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  • 2015.08

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] Wieland SPECK Receives the Korean Cinema Award

    Wieland SPECK Receives the 20th Busan International Film Festival Korean Cinema Award   Wieland Speck, curator of the Berlin International Film Festival’s Panorama section, was selected for the Korean Cinema Award earned by individuals who have contributed to the promotion of Korean Cinema to worldwide audiences.   Known for making qualified and popular selections in the Panorama section, Wieland Speck made great contributions to promoting Korean films by his Korean selections. During the 22 years in his post, he has invited a total of 29 Korean movies. Speck stated that “Korean cinema remains ever surprising, a vivid mirror of its diverse societal developments - which makes selecting for the Berlin International Film Festival so exciting," showing great affection towards Korean films.   Starting with Im Kwontaek's Seopyonje (1994), Speck continues to introduce films by Im Sang-soo, Hong Sang-soo, Ryoo Seungwan, E J-Yong, Lee Songhee-il, and Kim Ki-Duk at the Berlin International Film Festival.   In consideration of his exceptional interests and affection for the potential of Korean cinema, the Busan International Film Festival selected Wieland Speck as the recipient of the 2015 Korean Cinema Award.   ○ Biography of Wieland Speck Born in Freiburg, Speck studied German Literature, Drama and Ethnology at Freie Universität Berlin. He started working on cinematography and film projects after graduation and later became a filmmaker, writer and publisher. Speck also participated as an actor in the works of several acclaimed film directors including David Hemmings, Robert van Ackeren, Ulrike Ottinger, and Ian Pringle. For many years, he was the managing director of “Tali,” an independent arthouse cinema in Berlin-Kreuzberg. After studying at the San Francisco Art Institute from 1979 to 1981, Speck directed several films (Westler in 1985, Escape To Life in 1999) and worked in various film institutions and events (including Filmhaus Berlin, Filmbüro Baden-Württemberg, Berlin European Short Film Festival) as well as film school and universities as a professor. He was appointed director of the Berlin International Film Festival’s Panorama section in 1992. ○ Past Recipients of the Korean Cinema Award (Position held at the time of the award presentation) 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 PENA (Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, USA)   12th Sabrina BARACETTI (Festival President of Udine Far East Film Festival, Italy) Jean-Francois RAUGER (Head Programmer of the Cinémathèque Française, France)   11th Martial KNAEBEL (Festival Director of Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland) TERAWAKI Ken (Former Director-General of Cultural Affairs Department of Japan, Japan)   10th Dieter KOSSLICK (Festival Director of Berlinale, Germany) Thierry FREMAUX (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 ZAORALOVA (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 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)   20th Busan International Film Festival will be held from Oct 1, 2015 to Oct 10, 2015. Asian Film Market will be held from Oct 3, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015. Asian Project Market will be held from Oct 4, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015

  • 2015.08

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] Wide Angle Competition Section Jury Announced

    Jury for the 20th Busan International Film Festival Wide Angle Section AnnouncedThe 20thBusan International Film Festival announces the jury for the Wide Angle section: BIFF Mecenat and Sonje Award. The Wide Angle program presents creative short films, animations, documentaries, and experimental films with new cinematic perspectives. 2 best documentaries (one Korean and one Asian) will receive the BIFF Mecenat Award and 2 best short films (one Korean and one Asian) will receive the Sonje Award. Jurors for the Wide Angle Section consist of internationally prestigious cineastes from diverse backgrounds in search of the hidden jewels of Asian cinema based on accumulated experience and expertise. The BIFF Mecenat Award Jury include Artur Liebhart, the director of DOCS AGAINST GRAVITY FILM FESTIVAL, Du Haibin, the most active documentary directors in China, and Kim Dong-ryeong, who has been invited to various acclaimed film festivals with his first feature documentary American Alley (2008). Suwa Nobuhiro, who received the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival with M/Other (1999) after his debut film 2/Duo (1997), will join the Sonje Award jury this year. Actress Kim Ho Jung who received much acclaim for Revivre (2014) and SXSW programmer Claudette Godfrey will also take part in the best Asian short film selection. BIFF Mecenat Award-DocumentaryArtur LIEBHART / Director of DOCS AGAINST GRAVITY FILM FESTIVAL / PolandBorn in Poland, Artur Liebhart founded the film distribution company Against Gravity and documentary film festival, after graduating from the University of Warsaw. With great interest in European and Asian author's cinema, he serves as the director of the DOCS AGAINST GRAVITY FILM FESTIVAL one of the prime film event in Poland. Liebhart currently provides educational programs on documentaries for high schools and universities and is the expert of Polish Film Institute. Liebhart was awarded Golden Cross of Merit by President of Poland for his social and culture orientated activity.DU Haibin / Director / ChinaBorn in Xian, China, Du Haibin studied cinematography in the Beijing Film Academy followed by an interest in film, photography, and broadcasting. His most well-known work Along the Railway (2001) received Special Mention at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival and Stone Mountain (2006) that deals with the workers’ life in the quarry far from China was selected for the 2005 Busan International Film Festival’s AND Dongseo Asia Fund. A story about the survivors of the Sichuan earthquake, 1428 won the best documentary in the Orizzonti section of the 2009 Venice International Film Festival. Du is currently one of the most active documentary directors in China.KIM Dong-ryeong / Director / KoreaKim Dong-ryeong majored in English literature and graduated from the Korean Academy of Film Arts. Her first feature documentary American Alley(2008), a feature-length documentary about foreign women working as entertainers in the US military camp sites, was invited to the Busan International Film Festival and won the Ogawa Shinsuke Prize at the 2009 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. Her second feature Tour of Duty (2012) co-directed by PARK Kyoung-tae screened at the Busan International Film Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), and also won the Special Prize for the International Competition section for the first time in Korea at the 2013 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. Kim explores the problem of space and memory, and continues to collaborate with the women near an army base in Gyeonggi-do Province.Sonje Award-Short FilmSUWA Nobuhiro / Director / Japan  Suwa Nobuhiro was born in Hiroshima, Japan and came to the forefront with his directorial debut, 2/Duo (1997) which received the NETPAC Awards at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and Dragons & Tigers Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival. His second film M/Other (1999) won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and Woosuk Award at Jeonju International Film Festival while A Perfect Couple (2005) received the Special Jury Prize and the C.I.C.A.E Award at the 58th Locarno Film Festival. Under the influence of nouvelle vague, Suwa Nobuhiro produces innovative and unpredictable work that influences many cineastes. KIM Ho Jung / Actress / KoreaKim Ho Jung who recently stars actively in various platforms, is a well-established talented actress in theater. Her impressive performances on stage lead to various awards at the Baeksang Arts Awards. Kim’s breakthrough came with The Butterfly (2001) which was awarded the Bronze Leopard Award (Best Actress Award) with at the 2001 Locarno International Film Festival. In Revivre(2014), a film by IM Kwon-taek which was invited to Venice, Toronto, Busan and other prestigious international film festivals, Kim gave an impassioned performance that included an extreme weight loss regime and a head shave. She won worldwide acclaim from critics and audience, and received the Best Supporting Actress at the Baeksang Arts Awards for this film.Claudette GODFREY / SXSW Programmer/ USABorn and raised in Austin, Texas, Claudette graduated University of Texas Film and began her career at SXSW in 2006 as an enthusiastic volunteer. She is currently responsible for the curation of the 10 short film programs that the festival screens each year, overseeing film submissions to the festival, and managing the big picture event. Claudette previously worked as a Corporate Relations Coordinator at the CineVegas Film Festival and served as a Shorts Programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse's Fantastic Fest. The 20thBusan International Film Festival held from October 1 (Thu) to 10 (Sat), 2015 Asian Film Market held October 3 (Sat) to 6 (Tue), 2015 Asian Project Market held October 4 (Sun) to 6 (Tue), 2015      

  • 2015.08

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] New Currents Jury Members announced

