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  • Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)
    Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)
    - Official Website :
    - Dates : Oct 04, 2018 ~ Oct 13, 2018
    - Category : Competitive
    - Tel : +82 2 3675 5097
    - Fax : +82 2 3675 5098
    - Office : [Busan] 3rd Floor, BIFF HILL, Busan Cinema Center, 120, Suyeonggangbyeon-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan 612-020, Korea [Seoul] #1601, GARDEN TOWER, 84, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-795, Korea
  • Busan International Film Festival is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia. After its establishment in 1996, BIFF has focused on introducing and supporting new Asian directors and their films. BIFF is a non-competitive festival but it also operates a competitive program. In 1998, BIFF launched Asian Project Market (APM, former Pusan Promotion Plan/PPP) followed by Asian Film Market in 2006.


    Opening / Closing Film
    Gala Presentation
    A Window on Asian Cinema
    New Currents
    Korean Cinema Today
    Korean Cinema Retrospective
    World Cinema
    Flash Forward
    Wide Angle
    Open Cinema
    Special Programs in Focus
    Midnight Passion

    New Currents Award
    New Currents Award is given to two best feature films selected from works of new Asian directors in New Currents, a competitive section of Busan International Film Festival. USD 30,000 will be awarded to each film.
    Sonje Award
    Sonje Award is given to the best Korean and Asian short films in the Wide Angle section, to assist them in producing another masterpiece by providing KRW 10,000,000(approx. USD10,000) for each director.
    BIFF Mecenat Award
    BIFF Mecenat Award is granted to the best documentary picture from Korean and Asian documentary films in the Wide Angle section. The winner will be granted KRW 10,000,000(approx. USD10,000) with the purpose of assisting in their next production.
    Actor & Actress of the Year Award
    Actor & Actress of the Year is the award to focus on first time actor and an actress in an independent Korean film among the New Currents and Vision section. One top Korean actor and actress select one actor and one actress, will be awarded at the closing ceremony. Winners will be awarded 5,000,000 KRW (approx. 5,000 USD) each.
    KNN Award
    Selected by audiences at the festival, the award is presented by the KNN(Korean New Network) Culture Foundation for the most popular film in New Currents section. The winner will be granted USD 20,000.
    Busan Bank Award
    This award is given to the film that is most highly rated by festival audiences. Approximately 10 films from the Flash Forward section are selected beforehand to participate in this competition. A total of 20,000 USD is granted by the Busan Bank. 10,000 USD is awarded to the director and the other half is used to support the distribution of the film in Korea. BIFF character, Pine Tree sign (Pine Tree), will be marked next to the eligible candidates.
    Citizen Critics’ Award
    Citizen critics from the Busan Cinematheque choose the best film from those screened in the Korean Cinema Today-Vision section and its director is granted the award. The winner is awarded 10,000,000 KRW (approx. 10,000 USD) with the purpose of assisting in their next production.
    Busan Cinephile Award
    This award is given to the best world documentary film presented in the Wide Angle documentary showcase. The winner is awarded 5,000,000KRW (approx.. 5,000 USD). The jury consists of college students, including 60 students from the cinema-related departments of 6 universities in Busan region.
    Daemyung Culture Wave Award
    Co-sponsored by Daemyung Holdings to expand the opportunity of the Korean independent films, it is newly an established to award the film from the Korean Cinema Today-Vision and New Currents with prized of 20,000,000 KRW (approx. 20,000 USD) and distribution support.
    CGV Arthouse Award
    This award was newly created in 2011 in collaboration with CJ CGV Movie Collage to shed new light on the Korean Cinema Today-Vision section. The award aims to provide independent films, indie films, new films, and low budget films with distribution and screening opportunities
    Vision-Director's Award
    Vision-Director Award goes to two most outstanding Korean films from Korean Cinema Today-Vision section with grant of KRW 5,000,000(approx. USD 5,000) for each winner, which is sponsored by MEGABOX.
    NETPAC Award
    NETPAC(The Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Award is given to the year's best Korean film from either New Currents or Korean Cinema Today section. NETPAC is an international organization founded in 1990 devoted to the expansion of Asian film distribution and screening.
    FIPRESCI Award
    The FIPRESCI Award (Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics) is awarded to well-made works that reflect its experimental and progressive spirit, among those presented in the New Currents section.
    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.
    Korean Cinama Award
    This award is granted to the notable figure that has made significant contribution in promoting Korean cinema worldwide.
    Hand Printing
    Each year Busan International Film Festival selects distinguished film professionals for its hand printing ceremony to honor their outstanding contributions to the history of world cinema. These handprints will be preserved permanently at both BIFF square and Cinematheque Busan.
    Open Talk
    Open Talk is held on the outdoor stage for the audience to share and exchange ideas with internationally recognized directors, actors and actresses.
    Audience Meet-and-Greet
    Star directors, actors and actresses, at the outdoor greeting event, exchange and share ideas with the audience.
    Meet the Guest: Talk to Talk
    This event offers interactive communications between audiences and guests from various films under a single topic.
    Cinema Together
    Cinema Together is a specially organized program where 12 participants enjoy 6 group-selected films with various guests including filmmakers, actors/actresses, writers, musicians, cartoonists and academic figures.
    Korean Cinema Retrospective Night
    The special event held in remembrance of the selected Cineaste for his/her contribution to the history of Korean Cinema. It celebrates his/her contribution to the richness of Korean Cinema with guests from Korea and abroad.
    Asian Cinema Fund (ACF)

    Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) has been an essential partner for Asian cinema with its three supporting categories - Script Development Fund, Post-production Fund and Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund.
     ACF is committed to help activate more independent film productions and to set up a stable production environment.
     New Asian cinema discovered by ACF gets to complete into a film through comprehensive support from A to Z and to explore various opportunities through Busan's family programs such as Asian Film Market and Asian Project Market (APM).
    ACF projects have been presented at many international film festivals and received great response both from audience and critics. Now, ACF helps Asian feature films and documentaries to establish their identities and to position themselves as important parts of the film industry. During the Busan International Film Festival, ACF provides a forum for Asian filmmakers to share their knowledge, leading to a pan-Asian network. Also, in cooperation with other international film festivals, ACF broadens opportunities to present high quality Asian films and documentaries around the world.
    1) The Script Development Fund 
    is organized to assist Asian filmmakers in the completion of their scripts. This fund aims to support talented Asian filmmakers, to broaden the quality of film projects being developed in Asia, and to enhance the possibility of the projects eventually being produced. Through this fund scheme, selected projects will be awarded 10 million Korean won (approximately 10,000 USD) each.
    2) The Post-production Fund 
    selects high quality projects ready for post-production and provides a chance to complete the post-production process at state-of-the-art facilities in Korea. This fund covers DI, sound mixing, and a D-Cinema package. Extended to real screening in Busan International Film Festival, many projects are achieving fascinating results from all over the world.
    3) Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund
    is a loose coalition of film festival organizers committed to supporting the production and distribution of Asian documentaries. Its members collaborate to build and strengthen the network among Asian documentary filmmakers, while the administration and oversight of AND are being managed by BIFF.
    Asian Film Academy (AFA)

    Asian Film Academy (AFA) is an educational program hosted by Dongseo University, Busan Film commission and Busan International Film Festival to foster emerging filmmakers and establish Asian filmmaker's network. Young talents from all over the Asia attend various programs mentored by the established filmmakers.
    For past 8 years, 194 alumni from 29 countries graduated from AFA. Each year, they had unique experience of learning from established filmmakers in contemporary cinema such as Krzysztof Zanussi (Poland), Abbas Kiarostami (Iran), Kurosawa Kiyoshi (Japan), Im Kwon-taek (Korea), Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Iran), Hou Hsiao Hsien (Taiwan) and JIA Zhangke(China).
    Busan Cinema Forum (BCF)

    Busan Cinema Forum (BCF) is an annual international conference dedicated to enhancing knowledge and support of the film industry and film aesthetics around the world since its inauguration in 2011. With BIFF's great success in developing Asian cinema through its Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) and Asian Film Academy (AFA), BCF will look to expand on the achievements of those programs through the aesthetic and industrial consideration of world cinema.
    Asian and international scholars from around the world are invited to BCF to lead an in-depth discussion and analysis of myriad issues related to cinema. BCF strives to introduce and develop enlightening insights and comprehensive critical assessments to improve global understanding of Asia and cinema, humanity and culture.
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    BIFF 2017: Korean Film Line Up

