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  • 2016.09

    05

    [2016 BIFF Press Release] 'Award for Actor and Actress of the Year' Jury Announced

    The 21st Busan International Film Festival ‘Award for Actor and Actress of the Year’ Actor Kim Ui-Seong and Actress Jo Min-Soo are commissioned as the Judging Panels This year, actress Jo Min-Soo (who has achieved notable distinction for her acting) and actor Kim Ui-Seong (who takes an active part in various films and dramas) are commissioned as jury members for the BIFF festival. The Busan International Film Festival ‘Award for Best Actor’ will be made in recognition of new leaders in the Korean film industry. Nominees are selected from the feature-length Korean film section of New Currents and Korean Cinema Today – Vision. The awards are announced at the Closing Ceremony in honor of an actor and actress who have delivered outstanding performances.   Jury, Jo Min-Soo and Kim Ui-Seong Choose Best Actor and Actress of the Year The Busan International Film Festival selects an actor and an actress to represent Korea cinema as jurors. They view films in the New Currents and Korean Cinema Today – Vision section and determine the best actor and the best actress of the year. Actress Jo Min-Soo has served as jury at the many film festivals and is one of the judging panelists who wishs to cultivate a younger generation of actors. Actor Kim Ui-Seong has experience in filmmaking, he is another judging panelist who had a recent role in the film Train to Busan. The ‘Award for Best Actor’, in 2014, was given to Choi Woo-shik for the film Set Me Free and Cho Soo-hyang in the film Wild Flowers. In 2015, it was awarded to Lee Ju-won for the film ALONE and Jang Seon in the film Communication & Lies. To highlight the most potent of actors, previous winners of the Award are from various genres of film and media with ongoing and active work. The Busan International Film Festival is always trying to discover new and powerful actors based on their work in independent films.  21st Busan International Film Festival will be held Thursday, October 6, 2016 to Saturday, October 15, 2016 Asian Film Market will be held Saturday, October 8, 2016 to Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Asian Project Market will be held Sunday, October 9, 2016 to Tuesday, October 11, 2016  Busan International Film Festival http://www.biff.kr  Email: foreignpress@biff.kr  

  • 2016.08

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    [2016 BIFF Press Release] Special Program in Focus at the 21st BIFF  CaliGroup: Root of Colombian Cinema

       Special Program in Focus at the 21st BIFF CaliGroup: Root of Colombian Cinema  Special Program in Focus – Cali Group: Root of Colombian Cinema The 21st Busan International Film Festival will hold a Special Program ‘Cali Group: Root of Colombian Cinema’ to highlight Colombian films.This year’s special program is composed of 8 feature-length films and 6 short films that embrace the modern history of Colombian films over the 40 years from the 1970s to 2010s. Supported by Proimágenes Colombia, the program represents the premier event in the world outside of Colombia in terms of scale.    Cali Group: Cultural Movement and Mainspring of Colombian cinema During the last century, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil have taken the lead in the film industry among Central and South American countries. However, the Busan International Film Festival has focused emerging powers from the region such as Colombia and Chile, as they have come to the front of world cinema circuit with fresh energy over the last 10 years.The mainspring of modern Colombian films which have recently received worldwide attention can be found in Cali Group’s works of 1970s. Armed themselves with strong social engagement and cinephile sensibility, the group opened a new chapter of Colombian films in the late 1960s. Founders of the group including director Carlos Mayolo, Luis Ospina and writer Andrés Caicedo led cultural movement in cinema, stage performances and literature. Along with its active independent production in vérité style, the group also established cinema culture in Colombia with publication of film magazine ‘Eye on Cinema’ and launch of ‘Cali Cinema Club’. Their activities and creations present contemplations on film aesthetic and cinema’s engagement in the societal. The group is not just an inspiring legacy to younger generation of Colombian cinema: Ospina and his followers still actively participate in today’s Colombian productions and encourage young filmmakers.  3 Masters who represent modern Colombian Cinema visits BusanLuis Ospina, one of the the founding members of the Cali Group and two leading directors of Colombian cinema Oscar Ruiz Navia, Jorge Navas will present the special program at Busan this year and meet audience at Q&As and special talk for in-depth comprehensive study of the modern history of Colombian Cinema, Cali Group and selected films.  Shorts Collection: Mayolo & Ospina Collection of shorts by Carlos Mayolo and Luis Ospina, highlighting Cali Group’s political consciousness and aesthetic principles of cinema.   Pollution is... │1975│10minThe Hammock │1975│15minThat 19th │1985│25minListen See │1972│28minAsuncion │1975│15minThe Vampires of Poverty │1978 │27min Feature Films Collection   Pure Blood │1982│Luis Ospina│98minThree vampires supply blood to an old sugar tycoon suffering from a strange disease that can only be treated with the blood of young white boys. Pure Blood is the first feature produced by the Cali Group written by Luis Ospina and Alberto Quiroga.     Flesh of Your Flesh │1983│Carlos Mayolo│94minCarlos Mayolo’s debut about an incestuous relationship between half-siblings, touches all horror genres, including cannibals, vampires and zombies. Based on the original screenplay by Mayolo and Caicedo, the film is a realistic portrait of the social elite at the time of ‘The Violence’ in Colombia.    Araucaima Mansion │1986│Carlos Mayolo│86minA young girl arrives at a seemingly abandoned mansion where she meets a strange group of six people whose excesses and extravagances will determine her fate. Adapted from Álvaro Mutis’ novel of the same name, Mayolo’s second feature inaugurated a ‘tropical gothic’ in Colombian cinema.    Blood and Rain │2009│Jorge Navas│110minYoung cab driver Jorge and beautiful drug addict Ángela meet by chance one rainy night on the dark, violent streets of Bogotá. In only six hours, the streets and their own ghosts will join and separate them in the middle of a void.    Crab Trap │2009│Oscar Ruiz Navia│95minDaniel arrives at the Afro-Colombian community of La Barra on Colombia’s Pacific coast, trying to flee his past. The upcoming clash between a remote village, modernity — when a landowner tries to build a beach resort — and the town’s circumstances, make Daniel’s search more difficult.    The Towrope │2012│William Vega│88minInvaded by war memories and uprooted by armed conflict, Alice tries to reshape her life in La Sirga, a decadent hostel in the highlands of the Andes. There, she will try to settle down before her fears and the threat of war resurface.      Que viva la musica │2014│Carlos Moreno│100minDriven by the music and dancing she finds along the way, a teenager leaves home, willing to try everything that the provocative and tolerant city has to offer, fearless of consequences. Inspired Andrés Caicedo’s novel of the same name, one of the leaders of the Cali Group.     It All Started at the End │2015│Luis Ospina│208minLuis Ospina’s three-and-a-half hour documentary is a self-portrait of the Cali Group, a group of cinephiles, who managed to produce a body of work now considered a fundamental part of Colombia’s film heritage. It represents a story of the filmmaker’s own survival.    21st Busan International Film Festival will be held Thursday, October 6, 2016 to Saturday, October 15, 2016Asian Film Market will be held Saturday, October 8, 2016 to Tuesday, October 11, 2016Asian Project Market will be held Sunday, October 9, 2016 to Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Busan International Film Festival http://www.biff.kr  Email: foreignpress@biff.kr

  • 2016.08

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    [2016 BIFF Press Notice] 21st Busan International Film Festival Preview Room Guide

