Busan International Film Festival

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Busan International Film Festival
Opening ceremony.JPG
The Opening Ceremony, 2009
Location Busan (Pusan), South Korea
Language International
www.biff.kr
Busan International Film Festival
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Busan-Gukje-Yeonghwaje
McCune–Reischauer Pusan-Kukche-Yŏnghwache
Busan Cinema Center, the BIFF's headquarters
Busan Cinema Center
2006 BIFF Pavilion in Haeundae Beach
The Opening Film <Under the Hawthorn Tree> by the dir. ZHANG Yimou, 2010
Handprinting, Juliette Binoche, 2010
Handprinting, Williem Dafoe, 2010
Master Class, Carlos Saura, 2010
Open Talk – Director Kim Ji-woon & Brian Singer. 2009

The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF, previously Pusan International Film Festival, PIFF), held annually in Haeundae-gu, Busan (also Pusan), South Korea, is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia.[1] The first festival, held from 13 to 21 September 1996, was also the first international film festival in Korea. The focus of the BIFF is introducing new films and first-time directors, especially those from Asian countries. Another notable feature is the appeal of the festival to young people, both in terms of the large youthful audience it attracts and through its efforts to develop and promote young talent. In 1999, the Pusan Promotion Plan (renamed Asian Project Market in 2011) was established to connect new directors to funding sources. The 16th BIFF in 2011 saw the festival move to a new permanent home, the Busan Cinema Center in Centum City. The Busan Cinema Center is an about USD 150 million structure designed by Austria-based architecture collective Coop Himmelblau. The about 30,000 m² Cinema Center includes a 4,000-seat outdoor theatre; four indoor screens under an LED-covered roof; media centre; archive space; and conference rooms; allowing the festival to include industry forums and educational activities.[2]

History[edit]

  • 1st Busan International Film Festival, 13–21 September 1996
Films screened: 173 films from 31 countries
Opening Film: Secrets & Lies, Mike Leigh, UK/France
Closing Film: In Expectation, Ming Zhang, China
Participating guests: 224 guests from 27 countries
Total audience: 184,071
  • 2nd Busan International Film Festival, 10–18 October 1997
Films screened: 163 films from 33 countries
Opening Film: Chinese Box, Wayne Wang, UK/France/USA/Japan
Closing Film: Eighteen Springs, Ann Hui, Hong Kong-China
Participating guests: 450 guests from 30 countries
Total audience: 170,206
  • 3rd Busan International Film Festival, 24 September – 1 October 1998
Films screened: 211 films from 41 countries
Opening Film: The Silence, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Iran/France
Closing Film: Kanzo sensei, Shohei Imamura, Japan
Participating guests: 659 guests from 25 countries
Total audience: 192,547 (paid audiences: 174,870)
  • 4th Busan International Film Festival, 14–23 October 1999
Films screened: 207 films from 53 countries
Opening Film: Peppermint Candy, Lee Chang-Dong, Korea
Closing Film: Not One Less, Zhang Yimou, China
Participating guests: 555 guests from 36 countries
Total audience: 180,914
  • 5th Busan International Film Festival, 6–14 October 2000
Films screened: 207 films from 55 countries
Opening Film: The Wrestlers, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, India
Closing Film: In the Mood for Love, Wong Kar Wei, Hong Kong-China
Participating guests: 3017 guests from 39 countries
Total audience: 181,708 people
  • 6th Busan International Film Festival, 9–17 November 2001
Films screened: 201 films from 60 countries
Opening Film: The Last Witness, Bae Chang-ho, Korea
Closing Film: Suriyothai, Chatrichalerm Yukol, Thailand
Participating guests: 3,761 guests from 30 countries
Total audience: 143,103 people
  • 7th Busan International Film Festival, 11–23 November 2002
Films screened: 226 films from 55 countries
Opening Film: The Coast Guard, Kim Ki-Duk, Korea
Closing Film: Dolls, Kitano Takeshi, Japan
Participating guests: 2,002 guests from 35 countries
Total audience: 167,349 people
  • 8th Busan International Film Festival, 2–10 October 2003
Films screened: 243 works from 61 countries
Opening Film: Doppelganger, Kurosawa Kiyoshi, Japan
Closing Film: Acacia, Park Ki Hyung, Korea
Participating guests: 2,523 people from 44 countries
Total audience: 165,102
  • 9th Busan International Film Festival, 7–15 October 2004
Films screened: Total 262 films from 63 countries
Opening Film: 2046, Wong Kar Wai, Hong Kong-China
Closing Film: The Scarlet Letter, Daniel H. Byun, Korea
Participating guests: Total 5,638 guests from 50 countries
Total audience: 166,164
  • 10th Busan International Film Festival, 6–14 October 2005
Films screened: 307 films from 73 countries
Opening Film: Three Times, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Taiwan
Closing Film: Wedding Campaign, Hwang Byung-kook, Korea
Participating guests: 6,088 from 55 countries
Total audience: 192,970
  • 11th Busan International Film Festival, 12–20 October 2006
Films screened: 245 films from 63 countries
Opening Film: Traces of Love, Kim Dae-seung, Korea
Closing Film: Crazy Stone, Ning Hao, China/Hong Kong-China
Participating guests: 8,321 from 51 countries
Total audience: 162,835
  • 12th Busan International Film Festival, 4–12 October 2007
Films Screened: 271 films from 64 countries in 770 screenings
Opening Film: Assembly, Feng Xiaogang, China
Closing Film: Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Hideaki Anno, Masayuki, Japan
Participating guests: 7,361
Total audience: 198,603
  • 13th Busan International Film Festival, 2–10 October 2008
Films screened: 315 films from 60 countries
Opening Film: The Gift to Stalin, Rustem Abdrashev, Russia/Kazakhstan/Israel/Poland
Closing Film: I Am Happy, Yoon Jong-chan, Korea
Participating guests: 9,516
Total audience: 198,818
  • 14th Busan International Film Festival, 8–16 October 2009
Films Screened: 355 films from 70 countries. 803 screenings.
Opening Film: Good Morning President, Jang Jin, Korea
Closing Film: The Message, Gao Qunshu, Chen Kuo-fu, China
Participating guests: 6,400
Total audience: 173,516
Films Screened: 306 films from 67 countries
Opening Film: Under the Hawthorn Tree, ZHANG Yimou, China
Closing Film: Camellia, Wisit Sasanatieng, Isao Yukisada, Jang Joonhwan, Thailand/Japan/Korea
Participating guests: 9,367
Total audience: 182,046
Films Screened: 307 films from 70 countries[3]
Opening Film: Always, Song Il-gon, South Korea
Closing Film: Chronicle of My Mother, Masato Harada, Japan
Participating guests: 11,268, including the press 2,440[3]
Total audience: 196,177[3]
Films Screened: 304 films from 75 countries
Opening Film: Cold War, Longman Leung, Sunny Luk, Hong Kong
Closing Film: Television, Mostofa Farooki, Bangladesh
Participating guests: 11,519, including the press 2,357
Total audience: 221,002
Films Screened: 299 films from 70 countries
Opening Film: Vara: A Blessing, Khyentse Norbu, Bhutan
Closing Film: The Dinner, Kim Dong-hyun, Korea
Participating guests: 9,991, including the press 2,262
Total audience: 217,865[4]

