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13th (2008)

New Currents Award

New Currents Award is given to the two best feature films selected from the first or second feature of new Asian directors introduced in the New Currents section (a competitive section of BIFF for Asian films). A grand prize of USD 30,000 is awarded to each film. The jury consists or world-renowned film experts who will choose winners to discover and encourage the hidden jewels of Asian cinema.

Land of Scarecrows

  • ROH Gyeong-tae
  • Korea/France
  • Naked of Defenses

  • ICHII Masahide
  • Japan
  • Special Mention

    Members of the Funeral

  • BAEK Seung-bin
  • Korea
  • Special Mention

    Er Dong

  • YANG Jin
  • China
  • BIFF Mecenat Award

    BIFF Mecenat Award is granted to the best documentary from Korea and Asia in Wide Angle competitive section. The winner will be granted KRW 10,000,000(approx. USD 10,000) with the purpose of assisting their next production.

    Mental

  • SODA Kazuhiro
  • Japan/USA
  • Old Partner

  • LEE Chungryoul
  • Korea
  • Sonje Award

    Sonje Award is given to the best Korean and Asian short films in the Wide Angle section, to assist them in producing next project by providing KRW 10,000,000(approx. USD 10,000) to each director.

    Andong

  • Rommel TOLENTINO
  • Philippines
  • Girl

  • HONG Sunghoon
  • Korea
  • NETPAC Award

    This award is given to the year’s best Korean film from either New Currents or Korean Cinema Today Vision section. NETPAC is an international organization founded in 1990 devoted to the expansion of Asian film distribution and screening.

    Members of the Funeral

  • BAEK Seung-bin
  • Korea
  • Treeless Mountain

  • KIM So Yong
  • United States/Korea
  • FIPRESCI Award

    FIPRESCI Award (Prize of the International Film Critics) is granted annually at the Busan International Film Festival to a work among rising Asian directors whose works are presented in the New Currents section in an experimental and progressive spirit.

    Jalainur

  • ZHAO Ye
  • China
  • KNN Award

    Selected by festival audiences, this award is presented by the KNN foundation for the most popular film in the New Currents section. The winner will be granted USD 20,000.

    100

  • Chris MARTINEZ
  • Philippines
  • The Asian Filmmaker of the Year

    The Asian Filmmaker of the Year is presented annually to Asian filmmakers with most outstanding activities in improving and developing the Asian film industry and culture.

    Gulnara SARSENOVA

    Festival Director of International Eurasia Film Festival
    As the first female award winner, Gulnara Sarsenova is currently a festival chairman of International Eurasia Film Festival and also a remarkable producer in Kazakhstan. Establishing the Eurasia Film Production in 2004, she has aimed at worldwide film collaboration with other countries, including Kazakhstan. Resulting from intensive activities, she has been recognized her surpassing outcomes in many different film festivals in the world. In addition, such efforts have led Asian film industry in its international expansion.

    Korean Cinema Award

    The Korean Cinema Award is presented annually to those who have made significant contributions to Korea films by introducing them to the global film industry.

    Richard PEÑA

    Director of the Film Society of New York Lincoln Center
    Richard Peña has been the program director of the Film Society of New York Lincoln Center since 1988 and introduced various Korean films to American society. In 2004, he organized “The Newest Tiger: 60 Years of South Korean Cinema”, the biggest Korean film screening in the USA, to show major works throughout the 60 years of Korean film history. He also held the first retrospective of the 10th anniversary of the late Kim Ki-young in March this year, screening twelve of the director’s works including his masterpiece The Housemaid.