    The 20th Busan International Film Festival Announcesthe New Currents Section Jury   The 20th Busan International Film Festival finalized 5 jurors for the New Currents competition in the Asian films section. Since the inception of the Festival in 1996, the New Currents section presents current trends in Asian films by discovering and introducing new filmmakers. The New Currents jury consists of celebrated filmmakers and film professionals from wide-ranging genres to search for new directors with strong spirits. Sylvia Chang, one of the most acclaimed actresses and female directors in Asia, has been appointed head juror of the New Currents competition section. She has been actively engaged in filmmaking aside from her acting career as a representative Hong Kong film icon since the 70s. Her film 20 30 40 (2004) was invited to A Window on Asian Cinema section at the 2004 Busan International Film Festival. This will be her first visit to Busan as the head juror. The other members of the jury include Anurag Kashyap, Kim Tae-yong, Nastassja Kinski, and Stephanie Zacharek. Anurag Kashyap, a renowned director in India, contributed to expanding of Bollywood with novel themes and narratives. Director Kim Tae-yong of Family Ties (2006) and Last Autumn (2011) continues to lead a vast maniac fan base at home and abroad with his work. Lastly, Nastassja Kinski, who won the Best Actress award at the 1981 Golden Globe Awards with Tess (1979) and Stephanie Zacharek, the chief film critic of New York’s Village Voice and nominee of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism will also join the New Currents jury. The 5 New Currents jurors led by Sylvia Chang will be in Busan this coming October for a meticulous assessment of the qualified films selected for this year’s competition. The two selections will each be awarded 30,000 USD at the closing ceremony.   New Currents Jury Members Sylvia CHANG / Head Juror / Actress, Director / Taiwan One of Asia's most celebrated actresses and female directors, Sylvia Chang built her career for the past four decades as an actress, writer, producer, singer and director. Starring in over 100 films, she won numerous Taipei Golden Horse Awards and Best Actress Award at the Hong Kong Film Awards. With her directorial debut in the 1980s, Chang has managed a total of 10 films including 20 30 40 (2004) nominated for the Golden Bear at the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival, and Murmur of the Hearts (2015), which screened as the opening film for the 2015 Hong Kong International Film Festival. Chang's films are characterized by their strong portrayals of women from various walks of life. She has helped introduce new filmmakers like Ann Hui and Edward Yang as a producer for debut features and continues to discover new talent. Anurag KASHYAP / Director / IndiaAnurag Kashyap made an early mark as a writer with the gritty, raw gangster film Satya (1998) directed by Ram Gopal Verma. In 1999, he wrote and directed a short film Last Train to Mahakali (1999) and made his directorial debut with Paanch (2000). This was followed by the acclaimed Black Friday, based on the 1993 Bombay bombings. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the 3rd Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles in 2005. His other works include Dev.D which received widespread acclaim chiefly due to the film's fearless visual style, its experimental soundtrack and its innovative narrative structure, No Smoking (2007), Return of Hanuman (2007), Gulaal (2009), That Girl in Yellow Boots (2010) and Gangs of Wasseypur (I & II) (2012). He served as a jury member for the Venice International Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival, and the Marrakech International Film Festival as the President of the Feature Film Jury. In 2013, he has been honored by the French government and been conferred the “Chevalier dans ’ordre des Arts et Lettres” (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) on the filmmaker at a ceremony held in the Palais des Festivals.   KIM Tae-yong / Director / Korea   With his feature debut Memento Mori (1999), Director Kim Tae-yong opened new opportunities for Korean cinema. He received various awards including the Golden Alexander Prize at the 2006 Thessaloniki International Film Festival with Family Ties (2006), his second feature film with a unique story structure that captivated the audience. Late Autumn (2011) was also acknowledged for the subtle progress of portraying the two characters transcending a language barrier and opening up to each other. Moreover, Kim expanded his work in various fields including films, documentaries, and theater. He recently joined the restoration project of The Crossroad of Youth (1934), recreating the oldest Korean silent film into a live variety show with live narration and musical accompaniment. Nastassja KINSKI/ Actress / Germany  Actress Nastassja Kinski, a renowned German actress, began working as a model in her teen years and built her career as an actress since her role in director Wim Wenders’ The Wrong Move (1975). Her first major role in a popular German TV series Tatort (1977) and Stay as You Are (1978) announced her presence. Kinski received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress with Tess (1979) by director Roman Polanski, and the film also won three awards out of six nominations at the 53rd Academy Awards. She extended her career to the United States and Europe with Maria’s Lovers (1984), Paris, Texas (1984), Faraway, So Close! (1993), Your Friends & Neighbors (1998), An American Rhapsody (2001) and most recently The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars (2012).  Stephanie ZACHAREK / Film critic / USA  Stephanie Zacharek is the chief film critic at the Village Voice. From 1999 to 2010, she was a writer and film critic for Salon.com, an online website offering in-depth criticisms on social, political and cultural issues in general. Her writing on books and pop culture has also appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Newsday, and Sight and Sound. She is a contributor to A New Literary History of America, published by Harvard University Press in 2009, and her essay on Paul Greengrass' United 93 was included in the 2008 anthology American Movie Critics, edited by Philip Lopate. She is a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics, and was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in criticism.   20th Busan International Film Festival will be held Oct 1, 2015 to Oct 10, 2015. Asian Film Market will be held Oct 3, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015. Asian Project Market will be held Oct 4, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015

  • 2015.08

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] Special Program in Focus:Asian Cinema 100

    “Celebrating Asian Cinema Legacy” Special Program in Focus at the 20th Busan International Film Festival ‘Asian Cinema 100’ The 20th Busan International Film Festival presents ‘Asian Cinema 100’ for the Special Program in Focus this year to celebrate its history. The ‘Asian Cinema 100’ is a collaboration project with the Busan International Film Festival and the Busan Cinema Center to shed light on the values of Asian film. The list will be updated every 5 years to act as a guide for the aesthetic value and history of Asian cinema and to discover hidden masterpieces and talented directors of Asia. For the project, 73 prominent film professionals at home and abroad included film critics such as Jonathan Rosenbaum, Tony Rayns, Hasumi Shigehiko, and renowned festival executives, programmers, and directors Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Bong Joon-ho, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. They recommended their top 10 films, resulting in 113 selections and 106 directors (including joint rankings) for the final 100 list. Tokyo Story, a legendary masterpiece by Ozu Yasujiro made the top of the list. Kurosawa Akira also had two films in the top 10 list that included Rashomon (1950) in 2nd place and Seven Samurai (1954) at 6th place. In the Mood for Love (2000) by Wong Kar Wai came in 3rd, while The Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray came in 4th. In 5th place, A City Of Sadness by Hou Hsiao-hsien and 7th place A Brighter Summer Day by Edward Yang both from Taiwan. Moreover, Spring in a Small Town by Fei Mu and Still Life by Jia Zhangke both placed 8th, and Close-Up by Abbas Kiarostami and The Housemaid by KIM Ki-young, the only Korean film on the top 10 list, came in 10th.   The top 10 (a total of 11 films) will screen under Asian Cinema 100. A special book containing the details and reviews of the films on the list by 29 film professionals will be published during the Festival. [Special Program in Focus: Asian Cinema 100 - Top 10 Screening List (11 total, including joint ranking] Rank Title Year Director Country 1 Tokyo Story 1953 OZU Yasujiro Japan 2 Rashomon 1950 KUROSAWA Akira Japan 3 In the Mood for Love 2000 WONG Kar Wai Hong Kong 4 The Apu Trilogy 1955 Satyajit RAY India 5 A City of Sadness 1989 HOU Hsiao-hsien Taiwan 6 Seven Samurai 1954 KUROSAWA Akira Japan 7 A Brighter Summer Day 1991 Edward YANG Taiwan 8   Spring in a Small Town 1948 FEI Mu China Still Life 2006 JIA Zhangke China 10 The Housemaid 1960 KIM Ki-young Korea Close-Up 1990 Abbas KIAROSTAMI Iran    [Special Program in Focus: Asian Cinema 100 – Top 10 Directors (including joint ranking] Rank Director Country 1 OZU Yasujiro Japan 2 HOU Hsiao-hsien Taiwan 3 Abbas KIAROSTAMI Iran 4 KUROSAWA Akira Japan 5 Satyajit RAY India 6   WONG Kar Wai Hong Kong Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL Thailand 8 (Joint) JIA ZhangKe China MIZOGUCHI Kenji Japan Edward YANG Taiwan   1. Tokyo Story (OZU Yasujiro, 1953) After World War II, an old couple visits their children in Tokyo. Their eldest son and second daughter feel burdened by their visit and avoid them. Only the youngest daughter-in-law Noriko looks after them with great devotion. A masterpiece by Ozu Yasujiro, who is considered one of Japanese cinema's three great masters.   2. Rashomon (KUROSAWA Akira, 1950) During the Heian Period, a monk and a woodcutter tell an odd story to a man who came into Rashomon to avoid the pouring rain. The film is known for flashing techniques that illustrates an incident from various points of view. Director Kurosawa Akira gained international acclaim with this film. 3. In the Mood for Love (WONG Kar Wai, 2000) Local newspaper editor Chow Mo-Wan and secretary of an export company Su Li-zhen move into a cramped apartment on the same day. Left in an unfamiliar environment, they are drawn to each other from their loneliness. In the Mood for Love ultimately embodies Director Wong Kar Wai’s refined skills and delicate sentiment.  4. The Apu Trilogy (Satyajit RAY, 1955) The Apu Trilogy depicts the life of Apu in Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito; (1956), and Apur Sansar (1959). A masterpiece that realistically and placidly portrays Indian society. Satyajit Ray is called a master of Asian film as well as the father of Indian cinema. 5.  A City of Sadness (HOU Hsiao-hsien, 1989) A masterpiece on the tragic family history of four brothers during the 2.28 incident in 1945, the film depicts Taiwanese society in the turbulent times after liberation from Japan. One of the most successful works that integrates the film philosophy of Director Hou Hsiao Hsien, the standard-bearer of the Taiwan New Cinema movement. 6. Seven Samurai (KUROSAWA Akira, 1954) A poor village suffers from looting bandits after every harvest. The village chief recruits seven samurais to combat the bandits. A masterpiece that shows the dynamic action and humanism seen in the works of Kurosawa Akira.   7. A Brighter Summer Day (Edward YANG, 1991) Based on a 1960s true story. The film depicts a boy who fled from China and started a pitiful school life in Taiwan. The film conveys the desperation and social contradiction of Taiwanese modernization. A masterpiece of Edward Yang, who led the Taiwan New Cinema movement with Hou Hsiao-hsien. 8. (Joint) Spring in a Small Town (FEI Mu, 1948) A wife takes care of her ill husband in a loveless marriage. Everything changes when her old flame and her husband’s doctor/colleague appears in front of her. One of the classic Chinese films by Fei Mu who was in the center of Chinese cinema in the 1930-40s. 8. (Joint) Still Life (JIA Zhangke, 2006) A woman searches for her husband who has been gone for the past 16 years and a man searches for his wife after separating. With juxtaposed reasons, the two individuals arrive in Shanxi. Through a sorrowful journey, director Jia Zhangke successfully illustrate the rapidly changing society and desolate human relationships in Chinese society. 10. (Joint) The Housemaid (KIM Ki-young, 1960) Dong-sik hires a maid for his sick wife, but has an affair with the maid, who becomes pregnant. The maid becomes extremely violent after a forced abortion by Dongsik’s wife. Known for intense suspense and psychological depiction, director Kim Ki-young is one of the most esthetically ingenious directors in Korean cinema history. He was also introduced in the 2nd Busan International Film Festival Korean Retrospective Program. 10. (Joint) Close-Up (Abbas KIAROSTAMI, 1990) Sabzian pretends to be the famous director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to a woman. Attracted by his words, the woman invites him to her house as the lies continue to grow. An experimental work of Iranian maestro Abbas Kiarostami who blurs the boundaries between a documentary and fiction.   20th Busan International Film Festival will be held Oct 1, 2015 to Oct 10, 2015. Asian Film Market will be held Oct 3, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015. Asian Project Market will be held Oct 4, 2015 to Oct 6, 2015