Official Program Sections[edit]

Gala Presentation <Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps>, 2010
Gala Presentation <Raavan/Raavanan>, 2010

The Busan International Film Festival is organised in various sections:

  • Gala Presentation: Gala Presentation screens new master cineastes, the year's most-talked-about films, and world/international premieres.
  • A Window on Asian Cinema: A showcase of brand new and/or representative films by the talented Asian filmmakers with their diverse points of view and style.
  • New Currents: The only international competition section featuring the first or the second feature films by the future leading directors of Asian cinema.
  • Korean Cinema Today: Selected Korean feature films are shown in two sub-sections, Panorama and Vision. These two sub-sections recognise the current production trend of Korean cinema and anticipate its future.
  • Korean Cinema Retrospective: Revisiting the history of Korean cinema by spotlighting films of a certain notable director or films with a significant theme.
  • World Cinema: Presentation of new works by world-renowned filmmakers along with the year's best films that help understanding the recent trends in world cinema.
  • Wide Angle: A section dedicated to showing outstanding short films, animation, documentaries, and experimental films presenting different and distinct vision via broader cinematic viewpoints.
  • Open Cinema: A unique outdoor screening venue where a collection of new films, combining both art and mass popularity, are shown along with internationally acclaimed works.
  • Flash Forward: Flash Forward is set to discover yet-surfaced cineastes and create buzz among the young film generation. This section is an eclectic collection of first or second films of up-and-coming filmmakers from non-Asian countries.
  • Midnight Passion: Midnight Passion presents films of diverse genres selected for entertainment value from all over the world to meet the audience at night.
  • Special Programs in Focus: A retrospective and special showcase of films of a certain notable director or genre.