    21st Busan International Film Festival Preview Room Guide    The 21th Busan International Film Festival operates a Preview Room in Busan and Seoul respectively to enable journalists to preview the selected films in order to concentrate on various coverages during the festival. The Preview Room will be open from Sep 7th (Wed) to Sep 30th (Fri).   ■ 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 on September 6th (Tue).  ID: press / Password: biff2016 (※ Please note that some films may not be available to preview by request of director and distribution company.) - Please note that previews cannot be guaranteed on your desired date and time without reservation. - Please be on time to avoid waiting.   ■ Application deadline: One day prior to a desired date ※ Advance reservation is required ■Venue - Seoul: Busan International Film Festival Seoul Office (110-795) #1601, Garden Tower, 84, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul *5 minutes by walking from Exit 4 of Anguk Station towards Changdeok Palace. *Please use public transportation as parking is not available.    - Busan : Busan Cinema Center Biff Hill, Library (2F) #1467 U-1 Dong Haeundae-gu, Busan, Korea   ■Period - Sep 7th (Wed) – Sep 30th (Fri) (approx. 4 Week/ including weekend) * Preview room will not open on September 15th (Thu) for Thanksgiving break. ■Operation Hour(Entrance available until 2 hours prior to the closing time) - Seoul: [MON~SUN] 10:00-18:00 - Busan: [MON~SUN] 10:00-18:00 *Beverages and belongings other than writing tools are not allowed. ■Contact - Jisun Lee (Tel. 051-709-2187 / +82-10-8424-7083)   21st Busan International Film Festival will be held Thursday, October 6, 2016 to Saturday, October 15, 2016 Asian Film Market will be held Saturday, October 8, 2016 to Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Asian Project Market will be held Sunday, October 9, 2016 to Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Busan International Film Festival http://www.biff.kr  Email: foreignpress@biff.kr

  • 2016.08

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    [2016 BIFF Press Release] The 21st BIFF selects Laurence HERSZBERG for the Korean Cinema Award

     The 21st BIFF selects Laurence HERSZBERGfor the Korean Cinema Award The 21st Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has selected Laurence Herszberg from the film institute, Forum des Images, as the recipient of the Korean Cinema Award. The Korean Cinema Award is presented to cineastes that have made a notable contribution in the globalization of Korean cinema.Herszberg successfully arranged the first Korean cinema program in France, SÉOUL HYPNOTIQUE, as a part of the 2015-2016 Korea-France year. She also enabled the introduction of around 80 Korean films to French viewers by arranging this event, along with a section titled, “Carte blanche à Busan”. Her encounters at BIFF have enabled her to introduce the diverse viewpoints that Korean cinema offers.Carte blanche à Busan presented films that were initially introduced during BIFF or had a background set in Busan such as: Ode To My Father (2014), Friend (2001), Madonna (2015), I Came From Busan (2009), and the opening film, Hyperbolae of Youth (1956). Her dedication empowered the globalization of Korean cinema, along with the strengthening of ties between the two countries.   Acknowledging her significant contribution in advancing the globalization of Korean cinema, the 21st Busan International Film Festival has decided to award Laurence Herszberg the Korean Cinema Award.   Laurence Herszberg │ Director-general of Forum des Images│ France Laurence Herszberg received a master’s degree in Political Science and Public Law in Paris; after, she completed her postgraduate program in European Law in Bruges, Belgium. In 1987, she assembled 15 countries and established a French Theatre Festival in Quebec, for the International Summit of French Speaking Nations as manager of the Théâtre international de langue française. In addition, in 2000, she worked as a professor at l'institut d'etudes politiques de Paris, and as a member of the Vivendi Universal Group. In 2005, she created an International Pocket Films Festival, then in 2010, she created the famous Festival Series Mania, the biggest international series festival of the genre. She has been working as the Director-general of the Forum des Images since 2002. The Past Recipients of the Korean Cinema Award(Position held at the time of the award presentation)20thWieland SPECK (director of the Berlin International Film Festival’s Panorama section, Germany) 19thCorinne SIEGRIST-OBOUSSIER (Director of Filmpodium, Switzerland) 18thCharles TESSON (Artistic Director of Cannes International Film Festival Critics’ Week, France) 17thHAYASHI Kanako (Festival Director of Tokyo FILMeX, Japan) 16thJulietta SICHEL (Former Program Director of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic) 15thBruno BARDE (Festival Director of Deauville Asian Film Festival, France) 14thRiccardo 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) 13thRichard PENA (Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, USA) 12thSabrina BARACETTI (Festival President of Udine Far East Film Festival, Italy)Jean-Francois RAUGER (Head Programmer of the Cinémathèque Française, France) 11thMartial KNAEBEL (Festival Director of Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland)TERAWAKI Ken (Former Director-general of Cultural Affairs Department of Japan, Japan) 10thDieter KOSSLICK (Festival Director of Berlinale, Germany)Thierry FREMAUX (Artistic Director of Cannes International Film Festival, France) 9thYANO Kazuyuki (Festival Director of Yamagata International Documentary Festival, Japan)Phillip CHEAH (Festival Director of Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore) 8thPARK Byoung-yang (President of Asia Film Production, Japan)LEE Bong-ou (President of Cine Quanon, Japan) 7thAlain Jacques Louis PATEL (Festival Director of Deauville Asian Film Festival, France) 6thEva ZAORALOVA (Festival Director of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic) 5thMartin & Anna Louisa GIROD (Directors of Stadtkino Basel, Switzerland) 4thSerge LOSIQUE (Festival Director of Montreal International Film Festival, Canada)LEE Young-il (Film Critic, Korea) 3rdGilles JACOB (Festival Director of Cannes International Film Festival, France)Moritz de HADELN (Festival Director of Berlinale, Germany) 2ndAruna VASUDEV (Editor-in-Chief of CINEMAYA, India)SATO Tadao (Festival Director of Fukuoka Film Festival, Japan) 1stAdriano APRA (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)   21st Busan International Film Festival will be held Thursday, October 6, 2016 to Saturday, October 15, 2016 Asian Film Market will be held Saturday, October 8, 2016 to Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Asian Project Market will be held Sunday, October 9, 2016 to Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Busan International Film Festival http://www.biff.kr Email: foreignpress@biff.kr 

  • 2016.08

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    [2016 BIFF Press Release] LEE Doo Yong: The Pathfinder of Korean Genre Films

