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  • 2017.08

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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.

  • 2017.08

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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.

  • 2017.08

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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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    [BIFF Press Release] Korean Cinema Retrospective: The Legendary Star, Shin Seong-il

      Korean Cinema Retrospective: The Legendary Star, Shin Seong-il     The 22nd Busan International Film Festival Korean Cinema Retrospective spotlights actor Shin Seong-il (1937 ~) who has a unique and legendary stardom in Korean film history. He started his career with Romantic Papa directed by Shin Sang-ok in 1960 and has now starred in over 500 movies. He started his career as a famous teenage star in 1960s and maintained his career until the 2000s, the achievements made in these years showcase his talent is a remarkable actor. Director Park Chan-wook said, “If there is Mifune Toshiro in Japan, Marcello Mastroianni in Italy, Gregory Peck in America and Alain Delon in France, we have Shin Seong-il. For all the times and places, never was there a country that both film industry and art are so dependent on one person. Without understanding Shin Seong-il, it is hard to get grasp of Korean film history nor Korean modern cultural history”.    Sadly, it has been revealed that he is now fighting lung cancer; however, he retains his chiseled look and well-built figure back. Numerous films such as The Barefooted Young (1964), Keep Silent When Leaving (1964), Dangerous Youth (1966), and A Burning Youth (1966) made him a major star. He also received more attention by becoming part of a famous star couple after marrying Um Aing-ran. In 1964, the same year they were married, the couple starred in 26 movies. After the marriage, in addition to Um Aing-ran, Shin Seong-il partnered with different top actresses like Kim Ji-mee, Yoon Jeong-hee, and Moon Hee. A total of 51 of his movies were screened on theaters in 1967, and it shows how popular he was. Shin became a national actor starring in movies made by renowned directors of the 60s such as Kim Kee-duk, Lee Man-hee, Kim Soo-yong, Chung Jin Woo, and Lee Seong-gu as well as built a solid career after the 70s. Movies such as Heavenly homecoming to stars (1974), Winter Woman (1977) and Gilsotteum (1985) confirmed his presence showing his appealing and diverse acting. He starred in Door to the Night in 2013 and tried to continue his career through new films; however, he is bravely fighting cancer now.    The Busan International Film Festival is going to screen his 8 major works through this year’s Korean Cinema Retrospective: The Barefooted Young, Early Rain, Mist, The General’s Mustache, Eunuch, A Day Off, Heavenly homecoming to stars, and Gilsotteum. The true colors of actor Shin Seong-il can be seen at this year’s Korean Cinema Retrospective.     * Korean Cinema Retrospective Screenings  The Barefooted Young (1964), Director KIM Kee-duk Early Rain (1966), Director CHUNG Jin Woo Mist (1967), Director KIM Soo-yong The General’s Mustache (1968), Director LEE Seong-gu Eunuch (1968), Director SHIN Sang-ok A Day Off (1968), Director LEE Man-hee Heavenly homecoming to stars (1974), Director LEE Jangho Gilsotteum (1985), Director IM Kwontaek

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    [BIFF Press Release] The 22nd Busan International Film Festival Announces the New Currents Jury

      The 22nd Busan International Film Festival Announces  the New Currents Jury     The 22nd Busan International Film Festival selected five jurors for the New Currents, a competitive section, that introduces the works of up-and-coming Asian directors. The New Currents section has been a place to meet young Asian directors’ films with broad genres and themes wrapped up with uniqueness and passion.       Oliver Stone, the world-master director, visits Busan as the head juror of New Currents 2017   Oliver Stone will serve as the head juror for BIFF’s New Currents this year. His film Platoon (1986), earned him Best Director at the Academy Awards, a Golden Globe and a Silver Bear from the Berlin International Film Festival. Another film Born on the Fourth of July (1989) also brought him the honor of winning Best Director at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes. Stone’s films have constantly examined modern history with critical insight and significant cultural impact. These films include Salvador (1986), deeply critical of the U.S. Government’s involvement in Central America; Wall Street (1987), an exposé of America’s new capitalism; W. (2008), a satirical view of former U.S. President, George W. Bush; Snowden (2016), a feature film that follows American whistleblower Edward Snowden. He recently produced documentaries on recent world historical events and political issues; Oliver Stone remains a preeminent and globally influential director. His attendance and role as chief juror will draw more attention to the winners of New Currents 2017.   In addition, Bahman Ghobadi – a world-famous director representing Iran, Agnès Godard – a preeminent cinematographer who has consistently built her career in France for 30 years, Lav Diaz – a multi-artist and an ideological father of the New Philippine Cinema, and Jang Sun-woo – a leader of New Wave in Korean films through A Short Love Affair (1990), A Petal (1996) and Lies (1999) showing his freewheeling style, are also commissioned as jurors for the New Currents at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival.     New Currents Jurors    ■ Oliver STONEㅣHead Juror     Director / USA  Oliver Stone, praised as one of the most significant world-directors, completed his undergraduate studies at New York University Film School and made his debut with Seizure (1974). His film Platoon (1986), won Best Director at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and a Silver Bear from the Berlin International Film Festival, and made Stone into a world-renowned director. Born on the Fourth of July (1989) gave him more glory in winning Best Director at Academy Awards and Golden Globes. Not only in directing, Stone also shows his talent in screenwriting through Midnight Express (1978) and Scarface (1983). His films have contributed to critical examinations of modern history with a passionate and keen cinematic perspective that extends into his latest Snowden (2016) and The Putin Interviews (2017).     ■ Bahman GHOBADI     Director / Iran  Bahman Ghobadi is regarded as a prominent Kurdish movie director. His first feature film, A Time for Drunken Horses (2000), which is the first Kurd film, was invited to the Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight and received a Golden Camera Award and FIPRESCI Award. His second feature was Marooned in Iraq (2002), which earned him the Gold Plaque from the Chicago International Film Festival. His third feature, Turtles Can Fly (2004), won the Glass Bear and Peace Film Award at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Golden Shell at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. Ghobadi’s Half Moon (2006) also won the Golden Shell at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. In 2009, his film No One Knows About Persian Cats won the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize Ex-aequo when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. His film includes Rhino Season (2012), Words with Gods (2014), and A Flag without a Country (2015).      ■ Agnès GODARD     Cinematographer / France  Agnès Godard began her career as a director of photography in 1990. Having graduated from the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques, Paris, she has collaborated with world-renowned directors like Claire Denis, Wim Wenders, Claude Berry, and Emmanuelle Bercot. For Beau travail (1999) by director Claire Denis, Godard received César Award for Best Photography and Best Cinematographer at National Society of Film Critics, USA. She is highly acclaimed as a photography director and won the Lumières Award and ADF Cinematography Award at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival with director Ursula Meier’s Home (2008). Her film includes The Dreamlife of Angels (1998), Friday Night (2002), The Golden Door (2006) and Bastards (2013). Bright Sunshine In, the opening film of Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2017, is a reunion with Claire Denis that proved her remarkable works.      ■ Lav DIAZ     Director / The Philippines   As well as a filmmaker from the Philippines, Lav Diaz works as cinematographer, editor, writer, producer, actor, poet, composer, and production designer. His films are notable for a constant and sophisticate approach to social and political struggles of his motherland. Diaz is known as a multi-artist as he is in charge of all of responsibilities needed for filmmaking.  Evolution of a Filipino Family (2005) gained attention for its lengthy running time up to eleven hours. Another film Melancholia (2008), a story about victims of summary executions, won the Orizzonti Grand Prize at the 65th Venice International Film Festival and From What Is Before (2014) gave him the Golden Leopard from the Locarno International Film Festival. In 2016, he received the Alfred Bauer Award at Berlin with A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery and also won the Golden Lion in Venice with The Woman Who Left. With two high-profile awards at the same year, Diaz named himself as the most acknowledged Filipino director.      ■ JANG Sun-woo     Director / Korea  Jang Sun-woo started to work in the field of film-making, working as an assistant director of the film directed by Lee Jang-ho. After then, he co-directed Seoul Emperor (1986) with Sunwoo Wan, making his debut as a film director. Through The Age of Success (1988) and A Short Love Affair (1990), he has emerged as the director of ‘New Wave of Korean film’. Hwa-Om-Kyung (1993) won the Alfred Bauer Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, A Petal (1996) being in competition at Asia-Pacific International Film Festival, and Timeless, Bottomless (1997) won the Asian Film Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival. He received international attention through his exceptional films that include To You from Me (1994), which was controversial for its preposterous sexual expression, Timeless, Bottomless (1997) and Resurrection of the Little Match Girl (2002) that show his freewheeling style.          

