to other countries, and the author of New Korean Cinema: Breaking the Waves (2010). As a film critic, he teaches at the Busan Asian Film School and works as a program consultant for the Udine Far East Film Festival and the San Sebastian International Film Festival. In 2014, he co-launched the Wildflower Film Awards Korea that recognizes achievements in Korean independent filmmaking. In addition, he has worked on subtitle translations for films such as The Day After (2017), The Age of Shadows (2016) and The Handmaiden (2016). Originally from Massachusetts, he has been living in Seoul since 1997. ■ Garin NUGROHO / Director / IndonesiaGarin Nugroho was born in 1961 in Jogjakarta and graduated from the Jakarta Institute of the Arts. He started his career with his first feature Love in a Slice of Bread in 1991 and has directed numerous short films, documentaries and TV series. He gained the glory of winning the FIPRESCI Prize from the Berlin International Film Festival with ...And Moon Dances (1995). His film Leaf on a Pillow (1998) was invited to Un Certain Regard of the Cannes Film Festival and I Want To Kiss You Once (2002) was awarded the NETPAC Prize Special Mention from the Berlinale. He served as a juror at the Singapore International Film Festival, and at the 2004 Busan International Film Festival, a special program featuring Garin Nugroho and up-and-coming Indonesian directors was screened. Nugroho also received Légion d'Honneur Chevalier from France and Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia from Italy.   

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    [BIFF Press Release] 22nd Busan International Film Festival Announces 10 Official Selections for New Currents

     22nd Busan International Film Festival Announces 10 Official Selections for New Currents  BIFF introduces 10 official selections from up-and-coming Asian directors to compete in the New Currents section at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival. Over the past 21 years, the Busan International Film Festival’s New Currents has become a venue to foster promising Asian directors. Numerous young directors were introduced in the New Currents and have presented their names on the world stage to activate their careers. Like previous years, this year’s New Currents will screen world or international premiere films from up-and-coming directors. The 10 official selections from this year’s New Currents provide distinctive perspectives along with various themes found throughout East Asia to Southwest Asia.   New Movement in Greater China: Back to Long Tradition of Independent Films BIFF has nominated 4 films from Greater China for this year’s New Currents. In contrast to the previous and excessive commercialization of mainstream films, Chinese films have adopted a new way to maintain traditions in independent films. Somewhere Beyond the Mist by King Wai Cheung pictures conflict and discord between generations with dramatic incidents. It also attracts attention because it is a Hong Kong film selected for New Currents in 7 years. Other Chinese films are also invited; End of Summer by Zhou Quan depicts friendship between a boy who loves soccer and an old man who lives in his neighborhood, and One Night on the Wharf by Han Dong portrays a terrifying night that community members had to go through on an excursion. The Last Verse by a Taiwanese director Tseng Ying-Ting illustrates a lyrical drama that traces the transitions of a long-term couple experiencing modern times in Taiwan.   2 Projects Selected from Post-Production Fund in Asian Cinema Fund New Currents adds 2 selections from Post-Production Fund projects in the Asian Cinema Fund for new excitement this year. Ashwatthama by Pushpendra Singh, beautifully captures the anxiety and heart break of a motherless boy told in the limelight of Indian mythology, and Last Child by Shin Dongseok, Choi Mu-seong and Kim Yeo-jin act parents who have ambivalent feelings towards a child who has survived an accident, instead of their own son.    Great advance in Korean Cinema: 3 Films Selected among 10 SelectionsLast Child by Shin Dongseok, After My Death by Kim Uiseok and How to Breathe Underwater by Ko Hyunseok are pieces that convincingly tell tragedies in different ways. After My Death is a story about a dead girl and a surviving girl; after the suicide of one girl, a witch hunt follows to find the reason. How to Breathe Underwater shows the tragedies that befall two employees who work for the same company in one day.In addition, Blockage by Mohsen Gharaei traces the overwhelming chaos that happens to a vicious, despicable man who works as a street vendor control officer, Ajji by Devashish Makhija, shows a strong sense of drama by tracking a grandmother who seeks vengeance for a girl’s rape and other films that provide a refreshing jolt to audiences visiting the 22nd Busan International Film Festival.    ▣ 2017 New Currents Selections (Title in Alphabetical order)    

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    [BIFF Press Release] Special Program in Focus at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival,  ‘Sakha Cinema: World of..