    LEE Doo Yong:The Pathfinder of Korean Genre FilmsThe 21st Busan International Film Festival will hold Korean cinema retrospective for director Lee Doo Yong, a filmmaker who remains unmatched in numerous film genres that include action, social issues, romance, and historical dramas.Director Lee Doo Yong who debuted in 1970, pioneered a golden age of taekwondo/martial arts action films in the 1970s. He was also the first Korean film director to be known worldwide by his films in the 1980s. He received the Integrated Social Development Assistance Program (ISDAP) Award for The Hut (1980) in Venice Film Festival; in addition, his work, Spinning the Tables of Cruelty Towards Women (1983) was invited as Un Certain Regard in the Cannes Film Festival.  From the 1970s on, Korean films started a downward trend in many aspects. However, director Lee surely was a successful Korean filmmaker of the age. A later generation of filmmakers, such as Park Chan-wook, Ryoo Seung-wan, and Oh Seung-ook now show their affection and admiration towards Lee and his films.Lee Doo Yong is best known for his film genres in taekwondo action, indigenous themes, and societal issues; however, he is also famous for genres that include romance, horror, mystery and comedy. He sought ways for Korean films to be recognized worldwide, and this is one of the reasons why he decided to include indigenous Korean themes such as shamanism and taekwondo action.BIFF plans to screen eight of his major works in the Korean cinema retrospective: taekwondo action film- Manchurian Tiger (1974), his first shamanism themed film- The Early Years (1977), social issue film- Police Story(1978), damaged film that has been restored- The Last Witness (1980), Venice Film Festival’s ISDAP award winning film- The Hut (1980), Un Certain Regard invited film at Cannes Film Festival- Spinning the Tales of Cruelty Towards Women (1983), an urban life film with that portrays the challenges of a family- The Oldest Son (1984) and historical drama film- Eunuch (1986).Introduction of the Director LEE Doo Yong (1942-) │ Director │ KoreaDirector Lee was first introduced to the filming by the suggestion of his friend dreamed He dreamed of becoming a filmmaker after he worked as a staff member for directors Jeon Hongjik, Kim Sudong, and Jung So-young. He debuted with The Lost Wedding Veil (1970), but the film that truly marks his individuality was Manchurian Tiger (1974). He was believed that Korean action films should have a differentiated color from the action movies of Hong Kong led him to create action scenes with more kicking motions that started with his film, Manchurian Tiger (1974). In 1974, he made six commercially successful taekwondo action films including Manchurian Tiger(1974), Bridge of Death (1974), Returned Single-legged Man (1974), Left Foot of Wrath (1974), Returned Single-legged Man:2 (1974), and A Betrayer (1974).Later, he became interested in indigenous themes such as shamanism while making The Early Years (1977) and this led him to create Muldori Village (1979) and The Hut (1990) which have their major themes set around shamanistic beliefs. Many of the scenes from one of his works, The Last Witness (1980) were altered and reedited because of government censorship at the time, but the deleted scenes were later restored, and the movie became known as one of his masterpieces. The Trouble Solving Broker (1981) which the hard copies of have been destroyed, is also one of his major action movies. His golden days continued until the mid-80s followed bySpinning the Tales of Cruelty Towards Women (1983), The Oldest Son (1984), Mulberry (1985), Imbecile (1985), and Eunuch (1986). He did not stop creating films until the 90s, but his most famous works were made between the 1970s to the 1980s. Korean Cinema Retrospective: Screening Films  Manchurian Tiger (1974)Cast: Han Yongcheol, Kim Moonjoo, Bae SucheonA movie that portrays a fight between Japanese karate master-Sasaki, Chinese martial art master-Wang, and Korean taekwondo master-Lee over a gold nugget needed to fund the Korean liberation army. This film was director Lee’s starting point in the taekwondo action genre. Also, notable is the young actor Han Yongcheol (also known as “Charlie Shell”) who became one of the best action actors of the age.    The Early Years (1977)Cast: Kim Heera, Jeong Hyegyeong, Yoon IlbongThis film is a cinematized work of Oh Taeseok’s play. The making of this film helped Lee Doo Yong  open his eyes towards shamanistic themes in films. Murder suspect, Sodol comes back to his hometown island after a special release from jail due to the death of his mother. In his hometown, he witnesses a collision between traditions and modernization.   Police Story (1978)Cast: Jang Donghwi, Han Ji-il, Yu Ji-inA young man, who has turned down a favorable job, becomes a police officer. At the police substation, he meets the chief of the substation who has a professional attitude. Both policemen influence each other in a positive way. This film depicts police officers’ warm hearts despite their low wages and hard life.   The Last Witness (1980)Cast: Hah Myungjoong, Jeong yunhui, Choi BoolamDetective Oh is in charge of investigating the murder of a distillery owner- Yang Dalsoo. While investigating the case, Oh discovers the story of Son Jihye and Hwnag Ba-oo’s innocent deaths. Several scenes in this movie were altered and reedited due to government censorship, however, the movie has been restored back to the original 154 minute and has become recognized as one of Lee’s masterpieces.   The Hut (1980)Cast: Yu Ji-in, Namkoong Won, Hwang JeongsoonA place to keep dead bodies for a short period is called “pee-mak” (a “hut”). This movie takes place in ancient Korea. The guard of the pee-mak dies, and the veiled secret is revealed as the daughter of the guard comes to revenge her father’s death. This movie was awarded the ISDAP Award.    Spinning the Tales of Cruelty Towards Women (1983)Cast: Won Mikyung, Shin Ilryong, Moon JeongsukThe film depicts the life of a woman who suffers from paternalistic oppression caused by Confucian beliefs. The woman suppresses her personal desires to be a virtuous lady for her family’s honor, yet encounters injustice and becomes a scapegoat who is sacrificed for the family honor. This film was the first Korean film to be invited to Un Certain Regard Section at Cannes Film Festival.     The Oldest Son (1984)Cast: Shin Seong-il, Tae Hyunsil, Hwang JeongsunAn eldest son and his aged parents move to the capital as their hometown was designated a redevelopment area. The son strives to help his parents to settle into and the urban life, which turns out to be a struggle. The film portrays the confusion of a family in the midst of modernization. The scene where a coffin bier travels down in an apartment elevator is impressive.    Eunuch (1986)Cast: Ahn Sungki, Lee Misook, Namkoong WonDirector Lee Doo Yong did a remake of Eunuch (1968) by director Shin Sangok, in a personal style that does not refer to Shin’s original film. In the extension of The Hut (1981) and Spinning the Tales of Cruelty Towards Women (1983), Eunuch (1986) is a historical drama that depicts the story of an innocent eunuch and a woman suppressed by the paternalistic beliefs of a Confucianism society. 21st Busan International Film Festival will be held Thursday, October 6, 2016 to Saturday, October 15, 2016 Asian Film Market will be held Saturday, October 8, 2016 to Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Asian Project Market will be held Sunday, October 9, 2016 to Tuesday, October 11, 2016Busan International Film Festival http://www.biff.kr  Email: foreignpress@biff.kr

  • 2016.08

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    [2016 BIFF Press Release] Asian Film Market 2016 to announce 20 selections of ‘E-IP pitching’ and ‘BOOK TO FILM’