  • 2015.08

    05

    [2015 BIFF Press Release] Korean Cinema Retrospective 'Hidden Masterpieces of the 1960s’

    20th Busan International Film Festival Announces Korean Cinema Retrospective ‘Hidden Masterpieces of the 1960s’  The 20th Busan International Film Festival announces Korean Cinema Retrospective ‘Hidden Masterpieces of the 1960s’ that reintroduces 8 lesser known works of the 1960s.   Previous Busan International Film Festival’s Retrospective programs introduced individual directors like KIM Ki-Young, KIM Soo-yong, HAN Hyung-mo, YU Hyun-Mok, SHIN Sang-ok, LEE Man-hee, KIM Keeduk, CHUNG Jin Woo, and IM Kwon-taek. However, this year’s program will highlight 8 different films from the first golden age of Korean cinema in the 1960s.   The average number of annual film productions reached 200 in the 1960s and the average Korean watched 4-5 films a year. Similar to the film quantity, many noteworthy directors came onto the scene. Yet only a few were considered ‘artists’ with their own style due to the fast-paced production system. Many prints have been lost and the study of Korean cinema has been limited to a few famous directors. This year’s Korean Cinema Retrospective program reveals 8 ‘hidden masterpieces’ by PARK Sang-ho, JO Keung-ha, LEE Bong-rae, LEE Hyung-pyo, LEE Sang-eon, LEE Yong-min, LEE Seong-gu and CHOI Ha-won, who will have the chance to introduce their films to the public.   Director PARK Sang-ho’s illustration of the tragic Korean division in The DMZ (1965) surpasses the quality of 21st Century films like Joint Security Area (2000), Welcome to Donmakgol (2005), and TaeGukGi: Brotherhood of War (2004). Director LEE Hyung-pyo shows exceptional directing skills in When Night Falls at Myeongdong (1964), which is a remake of the Japanese film When A Woman Ascends The Stairs. A few genre films include one of the first Korean gangster films produced by Director LEE Sang-eon with his debut The Cash Is Mine (1965) and a horror film by LEE Yong-min with A Bloodthirsty Killer (1965) that exposes oppressed sexual desires within a distorted patriarchal society.     The 1960s was a blossoming period for modernism in Korean cinema. LEE Seong-gu’s The General’s Mustache (1968) and CHOI Ha-won’s Trees Stand on Slope (1968) will represent this era. The General’s Mustache especially includes a surprising work of animation by artist SHIN Dong-Hun. It is noteworthy to see such impressive animation from this era. Lastly, The Body Confession (1964) by Director JO Keung-ha and The Door of the Body by LEE Bong-rae both indirectly criticize a society in which a woman needs to sell her body to live.    Programmer NAM Dong-chul of Korean cinema and the Korean Cinema Retrospective program states, “The 1960s is filled with films waiting to be rediscovered. I hope this Retrospective program is the first step to motivate more people to search for hidden masterpieces in Korean cinema.”   [Korean Cinema Retrospective Screening List] Trees Stand on Slope (CHOI Ha-won, 1968) Why did Dongho die in the army? Dongho’s fiancé Suk (Moon Hee) comes to Hyuntae (LEE Soon-jae) for answers. A remake of writer HWANG Sun-Won’s novel, the film portrays the tragedy of isolation, solitude, and wounds during the Korean War. After a prolonged wait, the Korean Film Archive finally found the print and screened the film for the first time this year.     When Night Falls at Myeongdong (LEE Hyung-pyo, 1964) Nightclubs compete to secure their regular customers in Myeongdong. The women working in these nightclubs dream of marrying a rich man or setting up their own business. Madam Yoon tries to survive in such an environment without losing her pride. One of the earlier works of Director LEE Hyung-pyo, who produced many works in the 1960s to the 1980s.     The DMZ (PARK Sang-ho, 1965) The DMZ realistically depicts the pain and suffering of a boy and a girl lost in the military demarcation line that marks a tragic division. Shot on location at the DMZ 12 years after the armistice, the film received the Best Tragedy Award for the 13th Asia Film Festival. A film truly worth the title of ‘an undiscovered masterpiece.’   A Bloodthirsty Killer (LEE Yong-min, 1965) Mother-in-law Huh and niece murder Aeja (DO Kum-bong). Aeja’s spirit transfers to her cat to seek revenge. An early Korean horror film that combines East and the West ghost stories. The Body Confession (JO Keung-ha, 1964) A madam (HWANG Jung-seun) works at a brothel in Busan and raises three daughters. She sacrifices herself in hopes of her daughter’s futures, but tragic events occur. Ode to My Father (2014) was about a fathers’ ordeals, this film is a mothers’ story.     The Door of the Body (LEE Bong-rae, 1965) After coming to Seoul, Eun-sook (KIM Hye-jeong) becomes a prostitute and a masseuse. She earns a lot of money and starts buying stocks. However, she falls in love with a swindler (NAM Koong Won) and loses everything. A ‘hidden masterpiece’ by director LEE Bong-rae, who is well-known for his comedy A Petty Middle Manager. The General’s Mustache (LEE Seong-gu, 1968) Photographer Kim Chul-woon (SHIN Seong-il) is found dead. The detective hears about ‘The General’s Mustache,’ a novel that Kim Chul-woon was planning to write. Artist SHIN Dong-Hun‘s animation depicts the story of the novel. The film represents Korean Modernism cinema.     The Cash Is Mine (LEE Sang-eon, 1965) Young-jun (PARK Nou-sik) kills an old man as a gang order but feels guilty. In accordance to the old man’s will, Young-jun decides to protect the old man’s daughter, Eun-joo. The police soon chase after him but he sacrifices himself to save Eun-joo after he is accused of hijacking a car full of cash. An early work of the Korean gangster genre.