     Special Program in Focus at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival, ‘Sakha Cinema: World of Magical Nature and Myth’     The 22nd Busan International Film Festival will hold a Special Program ‘Sakha Cinema: World of Magical Nature and Myth’ to spotlight the unexplored Sakha films for the first time. The special program embodies the spirit of the Busan International Film Festival which expanded the scope of Asian cinema over the last 20 years through ‘Mapping the Asian Cinema’ and discovering new Asian films.   Bearing the stamp of the Asian soul, ‘Sakha cinema’ presents its authentic charm Special Program in Focus introduces 7 feature-length films and 5 short films to embrace around 30 year-history of the contemporary Sakha cinema from 1990s to 2017, including Mother by Alexey Romanov, a pioneering work of Sakha cinema.   The Sakha Republic (also referred as Yakutia), located in far Eastern Russia, is a republic under the jurisdiction of the Russian Federation. With thousands years of Far East tradition blended with the Russian social system, Sakha has significant socio-cultural features.   This year’s special program focuses on Sakha cinema which develops an independent film industry and has exclusive cinematic style, regardless of its short history. Sakha cinema, combines regional legends and folk religions with contemporary values and film, shows authentic charm that is rarely found in other regional films. Sakha cinema is constantly drawing attention from the international society, experiencing growth with the active production of The National Film Company ‘Sakha Film’, a rapid wave of young and independent filmmakers in art-house film scene and success in commercial films in Yakutian. After Bonfire by Dmitri Davidov premiered in 2016 Busan International Film Festival, Sakha cinema has been presented in many international film festivals including Belinale and additional broadcasts outside of Russia.   With the attempt to across boundaries of diverse genre and style and the blending of tradition, nature, changes and freshness, Sakha cinema will provide a unique experience to cinephiles visiting the 22nd Busan International Film Festival. Other additional events, where directors and critics from the region will introduce films, will also be placed as part of the special program.   Special Programs in Focus ‘Sakha Cinema: World of Magical Nature and Myth’ Screenings   - Feature-length films Summer Homestead │ Anatoly VASILIEV A man returns to his village to buy an abandoned house, where he lived as a child. One night, he met the phantoms of his family members in his summer homestead. After a heart attack, he finds himself between this life and eternity. The Marvelous Time │ Nikita ARZHAKOV A story of marvelous time – youth, eternal spring in souls, emotional tumult, problems of growing up, love, friendship, and self-affirmation. The film’s characters are rural high school students in 1960s. A screen version of a classical Yakut novel of Soviet times. His Daughter │ Tatyana EVERSTOVA Little Tanya lives with her grandparents in a remote village in Yakutia. Tanya thinks that the world is beautiful, and always will be so. She doesn’t want anything to change, but changes are coming in her life as the season changes. 24 Snow │ Mikhail BARYNIN Sergey is a horse breeder, who spends the most part of the year in tundra, looking after his herd. Exhausting life in the North makes a man face one of the hardest questions: who is he? This documentary portrays a man who still leads a way of traditional lifestyle in the modern times. While There Is Wind │ Sergey POTAPOV An outcast hero Er Sogotokh kidnaps the daughter of a rich man. A squad of thugs led by her fiancé set out to save her. Meeting with Er Sogotokh changes the life of the beauty. Envy, betrayal, possessiveness are tightly tangled. Can love defeat death? Keskil 2: Rematch │ Dmitry SHADRIN,  Alexey EGOROV, Roman DOROFEYEV How to get the girl that you love, how to find a job, how to settle in a new place? A comedy about adventures of a naive simpleton named Keskil and his enterprising friend Vitka, which became a hit of Yakutian box-office. Outlaw │ Stepan BURNASHOV Three runaway prisoners hide in the winter taiga, leaving a bloody trace behind. Are all the fugitive ruthless criminals? Who will win the fight for life and escape at the peak of winter, when the temperature outside of a secluded hunting hut falls below 50 degrees?    - Short films Mappa │ Alexey ROMANOV A tragic story of love between a lone traveler and a beautiful girl, who turns out to be a ghost. Restless soul of the dead beauty cannot find peace in this world, and the girl asks her beloved one to bury her according to customs. Deliverance │ Gennady BAGYNANOV Two contrasting men – a mature hunter, keeper of traditional patriarchal values, and his guest, a recently baptized young Christian – collide because of a woman. Only a duel can decide their fate. The film is based on an old legend. Fisherman │ Vyacheslav SEMYONOV A cinematic parable about a lonely old Balyksyt, who has lived his entire life near a big lake. He treats the lake as if it was a living creature with a soul. Once Balyksyt saves a suicide, and brings the desperate man back to confidence. Wooden Horse │ Prokopy NOGOVITSYN A cinematic poem with a nostalgic view on childhood: dreams, happiness, and loneliness of a rural kid. Premonition │ Mikhail LUKACHEVSKY, Prokopy NOGOVITSYN A Sakha tradition of a boy and his grandfather embarking on a fishing trip turns into philosophical thoughts about life and death in this cinematically stunning fragmentation of physical and mental reality. * Still images are attached.