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    [BIFF Press Release] 28 Official Projects Selected for APM 2017

        20th Asian Project Market Selects 28 Official Projects: new projects from world-renowned directors and transnational co-production    The Asian Project Market (APM), the biggest investment and co-production market in Asia, announced 28 official projects for 2017. APM has been a stepping stone for directors and introduces various new projects to the industry from beyond Asia as well as provides opportunities for significant investments and co-productions. Over the past 19 years, a total of 499 projects have been selected with more than 220 of these projects realized into films through the Asian Project Market.   The number of 317 projects applied for APM 2017! A total of 28 projects from 17 countries have been selected as official projects for APM 2017. Applicants have to go through a fierce competition to reach the final because the number of projects that applied for APM has increased almost 25% over the previous year. Numerous projects were accepted from India (60) and Japan (35), which have firm footholds in filmmaking. However, even countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar were able to submit many well-organized projects and raise expectations for future projects despite a relatively small footing in film production. Considering the practicality of projects and discovering new projects, APM tries to evenly present various projects from around the world.   Transnational co-production being on the rise!  Active co-production between the East and the West features the Asian Project Market 2017. Min Bahadur Bham, a leading director of Nepalese indie films and Catherine Dussart, a famous French producer collaborated in the film A Year of Cold and created a synergy between an experienced producer with networking ability and a talented Asian director. Catherine Dussart has worked for a long time with director Rithy Panh, the winner of The Asian Filmmaker of the Year at the 2013 Busan International Film Festival. In addition, participation by Michael J. Werner (an American producer who has built his career in China) in the Hong Kong project SUK SUK, arouses great expectations.    New projects of world-renowned directors! It is remarkable to see new projects of world-famous directors in the Asian Project Market 2017. Director Yoon Gaeun, who was invited to the Berlin Film Festival's Generation competition, and director Oh Seung-uk, whose film The Shameless was invited to Un Certain Regard at Cannes Film Festival, will visit this year’s APM with their new projects Sora and GASOLINE. The new projects Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous by director Wissam Charaf whose first feature film was selected by ACID in Cannes and The Pass by director Siddiq Barmak, the winner of Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2004, can also be seen. This year’s APM will also be more animated with director Riri Riza and Nontawat Numbenchapol in attendance.  The APM 2017 presents these new projects for 3 days starting Sunday, October 15 to Tuesday, October 17 at the BEXCO Exhibition Center II.      * Asian Project Market 2017 Selection List (in alphabetical order)       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] Press Accreditation Guide to the 22nd Busan International Film Festival

    Press Accreditation Guide to the 22nd Busan International Film Festival    Press accreditation for the 22nd Busan International Film Festival is open from August 7 to September 15 (18:00, Korean Standard Time). On-site registration will be available starting from October 11 to October 21 with additional fees.  Information on applying for the Opening/Closing ceremony photo zone pass will be available soon.    ✔ 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 (the 2 types of Press badges cannot be jointly issued to one person)    ✔ Registration Due Date    General Registration On-Site Registration Period August 7th (Mon) ~ 18:00 (KST) September 15th (Fri), 2017 October 11th (Wed) ~ 21st (Sat), 2017 Fees NONE 50 USD  * All dates and times are based on Korean Standard Time (KST).    ✔ Badge Types  Type Press (General) Press (Technician) Opening/Closing Ceremony Photo Zone Pass Who Can Register 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. Technicians including photographers and camera operators, employed or outsourced by an authentic media. (ex. Camera assistants, Sound/Audio technicians, Lighting, and Editing staff) * Press (Technician) badge holders are eligible to apply for Opening/Closing Ceremony passes. - Access to the photo zone of Opening/Closing ceremonies (Does NOT grant access to screening of opening/closing films) - Access to Press Center on the day(s) of Opening/Closing ceremonies - Does NOT grant access to other events - Information on applying for the Pass will be available soon.    ✔ Press Badge Benefits  Type Available Tickets per day Access to Festival Venues Guest Package Press Center P&I Screening and Video Room Press Screening and Guest Visit Opening /Closing Ceremo-ny Photo Zone Access to the Asian Film Market Market Screening and Online Screening Market Shuttle Press 4 ● ● ● ● ●   ●     Press (Technician) 2 ● ● ●   ● ● ●        ✔ Who is Not Eligible?  - Administrative staff who do not work as reporters/correspondents (ex. accountants, secretaries, and drivers) - Administrative staff from outsourcing companies - One-person media    ✔ Notes  - Please submit the registration form no later than Friday, September 15, 18:00. - 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 Here  http://guest.biff.kr/participant/main_eng.asp?p_kind=P    ✔ Contact Information  Busan International Film Festival Press Accreditation Desk Tel: +82 51 709 2189/2190 Fax: +82 51 709 2299 E-mail: pressbadge@biff.kr    