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] Asian Project Market 2015 Selects 30 Official Projects

    Asian Project Market 2015 Selects 30 Official Projects The Asian Project Market (APM), the largest investment and co-production market in Asia, selects 30 official projects for its 18th year. As the primary co-production market in Asia, APM selected a total of 442 projects over the past 17 years, in which approximately 200 projects were completed and introduced in prestigious international film festivals. This year’s official selections include 30 titles from 15 countries. APM 2015 presents projects by young up-and-coming Asian directors such as <Cha Cha Cha> by DO Quoc Trung (Vietnam), <Agra> by Kanu BEHL (India) who was invited to the Un Certain Regard section of 2014 Cannes Film Festival with his first feature film< Titli>, and <The Wasted Land> by Eddie CAHYONO (Indonesia) who was invited to the 2014 Rotterdam International Film Festival with <SITI>.Korean projects mark a strong presence at this year’s APM with new projects by award-winning <Breathless> director YANG Ik-june, 2014 Busan International Film Festival invitee <Set Me Free> director KIM Tae-yong, and 2014 Berlin International Film Festival invitee <Night Flight> director LEESONG Heeil. Other works by director MIN Yongkeun of< Re-encounter>, director JEON Gyesoo known for his originality in <The Ghost Theater> and <LOVE FICTION>, and director JEON Soo-il, an established independent filmmaker, will also be introduced at Busan.Worthy of note this year is the increase in the participation of various Asian countries. Participations from Indonesia, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, The Philippines, and Iraq in the midst of a civil war, all have increased. Also, the projects show a variety of genres, of which animation had a strong presence. Out of many projects from internationally renowned animation directors, <Bombay Rose> by Gitanjali RAO (India) and <Ireesha, daughter of the elf king> by CHANG Hyung yun (Korea) were selected. Moreover, the selected projects show the current trend of how co-productions between countries surpassed all boundaries. Co-productions between not only Asian countries but also Europe and Asia have increased, where stories and settings are being tailored from the pre-production stage as a co-production project.APM 2015 will take place for 3 days starting Sunday, October 4 to Tuesday, October 6 at the BEXCO Exhibition Center II, Hall 4.  [2015 Asian Project Market Selection List] * Project Title in Alphabetical Order Project titleDirectorProducerProduction CountryCo-Production Country1ACETYLENE LOVEAdolfo Jr. ALIXMa. Lourdes GOPEZPhilippines 2The Adventure of HanmeimeiKIM JunghanAHN DongkyuChinaKorea3AgraKanu BEHLKanu BEHLWilliam JEHANNINIndiaFrance4Another Day in BaghdadMaysoon PACHACHITalal AL-MUHANNAIraq UK, France,Germany5BirdshotMikhail REDPamela L. REYESPhilippinesQatar6Bombay RoseGitanjali RAOClara MAHIEUIndiaFrance7BROTHERKIM Tae-yongKIM Jeong-minKorea 8Cha ChaChaDO Quoc TrungPHAN Dang Di TRAN ThiBich NgocVietnam 9Gabsooni& Soo-ahYANG Ik-juneKIM JooriKorea 10Glooming flowerJEON GyesooJANG SojungKorea 11Ireesha, daughter of the elf kingCHANG HyungyunCHO Young-kagKorea 12London StoriesHana MAKHMALBAFMaysam MAKHMALBAFUK 13The Lottery BoyTRAN DUNG ThanhHuyNGUYEN Hoang Diep NGUYEN Trinh HoanVietnam 14MANTONandita DASNandita DASIndia 15Marlina The Murderer In Four ActsMouly SURYARama ADI Fauzan ZIDNIIndonesia 16A MEAN TO AN ENDYU LikWaiYU LikWai Francois DA SILVAChinaFrance, Hong Kong(China)17No One ElseIGUCHI NamiTANAKA MiyukiJapan 18Photographer's boyJEON Soo-ilJEON Soo-il KU Jae-junKorea 19The Princess SpringÇağla ZENCİRCİGuillaume GIOVANETTIÇağla ZENCİRCİGuillaume GIOVANETTITurkeyFrance20Second BreathMIN YongkeunSHIM HyunwooKorea 21Silent mistZHANG MiaoyanGuillaume DE SEILLEChinaFrance22SMOKE ON THE WATERTOMINA TetsuyaHATANAKA MinaJapan 23SUNRISEAdilkhan YERZHANOVOlga KHLASHEVAKazakhstan 24SwallowLEESONG HeeilKIM IlkwonKorea 25The Sweet RequiemRitu SARIN Tenzing SONAMRitu SARINIndiaUK26TuitionLEI Yuan BinTAN Bee ThiamSingapore 27UnlosableCJ WANGMichelleYEHTaiwan 28VeniceRusudan CHKONIARusudan CHKONIAVladimer KATCHARAVAGeorgia 29The Wasted LandEddie CAHYONOIfa ISFANSYAH Isabelle GLACHANTIndonesia 30Yellow ApplesShahram MOKRIMohammad ATEBBAIIran  

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] World's First Entertainment Intellectual Property Market (E-IP Market)

    World's First Entertainment Intellectual Property Market (E-IP Market) Held in Busan! Asian Film Market 2015 Opens E-IP Market   Held for four days from October 3rd (Sat.) to 6th (Tues.) during the 20th Busan International Film Festival, Asian Film Market 2015 will test run the Entertainment Intellectual Property Market (E-IP Market).   The intellectual property rights to original works have rapidly rose to become key components in the entertainment business that attracts huge capital. This trend is evidenced by how China has emerged as the world's biggest market in search for rights to various entertainment contents. Recent Hollywood productions that were made into series also showed the need for more original content. In recognition of the slump in its market, the European countries are in search of media that would turn around the current situation. Meanwhile, the rights owners of original works are boldly making their entrance into new platforms, attracted by how their original works may be reproduced in various platforms and into various genres. Marking the 20th anniversary of Busan International Film Festival and the 10th anniversary of Asian Film Market in 2015, Asian Film Market will test run the world's first E-IP Market where transactions of various intellectual property rights to a variety of original works will be made possible and aims to lead the future changes in the global entertainment market, focusing on the film and audiovisual industry.   What is E-IP Market? Asian Film Market's E-IP Market is a market for transacting intellectual property rights to all kinds of original works that may be reproduced in various platforms, focusing on the film and audiovisual industry. The transacted rights include the traditional intellectual property rights such as the right to remake films or the right to adapt literary works (novels and comic books) and performances (plays and musicals). Further included are the rights to original works utilized on new media platforms (web, mobile, SNS, tablet, etc.) that are rapidly diversified with the IT development. Such original works on new platforms are characterized with having a story format and includes the following: webtoons that were globally noticed ever since it began in Korea; web dramas that are looking for new business models; web novels; TV variety shows; animations; TV commercials in the form of mini-dramas; online games; mobile games; and character industry. This year, the original works presented at the market will be limited to Korean original works, but from 2016, the market will gradually broaden its scope in Asia to include Japanese mangas, Southeast Asian films, Chinese web novels, and more.   Significance of E-IP Market In the entertainment market, the transaction of intellectual property rights have already been carried out by purchasing the remake rights to an original film or by purchasing the right to adapt into a film or an audiovisual form from original novels and comic books and producing them into films or drama series. However, as online-based new platforms are diversely developed, the borders between markets around the world have become tenuous, and the film and audiovisual production costs have risen exponentially, the demand for the rights to original works with a proven history of success is greatly increasing. In line with this trend, Busan International Film Festival's Asian Film Market will make available entertainment intellectual property rights from various platforms and take leadership in the future transactions of such rights by taking advantage of the fact that Korea is one of the leaders in IT.   2015 E-IP Market In Detail E-IP Market offers 5 types of business opportunities: E-IP Pitching that presents projects carefully selected from various genres and platforms; BOOK TO FILM Pitching that presents book projects only; E-IP Forum that overviews the current trend in Asian IP industry; E-IP Legal Seminar which will offer practical help for contract issues; and E-IP sales booths where participants can personally conduct business transactions.   Representatives of Korean Webtoons, Web dramas, Books, and Variety Shows Gather in One Place Among the E-IP events, the most noteworthy ones are E-IP Pitching and BOOK TO FILM Pitching. Through the newly installed E-IP Pitching event, people in the worldwide entertainment industry will be introduced to 10 original works selected from various platforms and industry fields that range from webtoons to web dramas, publications, TV variety shows, and film remakes. For the first installment, the original works will be presented from a selection of works recommended by the market advisory committee. Separately, the Book-To-Film Pitching event presents 10 original publications. In its fourth year, Book-To-Film program is one that receives great attention from not only the film and audiovisual industry, but also from the publishing world. As of this year, following the success of <Sun-Am Girls Detective Club> (2013 selection) which was produced into a TV drama series, 4 out of 10 works selected in 2014 have either succeeded in making a deal or are in the process of closing a deal.   Made available for sales companies dealing in the intellectual property rights to various original works, E-IP sales booths provide a place for direct transactions with the purchasers looking such original works. Interested sales companies can freely participate after registering for a sales booth during the registration period. Also, creators and producers of any industry field in need of a creative item, subject matter or story can participate in the market by purchasing a badge to the Asian film Market. For more information about market badge and sales booth registration, please check the Asian Film Market website for more details.   With the E-IP Market, Busan Steps Up as the Center of Global Entertainment Market in the New Media Era With the knowledge and know-how gained from running the Asian Project Market, Asian Film Market has brought down the divisive walls between the industries by successfully holding the BOOK TO FILM events. Asian Film Market has retained its unrivaled position as a market for Asian films. E-IP Market will offer a look into the future of the Asian Film Market, both in terms of quality and of quantity. Moreover, in the global new media era, the opening of the E-IP Market will not only lead and guide the trend of the convergent content market in the entertainment industry, but it is expected to raise Busan, the "City of Film", as the center of global entertainment market.

