- Festival Directory
Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)
|Dates||Oct 03, 2019 ~ Oct 12, 2019|
|Tel||+82 2 3675 5097|
|Fax||+82 2 3675 5098|
|CaOffice||[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
A Window on Asian Cinema
Korean Cinema Today_Panorama
Korean Cinema Today_Vision
Korean Cinema Retrospective
Special Programs in Focus
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 of world-renowned film experts who will choose winners to discover and encourage the hidden jewels of Asian cinema.
KIM Ji-seok Award
It is to remember and honor the late KIM Ji-seok who passed away this year after devoting his whole life to discovering young Asian directors and supporting the growth of Asian cinema. A grand prize of USD 10,000 is awarded to two films.
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.
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. USD10,000) to each director.
Actor & Actress of the Year
Actor & Actress of the Year is the award to focus on first-time actors in the independent Korean films among the New Currents and Korean Cinema Today Vision section. The top-class Korean actor and actress select one actor and one actress with outstanding performance. The winners will be awarded at the closing ceremony with cash prize of 5,000,000 KRW (aprox. 5,000 USD) each.
KTH Award is designed to support Korean independent films. Two winners will be selected among Korean Cinema Today_Vision and New Currents sections and granted 10 million KRW (approx. 10,000 USD).
KBS Independent Film Award
KBS Independent Film Award is given to support Korean independent films. One Korean film will be selected among Korean Cinema Today_Vision and New Currents sections to receive 10 million KRW (approx. 10,000 USD).
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.
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.
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.
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.
CGV Arthouse Award
This award was newly created in 2011 in collaboration with CJ CGV Arthouse 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.
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 numerous students from the cinema-related departments of six universities in Busan region, select the winner.
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 Cinema Award
The Korean Cinema Award is presented to cineastes that have made a notable contribution in the globalization of Korean cinema.
The Busan International Film Festival selects distinguished cineastes for the Hand Printing ceremony to celebrate their life-time achievements in the history of world cinema. The handprints are permanently stored at Nampo-dong BIFF Square and in the BIFF Archive.
Master Class - My Life, My Cinema
Given by the world-renowned filmmakers, the Master Class is an opportunity to take a closer look at the film masters' lives and their world of cinema.
The actors and directors of the most sought-after films of the Festival meet the audience at the outdoor stage.
Meet the Guest: Talk to Talk
Guests with a wide range of expertise get involved in a trans-disciplinary conversation with the audience.
One of the most anticipated events at the Busan International Film Festival, the Outdoor Greeting brings together the audience with star directors and actors.
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.
Platform BUSAN is a networking platform where independent filmmakers in Asia can share their experience and seek out opportunities for collaboration. By providing the network for young and emerging filmmakers and professionals based in Asia, Busan International Film Festival will not only continue to be the central channel for Asian cinema, but also lead the future of Asian cinema.
VR Cinema in BIFF
‘VR Cinema in BIFF,’ the biggest Asian VR movie event launched by Busan International Film Festival and Barunson Co. Inc., focuses on the future road of VR cinema as popular form of art.
“VR Cinema in BIFF’ includes ‘VR Theater’, the exhibition program for the audience, and ‘VR Conference”, for film creators and industry professionals. ‘VR Theater’ will display about 40films, from narrative fictions, documentaries, animations, to interactive titles, for all the audience. Theaters exclusive for VR Cinema, located in BIFF Hill ground floor, will show VR titles of various genres like 360 videos, interactive, and experiential VR, etc. in one place, showcasing a futuristic VR theater. This year, the program will have a wide span of VR titles showing the current states of VR creations, from works by filmmakers to trans-media creations of cinema and game. ‘VR Conference’ held by Asian Film Market introduces VR cinema production technologies and reveal the identity of VR movies.