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    [BIFF Press Release] 22nd Busan International Film Festival Releases its Official Poster

     22nd Busan International Film Festival Releases its Official Poster    The official poster for the 22nd Busan International Film Festival is released. The official poster, that will lighten this year’s festival, is accomplished with the original artwork of Chung Sang-hwa, the master of Korean abstract and monochrome painting. Chung Sang-hwa is best known as the leader of Korean Modern Art in the 1970s.   Representative of Minimalism, Chung’s artwork features a moderation of formality and a philosophical insight to achieve essence. The monotonous blue patterns found in his work might be considered dull and similar; however, close investigation of the surface reveals an association of disparate colors and patterns. As a whole, the pattern provides a sense of great depth and unification. The blue monochromatic painting is reminiscent of beautiful oceans in Busan with an invigorating spirit that provides an impression of grandeur and magnificent energy. In general, the color of the poster provides dense white to blue parallels with the 22nd Busan International Film Festival that has grown in meaning to become a leading film festival in Asia. Reflecting the persistence and endurance of the festival against the wave of struggles over the past year, this year’s poster will light up the 22nd Busan International Film Festival.   With the release of the official poster, the Busan International Film festival is preparing to invite official titles, international guests and organize various events. The 22nd Busan International Film Festival will hold its opening on October 12, 2017.    ■ Artist: CHUNG Sang-hwa (1932-)  Chung Sang-hwa was born in Yeongdeok, Gyeongsangbuk-do, Korea in 1932 and graduated with a Fine Arts Degree (painting) from Seoul National University. He held his first exhibition in 1963 and studied in France for a year in 1967. Chung came across the diverse artwork of various painters while staying in Japan from 1969 to 1976. After his career in France (from 1979 to 1992), Chung returned to his homeland in 1992 and has devoted himself to studio work at Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do. Chung Sang-hwa had his major retrospective at the Musée d'art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Étienne Métropole in 2011 and his works are housed at museums such as Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Hirshhorn Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Korea, Seoul Museum of Art, Leeum (Samsung Museum of Art), Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.

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    [BIFF Press Release] 22nd Busan International Film Festival Announces the Korean Cinema Award Recipient: Christoph Ter..