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] Busan International Film Festival Co-Director and Deputy Director Announced

    Busan International Film Festival Co-Director and Deputy Director Announced   The Busan International Film Festival Organization Committee confirmed its new co-director and deputy director at a Special Assembly held July 6th on the 1st floor council chamber of Busan City Hall. KANG soo-youn, Co-Director of Busan International Film Festival Actress KANG soo-youn was introduced as co-director of the Busan International Film Festival. A member of the executive committee since 1998, KANG has played a significant role to connect international cineastes with the film festival and hopes to continue efforts with Director LEE Yong-kwan to create a brighter future for the festival. Director LEE discussed earlier in the year about the recruitment of a co-director and concluded that KANG was qualified for the position after several recommendations. Co-Director KANG showed deference to this decision stating that “it’s a difficult position to be in with tremendous responsibilities, but I will do my very best to create the best festival with people who already made it this far.” At an early age, co-director KANG soo-youn started her career as a child actor and became an international star with best actress awards in acclaimed film festivals that include the 44th Venice International Film Festival with <The Surrogate Woman> and 16th Moscow International Film Festival with <Come, Come, Come Upward>. She also built a global social network and accolades by serving on a jury for major film festivals like the Moscow International Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, and Sydney Film Festival. Using her past experiences as a member of the executive committee, co-director KANG will continue to interact with cineastes from around the world and successfully fulfill her role to secure an international network for the festival.   LEE myung-shik, Deputy Director of Busan International Film Festival LEE myung-shik, the former director of BUSAN E-FM, an English-speaking radio, who has been supporting local broadcasting for an extended period of time was appointed deputy director. Starting from the Busan Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) newsroom, LEE held many posts in Korea New Network (KNN), including director of news, administration, production, and planning head.  He will act as a bridge between the film festival and the local community. Through this revision in the articles of association, the deputy director positions on the organization committee have increased to two and deputy directors of the film festival have increased to four. This will allow effective communication between the Busan International Film Festival, Busan Cinema Center, and all related organizations to prepare for the upcoming festival.    

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] BIFF 2015 Reveals Official Poster

    BIFF 2015 Reveals Its Official Poster  The 20th Busan International Film Festival selects its official poster with 70 days left to go.   The official poster is based on a photograph of the Busan Cinema Center, which was designed by Coop HIMMELBLAU in 2011. The building symbolizes the festival and its growth within the past years. With organic curves and achromatic colors, the photograph depicts an irregular, yet solemn image of the architecture. As the Busan International Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary, the official poster signifies a new beginning with the Busan Cinema Center that has blossomed, along with the festival’s growth, into a cultural complex. The 20th Busan International Film Festival makes a new change by using a photograph instead of a painting. The photograph and design of the official poster was completed by Busan International Film Festival’s art director CHOI Soon-dae.   The selection of the official poster ignites the preparation of the Busan International Film Festival with film and guest invitations, as well as program planning. The 20th Busan International Film Festival opens October 1, 2015 and will be held for 10 days.    <Poster Original Artist Profile> Photographer/Designer: CHOI Soon-dae (Art Director, Busan International Film Festival) President, Busan Ensemble of Contemporary Visual Design 1997-Present, Art Director, Busan International Film Festival 1990-Present, CEO, ILLUST BANK 2004, Design Adviser, Busan Asian Games 1997-1998, Chairman, Busan Illust Association

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] 2015 Asian Film Academy Selects 24 Participants

    2015 Asian Film Academy (AFA) Selects 24 Participants   Asian Film Academy (AFA), a global filmmaking education program for the future of Asian cinema, announces 24 participants for 2015.   AFA, in its 11th year, selected the fellows for 2015 AFA from 13 countries. Many experienced candidates applied to the program this year, including Ahmad YUNIARDI (Indonesia), the editor of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival’s Critic’s Week invitee The Fox Exploits the Tiger’s Might (2015), and Abolfazl TALOONI (Iran), the editor of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival’s Short Competitive section Patriot (2015). With increased numbers of Chinese applicants since 2014, 3 fellows from China were also selected this year. The number of Chinese applicants is expected to continuously grow.   AFA will provide a wide range of programs that include short film production, mentoring, workshops, and a master class starting from September 24 (Thu) to October 11 (Sun).   ○ 2015 Asian Film Academy (AFA) Final Participants List      (Country in Alphabetical Order)   No Name Country 1 MD. Barkat HOSSAIN Bangladesh 2 HENG Lim Cambodia 3 CHHIN Sothea Cambodia 4 YAN Daiyao China 5 Alex Ruiqing MA China 6 Yanqiu FEI China 7 Cyrus TANG Hong Kong 8 WONG Fei Pang Hong Kong 9 Aniruddh India 10 Modhura PALIT India 11 Ahmad YUNIARDI Indonesia 12 Abolfazl TALOONI Iran 13 Takuya MISAWA Japan 14 LEE Joohyun Korea 15 GO Kyungho Korea 16 Aidyl Abadi Bin ANWARDI Malaysia 17 Ellie NGIM Malaysia 18 Robin Sharma DAHAL Nepal 19 Grace SIMBULAN Philippine 20 Martika Ramirez ESCOBAR Philippine 21 Jose Paolo DIAZ Philippine 22 KIM Su En Russia 23 Kelvin CHEW Singapore 24 Martin HONG Singapore   Jerzy ZIELINSKI Confirmed as 2015 AFA Cinematography Mentor Polish cinematographer and director Jerzy ZIELINSKI was announced as the 2015 AFA Cinematography mentor. Jerzy ZIELINSKI graduated from the Cinematography Department of the Polish National Film School in 1975 and is recognized for his work Aria for an Athlete (1979), which received the Best Cinematography Award at the Polish Film Festival. He expanded his career to the United States with the American TV series The Job (2001), Monk, Episode 1 (2002), and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004). Other works include Polish director Agnieszka HOLLAND’s Washington Square (1997), The Lazarus Project (2008), and The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009), a film that earned him an American Society of Cinematographer (ASC) Awards nomination. Recently, Jerzy ZIELINSKI directed his first film King of Life (2015).  Along with AFA dean WANG Xiaoshuai, directing mentor Anthony CHEN, and deputy dean OH Seok-geun (Director of Busan Film Commission), Jerzy ZIELINSKI will share his broad expertise in cinematography with the newly selected AFA fellows this year.   The 20th Busan International Film Festival held from October 1 (Thu) to 10 (Sat), 2015 Asian Film Market held October 3 (Sat) to 6 (Tue), 2015 Asian Project Market held October 4 (Sun) to 6 (Tue), 2015