    Asian Film Market 2016 to announce 20 selections of ‘E-IP pitching’ and ‘BOOK TO FILM’  The Asian Film Market 2016 finalized 20 selections for the Entertainment Intellectual Property Markets’ (E-IP Market) major event: ‘E-IP pitching’ and ‘BOOK TO FILM’. E-IP Market is a market for contracting intellectual property rights for all kinds of original works. The rights dealt with in E-IP market, including traditional intellectual rights encompass literary works, performances, and videos. Also, included are new rights to original works utilized on new media platforms: web, mobile, and SNS. The E-IP Market this year presents 20 selections with various themes and established plots.   BOOK TO FILM: advance in theme and storyline The 5th BOOK TO FILM event is a meeting place for publishers, directors, and producers who want to negotiate contracts for the original property rights of contents for film production. The Asian Film Market 2016 finalized 10 selections from 47 submissions, which will be given the opportunity of project pitchings and business meetings. This year’s selections present more diverse themes and storylines than the previous years. To discover these magnificent works, juries including producers, directors, IP market specialists, film critics, and the pop-genre experts offered various perspectives. Creativity, film production potential, and the capability of author are considered as important criteria. Submissions in the thriller and mystery genre (which were the majority among submissions) include Time Between Dog and Wolf (Moonji Publishing Co., Ltd.) by Kim Kyung-uk, of which the motive comes from the case of ‘Woo bum-kon’ the spree killer and Summer, A Corpse from Nowhere (Nol(Dasanbooks)) by Park Yeon sun, based on the unresolved disappearance case of 4 girls in ‘Doo-wang village’. Also, Park Esther’s Return to Red House (GOZKNOCK) and Lee Ha’s Monster Hunter (Juniorkimyoung) present the next phase of the psychological school thriller sub-genre. The Drama and Romance genres include Becoming Intimate with Misfortune (Dab Publishing Co., Ltd) by Bang Hyun hee, which depicts the people living in a share house and Festival Lady (Holidayapartment) by Choi Younkyo, which illustrates a love story during a rock festival. In addition, Oh Ji-hye’s Chunyeondang Photo Studio (Macaroon), the prize winner of the Kyobo Book Centre Story Contest 2015, is also selected. Chunyeondang Photo Studio is the story of the Korea’s first female photographer who worked at the Chunyeondang Photo Studio during the Japanese colonial era. It has been acclaimed for its well-structured story, which dramatically intertwines the life of the individual and the tragic colonial history of Korea.   ● BOOK TO FILM project pitchingDate & Time: Oct. 8th, 10:30~12:00Location: BEXCO Exhibition Center 2, 1st Floor Event Room. (Interpretation will be provided in English and Chinese.)  E-IP pitching: Breakthrough in high-quality web comics and web novels. The E-IP pitching market, in which the intellectual property rights of web comics, web novels, and other stories of mobile platform are transacted, will be held for the second time this year. The selections of the E-IP Pitching 2016 include 10 web comics and web novels of dominantly established storylines. Also, many selections are acclaimed for their ingenious set-up in fantasy romance, family animation, mystery thrillers, and zombie-action. They also have strengths in characters that are stable despite dynamic and unpredictable plots. The selections this year are expected to reveal new trends in film and drama for next generations.  ● E-IP Project Pitching Date & Time: Oct. 8th, 16:00~17:30 Location: Location: BEXCO Exhibition Center 2, 1st Floor Event Room. (Interpretation will be provided in English and Chinese.)  21st Busan International Film Festival will be held Thursday, October 6, 2016 to Saturday, October 15, 2016 Asian Film Market will be held Saturday, October 8, 2016 to Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Asian Project Market will be held Sunday, October 9, 2016 to Tuesday, October 11, 2016  Busan International Film Festival http://www.biff.kr  Email: foreignpress@biff.kr      

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    [2016 BIFF Press Release] 19th Asian Project Market Selects 27 Official Projects

    Submissions from 61 countries, with a notably strong presence of new and female directors!19th Asian Project Market Selects 27 Official Projects!  Asian Project Market 2016 (APM), the largest investment and co-production market in Asia, selects 27 official projects for its 19th year. As the primary co-production market in Asia, APM has selected 472 projects over the past 18 years, in which approximately 200 projects were completed and invited to prestigious international film festivals. This year’s official selections include 27 titles from 16 countries, addressing profound themes with a high quality storyline. The APM 2016 is noted for the diverse range of countries participating, a total of 61 countries have now submitted their projects. APM presents various projects that reflect global issues about nations, gender, and conflict: STONE LAND (Iraq/Japan/Germany) by director Shawkat Amin Korki, who won the New Currents Award at the 2009 Busan International Film Festival with his film Kick Off, Aylan Kurdi (Iran/Turkey) by director Batin Ghobadi, and CU LI NEVER CRIES (Vietnam) by director Pham Ngoc Lan. Projects from Middle-Asia like Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are also on the rise this year with 4 titles selected for the 19th APM.   To serve its original intent of discovering new talent, this year’s APM selections focused more on the projects of up-and-coming directors in its selections. The selected projects clearly reflect the directors’ artistic attempts and high standards of perfection. From Korean selections, Undefined by director Seo Eunyoung, and The Cold-blooded Penguin by director Jang Kunjae who was the winner of Dragons& Tigers Award for Young Cinema at the 2009 Vancouver International Film Festival with Eighteen. Also included are Love and Vengeance (Indonesia) by director Edwin, Mountain Eyes (Serbia) by director Pavle Vuckovic, and more.  APM this year marks a strong presence by Asian female directors. There has been an increased interest and more submissions by female directors and producers; consequently, many of their projects have been selected. Among Koreans, there are director Kim Gina, Kim Hee-Jung, Seo Eunyoung, and Yim SoonRye. Others include director Nan T. Achnas of Indonesia, Tan Chui Mui of Malaysia, and Pimpaka Towira of Thailand. An increasing number of sophisticated projects, appropriate for global co-production as well as those that embrace profound themes, are continuously submitted for selection. Territorial boundaries no longer seem to pose a problem for directors and producers across the globe in coming together to complete projects. The APM 2016 presents these new projects for 3 days starting Sunday, October 9 to Tuesday October 11 at the BEXCO Exhibition Center II.  [Asian Project Market 2016 Selection List]*Project title in Alphabetical Order 21st Busan International Film Festival will be held from October 6 (Thu) to 15 (Sat), 2016Asian Project Market will be held from October 9 (Sun) to 11 (Tue), 2016   Busan International Film Festival http://www.biff.kr Email: foreignpress@biff.kr

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    [2016 BIFF Press Release] The Late film-director Abbas Kiarostami is selected as the recipient of The Asian Filmmaker..

    The Late film-director Abbas Kiarostami is selected as the recipient of The Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award at the Busan International Film Festival 2016 The 21st Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has selected late film-director Abbas Kiarostami (who passed away July 4th at age 76) for The Asian Filmmaker of the Year. The Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award is awarded to Asian cineastes or organizations that have shown the most outstanding contribution to developing the Asian film industry and culture.  The late Mr. Kiarostami was one of the most influential directors in the world and debuted as a filmmaker with his short film, The Bread and Alley (1970). Pursuing innovative film aesthetics into the early 21st century, he was invited to the 2nd Busan International Film Festival with his work, The Taste of Cherry (1997). Developing a continuous friendship with BIFF, he participated in the festival as the head of the New Currents jurors in 2005 and as Dean of Asian Film Academy (AFA) in BIFF 2010. Showing his special support and affection towards Asian film students, the late director Abbas Kiarostami also participated in a workshop, “Kiarostami’s Film School”, held by the Busan Cinema Center in 2012. Honoring his monumental achievements in cinema, the BIFF 2016 has decided to award the late Abbas Kiarostami, The Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award. The award will be given to Ahmad Kiarostami (a son of the director) during the opening ceremony of BIFF 2016.  Busan International Film Festival 2016 will introduce his major works by screening nine films he directed. Additionally, a special forum will be held during BIFF 2016. An in-depth discourse about the late Kiarostami’s cinematic world will also be held during the “Asian Writer Research Forum” hosted by BIFF and Pusan National University’s film institute.    Abbas KIAROSTAMI (1940-2016)ㅣDirectorㅣIran Born in 1940 in Tehran, Iran, Abbas Kiarostami majored in Art at university and worked in visual graphics, including title design and film advertising. He made his first short film, The Bread and Alley (1970) and in 1974, he made his first feature film The Traveller (1974). In 1997, he was awarded the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival and became a world renowned filmmaker.He passed away July 4th 2016. His legacy will include 3 year dedication to his posthumous film, 24 Frames. Abbas Kiarostami is also famous for his work, Where Is The Friend’s Home? (1987), Close Up (1990), And Life Goes On… (1991), The Wind Will Carry Us (1990), Shirin (2008), Certified Copy (2010) and Like Someone in Love (2012).  21st Busan International Film Festival will be held Thursday, October 6, 2016 to Saturday, October 15, 2016 Asian Film Market will be held Saturday, October 8, 2016 to Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Asian Project Market will be held Sunday, October 9, 2016 to Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Busan International Film Festival http://www.biff.kr Email: foreignpress@biff.kr 