  • 2017.08

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    [BIFF Press Release] Asian Film Academy 2017 Finalizes Participants

       Asian Film Academy 2017 Finalizes Participants and Launches New Workshop and Scholarship    The Asian Film Academy (AFA), the educational program for fostering young Asian filmmakers finalizes this year’s 24 participants.   Largest number of Applicants Ever! Young Filmmakers in Asia Focus on AFA 361 Asian filmmakers applied for this year's AFA and 24 participants are selected including a participant from Bhutan for the first time in AFA. Applicants represent numerous Asian countries, with increasing numbers from Afghanistan, Brunei, and Pakistan. Especially, the number of Nepali applicants escalated dramatically comparing to previous years. The 24 finalists will take part in AFA 2017 for 17 days, from October 6th to 22nd. Under the direction of Kore-eda Hirokazu, the dean of the 13th AFA, and mentors Boo Junfeng and Mahmoud Kalari, the selected fellows will participate in workshops, mentoring program, and other activities. The 24 fellows will also produce two short films during the period that will later be screened at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival.  Launching Scholarship and Pitching WorkshopOpportunities for Future Film Professionals to Participate in Industry Events!     ARRI, the world's leading manufacturer of professional motion picture equipment, will provide the ARRI Scholarship Award. ARRI joined AFA as sponsorship from last year and provided ALEXA Mini cameras for short film productions. As well as ALEXA cameras, this year ARRI will offer Scholarship to two fellows with an opportunity to visit the ARRI Main Office in Munich, Germany and to participate in the Training Program at ARRI. AFA 2017 collaborates with Motion Picture Association (MPA) and will launch the Pitching Workshop, "BRIDGE TO HOLLYWOOD". After pitching competition at the workshop, two winners 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).    * Asian Film Academy 2017 Participants        

  • 2017.07

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    [BIFF Press Release] Asia’s Biggest VR Cinema Events will be Held at Busan IFF 2017

    Asia’s Biggest VR Cinema Events will be Held at Busan IFF 2017 The 22nd Busan International Film Festival will host Asia’s biggest Virtual Reality (VR) cinema event.Many film festivals around the world, including Cannes Film Festival, are introducing films with VR technology and moving forwards to new future film developments. Yet, despite the strong interest in VR for the film industry, efforts have not led to notable results due to misunderstandings and inexperience.Busan International Film Festival concluded an agreement with Barunson Co., Ltd., a leading VR contents company in Korea, and will launch ‘VR CINEMA in BIFF’ in October. It is not a temporary event during the festival period, but represents a long-term project to support VR technology development.Kang Soo-youn, the Festival Director, mentioned that “Encounter between film and VR technology as well as a good opportunity to become a complementary attempt. It is important to think and find a method for how VR can help films reach a new level. It is a theme that the festival will consistently focus on.”Daniel Kang, C.E.O. of Barunson Co., Ltd., also commented that “VR is very suitable to combine culture contents. It is a highly valuable technology which can create new markets in diverse fields.” He announced to promote VR combining projects in various industries from now on.According to the agreement, Busan International Film Festival will open a VR CINEMA venue for ten days at the Busan Cinema Center from its opening on October 12. More than 30 VR films will be screened and a VR CINEMA conference will be held during the Asian Film Market. 

  • 2017.06

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    [BIFF Press Release] Asian Cinema Fund 2017 Selection Announced