BIFF 2019: Korean Film Line Up
|1||Moonlit Winter||LIM Dae-hyung||Korea||2019||106|
|1||Coming Home Again||Wayne WANG||Korea, USA||2019||86|
|1||An Old Lady||LIM Sun-ae||Korea||2019||97|
|2||Lucky Monster||BONG Joon-young||Korea||2019||90|
|3||The Education||KIM Duk-joong||Korea||2019||98|
|Korean Cinema Today - Panorama|
|1||Another Child||KIM Yoon-seok||Korea||2019||96|
|2||Baseball Girl||CHOI Yun-tae||Korea||2019||105|
|5||Extreme Job||LEE Byeong-heon||Korea||2019||111|
|6||Family Affair||LEE Dong-eun||Korea||2019||101|
|8||Hotel by the River||HONG Sang-soo||Korea||2019||96|
|9||I Am Home||PARK Je-bum||Korea||2019||93|
|10||Light for the Youth||SHIN Su-won||Korea||2019||114|
|11||Not in This World||PARK Jung-bum||Korea||2019||120|
|12||Our Village||KO Bong-soo, KO Min-soo||Korea||2019||86|
|13||Paper Flower||KOH Hoon||Korea||2019||103|
|14||Princess Aya||LEE Seong-gang||Korea||2019||90|
|15||Tune in for Love||JUNG Ji-woo||Korea||2019||122|
|Korean Cinema Today - Vision|
|3||Kyungmi's World||KOO Ji-hyun||Korea||2019||108|
|4||Lucky Chan-sil||KIM Cho-hee||Korea||2019||96|
|5||Moving On||YUN Dan-bi||Korea||2019||105|
|7||The Hill of Wind||PARK Suk-young||Korea||2019||108|
|8||The Pregnant Tree and the Goblin||KIM Dong-ryung, PARK Kyoung-tae||Korea||2019||115|
|9||Way Back Home||PARK Sun-joo||Korea||2019||114|
|10||We Gon' Be Alright||PARK Min-kook||Korea||2019||116|
|Korean Cinema Retrospective|
|1||Born to Kill||JANG Hyun-soo||Korea||1996||109|
|3||Late Fall||KIM Soo-yong||Korea||1981||95|
|5||Son of a Man||YU Hyun-mok||Korea||1980||110|
|6||The Last Witness||LEE Doo-yong||Korea||1980||158|
|7||Woman of Fire||KIM Ki-young||Korea||1971||98|
|Wide Angle - Korean Short Film Competition|
|1||AKA 5JO||LEE Kyeong-won||Korea||2019||15|
|4||How Are You, Joo-hee||CHOI Min-goo||Korea||2019||22|
|5||Jesa||SONG Kyung-won||Korea, USA||2019||7|
|6||Joan||KIM Ji-san, YOO Jung-soo||Korea||2019||8|
|7||My Little Television||LEE Hong-mei||Korea||2019||24|
|9||Snail Man||PARK Jae-beom||Korea||2019||22|
|11||The Dog Days||LEE Ha-eun||Korea||2019||19|
|12||While You Play||KIM Kyung-rae||Korea||2019||18|
|Wide Angle - Short Film Showcase|
|1||Stay Awake, Be Ready||PHAM THIEN An||Korea, Vietnam, USA||2019||14|
|Wide Angle - Documentary Competition|
|1||Flag, Blue Sky, Party||JANG Yun-mi||Korea||2019||168|
|2||Letters to Buriram||OH Min-wook||Korea||2019||126|
|4||Welcome to X-World||HAN Tae-ee||Korea||2019||78|
|5||Yellow Ribbon||JU Hyun-sook||Korea||2019||95|
|Wide Angle - Documentary Showcase|
|2||I Am a Pilot||KIM Dae-hyun||Korea||2019||87|
|3||I by You by Everybody||KIM Nam-suk, CHOI Seung-yoon||Korea||2019||78|
|4||Musoon, Across the Universe||NAM Seung-suk||Korea||2019||92|
|5||President's 7 Hours||LEE Sang-ho||Korea||2019||78|
|6||Things That Do Us Part||IM Heung-soon||Korea||2019||100|
|7||This Is Not a Documentary 2||PARK Hong-yul, HWANG Da-eun||Korea||2019||75|
|1||Jazzy Misfits||NAM Yeon-woo||Korea||2019||89|
|Special Programs in Focus - Gaze and Memories: Asia's Leading Women Filmmakers|
|1||Forgetting Vietnam||TRINH T. Minh-ha||Korea, USA, Germany||2015||90|
|Special Programs in Focus - The 100 Year History of Korean Cinema: 10 Great Korean Films|
|1||A Day Off||LEE Man-hee||Korea||1968||73|
|2||An Aimless Bullet||YU Hyun-mok||Korea||1961||107|
|3||Good Windy Days||LEE Jang-ho||Korea||1980||113|
|4||Memories of Murder||BONG Joon-ho||Korea||2003||131|
|5||Old Boy||PARK Chan-wook||Korea||2003||120|
|7||The Day a Pig Fell into a Well||HONG Sang-soo||Korea||1996||113|
|8||The Housemaid||KIM Ki-young||Korea||1960||108|
|9||The March of Fools||HA Gil-jong||Korea||1975||117|
|10||Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?||BAE Yong-kyoon||Korea||1989||175|