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    [2016 BIFF Press Release] Asian Film Academy (AFA) announcing Its dean, mentors, and fellows

    Asian Film Academy (AFA) announcingIts dean, mentors, and fellows ▶Taiwan’s prominent director Tsai Ming Liang will join Busan as a Dean of AFATsai Ming Liang, a world renowned director of Taiwan’s cinematic new wave and one of the leading filmmakers in Asia will come to Busan to be this year’s dean of AFA. Tsai who has been a frequent guest to Busan International Film Festival will share his visions and experiences in cinema with 24 selected fellows for this year’s AFA. It will be a great opportunity for young Asian filmmakers to learn about his world of cinema.Along with AFA’s new dean Tsai Ming Liang, director Vimukthi Jayasundara of Sri Lanka will join as a directing mentor while the established Polish cinematographer, Bogumil Godfrejow as a cinematography mentor for AFA 2016. Vimukthi Jayasundara, whose films were invited to many prestigious festivals like Cannes and Venice is globally acknowledged for his films with individuality. Bogumil Godfrejow, is an eminent filmmaker and one of the most representative cinematographers in Poland. The two mentors will also share their prolific experiences with the young filmmakers in AFA. ▶ 24 fellows from 16 countries confirmedAsian Film Academy (AFA) has been distinguished academic programs producing 265 fellows from 29 Asian nations over the last 11 years. This year, 338 young filmmakers from 31 nations applied and 24 young filmmakers from 16 different countries are selected including Abdul Zainidi, first one ever to be an AFA fellow from Brunei.The fellows will participate in various programs such as workshops and lectures. Also, they will be divided into two groups and the fellows in each group will collaborate to complete a short film which will be screened at the end of the 21st Busan International Film Festival. This year’s AFA will take place from Sep 29th to Oct 16th. Visit the website (http://afa.biff.kr/) for further details. ○ 2016 Asian Film Academy_FellowsNo. Name (Eng)Country1Joy RAHAT RAHMANBangladesh2Abdul ZAINIDIBrunei3WANG MengChina4CHU Hoi YingHong Kong5Ankita PURKAYASTHAIndia6Ayush TRIVEDIIndia7Maaria SAYEDIndia8Amirmasoud SOHEILIIran9Mai NAKANISHIJapan10Eldar SHIBANOVKazakhstan11JUNG SeunghoonKorea12LEE DooheeKorea13LIM Ying XianMalaysia14CHENG Thim KianMalaysia15Dikesh KHADGI SHAHINepal16Anna Francesca Che ESPIRITUPhilippines17Marvene Rom C. MUNDAPhilippines18KhairulhakimSingapore19Nikki HOSingapore20Rachel LIEWSingapore21LIN Chih-JenTaiwan22Natdanai NAKSUWARNThailand23Verapath PAKAYANGKULThailand24Linh DUONGVietnam  ※ Faculty Profiles  ∙ Dean: Tsai Ming Liang_ Director/TaiwanTsai Ming Liang was born in Kuching, Malaysia. He studied film and drama at the Chinese Culture University. His film Vive L'Amour (1994) won the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival in 1994, and he also won the Berlin Silver Bear for his film, The Wayward Cloud (2005) in 2005. In 2009, his 10th film, Face (2009) was selected for competition at Cannes. His films included The Hole (1998), Good Bye, Dragon Inn (2003), I Don't Want To Sleep Alone (2006), and Stray Dogs (2013). Director Tsai, who had also received an award called, The Asian Filmmaker of the Year in BIFF 2010, is flourishing as a moviemaker and as a true artist of the 21th century.      ∙ Directing Mentor: Vimukthi Jayasundara _ Director/Sri Lanka Vimukthi Jayasundara was selected in 2003 by the Cinefoundation of the Cannes Film Festival to participate in their residency program. His directorial debut, The Forsaken Land (2005) won the Camera d’or at Cannes in 2005. Between Two Worlds (2009), his second film, was selected for the International Competition at the Venice International Film Festival in 2009, while one of his other works Mushrooms (2011) was screened in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes in 2011.     ∙ Cinematography Mentor: Bogumil Godfrejow _ Director of Cinematography/PolandBogumil Godfrejow was born in Cracow/Poland, and graduated Secondary Art School in Cracow and Polish National Film School. He is best known as the cinematographer of Director Hans Christian Schmid’s Distant Lights (2003), Requiem (2006), Storm (2009), and The Wondrous World of Laundry(2009). He was nominated for the European Film Award for Best Cinematographer in 2003 for Distant Light (2003), and furthermore, he was awarded the Bronze Camera 300 at the International Cinematographers’ Film Festival “Manaki Brothers”. Additionally, he was selected as a nominee for the New Zealand Film Awards Best Cinematography in a Feature Film in 2009 for The Strength of Water (2009). Some of his other famous works include:Breakpoint (2001), Torn (2004), and Taste of Light (2005)  21st Busan International Film Festival will be held Thursday, October 6, 2016 to Saturday, October 15, 2016 Asian Film Market will be held Saturday, October 8, 2016 to Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Asian Project Market will be held Sunday, October 9, 2016 to Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Busan International Film Festival http://www.biff.kr Email: foreignpress@biff.kr

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    [2016 BIFF Press Release] Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) presents 22 selected projects (15 Asian∙7 Korean projects)

    Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) presents22 selected projects(15 Asian∙7 Korean projects) Acknowledged for stable production funding and developing Asian films, Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) has announced this year’s selected 22 projects. ACF selected 5 projects for Script Development Fund, 5 for Post-Production Fund, and 12 for Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund. It was very tough to make selection because the quality of this year’s submitted projects is higher than previous years.   • Script Development Fund (5 Asian Projects)                                 (*Countries in alphabetical order) Country Title Director China Changfeng Town WANG Jing India GOODBYE MR. KANAY Shrihari SATHE Lebanon Mediterranean Blue* Sarah FRANCIS Nepal The Secret of Radha Subarna THAPA Vietnam MEMORYLAND Kim Quy BUI * AFA (Asian Film Academy) Project 5 projects were selected for Script Development Fund, supporting projects in planning and developing stage. Resulted from ACF’s constant effort to find new directors from Asian regions, the number of submissions from Nepal and Central Asia this year increased. The selected 5 projects will be funded 10,000,000 KRW for script development.   • Post-Production Fund (2 Asian and 3 Korean Projects)                         (*Countries in alphabetical order) Country Title Director Bhutan Honeygiver Among the Dogs Dechen RODER India Hotel Salvation * Shubhashish BHUTIANI Korea LOST TO SHAME NAM Yeon Woo Korea Merry Christmas Mr. Mo LIM Dae Hyung Korea Jane CHO HyunHoon * Biennale College Cinema Project (Project completion funding done according to Venice Film Festival – Busan International Film Festival cooperation) Post-Production Fund supports 1 project from Asia, 3 projects from Korea, and 1 project from Biennale College-Cinema, Venice Film Festival’s fostering initiative for micro-budget films. Of laureate projects from Asia, Honeygiver Among the Dogs from Bhutan is expected to raise the bar of Bhutanese mystery-thriller genre. Moreover, acknowledged as an actor in the independent film industry, director NAM Yeon Woo’s first feature-length film LOST TO SHAME and director CHO HyunHoon’s shapely structured story Jane, and director LIM Dae Hyung’s nouveau tragic fable Merry Christmas Mr. Mo were selected from Korea. The 5 selected works will be supported with Digital Intermediate (DI), sound mixing, and Digital Cinema Package (DCP) from ACF partners; KOFIC, Studio 2L, CJ Powercast, Wave Lab, Studio SH, Plusgain, KUMTLE, and the newly-joined Pluto Sound Group.  • Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund (8 Asian and 4 Korean Projects)      (*Countries in alphabetical order) Country Title Director China They Are One Hundred Years Old Dukar Tserang (DEGECAIRANG) China Americaville ZHANG Qi India Shifting Lines of the Desert Pushpendra SINGH India Holy Faces Siddhant SARIN Philippines Audio Perpetua Universe BALDOZA Philippines Sunday Beauty Queens Baby Ruth VILLARAMA Taiwan TURNING 18 HO Chao-ti Vietnam The Future Cries Beneath Our Soil Hang PHAM THU Korea For Vagina's Sake KIM Boram Korea Ne me quitte pas PARK Kyoung Tae Korea Letters Jero YUN, Marte VOLD Korea A War of Memories LEE-KIL Bora  Celebrating its 11th anniversary this year, AND fund has been devoting itself to empowering Asian documentary film industry by annually supporting diverse subjects and new genres of documentary projects. In recent AND finalists, In Exile (2015 BNK Busan Bank Fund), An Insignificant Man (2014 Dongseo Asia Fund), and The Cinema Travellers (2014 BNK Busan Bank Fund) were invited to the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.This year’s AND presents a wide array of subjects and original themes with its selected projects produced by veteran and new director. Aiming to invigorate documentary production, AND offers each documentary project monetary support from Dongseo University, Youngsan University, BIFF Mecenat, and Busan Bank from 5,000,000KRW to 20,000,000KRW per project. ▶AND Asian Project FundKRW 10,000,000 (2 Projects) : They Are One Hundred Years Old, The Future Cries Beneath Our Soil KRW 5,000,000 (6 Projects) : TURNING 18, Americaville, Shifting Lines of the Desert, Holy Faces, Audio Perpetua, Sunday Beauty Queens ▶AND Korean Projects FundKRW 20,000,000 (1 Project) : Ne me quitte pasKRW 10,000,000 (3 Projects) : Letters, For Vagina’s Sake, A War of Memories   21st Busan International Film Festival will be held Thursday, October 6, 2016 to Saturday, October 15, 2016 Asian Film Market will be held Saturday, October 8, 2016 to Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Asian Project Market will be held Sunday, October 9, 2016 to Tuesday, October 11, 2016  Busan International Film Festival http://www.biff.kr   Email: foreignpress@biff.kr     

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    [2016 BIFF Press Release] 21st Busan International Film Festival’s  Poster is finalized!

    21st Busan International Film Festival’s Poster is finalized!This year’s Busan International Film Festival official poster portrays lonesome Korean red pine stoutly standing on mountain rocks. Korean red pine is well known tree for taking its roots deep in the ground and survive through any kind of harsh environment like drought, heat wave, cold wave, and heavy snow. This year’s poster reflects Busan International Film Festival’s persistence and solidity over the last twenty years and the festival’s strong will to continue on for the future like a long lasting Korean red pine. The 21st Busan International Film Festival will be held from Oct 6 to 15.  POSTER DESIGN l PROPAGANDAOrganized by three graphic artists, Propaganda is a designing studio professionally in films, broadcasting, performances, and other forms of entertainments. Dedication in film widened their spectrum in posters for both domestic and foreign commercial films as well as independent films. Their major works include; Train to Busan, 4th Place, The King of Jokgu, Haemoo, Pieta, New World, Old Partner, and Dream.21st Busan International Film Festival will be held from Thursday, October 6, 2016to Saturday, October 15, 2016Asian Film Market will be held Saturday, October 8, 2016 to Tuesday, October 11, 2016Asian Project Market will be held Sunday, October 9, 2016 to Tuesday October 11, 2016Busan International Film Festival http://www.biff.kr   Email: foreignpress@biff.kr 

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    [2016 BIFF Press Notice] Press Accreditation Guide to the 21st Busan International Film Festival

    Press Accreditation Guide to the 21st Busan International Film FestivalRegistration will open starting August 1 to September 19 (18:00, Korean Standard Time). On-site registration will be available starting October 5 to October 15 with additional fees. Information on applying for the Opening/Closing ceremonies photo zone pass will be available soon.● Registration DeadlineGeneral RegistrationOn-Site RegistrationPeriodAugust 1st~ September 19th 18:00 (KST), 2016October 5th~ October 15th, 2016FeesNONE50 USD* All dates and times are based on Korean Standard Time (KST).● Badge TypesTypePress BadgeOpening/Closing CeremoniesPhoto Zone PassNotes- Tickets to 4 films per day- Access to Press & Industry Screening- Access to Guest Exclusive Ticket Desk- Access to Video Room- Access to Press Center, Press Conferences, Guest Visits (GV), and etc.- Access to the Asian Film Market- Does NOT grant access to Opening/Closing ceremonies- 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 of Opening/Closing ceremonies-Does NOT grant access to other events -Information on applying for the Pass will be available soon● Notes- Please submit the registration form no later than Monday, September 19, 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. Click here for Registration● Contact InformationBusan International Film FestivalPress Accreditation DeskTel: +82 51 709 2190~1Fax: +82 51 709 2299E-mail: pressbadge@biff.kr  21st Busan International Film Festival will be held Thursday, October 6, 2016 to Saturday, October 15, 2016. Asian Film Market will be held Saturday, October 8, 2016 to Tuesday, October 11, 2016.Asian Project Maket will be held Sunday, October 9, 2016 to Tuesday, October 11, 2016Busan International Film Festival http://www.biff.kr Email: foreignpress@biff.kr

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    [2016 BIFF Press Notice] Asian Project Market 2016 Call for Submissions! (~15 June)