    Asian Cinema Fund 2017 Selection Announced  – 16 Asian Projects, 7 Korean Projects Asian Cinema Fund (ACF), a well-known initiative to discover creative, talented Asian filmmakers and support their projects, announced its 2017 selection. ACF has selected 23 projects from among 342 submitted projects in three ACF categories: Script Development Fund, Post-Production Fund, and Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund.   ACF 2017 Script Development Fund(5 Asian projects, projects in alphabetical order)  Project Title Director Country The Fog Catchers Balaka GHOSH India I See Waves Abdullah Mohammad SAAD Bangladesh Magadir Sidi SALEH Indonesia The Postman Siddiq BARMAK Afghanistan A Year of Cold * Min Bahadur BHAM Nepal * AFA Project Assisting Asian filmmakers in the completion of their scripts, Script Development Fund selected five Asian projects from among 195 submissions. Indian projects have increased steadily over the last few years and have taken a large part of submissions. Projects dealing with issues such as social contradictions, class struggle and political conflict stood out. The selected projects will receive funding of 10,000,000 KRW for script development.  ACF 2017 Post-Production Fund(3 Asian projects and 3 Korean projects, projects in alphabetical order)  Category Project Title Director Country Asian Projects The Horse Voiced Pushpendra SINGH India Sea Serpent Joseph Israel LABAN Philippines Silent Mist ZHANG Miaoyan China, France Korean Projects February KIM Joonghyun South Korea A HAUNTING HITCHHIKE JEONG Heejae South Korea Last Child SHIN Dongseok South Korea  Based on realistic events, Asian projects highlighted the directors’ detailed descriptions and imagination. The three selected projects are Chinese project Silent Mist (Director ZHANG Miaoyan), a story about a serial rape case at canal town in Southern China, and Indian project The Horse Voiced (Director Pushpendra SINGH), a coming-of-age film with a mix of mythological imagination. Sea Serpent from Philippines (Director Joseph Israel LABAN) is also a coming-of-age film about a teenage girl waiting for her missing father. Korean projects showed unique individualities with dramatic tension in each story. February (Director KIM Joonghyun) is about a life of a woman living in dire circumstances, and A HAUNTING HITCHHIKE (Director JEONG Heejae) is a story of a girl looking for a ‘family’ who she can depend on. Last Child (Director SHIN Dongseok) unfolds a secret behind a boy’s death with a parent of the boy as main characters. All three projects will be world-premiered at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival. The projects will receive an in-kind post-production process in Korea. DI (Digital Intermediate), sound mixing, and Digital Cinema Package will be covered from quality Korean studios. Partner companies are Korean Film Council (KOFIC), CJ Powercast, Wavelab STD., Studio SH, Plus Gain, Pluto Sound Group and KUMTLE. Dexter Studios recently joined as a Post-Production Fund partner.  ACF 2017 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund(8 Asian projects and 4 Korean projects, projects in alphabetical order)  Category Project Title Director Country Asian Projects About Love Archana PHADKE India Comrade on the road WAN Fai Hong Kong (China) It Wasn't An Accident Soe Moe AUNG Myanmar i've got the blues Angie CHEN Hong Kong (China) Lady of the Harbour WANG Shen Netherlands, China A rifle and a bag Arya ROTHE India Sons of the Judge Reza HAERI Iran The Tree House TRUONG Minh Quy China, Singapore, Vietnam Korean Projects Eyebrows JUNG Yoonsuk South Korea Grey Tomb JANG Jinam South Korea Dear My Genius KOO Yunjoo South Korea Re-sound JEONG Il-geon South Korea  Celebrating its 12th edition, AND Fund has funded a total of 163 Asian documentaries. As well as completed 130 documentaries (as of February, 2017) and introduced the diverse culture and history of Asian nations through various film festivals and theaters.This year's Asian projects introduce diversely expanded topics and the selected themes of many newcomers. Korean projects deal with current issues and Korean society, such as problem of gifted education, protest songs and Korean contemporary history with the directors' fresh viewpoints and attempts.  BIFF Mecenat, Youngsan University and BNK Busan Bank have provided sponsorship in total of KRW 100,000,000 for the AND Fund. * AND Fund Asian Project Cash Grant- KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD 10,000, 2 projects): i've got the blues, The Tree House- KRW 5,000,000 (approx. USD 5,000, 6 projects): About Love, Comrade on the road, It Wasn't An Accident, Lady of the Harbour, A rifle and a bag, Sons of the Judge * AND Fund Korean Project Cash Grant- KRW 20,000,000 (approx. USD 20,000, 1 project): Eyebrows- KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD 10,000, 3 projects): Grey Tomb, Dear My Genius, Re-sound  

  • 2017.05

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    KIM Ji-seok, the Deputy Director of Busan International Film Festival, died at 57

    KIM Ji-seok, the Deputy Director of Busan International Film Festival, died at 57 Kim Ji-seok, the Deputy Director and the Executive Programmer of Busan International Film Festival, died at age 57 on Thursday evening, May 18th (French local time), following a heart attack during his attendance at Cannes Film Festival, France. Born in 1960, Kim was a founding member of Busan International Film Festival from 1996 and was currently the Deputy Director and the Executive Programmer of the Festival. In undying efforts, contribution and devotion in discovery of Asian films, Kim led Busan International Film Festival to be the center of Asian cinema and one of world-class film festivals.  Kim Ji-seok1960 Born in Busan, Korea1983 Graduated from Busan National University1990 M.A. in Film and Theater at Joong Ang University1996-2017 Working in Busan International Film Festival

  • 2017.05

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    [BIFF Press Release] Submission Open for Asian Project Market 2017 (until June 15th)

     Submission Open for Asian Project Market 2017 (until June 15th)Meet imaginative new projects at Busan International Film Festival  The Asian Project Market (APM) is opening its doors until June 15 for new projects looking for co-producers and investors. APM, originally launched in 1998 as the Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP), will now celebrate its 20th edition in October. A total of 499 official projects were selected from the last 19 editions, with many of them spotlighted throughout the globe. APM has flourished as the biggest investment and co-production market based on various networking events among film professionals visiting Busan. Strong interest for APM projects is also one of the reasons for the APM success. Each year, APM holds over 500 meetings with project representatives and the film industry gathered at Busan. Recent Korean projects supported by APM include films by acclaimed directors such as Snowpiercer by BONG Joon-ho (2013), The Berlin File by RYOO Seung-wan (2012), Seoul Station by YEON Sang-ho (2016) and Gyeongju by ZHANG Lu. Moreover, projects from directors around Asia, including Stray Dogs by TSAI Ming Liang (2013) and The President by Mohsen MAKHMALBAF (2014), have been highly praised at renowned film festivals. Another APM supported film, An by KAWASE Naomi (2015) was the opening film for Un Certain Regards at Cannes, 2015, and A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery by Lav DIAZ (2016) won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize at Berlinale, 2016. Recent APM selected works by young directors are outstanding. Davy CHOU's Diamond Island (2016) won the SACD Prize at Cannes last year. Indonesian film, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017) by Mouly SURYA is invited to the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes this year. My Happy Family (2017), by Nana EKVTIMISHVILI and Simon GROSS, has drawn attention after screenings at the Berlinale and Sundance Film Festival, 2017. APM will select about 30 creative projects from both new and well-known directors in Asia and around the world. Business meetings with investors and co-producers for selected projects will be arranged in October. Registration is available online at APM official website (http://apm.asianfilmmarket.org) until June 15th.  * Asian Project Market (APM) Accomplishments attached. 

  • 2017.03

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    [BIFF Press Release] Asian Film Academy (AFA) 2017 Announces Its Faculty Members

