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.
Scent of Wind
One award goes to Scent of Wind by Iranian director Hadi Mohaghegh, for the impressive strength and beauty of every shot as well as the emotional power of the film composition as a whole. Though it pays tribute to the regretted master Abbas Kiarostami, one can sense the personal voice and vision of its filmmaker, who is also impressive as the lead actor of his film.
One award goes to Alteration by Uzbek director Yalkin Tuychev, for the creative way it turns the history of the collapse of the Soviet Union into a meaningful tale, that displaces the usual western centered vision of international events to a different perspective, being presented from the culture and background of its own country, and region, with such strong visual proposals.