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.
Flash Forward Award
Newly created in 2009, the Flash Forward Award is presented to the best film among those screened in a competitive section, Flash Forward. A grand prize of USD 30,000 will be awarded to the winner. The Flash Forward introduces the first or second works of non-Asian directors and searches for new cineastes beyond Asian countries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TSAI Mingliang is already known for his creative work and writing. In order to overcome the increasing hardship in the Art film market, TSAI is experimenting and searching for methods to communicate with the public. Specifically, TSAI is cooperating with the museum to make new films and experimenting to break down the barriers between art industries. TSAI has redefined and expanded the definition of film. In 2010, he tried to display 2 exhibitions and experimented with paintings and films to challenge a new filmmaking style. TSAI Mingliang’s pioneering sprit was the root of Taiwanese New Wave in the early 1990s. Pusan International Film Festival is awarding him with Asian Filmmaker of the Year to celebrate his achievements.
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.
Currently Bruno BARDE is festival director for following film festivals: The Deauville American Film Festival, The Festival of Fantastic Film in Gérardmer and The Marrech International Film Festival. He is very passionate to introduce Korean films to the world. Last year, he invited 50 Korean films provided tribute to South Korea Cinema special at the Marrakech International Film Festival in Morocco. This created a Korean cinema boom in Africa. In addition, he efforts to introduce Korean cinema brought him South Korea director LEE Changdong and LEE Yoonki at the Korean Cinema retrospective. This shed a new light and helped globally spread Korean films.