    Asian Project Market 2016 Call for Submissions! (~15 June)   Asian Project Market (APM), one of the biggest co-production platforms in Asia, is now accepting online applications for 2016 with opportunities for investment and co-production in big-scale commercial films to low-budget independent films.   APM supports various features of both rookie and established directors by introducing and arranging meetings with global investors, producers, and distributors. Over the past 18 years, APM has introduced 472 films, of which more than 200 have been completed. To list recent achievements, Diamond Island (Cambodia, France / APM 2014) by Davy Chou won the Prix SACD at 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Wayne Wang’s While the Women Are Sleeping (Japan / APM 2013), Emir Baigazin’s Wounded Angel (Kazakhstan / APM 2013), 2006 APM’s Crosscurrents (China) by YANG Chao and Lav Diaz’s A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery (Philippines / APM 2012) have been invited to the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival as well. Seoul Station (Korea) by Yeon Sangho has won the Silver Crow Award at the 2016 Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival and invited to the 2016 Annecy International Animation Film Festival, 2016 Montreal Fantasia International Film Festival and 2016 Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival at the same time boasting of potential energy of Korean animation film. The selection of 2016 International Film Festival Rotterdam also included The Island Funeral (Pimpaka Towira / Thailand / APM 2007) and Özcan Alper’s Memories of the Wind (Turkey, France, Germany, Georgia / APM 2012). Before these, Laila Parkalnina’s Dawn (Latvia, Estonia) won the Jury Prize for Best Cinematographer at 2015 Talinn Black Nights Film Festival and both A Copy of My Mind (Joko Anwar / Indonesia), invited as an opening for Orizzonti section at 2015 Venice International Film Festival and An (Naomi Kawase / Japan), an opening for Un Certain Regards at 2015 Cannes Film Festival were from APM 2014.   Korean APM projects such as LEE Chang-Dong’s Poetry (2010), KIM Ki-duk’s The Bow (2010), BONG Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer (2013), and RYOO Seung-Wan’s The Berlin File (2012) have contributed in publicizing APM, while Yeon Sangho’s The Fake (2013) and Oh Seong-Yun’s Leafie, A Hen into the Wild (2011) expanded the Korean Animation market. Following these success, APM has helped discover the new projects of talented directors such as Zhang Lu of Gyeongju (2013) that screened in the 2014 Locarno International Film Festival, and PARK Jung Bum of Alive (2014).   The 2016 Asian Project Market will be held for three days from October 9 (Sun) to 11 (Tue) this year. For online application and information, please visit the APM official website (http://apm.asianfilmmarket.org). The deadline is June 15.    APM Contacts Email: apm@asianfilmmarket.org Tel: +82-51-709-2234

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    [2016 BIFF Press Release] Cineastes from Overseas Sent an Open Letter to Busan Mayor Suh Byung-soo

    Cineastes from Overseas Sent an Open Letter to Busan Mayor Suh Byung-soo Cineastes comprised of 114 people including representatives of Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Torontoand other major film festivals; renowned scholars including Jacques Rancière, Tadao Sato, and Jean-Michel Frodon; film institutes; organizations; press; academic circles; and more. 114 cineastes comprised of film festivals directors, film critics and professors from overseas sent an open letter to Suh Byung-soo, the Mayor of Busan Metropolitan City. These cineastes have witnessed and supported the process of how Busan International Film Festival began in Busan which was once a cultural desert and how it became the current BIFF. Expressing how the current situation of BIFF may instantly damage BIFF's reputation that was built up for the last 20 years, they have come forward to publicly urge Mr. Suh, who appears to consider a film festival simply as a means for political agenda, to stop the oppression on BIFF.   According to the open letter, the main reasons that BIFF has achieved so much so quickly are that it has maintained its independence and championed freedom of expression, and also because of its openness to debate and free exchange of views and opinions. But the series of events over the past year not only threaten that independence but also put the entire future of BIFF at risk. Therefore, the cineastes strongly demand that Mr. Suh stop putting political pressure on BIFF and on Mr. Lee Yong-kwan, the Festival Director.   After the screening of The Truth Shall Not Sink With Sewol in 2014, there have been a series of events where Busan City urged Mr. Lee to resign and then filed a complaint against Mr. Lee. In response to these situations, filmmakers and film professionals from all over the world are raising their voices to support BIFF by participating in the #ISUPPORTBIFF campaign through social media and press. However, on February 13, an interview with an official of Busan Metropolitan Government that was released by a news agency revealed that Busan City has decided to tentatively postpone the General Committee Meeting that was scheduled for late February. Since Mr. Lee's reappointment was on this meeting's agenda, the tentative postponement of the meeting indicates the strong possibility for Mr. Lee’s dismissal whose term ends by the end of February. Hence, the cineastes which include world’s top film festival directors further added that if Mr. Lee's dismissal is confirmed, they will take the lead to strongly protest.   As of February 18, 114 cineastes have joined in sending the open letter. They include major film festival directors and programmers such as Thierry Frémaux (General Delegate of the Cannes International Film Festival), Dieter Kosslick (Festival Director of the Berlin International Film Festival), Alberto Barbera (Director of the Venice International Film Festival), and also representatives from International Film Festival Rotterdam, Toronto International Film Festival, Mumbai International Film Festival, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, and Udine Far East Film Festival. Also, film critics including Tony Rayns and Jean-Michel Frodon participated as well as renowned scholars such as Jacques Rancière and Tadao Sato. The open letter was, furthermore, signed by a number of film professionals and members of the press. The cineastes' support and solidarity for BIFF is expected to continue.     [OPEN LETTER TO MAYOR SUH BYUNG SOO]   To Mayor Suh Byung soo, Mayor of Busan Metropolitan City: We are all active in the film cultures or film industries of our countries, and we have watched the growing conflicts between your city and the film festival with mounting concern. In just twenty years, the first nineteen of them completely free from political interference, BIFF has become not only a source of pride to the people of Busan but also a key institution for the film industries of Korea and its Asian neighbors. BIFF is now a world-famous event, and a magnet for film people from all over the globe. One key reason that it has achieved so much so quickly is that it has maintained its independence and championed freedom of expression.  We applaud the festival’s determination to screen films of all kinds and its commitment to debate and the free exchange of views and opinions. Our concern leads us to call on you and the city and not to damage the festival or its independence, and to stop applying political pressure to the festival’s leaders and programmers. The events of the past year not only threaten that independence but also put the entire future of BIFF at risk. We have been impressed by Mr Lee Yong-kwan’s directorship of the festival, and we see no valid reason for him to resign. We also deplore the fact that what seem like dubious legal issues have been brought into the issue. All of us want to see BIFF continue to grow and prosper, with the team that has led the festival in recent years remaining in place.   Yours sincerely,  

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    [2016 BIFF Press Release] Film Festivals Around the World More Astonished by the Current State of BIFF