    Call for Applications to Asian Film Academy (AFA) 2017, and AFA 2017 Announces Its Faculty Members  Asian Film Academy (AFA), an educational program fostering young Asian talents, is proud to announce its dean and faculty for AFA 2017. Also AFA applications will be accepted through online, from March 20th to April 30th, 2017. Highly acclaimed director Kore-eda Hirokazu leads this year’s AFA as dean. Kore-eda’s film Distance was screened in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001, and it brings him international attention. With recent works, such as Nobody Knows, Like Father, Like Son, and Our Little Sister, he continued his visit to Busan International Film Festival as well as interacting with the audience around the world. As a dean of AFA this year, he will meet the future of Asian cinema and share his experience to up-and-coming filmmakers.Along with Kore-eda, Boo Junfeng and Mahmoud Kalari will join the faculty as Directing Mentor and Cinematography Mentor. Boo, who is a spotlighted young Singaporean director, is AFA alumni from 2005. His works including Sandcastle andApprentice were invited to various renowned film festivals. The world-renowned Iranian filmmaker Kalari has worked with masters of Iranian cinema, such as the late Abbas Kiarostami. He is one of the leading cinematographers in the world. AFA includes Workshop & Mentoring, Master Class, Special Lectures and Short Film Production programs. During AFA, selected fellows will be trained about filmmaking through these programs by appointed master faculty members.AFA will be held for 17 days, from October 6th to October 22nd.  Overview* Dates: October 6th (Fri) to 22nd (Sun), 2017 (17 days)* Application Deadline: April 30th (Sun), 2017* Acceptance Announcement: July 17th (Mon), 2017* Application Process: Please visit the website (http://afa.biff.kr)* Contact: afa@biff.kr / +82-51-709-2231* Host: Busan International Film Festival, Busan Film Commission  Faculty ProfileDean: KORE-EDA Hirokazu / Director / JapanBorn in Tokyo, Kore-eda Hirokazu graduated from Waseda University and had intended on a career as an author before going into documentary television and later filmmaking. Through the works, he shows his deep consideration about relations among individuals, and family members. One of his recent works about family relations, Like Father, Like Son (2013) won Jury Prize at the 66th Cannes Film Festival and he once again received international acclaim on his focus and style. Lately, Kore-eda has produced films for young Japanese directors, and expands his role as a modern master. His filmography as director includes Maborosi (1995), After Life (1998), Nobody Knows (2004), Still Walking (2008), Like Father, Like Son (2013) and Our Little Sister (2015). Directing Mentor: BOO Junfeng / Director / SingaporeSingapore native Boo Junfeng studied cinema at home and in Spain and he has been hailed as among Singapore’s brightest directors. He was the first recipient of Lasalle College of the Arts’ valedictorian honor, the McNally Award for Excellence in the Arts. His short films won several awards at the Singapore International Film Festival since 2005. His feature debut Sandcastle (2010) was invited to Semaine de la Critique at the Cannes Film Festival and also to A Window on Asian Cinema at Busan. His second feature Apprentice (2016) was invited to Un Certain Regard at the Cannes as well. Cinematography Mentor: Mahmoud KALARI / Cinematographer / IranMahmoud Kalari began his work as a photographer for an Iranian newspaper after graduating from high school. He had his first experience as a cinematographer with Frosty Roads (1985). His long career includes collaboration with major Iranian filmmakers like Kiarostami, Makhmalbaf, Mehrjui, Panahi, Farhadi and many others. Kalari also enjoys international recognition and has received many awards as the Festival of the Art of Cinematography, Camerimage. In 1997, he directed his first movie The Cloud and the Rising Sun, and it won the Golden Ombu for the best movie at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival in Argentina in 1998.  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.

  • 2017.01

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    [BIFF Press Release] Dates confirmed for the 22nd Busan International Film Festival

      Dates confirmed for the 22nd Busan International Film Festival     Busan International Film Festival has been confirmed the dates for its 22nd edition. It will be held from October 12th to October 21st with various programs and special events.      FESTIVAL DATES22nd Busan International Film Festival: October 12th - 21st, 2017 Asian Film Market 2017: October 14th – 17th, 2017                                                 

  • 2016.10

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    [2016 BIFF Press Release] 21st Busan International Film Festival Final Report

