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.
Citizen Critics’ Award
Citizen critics, primarily from Busan Cinematheque will judge the films screened in the ‘Korean Cinema Today-Vision.’ Directors, actors, and all the film staff are candidates for the award. The winner will receive a small cash prize or equal amount of prize.
Busan Cinephile Award
The college student jury members will judge the ‘Busan Cinephile Award’ to the best film in the Wide Angle short film showcase. 70 students from 7 Universities will participate.
DGK Award is presented to Korean Cinema Today-Vision section and is given to encourage directors, actors and actresses. The prize for the best director is KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD 10, 000) and the winning actor and actress will receive KRW 2,500,000 (approx. USD 2, 500) each.
Movie Collage Award
The 16th Busan International Film Festival established the ‘Movie Collage Award’ with the cooperation of the art house theater brand at CJ CGV. Movie Collage Award was founded in order to shed new light on the ‘Korean Cinema Today-Vision’and promote the creation of Korean
The Asian Filmmaker of the Year
This award is granted to the Asian filmmaker who has made the most significant contribution to the advancement of Asian film industry and culture throughout the year.
For more than 30 years, Tsui Hark rewrote the history of Hong Kong films. As the pioneer of Hong Kong New Wave, he was called the ‘Cineaste, who changed the face of cinema’ by the French Film Magazine, ‘Les Cahiers du Cinema.’ Hark transcended times and genres to break new ground in Hong Kong cinema. He produced and directed films including A Better Tomorrow (1986/producer), The Killer (1989/producer), A Chinese Ghost story (1987/producer), and Once Upon A Time In China (1991/Director/producer). He is acknowledged for his contributions during the Golden Age of Hong Kong Cinema. In 2011, his passion for film carried into 3D films. His first 3D production, and the sequel of Dragon Inn (1992/director: Raymond Lee), The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate will premiere in December. The film will mark a new epoch in Hong Kong martial arts films.
Korean Cinema Award
This award is granted to a notable figure that has made significant contribution in promoting Korean cinema worldwide
From 2005 to 2010, Sichel was acclaimed as the representative of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival at numerous international film festivals as the programmer director. As a member of the FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique), Sichel is renowned critic in the Czech Republic. She took part as a juror in several international film festivals and curated numerous retrospective and special focuses. In the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2011, Sichel introduced major Korean films including, ChunHyang (Im Kwon-taek, 2000), Joint Security Area (Park Chan-wook, 2000), and Barking Dogs Never Bite (Bong Joon-ho, 2000) in Korean Cinema section. In 2002, she curated a special focus on director Kim Ki-duk and has introduced many of his films including, The Isle (2000), Birdcage Inn (1998), Bad Guy (2001), and Address Unknown (2001). Not only that, Sichel invited actor, Myung Kye-nam, and directors Hong Sang-soo and Lee Chang-dong as the jury members of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Sichel has acted as a bridge between two countries and has introduced Korean films to Czech Republic.