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[BIFF Press Release] 22nd Busan International Film Festival Establishes ‘Kim Jiseok Award’|

 

22nd Busan International Film Festival Establishes ‘Kim Jiseok Award’

 

 

The 22nd Busan International Film Festival newly establishes the ‘Kim Jiseok Award’. It is to remember and honor the late Kim Ji-seok who passed away this year after devoting his whole life to discovering young Asian directors and supporting the growth of Asian cinema.

 

Many Asian filmmakers call the late Kim Ji-seok, the Program Director of Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), as the heart of Asian Cinema, and of BIFF. He was always sharing his life with BIFF as a founding member. He also contributed over 20 years to supporting young filmmakers in Asia, and took an essential role to establish BIFF as one of the world’s best film festivals. To follow his spirit and remember the festival identity as the hub of Asian cinema, BIFF launches the ‘Kim Jiseok Award’

 

The aim of the award is to discover and encourage Asian films, the ‘Kim Jiseok Award’ will be selected among films screening in A Window on Asian Cinema, a section that introduces films from the year’s most talented Asian filmmakers. Approximately 10 World Premieres in A Window on Asian Cinema will be selected as nominees and the jury members will select the final two films as the first Kim Jiseok Award’ recipients. Each film will be awarded a cash prize of 10,000 US dollars.

 

Jury members of ‘Kim Jiseok Award’ are Tony Rayns and Darcy Paquet, film critics who have a keen interest and contribute in the globalization of Asian cinema. Garin Nugroho, an acknowledged Indonesian director who has been invited to numerous renowned film festivals, will join the ‘Kim Jiseok Award’ jury as well. Three jurors will award outstanding films with distinct Asian characteristic.

 

 

‘Kim Jiseok Award’ Jurors

■ Tony RAYNS / Film Critic / United Kingdom

 

Tony Rayns is a London-based filmmaker, critic and festival programmer with a special interest in the cinema of East Asia. As well as his writings  Sight & Sound, Cinema Scope, Film Comment, Artforum, Rayns has also written books on Korean, Chinese and Japanese cinema. His latest book about Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love and his film The Jang Sunwoo Variations, a documentary film about a Korean director Jang Sun-woo, show his constant affection toward East Asia cinema. From 1989 to 2016, he curated East Asian film selections for the Vancouver International Film Festival and coordinated the festival’s Dragons & Tigers Award competition for twenty years. Rayns was involved in launching the Busan International Film Festival in 1995 and 1996 and has kept his relationship with the festival as a festival advisor. He received the Kawakita Prize in 2004 as well as the Foreign Ministry of Japan’s Commendation in 2008, both for services to Japanese cinema.

 

■ Darcy PAQUET / Film Critic / United States

 

Darcy Paquet is the founder of Koreanfilm.org, a site that introduces Korean cinema to other countries, and the author of New Korean Cinema: Breaking the Waves (2010). As a film critic, he teaches at the Busan Asian Film School and works as a program consultant for the Udine Far East Film Festival and the San Sebastian International Film Festival. In 2014, he co-launched the Wildflower Film Awards Korea that recognizes achievements in Korean independent filmmaking. In addition, he has worked on subtitle translations for films such as The Day After (2017), The Age of Shadows (2016) and The Handmaiden (2016). Originally from Massachusetts, he has been living in Seoul since 1997.

 

■ Garin NUGROHO / Director / Indonesia

Garin Nugroho was born in 1961 in Jogjakarta and graduated from the Jakarta Institute of the Arts. He started his career with his first feature Love in a Slice of Bread in 1991 and has directed numerous short films, documentaries and TV series. He gained the glory of winning the FIPRESCI Prize from the Berlin International Film Festival with ...And Moon Dances (1995). His film Leaf on a Pillow (1998) was invited to Un Certain Regard of the Cannes Film Festival and I Want To Kiss You Once (2002) was awarded the NETPAC Prize Special Mention from the Berlinale. He served as a juror at the Singapore International Film Festival, and at the 2004 Busan International Film Festival, a special program featuring Garin Nugroho and up-and-coming Indonesian directors was screened. Nugroho also received Légion d'Honneur Chevalier from France and Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia from Italy.

 

 

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