      Film Festivals Around the World More Astonished by the Current State of BIFF ‘#ISUPPORTBIFF’ & Supportive Statements for Mr. Lee Yong-kwan Poured in from Distinguished Film Festivals and Institutes from All Over the World   The Festival Director of Rotterdam International Film Festival, Bero Beyer, and around 50 film industry professionals issued their statement of “We Support Busan” at its 45th edition which opened on January 27th. Also, #ISUPPORTBIFF campaign is joined by distinguished film festivals and institutes from all over the world including the Berlin International Film Festival. The film professionals around the world are voicing their support by calling for the independence of Busan International Film Festival as well as by announcing their support for Festival Director Mr. Lee Yong-kwan.  ‘#ISUPPORTBIFF In Berlin’, 150 cineastes attended to support BIFF   At the 66th Berlin International Film Festival (February 11-21), ‘#ISUPPORTBIFF in Berlin’ event was held on February 14th where 150 cineastes gathered to join the #ISUPPORTBIFF campaign. This event was hosted by Korea’s major international film festivals, including Jeonju International Film Festival, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Seoul International Women’s Film Festival and Busan International Film Festival, to inform about the current situation of BIFF to film professionals who have gathered from around the world. Also, it was to show the support and solidarity to BIFF for its freedom of expression and independence. The event was attended by festival directors and programmers from world’s top film festivals including Alberto Barbera (Director of the Venice International Film Festival), Jérôme Paillard (Executive Director of Marché du Film, Cannes), Charles Tesson (Artistic Director of International Critics' Week, Cannes), Edouard Waintrop (Artistic Director of The Directors' Fortnight , Cannes), Thomas Hailer (Curator of the Berlin International Film Festival), Piers Handling (Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto International Film Festival), Stefan Laudyn (Director of the Warsaw Film Festival), Luciano Barisone (Director of Visions du Réel), Nashen Moodley (Director of the Sydney Film Festival.), Jonas Holmberg (Artistic Director of Göteborg International Film Festival), and Sabrina Baracetti (Festival President of Udine Far East Film Festival). Heads of the film organizations in various countries including the members of European Film Promotion (EFP) also participated, and stressed that the situation that is happening to BIFF is not only the problem of BIFF, but of the film festivals across the world. The Venice International Film Festival Director, Alberto Barbera left a message, “NO TO ANY POLITICAL INTERFERENCES IN FESTIVALS AND ARTS!!”, and Charles Tesson, Artistic Director of Cannes Critics’ Week, mentioned “I support Mr. LEE Yong-kwan.” Furthermore, the film professionals who gathered together for the campaign event emphasized the importance of BIFF and the securing of BIFF's independence by sending a message of support with #ISUPPORTBIFF signs.   Festival International des Cinemas d'Asie de Vesoul announced #ISUPPORTBIFF at the Closing Ceremony where 700 audiences joined together. Statements of support for BIFF also made by the Berlin International Film Festival, Göteborg International Film Festival, EFP, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) and others (Thomas Hailer, Curator of the Berlin International Film Festival, and other programmers of the Berlinale) (The Closing Ceremony of Festival International des Cinemas d'Asie de Vesoul) (Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival) Festival International des Cinemas d'Asie de Vesoul announced #ISUPPORTBIFF at the Closing Ceremony on February 10th with 700 and more audiences. Jonas Holmberg, the Artistic Director of Göteborg International Film Festival in Sweden, mentioned at the Closing Ceremony on February 8th, “Busan International Film Festival has been oppressed by the Government after screening The Truth Shall Not Sink With Sewol which is a film about Sewol Ferry Disaster. Göteborg International Film Festival and every filmmaker around the world won’t allow this oppression.” From the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, a contemporary art organization in Berlin, Director Prof. Dr. Bernd M. Scherer sent a statement of support. He said “It was with great concern and dismay that I received the news that the Busan International Film Festival [...] have been subject to sustained political pressure and that your work is seriously jeopardized. [It] … threaten[s] the existence of the festival,” and also “The BIFF is the most important film festival in Korea and Asia as a whole. This level of professionalism and aesthetic relevance can only be achieved when a festival enjoys the artistic and political freedom to make the decisions as it sees fit, independent of state censorship and political pressure. […] we would like to express our full support for yourself and your team and hope that the state authorities will reconsider their actions in the spirit of democracy and freedom of expression.” Also, the Executive Director of EFP, Martin Schweighofer, and the Project Director, Andreas Struck, forwarded a statement for BIFF. Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival sent a message of support as well. Many other statements and messages continue to pour in from film festivals, filmmakers, film organizations and institutes all over the world.   [Statement from Haus der Kulturen] It was with great concern and dismay that I received the news that the Busan International Film Festival - and in particular yourself in your capacity as Director of the BIFF - have been subject to sustained political pressure and that your work is seriously jeopardized. The cuts in financing from the Korean Film Council threaten the existence of the festival, which, thanks to the extraordinarily high quality of its program, professional organization, hospitality, and national and international networking, is unique.   The BIFF is the most important film festival in Korea and Asia as a whole. This level of professionalism and aesthetic relevance can only be achieved when a festival enjoys the artistic and political freedom to make the decisions as it sees fit, independent of state censorship and political pressure.   From the very beginning, you as co-founder, mentor, and face of the festival, have been centrally responsible for the high standing which the festival enjoys and have acted accordingly: In 2014 you included The Truth Shall not Sink with Sewol in the BIFF program, a critical documentary film about the ferry disaster off Jeju Island which cost over 300 lives. Despite political pressure on the part of the Busan City Government to remove the film from the program, you refused - even when you were called on to resign your office. This bears witness to your great personal and political integrity.   Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Busan International Film Festival have been closely connected for a number of years, successfully and fruitfully collaborating on a number of projects including the festival Korean Cinema Today, which since 2012 has presented the best of Korean film in Berlin. For this reason, we would like to express our full support for yourself and your team and hope that the state authorities will reconsider their actions in the spirit of democracy and freedom of expression.     Sincerely yours, Prof. Dr. Bernd M. Scherer Director    

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] 2016 Busan International Film Festival Dates Announced

    2016 Busan International Film Festival Dates AnnouncedOctober 6 (Thu) – 15 (Sat), 2016  The 20th Busan International Film Festival successfully closed with the support of international film professionals and a dedicated audience. The Busan International Film Festival Organization Committee will now prepare for 2016 with the announcement of the festival dates. The 21st Busan International Film Festival will be held from October 6 (Thu) to 15 (Sat), for 10 days.

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] The 20th Busan International Film Festival Final Report

    The 20th BIFF Final Statistics Data Visitors   Total amount of theater visits 227,337     Accredited Guests (Press excl.) 9,685 Domestic 3,226 Foreign 755 Cinephiles 1,405 Asian Film Market 1,571 BC&F 403     Press 2,325     Screenings   Invited Films 302 from 75 countries World Premiere 94 International Premiere 31     Asian Film Market   Sales Booth 208 companies (including E-IP & Casting Booths) Market Screening 96 Screenings (60 Market Premiere)  

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] Festival Director LEE Yong-Kwan to Attend SEOUL HYPNOTIQUE of ‘Forum des Images’

    Festival Director LEE Yong-Kwan to Attend SEOUL HYPNOTIQUE of ‘Forum des Images’   Busan International Film Festival Director Lee Yong-kwan will attend as a special guest for the SEOUL HYPNOTIQUE’ on behalf of ‘Forum des Images,’ a historic audiovisual organization located in Paris, France. SEOUL HYPNOTIQUE started on September 15 as the first Korean program celebrating the ‘Korea - France Year 2015-2016'. SEOUL HYPNOTIQUE will screen 80 Korean films until November 1. Despite Seoul being the program’s main theme, films from the Busan International Film Festival (or films set in the city Busan) will screen from October 15 to October 18 under ‘Carte blanche à Busan' due to the long standing ties of the Busan International Film Festival and director Lee Yong-kwan. Director Lee Yong-kwan recommended several films for screening (as requested by Forum des Images) with Hyperbolae of Youth as the opening film on October 15. Other recommendations include Ode to My Father, Friend, Madonna, and I Came from Busan. The screenings will increase the status of Busan International Film Festival as well as the film city of Busan.  Director Lee Yong-kwan will introduce the films in person and attend GVs with director Jeon Soo-il during ‘Carte blanche à Busan.’

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] The 20th Busan International Film Festival GV Schedule

    The 20th Busan International Film Festival GV Schedule   The 20th Busan International Film Festival announces the final GV (Guest Visit) schedule. For a complete list, please download the attached file. All GVs are subject to change or cancellation and will be updated in real-time at the Press Center. Please note all festival events will require a press badge for press coverage.

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] The 20th Busan International Film Festival Event Schedule

    The 20th Busan International Film Festival Event Schedule     The 20th Busan International Film Festival announces the final event schedule. For a complete list, please download the attached file. All events are subject to change or cancellation and will be updated in real-time at the Press Center. Please note all festival events will require a press badge for press coverage.

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