     No.  Title  Director  Country  Year  Min
     Opening Film
    1 Glass Garden SHIN Suwon Korea 2017 117 
     Gala Presentation
    1 Butterfly Sleep JEONG Jae-Eun  Korea 2017 110 
     Korean Cinema Today - Vision
    1 Black Summer LEE Weonyoung Korea 2017 110
    2 Mothers LEE Dongeun Korea 2017 119
    3 Park Hwa-young Lee Hwan Korea 2017 110
    4 Hit the Night JEONG Gayoung Korea 2017 85
    5 Microhabitat JEON Gowoon Korea 2017 102
    6 Possible Faces LEE Kanghyun Korea 2017 130
    7 February KIM Joonghyun Korea 2017 112
    8 Counting the Stars at Night CHOI Yongseok Korea 2017 122
    9 A Tiger in Winter LEE Kwangkuk Korea 2017 107
    10 home KIM Jongwoo Korea 2017 102
    11 A Haunting Hitchhike JEONG Heejae Korea 2017 110
     Korean Cinema Today - Panorama    
    1 The Battleship Island: Director's Cut RYOO Seungwan Korea 2017 151
    2 The Day After HONG Sangsoo Korea 2017 92
    3 Romans 8:37 SHIN Yeonshick Korea 2017 133
    4 Method PANG Eunjin Korea 2017 82
    5 MISSING E Oni Korea 2016 100
    6 Anarchist from Colony LEE Joon-ik Korea 2017 129
    7 America Town JEON Sooil Korea 2017 93
    8 Notebook from My Mother KIM Sungho Korea 2017 103
    9 Misbehavior KIM Taeyong Korea 2017 96
    10 Mermaid Unlimited O Muel Korea 2017 110
    11 Old Love  PARK Kiyong Korea 2017 89
    12 Taklamakan Ko Eunki Korea 2017 106
    13 A Taxi Driver JANG Hoon Korea 2017 137
    14 Bluebeard LEE Sooyoun Korea 2017  117
    15 The Emperor MIN Byunghun, LEE Sanghun Korea 2017 88
     New Currents
    1 How to Breathe Underwater KO Hyunseok Korea 2017 96
    2 Last Child SHIN Dongseok Korea 2017 123
    3 After My Death KIM Uiseok Korea 2017 113
     Wide Angle - Korean Short Film Competition
    1 Away from Home LEE Hyebeen, IM Soojin Korea 2017 18
    2 A Hand-written Poster KWAK Eunmi Korea 2017 25
    3 Playgorund CHOI Cho-ah Korea 2017 28
    4 A Friend Holding Crutches KIM Soyeon Korea 2017 13
    5 Bright Future HUR Jungjae Korea 2017 29
    6 Ordinary People KIM Moonkyeong Korea 2017 27
    7 Illegal Parking LEE Inhyuk Korea 2017 23
    8 My Father in a Suitcase KIMO Jisook Korea 2017 23
    9 Beloved LIM Seungmi Korea 2017 28
    10 Yuri in Summer KIM Seohyeon Korea 2017 17


    Goner KIM Hanra Korea 2017 22
    12 Freeway HWANG Seulgi Korea 2017 19
    13 Love Jo. Right Now. JEONG Gayoung Korea 2017 19
    14 The Virgin Flight HAN Seungju Korea 2017 24
    15 The History of Hormone PARK Jonghyun Korea 2017 28
     Wide Angle - Documentary Competition
    1 Letters YUN Jéro, Marte VOLD Korea / Norway 2017 73
    2 REBORN IM Heungsoon Korea 2017 95
    3 Soseongri PARK Baeil Korea 2017 89
    4 The Whispering Trees HEO Chulnyung Korea 2017 107
    5 Ha Dong Chae Bok: A Song of Two Humans NAM Seungsuk Korea 2017 105
     Wide Angle - Documentary Showcase
    1 Courtesy to the Nation GWON Gyungwon Korea 2017 90
    2 Goodbye My Love North Korea KIM Soyoung Korea 2017 89
    3 Ecology in Concrete JEONG Jae-eun Korea 2017 80
    4 After Chosun MUN Jeonghyun Korea 2017 110
     Korean Cinema Retrospective
    1 Gilsotteum IM Kwon-taek Korea 1986 105
    2 Eunuch SHIN Sang-ok Korea 1968 110
    3 The Barefooted Young KIM Kee-duk Korea 1964 116
    4 Heavenly Homecoming to Stars LEE Jangho Korea 1974 106
    5 Mist KIM Soo-yong Korea 1967 79
    6 The General's Mustache LEE Seong-gu Korea 1968 103
    7 Early Rain CHUNG Jin Woo Korea 1966 100
    8 A Day Off LEE Man-hee Korea 1968 73