     I. Overview 1. Summary -      Period: Oct 6 (Thu) ~ 15 (Sat) -      299 films from 69 countries (302 films from 75 countries in 2015) -      Screening Venue: 34 screens at 5 theaters (Market and unofficial screenings excluded) ü  LOTTE CINEMA Centum City, CGV Centum City, Busan Cinema Center, Sohyang Theater Centum City, MEGABOX Haeundae    2. Total Attendance: 165,149  3. World & International Premieres -       94 World Premieres / 30 International Premieres 4. Asian Film Market -      Market Badge: 1,381 participants and 742 companies from 47 countries -      Sales Booths: 62 sales booths from 157 companies of 24 countries -       Market Screening: 68 screenings of 63 films from 13 countries and 42 companies (50 Market Premieres) -      The number of Sales Booth was maintained at the same level as last year, participants have slightly increased, and new buyers have grown, despite the occurrence of various changes including the decrease in the overall market budget, the separate opening of BIFCOM  -      Like last year, the Asian Film Market has been finalized with the accomplishment of successive on-site contracts in E-IP market and has grown to become a total entertainment market that comprises diverse industries; webtoons, web novels and literary publishers; as well as foreign sales companies and national agencies from various Asian countries.   5. Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) - Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) 2016 – Funding Summary ü  Script Development Fund: 5 projects ü  Post-Production Fund: 5 projects ü  Documentary AND Fund: 12 projects -ACF Supported Films Screened at the 21st Busan International Film Festival: 8 Feature films and 8 Documentaries    6. Asian Film Academy (AFA) -      Short Film Production / Screening ü  Hello, Uncle! l HD l 20min l Color ü  Cichlid l HD l 15min l Color -      Workshop, Mentoring, and Special Lecture -      AFA hosted the 1st AFA Network where 60 attendees including AFA alumni, who visited 21st BIFF with their films and AFA 2016 fellows gathered to communicate.    II. Accomplishments 1. Confirming solidity among global cineastes Many cineastes across the globe have supported the persistent struggle to secure the independence of the Busan International Film Festival. Their physical presence at the Festival has further strengthened the support and solidity for BIFF. This demonstrated that freedom of speech and the independence of the Festival are the foundation for the Festival, and a value that cannot be compromised on.   2. Steady, yet more to go The Festival did not manage to induce absolute support from the Korean film industry; however, it definitely has given its very best to hold a competent and meaningful Festival despite barriers and time constraints. It is worth noting that this year’s Festival is the first festival that was held under the system of a private chairmanship. Content-wise, this system helped us focus on new films and directors, allowing us to look back at the discovery and introduction of Asian directors, which are an important identity and core value of the Festival.     3. Reconfirming the audience’s love and significance The typhoon and earthquake, as well as hardships that the Festival has faced over the last few years have definitely influenced the atmosphere, vibrancy, and audience participation rate. However, witnessing that they still attend the Festival, we were able to reconfirm that the audience is the true owner and foundation of BIFF. The Festival will reciprocate back with substantial programs and improvements in service for audiences.    4. Securing new growth power by strengthening the growth and internal stability of the Asian Film Market and E-IP market.  The Asian Film Market has, once again, proved that it is a durable and stable platform with the extension of sales booths into various fields, a series of completed contracts for E-IP, and high satisfaction by participants. This year’s market was assessed as one that manifested its potential to rise as a future hub for sales businesses and E-IP.         III. Awards   1. New Currents Award Winner: The Knife in the clear water / WANG Xuebo (China) Winner: The Donor / ZANG Qiwu (China)  Special Mention: Parting / Navid MAHMOUDI (Afghanistan)  * New Currents Award Jury- Head Juror: Souleymane CISSÉ (Director / Mali)- Jury Members: Guneet MONGA (Producer / India)Bero BEYER (International Film Festival Rotterdam Festival Director)ZHANG Lu (Director / China)Mahmoud KALARI (Director / Iran)   2. BIFF Mecenat Award Winner (Korean): Neighborhood / SUNG Seungtaek (Korean) Winner (Asia): The Crescent Rising / Sheron DAYOC (Philippines)   *BIFF Mecenat Award Jury - Jurors: WU Yii Feng (Director, Producer / Taiwan)Alrberto LASTRUCCI (Director of the Festival dei Popoli / Italy)CHO Young-Jung (Film History Researcher / Korea)  3. Sonje Award Winner (Korea): Viewer / KIM Soyoun (Korea) Winner (Asia): Off-season / Yelzat ESKENDIR (Kazakhstan) Special Mention: The Doomed Way / GUO Sanpi (China)  *BIFF Sonje Award Jury - Jurors: Mostofa Sarwar FAROOKI (Director / Bangladesh)Bernhard KARL (Munich Film Festival Programmer / Germany)NAM Da Eun (Film critic / Korea)    4. Actor and Actress of the Year Awards Actor of the Year: Jane / GU Gyohwan (Korea) Actress of the Year: Jane / LEE Minji (Korea)    *Actor & Actress of  the Year Award Jury-Jurors: KIM Uiseong (Actor / Korea)CHO Min-su (Actress / Korea)   5. KNN Award Winner: In Between Seasons / LEE Dong-eun (Korea)   6. Busan Bank Award Winner: Night of a 1000 Hours / Virgil WIDRICH (Germany)    7. Citizen Critics’ Award Winner: Jamsil / LEE Wanmin (Korea)   8. Vision Director Award Winner 1: Autumn, Autumn / JANG Woojin (Korea) Winner 2: Hyeon’s Quartet / AHN Seonkyoung (Korea)   9. Daemyung Culture Wave Award Winner: Yongsoon / SHIN Joon (Korea)   10. CGV Art House Award Winner: Jane / CHO Hyunhoon (Korea)   11. Busan Cinephile Award Winner: The Apology / Tiffany HSIUNG (Canada)   12. NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Award Winner: Merry Christmas Mr. Mo / LIM Dae Hyung (Korea)    * NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Award JuryJurors : Golam Rabany BIPLOB (Director, Festival Consultant / Bangladesh)Edvinas PUKSTA (Programmer of Vilnius International Film Festival / Lithuania)KIM Hyeon su (Representative of Cinema-people-theque Corner Theater / Korea)  13.FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique) Award Winner: White Ant / CHU Hsien-Che (Taiwan)   *FIPRESCI Award Jury-Jurors : Engin ERTAN (Film Critic / Turkey)Manoj BARPUJARI (Film Critic / India)CHANG Seok Yong (Film Critic / Korea)  14. Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award Winner: Abbas Kiarostami (Director / Iran)   15. Korean Cinema Award Winner: Laurence HERSZBERG (Director general of Forum des Images / France)    IV. Summary of Asian Film Market 2016 ü  Market Badge: 1,381 participants and 742 companies from 47 countries ü  Sales Booths: 62 sales booths from 157 companies of 24 countries ü  Market Screening: 68 screenings of 63 films from 13 countries and 42 companies (50 Market Premieres) ü  Online Screening: 214 films (172 official selections of Busan International Film Festival Included)    Asian Project Market (APM) -       A total of 27 projects.   APM Award Winners -       Busan Award: Love and Vengeance by Edwin (Indonesia)  -       Bright East Films Award: The Chrysanthemum and the Guillotine by ZEZE Takahisa (Japan) -       CJ Entertainment Award: White Building by NEANG Kavich (Cambodia, France) -       LOTTE Award: Undefined / SEO Eunyoung (Korea) -       KOCCA Award: The French Woman / KIM Hee-Jung (Korea) -       ARTE International Prize: White Building / NEANG Kavich (Cambodia, France)  -       MONEFF Award: The Cold-blooded Penguin / JANG Kunjae (Korea)        E-IP Market 2016 Award Winners [Title by author / Publisher or Production company] -       NEW CREATOR Award (Book To Film): The Lawyer who sues Chosun Dynasty by CHUNG Myung Seob / EunHaeng Namu Publishing Co. -       NEW CREATOR Award (E-IP Pitching): Sprinter: Underworld by AN Jongjun / All That Story  V. Summary of Asian Cinema Fund (ACF)  1. Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) 2016 – Funding Summary - Script Development Fund: 5 Projects (4 from Asia, 1 from AFA Project), 10,000,000 KRW each - Post-Production Fund: 5 Projects (1 from Asia, 3 from Korea, 1 from Biennale College-Cinema), In-Kind Support - Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund: 12 Projects (8 from Asia): 2 projects will each receive 10,000,000 KRW, 6 projects will each receive 5,000,000 KRW  (4 from Korea): 1 project will receive 20,000,000 KRW, 3 projects will each receive 10,000,000 KRW  *Distribution Support Fund provides domestic distribution support for 1 Korean Documentary screened at the Busan International Film Festival: Burmese on the Roof by Oh Hyunjin and Ko Duhyun.  - AND Program: Oct 10th (Mon) ~ 13th (Thu) ①   Special Lecture from Mori Tatsuya (Director of documentary Fake)  ②   ‘AND Taskovski Films Asian Talent Fund Award’ selection: They Are One Hundred Years Old by Dukar Tserang  2. Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) Expansion and Accomplishments - New partner for Post-Production Fund Sound mixing company <Pluto Sound Group> newly partnered with ACF Post-Production Fund. - Continues MOU with Venice Film Festival Biennale College-Cinema  Hotel Salvation by Shubhashish Bhutiani has received funding from MOU with 2016 Venice Film Festival Biennale College-Cinema.  - Incubating Fund project funding and output  ACF 2014 Script Development Fund project Diamond Island by Davy Chou has been received SACD prize at Cannes Film Festival 2016 and Grand Prix Award at Cabourg Film Festival. The film was screened at Munich International Documentary Film Festival and 21st Busan Film Festival in A Window on Asian Cinema section.   3. ACF Supported Films Screened at the 21st Busan International Film Festival   8 Feature films (5 from Asia, 3 from Korea) 8 Documentaries (6 from Asia, 2 from Korea)    * Diamond Island l A Window on Asian Cinema l Davy CHOU 2014 ACF Incubating Fund  * Apprentice l A Window on Asian Cinema l BOO junfeng 2012 ACF Incubating Fund * The Road to Mandalay l A Window on Asian Cinema l Midi Z 2012 ACF Incubating Fund *Hotel Salvation l A Window on Asian Cinema l Shubhashish BHUTIANI 2015 ACF Post-Production Fund * Honeygiver Among the Dogs l A Window on Asian Cinema l Dechen RODER 2016 ACF Post-Production Fund * An Insignificant Man l Wide Angle – Documentary Showcase l Khushboo RANKA, Vinay SHUKLA  2014 AND Dongseo Asia Fund * In Exile l Wide Angle – Documentary Showcase l Tin Win NAING 2015 AND Busan Bank Fund * The Cinema Travellers l Wide Angle – Documentary Showcase l Shirley ABRAHAM, Amit MADHESHIYA  2014 AND Busan Bank Fund * Absent Without Leave l Wide Angle – Documentary Competition l LAU Kek-Huat, CHEN Jing-Lian 2015 Dongseo Asia Fund * Sunday Beauty Queen l Wide Angle – Documentary Competition l Baby Ruth VILLARAMA  2016 AND BIFF Mecenat Fund * Railways Sleepers l Wide Angle – Documentary Competition l Sompot CHIDGASORNPONGSE 2016 AND BIFF Mecenat Fund * SUN l Wide Angle – Documentary Competition l WON Hoyeon 2016 AND BIFF Mecenat Fund * Burmese on the Roof l Wide Angle – Documentary Competition l OH Hyunjin, KO Duhyun 2016 AND BIFF Mecenat Fund * Merry Christmas Mr. Mo l New Currents l LIM Dae Hyung 2016 ACF Post-Production Fund *Jane l Korean Cinema Today - Vision l CHO Hyunhoon 2016 ACF Post-Production Fund * LOST TO SHAME l Korean Cinema Today - Vision l NAM Yeon-woo 2016 ACF Post-Production Fund  VI. Summary of Asian Film Academy (AFA)   1.     Period: September 29th (Thu) ~ October 16th (Sun), 2016 (18 days) 2.     Venue: Busan Cinema Center, Dongseo University Centum Campus, ARPINA Youth Hostel, Busan Asian Film School and etc. 3.     Participant: 100 people (24 fellows from 16 countries, 5 TAs, 12 interns, 13 faculty members, 46 staffs etc.) 4.     Faculty Members - Dean: TSAI Ming Liang (Taiwan) - Directing Mentor: Vimukthi JAYASUNDARA (Sli Lanka) - Cinematography Mentor: Bogumil GODFREJOW (Poland) 5.     Programs ①    Short Film Production and Screening - Hello, Uncle! l HD l 20min l Color - Cichlid l HD l 15min l Color ②    Workshop and Mentoring (Directing, Cinematography, Production Design, Sound mixing, Editing) ③   7 Special Lectures: Production Design (Kim Heesoo), Editing (Choi Min-yeong), Cinematography lecture with Blackmagic Camera (Kim Youngcheol), Directing(Tsai Ming Liang), Cinematography lecture with ARRI Camera(Bill Bennett), Co-production (Isabelle Glachant), DI(Oh Byung-geol) ④   3 film screening: Autumn Days by Tsai Ming Liang, The Forsaken Land by Vimukthi Jayasundara, Modris by Bogumil Godfrejow.  ⑤    1 AFA Network : 60 attendees  6. Scholarships ①    2 fellows will be awarded with 5,000,000 KRW each by Dongseo University -      Awardee: CHENG Thim Kian (Malaysia) -      Awardee: Maaria SAYED (India) ②    2 cinematography fellows will be awarded with a LED lighting each from DMLite Inc. and Lumos -      Awardee: LEE Doohee (Korea) -      Awardee: Verapath PAKAYANGKUL (Thailand) ③    2 fellows will be awarded scholarships for New York Film Academy’s 4 week Filmmaking Workshop in New York and Beijing -      Awardee: Eldar SHIBANOV (Kazakhstan)  -      Awardee: Rachel LIEW (Singapore)    VII. 21st Busan International Film Festival’s Accredited Visitor For total 5,759 Domestic Guests 2,640 Foreign Guests 677 Cinephiles 1,061 Asian Film Market 1,381 *Excluding press      

