Korean Cinema Award

The 27th Busan International Film Festival Korean Cinema Award

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

Goran TOPALOVIC

United States Co-Founder of the New York Asian Film Festival

For over 20 years, Goran Topalovic has been among the leading proponents of Korean Cinema in the US as a festival organizer, film curator, and writer. He’s the founding member and board director of Subway Cinema, a New York-based non-profit arts and culture organization, which was among the first in America to bring attention to Korean cinema. Goran is also the co-founder, former programmer, and executive director of the annual New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF). During his 14 years at NYAFF, he was the driving force behind making Korean cinema into one of the pillars of the festival’s program, screening over 100 films. He was instrumental in organizing retrospectives on Korean actors such as Choi Min-sik and Lee Jungjae, and has led on-stage conversations with Park Chan-wook, Bong Joon Ho, and other leading filmmakers. Recently, Goran worked with Film at Lincoln Center on Relentless Invention: New Korean Cinema, 1996-2003 retrospective and curated a New Korean Cinema program on the Criterion Channel.