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) 2015 Selection Announced

    Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) 2015 Selection Announced 24 Projects Selected – 17 Asian Projects, 7 Korean Projects The Asian Cinema Fund (ACF), a unified body of production support program for international prospects and the promotion of Asian films, announces its 24 selections for 2015. A total of 384 projects have been submitted over the past three months in three ACF categories: Script Development Fund, Post-Production Fund, and Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund. Applicants from Southwest Asia, China, Middle Asia and the Middle East have submitted projects to enrich the program with unique diversities. ○ACF2015 Script Development Fund (5 Projects: 5 from Asia) Category Project Director Country Script Development Fund Asia Barzakh Saodat ISMAILOVA Uzbekistan/ France/ Tajikistan The Orphanage Shahrbanoo SADAT Afghanistan/Denmark Smoke on the Water TOMINA Tetsuya Japan Wajib Annemarie JACIR Palestine Tuition LEI Yuan Bin Singapore The 2015 Script Development Fund selected 5 Asian projects (excluding Korea) from 182 applicants. Middle Asia and Middle East directors depicted current changes and historical vestige that have been duly noted by the ACF and acknowledged by the selection of projects from young female director Shahrbanoo SADAT of Kabul Afghanistan and female director Annemarie JACIR of Palestine. Additionally, by Director LEI Yuan Bin, a 2008 AFA alumni and nominee for the Busan International Film Festival’s Wide Angle Documentary Competition section with <03-FLATS>, was selected for the Asian Film Academy (AFA) Project Selection. Sponsored by Showbox Inc., the AFA Project Selection is selected from new projects created by AFA alumni. The 5 selections will each receive KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD 10,000) for Script Development Funds.   ○ACF2015 Post-Production Fund (6 Projects: 2 from Asia, 3 from Korea, 1 from Biennale College-Cinema)  Category Project Director Country Post-Production Fund Asia Leopard Do Not Bite Prasanna JAYAKODY Sri Lanka Kothanodi Bhaskar HAZARIKA India Korea Another Way CHO Chang-Ho Korea Steel Flower PARK Sukyoung Korea Alone PARK Hong Min Korea Biennale College-Cinema Blanka HASEI Kohki Japan/ Philippines/ Italy The 2015 Post-Production Fund selected 2 Asian, 3 Korean, and 1 Biennale College-Cinema (Venice Film Festival) projects this year. Director Bhaskar HAZARIKA’s <Kothanodi> (a fable on Indian Assam women) and by Director Prasanna JAYAKODY (invitee to the 2011 Busan Film Festival’s A Window on Asian Cinema section with ) were selected as Asian projects. Korean selections will premiere new projects by Director PARK Hong Min (whose film was invited to the 2011 Busan Film Festival’s Korean Cinema Today-Vision section), Director PARK Sukyoung (whose film invited to the 2014 Busan Film Festival’s Korean Cinema Today-Vision section), and Director CHO Chang-Ho (director of film nomination to the 2005 Busan International Film Festival New Currents section). After the post-production process this summer, the completed projects will have their world premiere at the 20th Busan International Film Festival. ACF also collaborated with the Venice Film Festival to offer Post-Production Fund support to an Asian film from the 3 selected projects of the Biennale College-Cinema. by Director HASEI Kohki was selected this year and will screen at the 20th Busan International Film Festival after its premiere at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. The selected projects will receive post-production services that include Digital Intermediate (DI), Sound Mixing, and Digital Cinema Package (DCP) from quality Korean studios. Starting this year, projects will receive English subtitle spotting services from a new subtitling company KUMTLE along with cooperation from the Korean Film Council, CJ Powercast, SEBANG SDL, Digital Studio 2L, The Color, Studio SH, Wavelab STD, PLUSGAIN, and Forestt Studio of China. ○ACF2015 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund (13 Projects: 9 from Asia, 4 from Korea) Category Project Director Country Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund Asia Absent Without Leave LAU Kek Huat Taiwan/Malaysia For Our Collective Conscience Anurag SINGH India The Forgotten Ghada TERAWI Palestine Greener Pastures - The Story Of Three Families Tin Win NAING Myanmar/Germany The Last Lake Chan LIDA Cambodia/France Marriage Cop Shashwati TALUKDAR/ Cheryl HESS India Only Memory Left Alive Guillaume SUON Cambodia/France Wish Tree SU Qing China When The Sun Didn't Rise Teenaa KAUR India Korea Karma WON HoYeon Korea A Corner Shop LEE Sook Kyung Korea The Stranger JIN Moyoung Korea Ashes of Dreams OH Hyunjin/ KO Duhyun Korea   The 2015 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund selected 13 projects. The 9 Asian documentaries, including by Guillaume SUON who was awarded the 2014 BIFF Mecenat Award with , introduce a wide range of subjects this year. Indian projects hold a significant presence with the depiction of violence and local social issues, while the Palestinian documentary by Director Ghada TERAWI use an artistic approach to investigate personal memory of a Japanese freedom fighter (Japanese Red Army) who gave up his life in Japan to join the Palestinian liberation movement. The 4 Korean documentaries also portray various views on Korean society. Director WON HoYeon’s tell a story about a boy monk and school violence, whereas Director LEE Sook Kyung’s introduce unique characters working in a small store. by Director JIN Moyoung and by Director OH Hyunjin and KO Duhyun both illustrate the life of North Korean defectors and immigrant workers, but take on a different perspective and approach to the subject. The AND Fund is supported by Youngsan University, Dongseo University, Busan Bank, and BIFF Mecenat.   Ø  AND Fund Asian Project Cash Grant -       KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD 10,000 2 Projects): Absent Without Leave, Marriage Cop -       KRW 5,000,000 (approx. USD 5,000 7 Projects): The Last Lake, Greener Pastures-The Story of Three Families, Wish Tree, Only Memory Left Alive, For Our Collective Conscience, The Forgotten, When the Sun Didn’t Rise   Ø  AND Fund Korean Project Cash Grant -  KRW 20,000,000 (approx. USD 20,000 1 Project): Karma -  KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD 10,000 3 Projects): A Corner Shop, Ashes of Dreams, The Stranger     The 20th Busan International Film Festival held from October 1 (Thu) to 10 (Sat), 2015 Asian Film Market held from October 3 (Sat) to 6 (Tue), 2015

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] Asia’s Masters and Newcomers Project

    Busan International Film Festival and Youku Announce the Master Directors for the Asia’s Masters and Newcomers Project   The Busan International Film Festival and Youku, China’s biggest video-sharing website, start the Asia’s Masters and Newcomers Project based on a MOU signed last year to discover and support talented young Asian filmmakers. Four master directors Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL, IM Sang Soo, KAWASE Naomi, and Xiaoshuai WANG were confirmed to lead the project.   Leading the Way for Young Asian Directors The Asian Collaboration Project will select four master and four newcomer directors to produce short films and will provide funding for one newcomer to make a feature length film. Three of the newcomers were selected by the Busan International Film Festival and one by Youku. Masters and newcomers will individually produce a short film, which will premiere at this year’s Busan International Film Festival. Youku will sponsor the production costs for both the short and feature films, while the Busan International Film Festival will select the directors and best film.   4 Master Directors Confirmed IM Sang Soo, KAWASE Naomi, Xiaoshuai WANG, and Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL were confirmed as master directors who will be coupled with newcomers to advise and mentor on the short film production process. One of the newcomer’s films will be selected by the master directors and the chief programmer of the Busan International Film Festival, to be sponsored by Youku as a feature production. The confirmed newcomers include Youku selected CHENG Liang (China), 2009 Busan International Film Festival Asian Film Academy graduate Phuttiphong AROONPHENG (Thailand), 2014 graduate Asmita SHRISH (Nepal), and 2014 Busan International Film Festival Wide Angle Short Film competitive section nominee director LEE Han Jong.   Master Directors List (Alphabetical Order) IM Sang Soo / Director, Korea After a successful debut with Girls’ Night Out (1998), Director IM Sang Soon established his reputation through the works of Tears (2000), A Good Lawyer’s Wife (2003), The President’s Last Bang (2004), and The Old Garden (2007) that satirized problems found in Korean society. His remake of Director KIM Ki-young’s The Housemaid (1960) was invited to the competitive section of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, followed by The Taste of Money (2012) in 2012. His new film Intimate Enemies will be released this summer.   KAWASE Naomi / Director, Japan Director KAWASE Naomi caught the domestic and international spotlight with works in documentaries and feature films. In 1997, she became the youngest winner of the Camera d’Or Award in the history of Cannes Film Festival with her first feature Suzaku (1997), followed by various recognitions in 2006 at Locarno International Film Festival, Taiwan, Copenhagen, and Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival with Tarachime (2006), a documentary on her childbirth. Director KAWASE also received the Grand Prix at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival for The Mourning Forest (2007) and was invited to the competitive section of the 2014 Cannes and 2014 Busan International Film Festival with Still the Water (2014). More recently, she produced a Korean-Japanese film, A Midsummer’s Fantasia (2014) and her new film An (2015) was invited in the Un Certain Regards section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.   Xiaoshuai WANG / Director, China Born in 1966 in Shangai, WANG Xiaoshuai graduated from the Beijing Film Academy and is one of China’s leading Sixth Generation filmmakers. His low-budget directorial debut The Days (1993) and his acclaimed works such as Chongqing Blues and Beijing Bicycle expose the realistic dark shadows of history and the social reality drawn over the daily life of today’s Chinese society. The Days (1993) and So Close To Paradise (1998) were invited to the 4th Busan International Film Festival and received significant acclaim. Director WANG also received the Silver Bear Award at the 51st Berlin International Film Festival with Beijing Bicycle (2001), the Jury Award at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival with Shanghai Dreams (2005) and competed in the competitive section of the 63rd Cannes Film Festival with Chongqiing Blues (2010).   Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL / Director, Thailand Born in Thailand, Director Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL studied cinema at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He began shooting short films in 1994 and by 2000, produced his first feature Mysterious Object At Noon (2000), selected as one of the best films in 2000 by Village Voice and Filmcomment. He also won Un Certain Regard at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival with Blissfully Yours (2002) and made 3rd place in Cahier du Cinema’s best film list of 2002. Tropical Malady (2004) received the Jury Prize at the 2004 Cannes and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) received the Palme d’Or in 2010. His most recent work Cemetery of Splendor (2015) was invited in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Rookie Director List (Alphabetical Order) Phuttiphong AROONPHENG / Thailand / 2009 Asian Film Academy Graduate LEE Han Jong / Korea / 2014 Busan International Film Festival Korean Short Competitive Section Nominee Asmita SHRISH / Nepal / 2014 Asian Film Academy Graduate ㅣ Fateme Ahmadi (Co-director) CHENG Liang / China   The 20th Busan International Film Festival held from October 1 (Thu) to 10 (Sat), 2015 Asian Film Market held October 3 (Sat) to 6 (Tue), 2015 Asian Project Market held October 4 (Sun) to 6 (Tue), 2015  

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] Asian Project Market - Accepting Submissions until June 15