    22nd Busan International Film Festival Announces the Korean Cinema Award Recipient: Christoph Terhechte, the head of Berlin International Film Festival’s Forum section    The 22nd Busan International Film Festival announced Christoph Terhechte as the recipient of this year’s Korean Cinema Award. The Korean Cinema Award is granted to a notable figure that has made significant contributions in promoting Korean cinema worldwide, and will be presented at the opening ceremony of the 22nd Busan International Film Festival.  Christoph Terhechte, a head of Berlin International Film Festival’s Forum, has constantly invited Korean films and contributed to the globalization of Korean cinema. Since he was assigned as a head of Berlin Forum in 2001, numerous films, including Take Care of My Cat by Jeong Jae-eun, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance by Park Chan-wook and A Tale of Two Sisters by Kim Jee-woon, have been invited to the Berlin International Film Festival and raised the status of Korean cinema.  Christoph Terhechte has maintained his focus on Korean up-and-coming directors and selected diverse Korean films over the past five years; 10 Minutes (2013) by Lee Yong-seung, Non-fiction Diary (2013) by Jung Yoon-suk, A Dream of Iron (2013) by Park Kyung Kun and End of Winter (2014) by Kim Daehwan. In 2017, he invited Autumn, Autumn by a rookie director Jang Woojin as well as Korean classic Aimless Bullet by Yu Hyun-mok and a restoration version of The Last Witness by Lee Doo Yong. Christoph Terhechte has consistently introduced Korean films from oldest to newest and played an essential role in making a wide range of Korean cinema available to global audiences and diverse film industries.    ■ Christoph TERHECHTEㅣHead of Berlin International Film Festival ForumㅣGermany  Christoph Terhechte was born in 1961, in the city of Münster, Germany. He studied political science and journalism at the University of Hamburg and started his career as a film journalist in 1984. After he worked as a writer of “taz”, a daily newspaper in Germany, Christoph moved to Paris, working as a freelance journalist. He also worked as a head editor in the film section at the Berlin city magazine “tip”. He promoted European cinema by working on the film selection and editorial work of the European Low Budget Film Forum in Hamburg. Christoph Terhechte has been a member of the selection committee of the Berlin International Film Festival Forum since 1997 and was appointed head of the Berlinale section in 2001. Working as a head of the International Forum of New Cinema of the Berlin International Film Festival, Christoph Terhechte has actively introduced Korean cinema to European audiences.  ■ Past Recipients of the Korean Cinema Award (Position held at the time of the award presentation)  21st Laurence HERSZBERG (Director-general of Forum des Images, France)   20th Wieland SPECK (Director of the Berlin International Film Festival Panorama, Germany)   19th Corinne SIEGRIST-OBOUSSIER (Director of Filmpodium, Switzerland)   18th Charles TESSON (Artistic Director of Cannes International Film Festival Critics’ Week, 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 Riccardo GELLI (Director of Korea Film Festival in Florence, Italy) Jeannette Paulson HERENIKO (President of Asia Pacific Film.com, Former Director of Hawaii International Film Festival, USA)   13th Richard PEÑA (Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, USA)   12th Sabrina BARACETTI (Festival President of Udine Far East Film Festival, Italy) Jean-François 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 of Japan, Japan)   10th Dieter KOSSLICK (Festival Director of Berlinale, Germany) Thierry FRÉMAUX (Artistic 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 Jacques Louis PATEL (Festival Director of Deauville Asian Film Festival, France)   6th Eva ZAORALOVÁ (Festival 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 VASUDEV (Editor-in-Chief of CINEMAYA, India) SATO Tadao (Festival Director of Fukuoka Film Festival, Japan)   1st Adriano APRÀ (Festival Director of Pesaro International Film Festival, Italy) Tony RAYNS (Film Critic, UK) Alain JALLADEAU (Festival Director of Festival des 3 Continents, France) Ulrich GREGOR (Director of International Forum, Berlinale, Germany) Larry KADISH (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)    

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    [BIFF Press Release] Asian Film Market 2017 announces 18 official selections of ‘Book To Film’ and ‘E-IP Pitching’

