World & International Premieres
Asian Film Market
The Year of Successful First Step of Normalization of Busan International Film Festival
Since the boycott from the film organization has ended, the more filmmakers from Korea and the world have visited the festival this year as well as the actors and actresses. As for the case of Directors Guild of Korea, it showed a full attendance of directors at the Korean Filmmakers’ Night on the 5th and the 12th, and the Directors Guild of Korea Award has been resumed after two years. Many of major film productions, including CJ ENM, Lotte Cinema, Showbox, and NEW have held their own events to promote the exchange and the solidarity of filmmakers. In consequence, film festival finally proved to be normalized through making various events by many of filmmakers.
The Burgeoning Audience Participation in a Wide Variety of Programs
A large number of audience and citizens has shown a great deal of participation in programs and screenings run in the festival arena including the outdoor BIFF Theater, despite the typhoon over the weekend. Also, the early bird ticket sales rate has increased by 10% compared to the previous year. ‘Community BIFF 2018,’ the program run in the central area of Jung-gu, Busan, has offered the opportunities for the audience to experience and actively participate in the various programs, garnering many positive responses from the audience and promising to continue in the following year. There have been offered numerous exhibitions and VR booths at Busan Cinema Center, which provided yet another way to enjoy the festival and eventually led to an increase in the number of non-cinema going families visiting the festival. It has shown the will of BIFF to communicate with the audience at large by its decision to provide a number of interactive programs.
Revitalization of Film Festivals Networking and its Dynamics
A number of Asian cineaste’s participation has drastically increased compared to the previous year. Above all, both old and new generation of the Philippines cinema professionals took a big part in the festival and remarkable activities of directors/actors of features were captured at the networking programs such as Platform BUSAN and Asian Film Market which led to the revitalization of overall networking. Also, the dynamically changing trends of Asian cinema on the strength of young cineaste’s brilliant exploit could have confirmed the bright future of the Asian film industry. In addition, majority of EFP (European Film Promotion) membership organizations have participated, as more European films have been selected compared to last year.
Asian Film Market Settled as a Hub of Networking with Focus on Contents
911 companies participated for this year’s Asian Film Market (which is the 38% increased than last year) and it focused on its function as a networking place that variety of industry sectors mingle together to seek a better content. The 21st Asian Film Market has recorded 743 meetings (which is the best score of all time) and more than 350 meetings for E-IP market. Other meetings which are involved with buying or selling have recorded as more than 5000. VR grabbed a huge attention from video industry and some pitching events related to block chain, novel, web comic, and the festival’s official events including Asian Cinema Fund’s AND event and Platform BUSAN events were full of diversity and relevance.