    Asian Project Market - Accepting Submissions until June 15 The Asian Project Market (APM) is now accepting online registration for 2015 with opportunities for investment and co-production in big-scale commercial films to low-budget independent films. The Asian Project Market supports both rookie and master directors of various Asian and international features by introducing and arranging meetings with investors, producers, and distributors. Over the past 17 years, APM has selected 442 films, of which approximately 200 have been completed. To list a few achievements, one of the selections from 2013, AN (Japan, 2015) by Director Kawase Naomi has been selected for the Un Certain Regard section at the upcoming 68th Festival de Cannes and Thanatos, Drunk (Taiwan, 2015) by Director Chang Tso Chi from 2012 APM entry was invited to the Panorama section at the 65th Berlin Film Festival in February. The President (Georgia/France, 2014) by Mohsen MAKHMALBAF screened in the opening ceremony of the Orizzonti section at the 71st Venice Film Festival, Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere (Nguyen Hoang Diep, Vietnam/France, 2014) won Best Film at the Venice Film Festival’s International Critics’ Week the same year, Fires on the Plain (Shinya TSUKAMOTO, Japan, 2014) was also nominated for the Golden Lion Award the same year, Stray Dogs (Ming-liang Tsai, Taiwan/France, 2013) won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Venice Film Festival, and What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love (Mouly Surya, Indonesia, 2013) competed in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and won the NETPAC Award at the 2013 Rotterdam Film Festival. Korean APM projects including 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) all 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 the success of Paju (2009) by PARK Chan-ok, APM has helped discover the new projects of talented directors such as ZHANG Lu of Gyeongju (2013) that screened in the 67th Locarno International Film Festival and 19th Busan International Film Festival, and PARK Jung Bum of Alive (2014). Other projects like Seoul Station by Director YEON Sangho and Memories of the Sword by Director PARK Heung-shik are currently under production. The 2015 Asian Project Market will be held for three days from October 4 (Sun) to 6 (Tue), 2015.For online registration and information, please visit the APM official website (http://apm.asianfilmmarket.org). The deadline is June 15, earlier than last year.  APM Contact Details:Email: apm@asianfilmmarket.orgTel: +82-51-709-2234  List of Previous APM Projects  List of Completed APM Projects (See attached)  The 20th Busan International Film Festival will be held October 1 (Thu) – 10 (Sat), 2015The Asian Film Market will be held October 3 (Sat) – 6 (Tue), 2015 The Asian Project Market will be held October 4 (Sun) – 6 (Tue), 2015   Busan International Film Festival http://www.biff.kr  Email: foreignpress@biff.kr Public Relations Team: +82-2-3675-5097 (Seoul)  

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] 2015 Asian Film Academy Dean Confirmed & Calling for Applicants

    2015 Asian Film Academy Dean Confirmed & Calling for Applicants   Busan International Film Festival’s 11th Asian Film Academy (AFA), the educational program dedicated to fostering new talents from Asia, announced the dean and faculty members for 2015.   Director WANG Xiaoshuai, Confirmed as 2015 AFA Dean!   Director WANG Xiaoshuai from China has been named as Dean of AFA 2015. Known for illustrating the dark sides of the Chinese society through the eyes of today’s younger generation, Director WANG has expanded his reputation with his works including Beijing Bicycle (2001), which received the Silver Bear Award from the 51st Berlin International Film Festival, Chongqing Blues (2010), which was invited to the 63rd Cannes competition section, and Red Amnesia (2014), which was invited to the 19th Busan International Film Festival last year.   In addition to Director WANG Xiaoshuai, Anthony CHEN, a young Singapore director, was selected as directing mentor. Director CHEN received the Golden Camera award at the 66th Cannes Film Festival with his directorial debut, Ilo Ilo (2013). Moreover, OH Seok-geun, the Director of Busan Film Commission and deputy dean of AFA since 2011, will continue supporting young fellows this year as deputy dean.   18 Days of International Cinema Education, 2015 AFA Now Accepting Fellowship Application until April 30!   Asian Film Academy is in its 11th year and calling for applicants until April 30. Producing 241 fellows from 29 countries, AFA provides an environment in which young filmmakers undergo a series of programs including hands-on experience in short film production, mentoring, workshops, and master classes to acquire the knowledge and philosophy of filmmaking. The program will run from September 24 (Thu) to October 11 (Sun). For more information, please visit the AFA website (http://afa.biff.kr) or contact the AFA coordinator (Tel. 051-709-2034 / Email: afa@biff.kr) for other inquiries.   About Asian Film Academy Asian Film Academy is an educational program hosted by Busan International Film Festival, Dongseo University and Busan Film Commission to foster young Asian talent and establish a network for Asian filmmakers. 24 young filmmakers from all over Asia are selected each year for 18-day filmmaking workshop, which takes place during the film festival season in Busan. Previous AFA Deans have been appointed from the ranks of world-renowned filmmakers including Béla TARR, KUROSAWA Kiyoshi, HOU Hsiao Hsien, IM Kwon-taek, LEE Chang-dong, Mohsen MAKHMALBAF, Abbas KIAROSTAMI, and JIA Zhangke.   ** Overview u  Dates: September 24 (Thu) ~ October 11 (Sun), 2015 (18 days) u  Host: Dongseo University, Busan Film Commission, Busan International Film Festival Organization u  Application Deadline : April 30 (Thu), 2015 u  Acceptance Announcement: July 10 (Fri), 2015 u  Application Process: Please visit the website (http://afa.biff.kr) u  Contact : afa@biff.kr / Tel. +82-51-709-2034   ** 2015 Faculty Profile Dean: WANG Xiaoshuai / Director/ China Born in 1966 in Shangai, WANG Xiaoshuai graduated from Beijing Film Academy and is now one of China’s leading filmmakers from the Sixth Generation. His low-budget directorial debut The Days (1993) and his acclaimed works including Chongqing Blues and Beijing Bicycle expose the realistic dark shadows of history and social reality drawn over the daily life of today’s Chinese society. He continued directing Frozen (1996) under a pseudonym ‘Wu Ming (Without a Name),’ despite government censorship. The Days (1993) and So Close To Paradise (1998) were invited to the 4th Busan International Film Festival and received much acclaims. Moreover, Director WANG received the Silver Bear Award at the 51st Berlin International Film Festival with Beijing Bicycle (2001) and competed in the competitive section of the 63rd Cannes Film Festival with Chongqiing Blues (2010).   Deputy Dean: OH Seok-geun / Director & Director of Busan Film Commission / Korea Director OH Seok-geun debuted with the feature As You Please and directed The 101st Proposition (1993) and Love is a Crazy Thing (2005). Now, as the Director of Busan Film Commission, he develops various businesses to build a production network between Busan and Asian countries. In 2010, he produced an omnibus film Camellia (2010) with Korean, Japanese, and Thai directors, which screened in the Busan International Film Festival’s closing ceremony the same year.   Directing Mentor: Anthony CHEN / Director / Singapore Born in 1984 in Singapore, Director Anthony CHEN studied film in Ngee Ann Polytechnic and received his Master of Directing at National Film and Television School in United Kingdom. He continued his work with 6 short films including G-23 (2005), Haze (2008), Hotel 66 (2010), and The Reunion Dinner (2011), with Ah ma (2007) receiving Special Mention in the short film section at the 60th Cannes Film Festival. Moreover, his first feature Ilo Ilo (2013) received the Golden Camera Award in the 66th Cannes Film Festival and was introduced in over 20 distinguished international film festivals, receiving much praises as one of Asia’s promising directors.    The 20th Busan International Film Festival will be held October 1 (Thu) – 10 (Sat), 2015

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    [2015 BIFF Press Release] Submission for 2015 Asian Cinema Fund is now open

    Submission for 2015 Asian Cinema Fund is now open Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Cinema Fund(ACF) which discovers and supports up-and-coming Korean and Asian directors is now accepting submissions of new projects. Since its launch, ACF has funded 105 feature films and 146 documentaries with its comprehensive and systematic support programs. It has supported new projects of promising Asian directors as well as documentaries with experimental point of views. Among the more recent ACF funded projects, A Matter of Interpretation by director LEE Kwang-kuk (2014 Post-production fund) and Alive by director PARK Jungbum (2010 Script development fund) were both invited to the 2015 International Film Festival Rotterdam for their high quality of execution. The Chinese Mayor by Zhou HAO from China won the Special Jury Prize in the World Cinema Documentary section of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Moreover, So Be It by Thailand’s Kongdej JATURANRASMEE (2014 Post-production fund) was invited to the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival.   Script Development Fund Post-Production Fund Asian Network of Documentary Fund Close Submission March 20 April 20 April 20 Eligible Project Work-in-development fiction feature script Fiction feature project shot in digital HD Feature length documentary project for theatrical release Fund Cash grant 10,000,000 KRW Post-production services (DI, Final mixing, English subtitling, DCP) In Korean post studios Cash grant 10,000,000 KRW or 5,000,000 KRW Additional Support   Airfare, Accommodation, English-Korean Translator during working in Korea AND Program (consultation & networking) during 20th BIFF How to Submit Online submission through ACF website (http://acf.biff.kr) plus mailing DVD * If Chinese Project is selected for Post-production Fund, the project will be working with post studios in Beijing, China. In this case, airfare, accommodation will not be provided by BIFF.* From this year, ACF supports English subtitle spotting for Post-production Fund selected projects.  DI work, sound mixing, and DCP(Digital Cinema Package) are provided by the following post-production companies: Korean Film Council, CJ Powercast, Sebang SDL, Digital Studio 2L, The Color, Studio SH, Plus Gain, Wavelab STD, Forestt Studios. AND Fund is sponsored by YoungSan University, DongSeo University, Busan Bank, and BIFF Mecenat. The 20th Busan International Film Festival will take place from October 1-10, 2015.   