      Asian Film Market 2017 announces 18 official selections of ‘Book To Film’ and ‘E-IP Pitching’   The Asian Film Market 2017 finalized 18 official selections for the ‘Entertainment Intellectual Property Markets’ (E-IP Market) major events: ‘Book To Film’ and ‘E-IP Pitching’.  The E-IP Market is for contracting intellectual property rights suitable for all kinds of original IP rights. Rights dealt with in the E-IP Market include E-IP rights of traditional contents (films, books, and performances) as well as the E-IP rights of original works published on digital media platforms (web comics, web dramas, and web novels). The E-IP Market this year presents 18 selections – 9 projects for ‘Book To Film’ and 9 projects for ‘E-IP Pitching’. Project pitching for 18 selections will be held on Saturday, October 14 and a business meeting will be held Saturday, October 14 to Tuesday, October 17, 2017.     Book To Film: Increase in projects with novel setting and engrossing storyline - with continued strength in the thriller and mystery genre!  The 6th Book To Film event is a meeting place for publishers, directors, and producers who want to negotiate contracts for original property right content for film production.  Like in previous years, thriller and mystery genre projects remain remarkable. The Untouchables (Gozknock ENT) by Lee Jung Yuen, which has an interesting theme about a war against crime in the Joseon Dynasty and Time Exiles (INDIEPAPER) by Lim Juyoung, a story with a distinct setting of time immigration, were well received from the selection committee. Sad Tropic (CABINET (All That Story)) by Haewon gained attention with its fresh story, depicting a North Korean special agent engaged in a drug cartel war in Colombia. And Conditions of Murder (Dasan Books Co., Ltd.) by Cho Wan-sun is praised as a masterpiece by intertwining a series of murder incidents with the political situations of Korea. Cho Ye-eun’s SHIFT (KYOBO BOOK CENTRE) displays a unique theme about the ability to transfer pain with a tense storyline. The Drama and Romance genres contain Fairyland (Human & Books) by Lim Jung yeon portrays a standard married life with a sense of contemporary time and The Book of Consolation (EunHaeng Namu Publishing Co.) by Park Young traces a woman and a man who start to change after coming across at a mummy exhibition. Seo Seong ran’s Sseu-eong (SANZINI) elaborates on the psychology of an immigrant woman who is victimized in both aspects of labor and sex. Ganghwado (Nanam Publishing House), the first novel by Professor Song Ho-keun, draws attention by centering on the Japan - Korea Treaty of 1876 with historic facts and evidence.  ■ Book To Film 2017 Selections (Book Title in Alphabetical Order)   No. Book Title Publisher Author Genre 1 The Book of Consolation EunHaeng Namu Publishing Co. PARK Young Romance 2 Conditions of Murder Dasan Books Co., Ltd. CHO Wan-sun Mystery Thriller 3 Fairyland Human & Books LIM Jung yeon Romance 4 Ganghwado Nanam Publishing House SONG Ho-keun Historical Fiction 5 Sad Tropic CABINET (All That Story) Haewon Action Thriller 6 SHIFT KYOBO BOOK CENTRE CHO Ye-eun Mystery Thriller 7 Sseu-eong SANZINI SEO Seong ran Drama, Suspense, Society 8 Time Exiles INDIEPAPER LIM Juyoung Thriller, SF 9 The Untouchables Gozknock ENT LEE Jung Yuen Historical Thriller  ■ BOOK TO FILM 2017 Pitching - Date & Time: Oct. 14th (Sat), 10:30 - 12:00 - Location: Event Room, BEXCO Exhibition Center 2, 1st Floor - Interpretation will be provided in English.     E-IP Pitching: Great advance in web comics and web novels with high possibilities of story development.  E-IP Pitching is a place to introduce original content from web dramas, web novels, web comics and other stories adaptable across multiple media platforms to film, media and entertainment industry professionals. After intense and fierce competition, 9 projects were selected at this year’s E-IP Pitching.  The 3rd E-IP pitching this year was marked with a strong presence of web comics and web novels with brilliant themes and unpredictable plots, using flexible features from web platform. The 9 final selections are especially outstanding with their high potential for development into film, TV drama, mobile game and other multi-platforms. Madam Mystery (Wisdomhouse Media Group Inc.) by Lee Soo-A, was selected with unanimous consent from juries, and My Love Woongja (YJ Comics) by Yoon Mikyung, the writer of tvN drama Bride of The Water God, have raised expectation among juries by reinterpreting myths and legends into detective and romance genres. The Floating Man (PANORAMA Ent, Inc.) by Lee Bongsoo also stood out with its novel background and excellent storytelling method in each episode that illustrate a submerged world that emerges when the man wakes up. Daughter of the Emperor (D&C MEDIA) by RINO, which currently published in China, Japan, North America and East Asia, has also been acclaimed for its possibilities to develop into game.   ■ E-IP Pitching 2017 Selections (IP Title in Alphabetical Order)   No. IP Title Production Author IP Category 1 Daughter of the Emperor D&C MEDIA RINO Webtoon 2 Eunsoo Lezhin Entertainment Inc. Studio Sibo Webtoon 3 Evil Again BOOKCUBE NETWORKS SON Young wan Webtoon 4 The Floating Man PANORAMA Ent, Inc. LEE Bongsoo Webtoon 5 Into Time Ringers Communications Co., Ltd PARK Yunhu Web Novel 6 Item Toyou's Dream Minhyung / KIM Jun-seok Webtoon 7 Madam Mystery Wisdomhouse Media Group Inc. LEE Soo-A Web Novel 8 My Love Woongja YJ Comics YOON Mikyung Webtoon 9 The Story of Yeonhwa Dasan Books Co., Ltd. JEONG Jae han Web Novel   * Webtoon: a term used to describe Korean web comics published online  ■ E-IP PITCHING 2017 - Date & Time: Oct. 14th (Sat), 13:30 - 15:00 - Location: Event Room, BEXCO Exhibition Center 2, 1st Floor - Interpretation will be provided in English.

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