Watcha Award

The 27th Busan International Film FestivalWatcha 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.

Peafowl

BYUN Sung-bin Korea

Jury Comment
Actor Hae-jun’s captivating performance, the camerawork that allows audience to fully focus on the actor, the production design, and the powerful soundtracks all collectively come together, enhancing the quality of the film. It is noteworthy that the coming-of-age story of the main character who faces discrimination and prejudice was illustrated in the frame of a heart-warming family drama.

Greenhouse

LEE Sol-hui Korea

Jury Comment
The film engages the audience to follow Moonjung, the main character who is trapped in a tragic lifestyle, through to the end. Greenhouse depicts characters including people of age, children, and women, each with their own personality and autonomy. Lee Sol-hui’s talent as a director was remarkable, as the director created a breathtaking thriller with subject matters that are typically considered ordinary, such as an elderly couple and a caregiver.