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    2014 Busan International Film Festival Award Results

    2014 Busan International Film Award ResultsNew Currents AwardEnd of Winter / KIM Daehwan (Korea)13 / Hooman SEYEDI (Iran) BIFF Mecenat AwardThe Storm Makers / Guillaume SUON (Cambodia)Collapse / MUN Jeonghyun, LEE Wonwoo (Korea) Sonje AwardStairway / Matt WU (Taiwan)The Night / CHOI Kiyun (Korea) Actor & Actress of the Year Award2014 Actor of the YearSet Me Free / CHOI Woo-shik (Korea)2014 Actress of the Year Wild Flowers / CHO Soohyang (Taiwan) KNN AwardGhadi / Amin DORA (Lebanon) Busan Bank AwardThe Boss, Anatomy of a Crime / Sebastian SCHINDEL (Argentina)

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    [Press Release] 2nd Year of AND Taskovski Film Asian Talent Fund Award

    2nd Year of AND Taskovski Film Asian Talent Fund Award   Asian Network of Documentary (AND) program of Asian Cinema Fund and Taskovski Films completed their second year of partnership at the Busan International Film Festival through AND Taskovski Films Asian Talent Fund.   Established last year, AND Taskovski Films Asian Talent Cinema Fund Award is aimed at supporting Asian documentary within the international market. Through this award, Taskovski Films will provide mentorship for one project participating at the AND Clinic; 1 year of intensive consultancy on its development, financing, and international distribution will be given. For 2014 AND Taskovski Film Asian Talent Cinema Fund Award, the Chinese project Weaving by director Wang Yang and producer Huang Jiaqing has been selected.   AND is a coalition committed to supporting the production and distribution of Asian documentaries. The administration and oversight of AND are being managed by the Asian Cinema Fund of the Busan International Film Festival. During the Busan International Film Festival, AND holds its Clinics program which introduces key knowledge to Asian filmmakers to strengthen their projects and broaden insights into documentary markets.   Taskovski Films’ main activities include promotion and sales, development, financing and co-producing documentary and feature films, festival consultancy and publicity services. With a passion to discover new talent and authorial stories, Taskovski Films welcome innovative, playful and risky forms of filmmaking capable of engaging and surprising audiences around the globe.    

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    [Press Release] Busan International Film Festival signs MOU with Youku

    [Press Release]Busan International Film Festival_(2014.10.01)Busan International Film Festival signs MOU with Chinese Biggest Video Sharing Website Youku,‘Asia’s Masters and Newcomers Project’The Busan International Film Festival will sign MOU with China’s biggest video sharing website Youku on October 4 for the Asia’s Masters and Newcomers Project to discover and nurture new Asian newbie filmmakers.The MOU agreement was accomplished to discover and promote rookie Asian film directors. ‘Asia’s Masters and Newcomers Project’ will select 4 new directors and 4 experienced directors and provide them with financial support for short film production for 3 years, from 2015 to 2017. Based on MOU agreements, the Busan International Film Festival will select 2 rookie directors from AFA(Asian Film Academy) and Youku will decide on 2 other directors among the 8. The Busan International Film Festival and Youku will complete the director selection by the end of this year and will start film production from early next year. The completed 8 short films will premiere at the Busan International Film Festival. Youku will grant production costs for feature film production for one short film directed by new directors. The collaboration of the Busan International Film Festival, hub of Asian film industry and Youku, the representative video sharing platform in China, a country with the biggest Asian film market, is expected to play big role in spotting and developing rookie directors in Asia.Youku is a Chinese version of Youtube, with its enormous influence as the biggest video sharing website in China. In the MOU signing ceremony, Victor Koo, the CEO of Youku will present. Victor Koo is a founder of Youku and has served as CEO since 2005. The ceremony will take place at the event ‘China Meets Korea in Busan’ at Emerald Hall, Grand Hotel at 20:00 on October 4 during the 19th Busan International Film Festival. 

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    [Press Release] The 19th BIFF Final Report

       The 19th BIFF Final Statistics Data Visitors   Total amount of theater visits 226,473     Accredited Guests (Press excl.) 7,882 Domestic 3,362 Foreign 775 Cinephiles 1,429 Asian Film Market 1,566 BC&F 750     Press 2,291 Domestic 1,971 Foreign 320     Screenings   Number of Films 312 from 79 countries World Premier 96 International Premier 36 Others (Asian,Korean Premier) 180     Asian Film Market   Sales Booth(including BIFCOM) 24 countries 195 companies, 109 booths Number of Films 84 (Market Premier 67) Number of Screenings 96 Online Screening 297(including 202 films from 19th BIFF) 

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    [Press Release] Asian Film Market 2014 Successfully Closed

    [Press Release] Busan International Film Festival (2014.10.08)   Asian Film Market 2014 Successfully Closed        The Asian Film Market 2014 (October 5 – 8) successfully closed after 4 days of events with the highest recorded number of Market Badge holders. This year’s Asian Film Market showcased a new venue, original events, an increased number of participants, and more diverse involvement from industry that led to highly satisfied Market participants and successful results.   The number of newly participating international film organizations increased and showed growth in quality and quantity. Compared to last year, the number of market booths jumped from 172 to 223 (the exhibition area), a 30% increase, and recorded the highest number in the Asian Film Market history. The total number of Market Badge holders increased to 1,566, an approximately 23% increase from last year. The Asian Film Market demonstrated its strength as a film market with its rise of sales results from the approximately 200 market booths, increase in the number of APM business meetings, as well as high evaluation of pitching events including Book To Film.   The Asian Film Market 2014 achieved its initial aim of expansion of global business confirmed by a significant increase in the number of new participants. Particularly, management companies’ booths, first-time Market participants, received many queries in regards to actors and much interest from production companies. JYP Entertainment’s active exchange with China regarding drama and film production led to continued enquiries. Visitors found the Asian Film Market 2014 to be a great place to meet global professionals from all over the world and not just Asia. The KOFIC (Korean Film Council) booth proved domestic and international enthusiasm for the Korean film industry with its high number of visitors. The Project Meeting Zone of Korean Film Center remained busy throughout the Market period with business meetings. A total of 12 International Co-production Development projects completed approximately 200 meetings. The Korean Film Center, comprised of 10 post-production and sales companies, carried out over 40 meetings.   The active participation in the Asian Film Market 2014 by Chinese companies stood out. China’s iQIYI signed exclusive rights for approximately 40 LOTTE Entertainment, and 50 FINECUT films. iQIYI, China’s largest online video platform, is a company responsible for exclusively distributing the popular Korean drama, My Love from the Star, to great success.   Book To Film, a program that acts as a bridge between publishers and film professionals, finalized 90 meetings after its pitching event; this is a reflection of the current international trend of cinematizing diverse genres of published content. Sung Suk-je’s The Invisible Man (Changbi Publishers), Chon Minsik’s The 13th Month (Bookfolio), and Joo Jin’s The King’s Code (GOZNUCK) were popular items. The meetings between publishers and film professionals were detailed and are expected to create sales. Asian Star Casting Forum, and Stars Line-up were introduced this year following the increase in the co-production and casting between countries. Management companies from different countries provided information about actors and global business strategies. Producing Blockbusters: 10 Korean Producers of Record-Breaking Hits answered high level of interest with an in-depth discussion on Korean cinema industry to a crowded venue.   84 films from 15 countries were screened 96 times in total at the Asian Film Market 2014. Of these, 17 films from the 19th Busan International Film Festival were included and the number of Market premieres increased to 67 from last year’s 60. The online screening service was provided for 297 films, including 202 festival films, for participants’ convenience. Market Badge holders can watch selected films until October 31 on the online screening homepage (http://os.asianfilmmarket.org/).     19th Busan International Film Festival will be held Oct 2, 2014 to Oct 11, 2014. Asian Film Market will be held Oct 5, 2014 to Oct 8, 2014. Asian Project Market will be held Oct 6, 2014 to Oct 8, 2014

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