Awards

The Asian Filmmaker of the Year

This award is granted to the Asian filmmaker who has made the most significant contribution to the advancement of Asian film industry and culture throughout the year.

Korean Cinema Award

The Korean Cinema Award is presented to cineastes that have made a notable contribution in the globalization of Korean cinema.

New Currents Award

The New Currents Award is given to the two best feature films selected from the first or second feature of new Asian directors introduced in the New Currents section (a competitive section of BIFF for Asian films). A grand prize of USD 30,000 is awarded to each film. The jury consists of world-renowned film experts who will choose winners to discover and encourage the hidden jewels of Asian cinema.

Kim Jiseok Award

The Kim Jiseok Award, newly established in 2017, is to remember and honor the late Kim Ji-seok who devoted his whole life to discovering and supporting the growth of Asian cinema. The award is given to the films in the competition category for the Korean and Asian directors who has directed more than 3 feature films, and two best films are selected and awarded a cash prize of USD 10,000 each sponsored by BIFF Supporters Associaton.

BIFF Mecenat Award

The BIFF Mecenat Award is granted to the best documentary from Korea and Asia in Wide Angle competitive section. The winner will be granted KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD 8,500) with the purpose of assisting their next production.

Sonje Award

The Sonje Award is given to the best Korean and Asian short films in the Wide Angle section, to assist them in producing the next project by providing KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD 8,500) to each director.

Actor & Actress
of the Year

The Actor & Actress of the Year is the award to focus on first-time actors in the independent Korean films among the New Currents and Korean Cinema Today - Vision section. The top-class Korean actor and actress select one actor and one actress with outstanding performance. The winners will be awarded at the closing ceremony with a cash prize of KRW 5,000,000 (approx. USD 4,300) each which is sponsored by BIFF Supporters Association.

The Choon-yun Award
of the Year

The Choon-yun Award was established in honor of the late Chairman of the Korean Association of Film Art & Industry, Lee Choon-yun. This award is given to one newly emerging producer with a cash prize of 10,000,000 KRW, sponsored by IOK Company.

KB New Currents Audience Award

This award is given to the film that is most highly rated by festival audiences from the New Currents section. Sponsored by KB Kookmin Bank, KRW 20,000,000 (approx. USD 18,000) is awarded to the director.

Flash Forward Audience Award

This award is given to the film that is most highly rated by festival audiences from the Flash Forward section. Sponsored by BIFF Supporters Association, KRW 10,000,000(approx. USD 8,500) is awarded to the director.

FIPRESCI Award

This award is given to well-made works that reflect its experimental and progressive spirit, among those presented in the New Currents section.

NETPAC Award

The NETPAC Award is given to the best film selected by the NETPAC jury among the films screened in the New Currents section. NETPAC is an international organization founded in 1990 devoted to the expansion of Asian film distribution and screening.

DGK MEGABOX Award

The DGK MEGABOX Award goes to two Korean films from the Korean Cinema Today - Vision section. Each winner will be granted KRW 5,000,000 (approx.USD 3,700). This cash prize is sponsored by Directors Guild of Korea and Megabox.

CGV Arthouse Award

This award was newly created in 2011 in collaboration with CJ CGV Arthouse to shed new light on the Korean Cinema Today - Vision section. The winner will receive a cash prize of KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD 7,400) sponsored by CJ CGV Arthouse.

KBS Independent Film Award

The KBS Independent Film Award is given to support Korean independent films. One Korean film will be selected among Korean Cinema Today - Vision and New Currents sections to receive KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD 7,400). This cash prize is sponsored by KBS.

CGK Award

The CGK Award, sponsored by Cinematographers Guild of Korea, is given to one Korean film from either New Currents or Korean Cinema Today - Vision section. The winner’s cinematographer will be granted KRW 5,000,000 (approx. USD 4,300).

Critic b Award

Critic b Award is given to one film chosen by Busan Film Critics Association among the selections in the New Currents and the Korean Cinema Today - Vision. The winner will receive KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD 7,400).

Watcha Award

This award is established to support new directors in Korean cinema. Two Korean films chosen from the New Currents and the Korean Cinema Today - Vision section will be given a cash prize of KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD 7,400) respectively. This cash prize is sponsored by Watcha.

Watcha Short Award

This award is established to support short film directors in Korean cinema. A short film chosen from Wide Angle-Korean Short Competition section will be given a cash prize of KRW 5,000,000 (approx. USD 3,700). This cash prize is sponsored by Watcha.

Aurora Media Award

This award is established to support new directors in Korean cinema. Two Korean films chosen from the New Currents and the Korean Cinema Today - Vision section will be given a cash prize of KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD 7,400) respectively. This cash prize is sponsored by Aurora Media.

Citizen Critics' Award

Citizen critics from the Busan Cinematheque choose the best film from those screened in Korean Cinema Today - Vision section. The winner is awarded KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD 7,400) for supporting the director’s next production.

Busan Cinephile Award

This award is given to the best Korean and Asian documentary film presented in the Wide Angle documentary showcase section. The winner is awarded KRW 5,000,000 (approx. USD 4,300). The jury of college students, including numerous students from the cinema-related departments of six universities in Busan region, select the winner. This cash prize is sponsored by CANADA GOOSE.

※ The above awards details may be subject to change under the Festival’s circumstances.