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    21st Busan International Film Festival Closing Ceremony Awards List

    < 21st Busan International Film Festival Closing Ceremony Awards List > l Award Winners ■New Currents AwardWinner 1: Director: ZANG Qiwu (China)Winner 2: < Knife in the Clear Water >Director: WANG Xuebo (China)  ■Sonje AwardWinner 1: < Viewer >Director: KIM Soyoun (Korea)Winner 2: Director: Yelzat ESKENDIR (Kazakhstan)  ■ Biff Mecenat AwardWinner 1:  Director: SUNG Seungtaek (Korea)Winner 2: Director: Sheron DAYOC (Philippines) ■ Actor & Actress of the YearWinner 1: Actor: GU Kyohwan (Korea)Winner 2: Actress: LEE Min-ji (Korea) ■ KNN AwardWinner: Director: LEE Dong-eun (Korea)■ Busan Bank AwardWinner: Director: Virgil WIDRICH (Luxembourg/Austria/Netherlands)l Award New Currents AwardThe Busan International Film Festival New Currents Award is given to the two best feature films selected from the first or second works of new Asian directors introduced in the New Currents section (a competitive section of BIFF for Asian films). A grand prize of 30,000 USD is awarded to each film. The jury consists of world-renowned film experts who will choose winners to discover and encourage the hidden jewels of Asian cinema.Sonje AwardThis award is granted to the best Korean and Asian short films in the Wide Angle Competition section. Winners are granted 10,000,000 KRW (approx. 10,000 USD) each with the purpose of assisting in their next production.Biff Mecenat AwardThis award is granted to the best Korean and Asian documentary pictures in the Wide Angle Competition section. Winners are granted 10,000,000 KRW (approx. 10,000 USD) each with the purpose of assisting in their next production.Actor & Actress of the YearActor & Actress of the Year is the award to focus on first-time actors in the independent Korean films among the New Currents and Korean Cinema Today Vision. The top-class Korean actor and actress select one actor and one actress with outstanding performance. The winners will be awarded at the closing ceremony with cash prize of 5,000,000 KRW (approx. 5,000 USD) each.KNN AwardThis award is given to the film that gained most acclaim from festival audiences, among the films introduced in the New Currents section. The award is granted by the KNN foundation and its winner is awarded 20,000 USD.Busan Bank AwardThis award is given to the film that is most highly rated by festival audiences. Approximately 10 films from the Flash Forward section are selected beforehand to participate in this competition. A total of 20,000 USD is granted by the BNK Busan Bank. 10,000 USD is awarded to the director and the other half is used to support the distribution of the film in Korea. BIFF character, Pine Tree sign, will be marked next to the eligible candidates.

