[BIFF] The 28th Busan International Film Festival Introduces LG OLED New Currents & Vision Award

  • 2023. 10. 10  09:19
Press Release | 2023.10.10

The 28th Busan International Film Festival Introduces LG OLED New Currents

& Vision Award

The 28th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has introduced newly established awards with LG Electronics to strengthen the capabilities of emerging directors and independent filmmakers in Korea and Asia.

Introducing the LG OLED New Currents & Vision Awards!

LG Electronics to Support and Foster Independent Films

The LG OLED New Currents Award, newly introduced this year, will choose its awardee from the 10 New Currents selections. At the same time, LG OLED Vision Award targets 12 projects, including the 10 selections of the Korean Cinema Today – Vision section and the 2 Korean selections from New Currents. A cash grant of KRW 30,000,000 will be awarded to each recipient of the LG OLED New Currents and LG OLED Vision Awards. The New Currents category, a competition for the first or second feature film by up-and-coming Asian filmmakers, and the Korean Cinema Today – Vision category, introducing the newest Korean independent films with high quality and unique vision, are the main programs at the Busan International Film Festival.

The New Currents section will feature 10 projects that will meet with the audience at the 28th Busan International Film Festival. SEPTEMBER 1923 by Mori Tatsuya, a 2022 Asian Project Market (APM) selection based on the mass murder of Joseon people during the Kantō Massacre; That Summer’s Lie, a teenage melodrama by Sohn Hyun-lok; The Wrestler, the feature debut by director Iqbal H. Chowdhury, centered around Boli Khela, a traditional form of wrestling in Bangladesh; director Lee Jong-su’s Heritage, which garners curiosity with a unique style of cinematic dialogue; Borrowed Time by Choy Ji; Rajesh S. Jala’s The Spark, a 2023 Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) Post-Production Fund recipient; Solids by the Seashore, a directorial debut by Patiparn Boontarig; The Stranger by Biplob Sarkar; After the Fever by Yamamoto Akira, which portrays delicate changes of emotion in a striking manner; and Oasis of Now, director Chia Chee Sum’s film about a girl who has a secret.


Korean Cinema Today – Vision will also showcase 10 selections. The Guest by Yeon Jegwang, a thrilling chase between the murderer and witness of a murder case; Delivery by Jang Min-joon, depicting the irony of survival; Concerning My Daughter by Lee Mirang, based on the novel of the same title; FAQ by Kim Da-min, a sci-fi adventure and comic fantasy about a girl named Dong-chun; Eu-min Kim’s Isle of Snakes, which depicts the humorous adventures of three men stranded on a deserted island; Sorigouldari: The Sound Underpass by Gupasu Ryunhoi, in which a group of artists saves humanity by stopping the end of the world; House of the Seasons by Oh Jung-min, intricately weaving the stories of three generations of a family; Last Summer by Choi Seung-woo, a soothing depiction of the seasons and scenery of life; The Berefts by Jeong Beom and Hur Jang, a calm yet solemn drama; and the ACF 2023 Post-Production Fund selection, Work to Do by Park Hong-jun. These films reflecting Korean cinema's vision will be screened at the 28th Busan International Film Festival.


The panel of judges for The LG OLED New Currents Award consists of the jury president, film critic Jung Sung-il; Ava Cahen, artistic director of the La Semaine de la Critique at Cannes; Indonesian filmmaker Edwin; producer Christina Oh of Okja (2027) and Minari (2020); and director Han Junhee of the drama series D.P. (2021) and D.P. 2 (2023).


The LG OLED Vision Award winner will be selected by a jury composed of 3 film professionals; Park Inje, who directed the film, The Mayor (2017), and drama series, Kingdom Season 2 (2019) and Moving (2023); Chang Youngyoup, CEO of the Korean weekly film magazine, Cine 21; and film critic Hong Eunmi, the Independent Film Festival Busan programmer and editor-in-chief of Indie Critique.


Through the establishment of the LG OLED New Currents & Vision Awards, we are supporting the independent film creators in Korea and Asia to try new technical attempt in their artwork.” said Kate Oh, vice president of the Brand Communication Division at the LG Home Entertainment Company. In addition, we inspire the movie fans around the world to experience infinite possibilities of visual artistry with LG OLED TV that offers the differentiated viewing experiences."


Busan International Film Festival’s Korean cinema programmer, Jung Hanseok, expressed his anticipation of the new collaboration, saying, “While we have been considering the means to support filmmakers in Korea, we had achieved the positive outcome through closer cooperation with LG Electronics. We will continuously support emerging and independent filmmakers in Korea and Asia.”


The LG OLED New Currents Award and LG OLED Vision Award, sponsored by LG Electronics, will be presented at the Busan Vision Awards, which will take place on Oct 12 (Thurs).


The 28th Busan International Film Festival, which is garnering much anticipation, will be held for 10 days from Oct 4 (Wed) to Oct 13 (Fri) in the vicinity of the Busan Cinema Center.


The 28th Busan International Film Festival: Oct 4 (Wed) – Oct 13 (Fri)

The 18th Asian Contents & Film Market: Oct 7 (Sat) – Oct 10 (Tues)