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  • BIFF Reconfirms Its Position at the Center of the Asian Film Industry
  • by JANG Sung-ran /  Oct 16, 2012
  • Summary of the Market, Fund and Academy at BIFF
     
     
     
     
    With the conclusion of the 17th BIFF, the side events such as the market, the Asian Cinema Fund as well as the forum were found to have been successes. This shows that the 17th Busan International Film Festival, held under the slogan of “Diversity of Asia”, has reconfirmed its position at the very center of the Asian film industry.
     
     
    1. Asian Film Market
    There were a total of 96 sales booths from 181 companies from 32 countries at the Asian Film Market this year including those at BIFCOM. There were 80 screenings of 70 films from 36 companies from 16 countries, including 40 market premieres. There were 900 screenings online of 281 films including those shown as part of BIFF. 30 projects were introduced at the Asian Project Market (APM) and 430 official meetings were held. Some 500 meetings took place at BIFCOM.
     
    2. Asian Cinema Fund
    The Asian Cinema Fund has expanded the documentary network by holding the workshop called “Viewfinder Asia” in conjunction with Al-Jazeera English (AJE). The workshop lasted seven days and Asian directors along with documentary professionals exchanged ideas on how to improve the future of Asian documentaries. Nelson George, documentary producer from the U.S. guest lectured at the AND where he discussed expanding new markets. The title of his lecture was ‘Strengthening competitiveness in overseas markets’. ‘Asian Cinema Fund Night’, a reception to celebrate the event, was a huge success.

    3. Asian Film Academy
    The Asian Film Academy (AFA) began on the 27th September until the 14th October for 18 days. 24 participants from 18 countries took part with China's Jia Zhang Ke taking the role of the head of the academy. Those who took part attended workshops about directing, cinematography as well as master classes, special lectures and mentoring sessions. The Asian Actors Academy (AAA), which was set up with the aim of training world-class Asian actors, selected 7 finalists after holding three rounds of auditions.
     
    4. Busan Cinema Forum
    The topic of the Busan Cinema Forum was “Politics of film restoration and preservation in the digital era”. It was attended by 217 people from Korea and 62 guests from abroad. Including the 81 festival guests, the total number of guests was 360. Jan-Christopher Horak, director of UCLA Film and Television Archive as well as Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator at the Department of Film at MOMA gave lectures as well as Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio, 2008 Nobel Laureate in literature as well as jury member of BIFF’s New Currents Section gave a special lecture.
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