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    21st Busan International Film Festival Vision Awards List

    < 21st Busan International Film Festival "Vision Awards" List >l Award Winners■Vision Director’s AwardWinner 1:Director: JANG Woojin (Korea)Winner 2: Director: AHN Seonkyoung (Korea)■Citizen Critics’ AwardWinner: Director: LEE Wanmin (Korea)■CGV Art-house AwardWinner:Director: CHO Hyunhoon (Korea)■Daemyung Culture Wave AwardWinner: Director: SHIN Joon (Korea)■FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique) AwardWinner: Director: CHU Hsien-Che (Taiwan)■NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asia Cinema) AwardWinner: Director: LIM Dae Hyung (Korea)■Busan Cinephile AwardWinner: Director: Tiffany HSIUNG (Canada)l AwardVision-Director’s AwardVision-Director Award goes to two most outstanding Korean films from Korean Cinema Today-Vision section with grant of KRW 5,000,000(approx. USD 5,000) for each winner, which is sponsored by MEGABOX, Inc..Citizen Critics’ AwardCitizen critics from the Busan Cinematheque choose the best film from those screened in the Korean Cinema Today Vision section and its director is granted the award. The winner is awarded 10,000,000 KRW (approx. 10,000 USD) with the purpose of assisting in their next production.CGV Art-house AwardThis award was newly created in 2011 in collaboration with CJ CGV Art-house to shed new light on the Korean Cinema Today Vision section. The award aims to provide independent films, indie films, new films, and low budget films with distribution and screening opportunities.Daemyung Culture Wave AwardCo-sponsored by Daemyung Holdings to expand the distribution opportunity of the Korean independent films, it is established to award a Korean film from the Korean Cinema Today Vision and New Currents sections with prize of 20,000,000 KRW (approx. 20,000 USD) and distribution support.FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique) AwardThe FIPRESCI Award (Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics) is awarded to well-made works that reflect its experimental and progressive spirit, among those presented in the New Currents section.NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asia Cinema) Award This award is given to the year’s best Korean film from either the New Currents or the Korean Cinema Today Vision section. NETPAC is an international organization founded in 1990 devoted to the expansion of Asian film distribution and screening.Busan Cinephile AwardThis award is given to the best world documentary film presented in the Wide Angle Documentary Showcase. The winner is awarded 5,000,000KRW (approx. 5,000 USD). The jury consists of college students, including 70 students from the cinema-related departments of 7 universities in Busan region.

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    21st Busan International Film Festival ‘Vision Awards’ Announcement

    < 21st Busan International Film Festival ‘Vision Awards’ Announcement > l Award Winners ■Vision-Director’s AwardWinner 1: <Autumn, Autumn>Director: JANG Woojin (Korea)Winner 2: <Hyeon’s Quartet>Director: AHN Seonkyoung (Korea)  ■Citizen Critics’ AwardWinner: <Jamsil>Director: LEE Wanmin (Korea)  ■CGV Art-house AwardWinner: <Jane>Director: CHO Hyunhoon (Korea)  ■Daemyung Culture Wave AwardWinner: <Yongsoon>Director: SHIN Joon (Korea)  ■FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique) AwardWinner: <White Ant>Director: CHU Hsien-Che (Taiwan)  ■NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asia Cinema) AwardWinner: <Merry Christmas Mr. Mo>Director: LIM Dae Hyung (Korea)  ■Busan Cinephile AwardWinner: <The Apology>Director: Tiffany HSIUNG (Canada)l Award Vision-Director's AwardVision-Director Award goes to two most outstanding Korean films from Korean Cinema Today-Vision section with grant of KRW 5,000,000(approx. USD 5,000) for each winner, which is sponsored by MEGABOX, Inc..  Citizen Critics’ AwardCitizen critics from the Busan Cinematheque choose the best film from those screened in the Korean Cinema Today Vision section and its director is granted the award. The winner is awarded 10,000,000 KRW (approx. 10,000 USD) with the purpose of assisting in their next production.  CGV Art-house AwardThis award was newly created in 2011 in collaboration with CJ CGV Art-house to shed new light on the Korean Cinema Today Vision section. The award aims to provide independent films, indie films, new films, and low budget films with distribution and screening opportunities.  Daemyung Culture Wave AwardCo-sponsored by Daemyung Holdings to expand the distribution opportunity of the Korean independent films, it is established to award a Korean film from the Korean Cinema Today Vision and New Currents sections with prize of 20,000,000 KRW (approx. 20,000 USD) and distribution support.  FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique) AwardThe FIPRESCI Award (Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics) is awarded to well-made works that reflect its experimental and progressive spirit, among those presented in the New Currents section.  NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asia Cinema) AwardThis award is given to the year’s best Korean film from either the New Currents or the Korean Cinema Today Vision section. NETPAC is an international organization founded in 1990 devoted to the expansion of Asian film distribution and screening.  Busan Cinephile AwardThis award is given to the best world documentary film presented in the Wide Angle Documentary Showcase. The winner is awarded 5,000,000KRW (approx. 5,000 USD). The jury consists of college students, including 70 students from the cinema-related departments of 7 universities in Busan region.

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