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Gala Presentation

Influential filmmakers and actors present their film in Busan to celebrate their artistic achievements.

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A showcase of the latest films of contemporary iconic filmmakers from around the world.

A Window on Asian Cinema

A peak into the various styles and visions within Asian cinema, highlighting the films of this year's most talented Asian filmmakers as well as the work of directors already established within the industry.

New Currents

A competition among up-and-coming Asian filmmakers’ first or second features that bestows two films with a New Currents Award. All films must be presented as World or International Premiere.

Korean Cinema Today_Panorama

An introduction to the year's most significant and popular Korean films, from commercial blockbusters to art house favorites.

Korean Cinema Today_Vision

A carefully selected lineup of Korean independent feature films of the year and a glimpse into the future of Korean cinema.

Korean Cinema Retrospective

A look back into the past that sheds light onto the history of cinema by spotlighting a Korean filmmaker who has made a significant contribution to the medium or one with a specific thematic oeuvre.

World Cinema

A showcase of the year's non-Asian narrative features including the latest works from well-known filmmakers and international film festival awardees.

Flash Forward

A competition among non-Asian filmmakers' first or second features that take an innovative and original approach to cinema. The winner is selected by the audience and awarded the Busan Bank Award. All films must be presented as World or International Premiere.

Wide Angle

A section dedicated to showing outstanding short films, documentaries, and experimental films that offer broad cinematic viewpoints and a distinct vision.

Open Cinema

A collection of new and internationally acclaimed films that offer an ideal mix of the popular with the artistic are screened at the hallmark outdoor theater.