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Overview

BIFF 2021 Features and Overview

Dates
October 6 (Wed) - 15 (Fri), 2021
Screening Venues
29 Screens in 6 Theaters
  • Busan Cinema Center, CGV Centum City, LOTTE CINEMA Centum City, LOTTE CINEMA Daeyoung, Sohyang Theater, BNK Busan Bank Art Cinema (Community BIFF)
Screenings
  • Official selection of 223 films from 70 countries
  • 63 films for Community BIFF screening
Major Events
  • Open Talk
  • Special Talk
  • Outdoor Greeting
  • Actor’s House
  • Master Class
  • Handprint Ceremony

Features of the Year

A new movement along a paradigm shift

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all film festivals around the world were forced to undergo a period of transition. As a result, the Busan International Film Festival has been contemplating a direction and vision of the film festival that is fitting for the new normal era, while taking into consideration BIFF's philosophy and methodology. The product of such contemplation for BIFF 2021 includes taking the first preparatory steps for the post-COVID-19 era with the launch of new programs.

The establishment of the “On Screen” section, which reflects the current state of the ever-expanding film industry, is significant in terms of providing more diverse viewership options to the contemporary audience by creating a win-win model in which OTT (Over the Top) platforms and the film festival embrace each other’s values. Furthermore, by launching a locally focused screening program that responds to the Glocal era, BIFF seeks to create a form of participation that extends beyond the city limits of Busan to all over Asia based on the non-hierarchical and decentralized spirit of the non-competitive film festival.

Special programs and new attempts, highlighting the shifts in the global film industry

The Busan International Film Festival has held various special programs every year. In some editions, the festival highlighted particular countries or directors, while in other editions, the special programs featured films from a certain generation or a specific genre. This year’s Busan International Film Festival has prepared two Special Programs in Focus that deal with Asian cinema: "Wonder Women’s Movies," which introduces some of the best Asian films by female directors that were selected through a survey of film industry professionals, and "New Voices, Chinese Films," which presents eclectic works of Chinese directors.

The On Screen section is a newly added section that screens breakout OTT series. Additionally, BIFF 2021 plans to introduce “Actor’s House,” in which actors interact with the audience in a conversation about their careers. A simultaneous screening and Guest Visit (GV) took place in Thailand and Vietnam during BIFF 2020. This year, a live GV is once again occurring in Thailand and Singapore during the film festival.

Expansion of Community BIFF and “BIFF in the Neighborhood”

Community BIFF, which started off in Nampo-dong, is spreading out to the entire Busan Metropolitan city this year. “BIFF in the Neighborhood” has been newly added to Community BIFF. Through BIFF in the Neighborhood, movies are screened in local communities across 14 districts. This approach produces a "localized brand that places film in the daily life of the town" by creating a regionally customized film festival. Community BIFF also includes the showcase of a local film made by the residents with the cooperation of the Busan Cinema Center - UNESCO Creative City of Film Busan, and the Urban Regeneration Center Busan. Through such efforts, the film festival will become an all-inclusive civic event.

100% of festival selections screened in theaters

All selections are screened in theaters, unless specified otherwise. Last year, each film was screened once on average. However, this year's festival will have multiple screenings per film, which was the norm at the Busan International Film Festival before the pandemic. Last year's physical screenings were restricted to the Busan Cinema Center. For this year, BIFF secured CGV Centum City, LOTTE CINEMA, and the Sohyang Theater, etc., which are the usual venues for the festival screenings. Moreover, social distancing is strictly practiced by operating theaters at a 50% audience capacity. All GVs for Korean films are to be held on-site, while a select number of international films will have online GVs.

Events and programs

Major program events, such as the Opening/Closing Ceremonies, Open Talks, and Outdoor Greetings will be held in person, while strictly following COVID-19 prevention guidelines. Unlike last year’s festival, press badges and the press center will also be in operation. Meanwhile, the Asian Cinema Fund (ACF), the Asian Film Academy (AFA), and the Platform Busan are tentatively suspended this year.

Strict preventative measures to be implemented in compliance with the government's guidelines; online ticket reservations required

Last year, there was no safety issue thanks to the strict preventative measures taken by the festival. This year, too, BIFF plans to take every precaution in managing the festival. Only 50% of audience capacity is allowed in each theater, and social distancing regulations will be followed, including at outdoor and indoor theaters. Thermal screening, mobile check-in, and regular disinfection will be practiced. Additionally, all seats must be reserved online. On-site ticket sales are available only for the canceled tickets and remaining seats. As shown in such measures, BIFF 2021 is devoted to making a safe and enjoyable film festival experience for the participants.

Lee Choon-yun Film Award established; publication of a special book commemorating Lee

The Busan International Film Festival established the Lee Choon-yun Film Award in order to commemorate the late Lee Choon-yun, the chairperson of CINE2000 and a prominent producer representing Korean cinema who was loved and respected by many Korean cineastes. The details of this award will be announced at the “Lee Choon-yun Remembrance Ceremony,” which will take place during this year's festival. The award will be given annually, starting next year (2022). Furthermore, a special commemoration book, Lee Choon-yun, the Man for Everyone, will be published during this year's festival. The book contains writings by and interviews of various filmmakers who reflect on and remember the life of the late producer, Lee Choon-yun.

Asian Contents & Film Market to be simultaneously held online and on-site

The Asian Contents & Film Market will once again be held online. Within the market, the Entertainment Intellectual Property Market (E-IP Market) and the Asian Project Market (APM) will host face-to-face meetings at the market site for domestic participants. At this year's market, 45 original works from Korea, Taiwan, and Japan as well as 25 feature film projects from Korea and Asia are presented. The ACFM Conference, which will be available online, plans to share the strategies to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and how to respond to the changed industry environment through conversations with professionals of major K-Contents industries.

Asia Contents Awards and Asian Film Awards to be broadcast live online and on-site

The Asia Contents Awards (ACA), which welcomes its third edition this year, has expanded its nominations to include animations, short-form works, and web dramas. This year’s ACA will announce the recipients in 14 categories through live streaming online. The 15th Asian Film Awards (AFA15), which is co-hosted by the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the Busan International Film Festival, and the Tokyo International Film Festival, will commence in a hybrid form that combines on-site attendance and online participation. The AFA15 plans to celebrate films and filmmakers who have contributed to the Asian film industry by presenting awards in 18 categories.