Official Divisions[edit]

Asian Film Market
PPP(Pusan Promotion Plan) meeting
  • Asian Film Market: Launched in 2006 as a comprehensive marketplace for the array of industry events at the Busan International Film Festival, the Asian Film Market laid down its cornerstone as the new hub of the Asian film industry, organisations and institutes participating from around the world.
    • Asian Project Market (former PPP: Pusan Promotion Plan) is a pre-market where promising filmmakers and producers can meet with potential co-producers and financiers and, in turn, investors and co-producers can find a diverse selection of the latest (Asian) projects of top quality. As a dynamic project market focused in Asian cinema, APM has brought together viable programmes and projects to entice and meet participating film professionals from all over the world for last 11 years.
  • Asian Cinema Fund: The Asian Cinema Fund is a funding program to help activate more independent film productions and to set up a stable production environment. It supports projects in various stages and categories, from script development and post-production to documentary films to discover hidden jewels from future talents. ACF also aims to be a cornerstone in the foundation of a pan-Asian network by providing a meeting place for Asian filmmakers. The 900 million won (approximately 900,000USD) Asian Cinema Fund will be used to provide support to seven projects in script development, five post-productions, and thirteen documentary films.
    • The Script Development Fund is aimed at helping screenwriters complete their scripts. It will offer an opportunity to make for a more creative and fine-tuned project.
    • The Post-Production Fund is made possible through the enthusiastic support of Korean post-production companies and the Korean Film Council. With this fund, the director is invited to Korea to work on sound and DI with Korean post-production houses. It will help the director complete his or her film in 35mm. With the Post-Production Fund, top-notch technicians from Korean companies will help the project along to a higher level of quality. Furthermore, this fund is expected to be the basis for an Asian network of filmmaking technology.
    • The Asian Network of Documentary Fund was initiated in 2002 and sponsored by six universities and corporations in the Busan region. As a part of the Busan International Film Festival, and holds master classes and clinics to stabilise the environment for documentary productions. It is becoming an important ground for establishing a network for Asian documentaries by helping selected documentaries to be presented at many different showcases from various regions around the world. The Asian Cinema Fund helps Asian filmmakers realise their visions. It is designed to offer essential and tangible contributions in taking Asian cinema to the next level.
  • Asian Film Academy (AFA) is an educational program where prospective filmmakers and established directors from Asia gather to deliberate and prepare for the future of Asian cinema. Fellows of AFA will share the vision of Asian cinema with prominent filmmakers through its 17 days of program.
Asian Film Academy
  • Busan Cinema Forum (BCF) is an academic event for filmmakers and scholars, launched in 10 October 2011.[5] It aims to enhance the knowledge and support of the film industry and film aesthetics.

Awards[edit]

A number of awards are handed out each year, including:

New Currents Award[edit]

The New Currents Award is given to best feature films selected from works of new Asian Directors in the New Currents section.

Year Film Director Country
1996 In Expectation Zhang Ming China
1997 Motel Cactus Park Ki-yong South Korea
1998 Xiao Wu Jia Zhangke China
1999 Timeless Melody Hiroshi Okuhara Japan
2000 The Day I Become a Woman Marziyeh Meshkini Iran
2001 Flower Island Song Il-gon South Korea
2002 Jealousy Is My Middle Name
The Rite... A Passion
Park Chan-ok
K.N.T. Sastry
South Korea
India
2003 The Missing
Tiny Snowflakes
Lee Kang-sheng
Alireza Amini
Taiwan,China
Iran
2004 This Charming Girl Lee Yun-ki South Korea
2005 Grain in Ear Zhang Lü China
2006 Betelut
Love Conquers All
Heng Yang
Tan Chui Mui
China
Malaysia
2007 Wonderful Town
Life Track
Flower in the Pocket
Aditya Assarat
Guang Hao Jin
Liew Seng Tat
Thailand
China/Korea
Malaysia
2008 Land of Scarecrows
Naked of Defenses
Roh Gyeong-tae
Masahide Ichii
South Korea
Japan
2009 Kick Off
I'm in Trouble
Shawkat Amin Korki
So Sang-min
Iraq/Japan
South Korea
2010 The Journals of Musan
Bleak Night
Park Jung-bum
Yoon Sung-hyun
South Korea
South Korea
2011 Mourning
Nino
Morteza Farshbaf
Loy Arcenas
Iran
Philippines
2012 36
Kayan
Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
Maryam Najafi
Thailand
Lebanon/Canada
2013 Pascha
Remote Control
Ahn Sun-kyoung
Byamba Sakhya
South Korea
Mongolia/Germany

Flash Forward Award[edit]

Newly created in 2009, the USD 30,000 award is given to the best film among those screened in the competing section, Flash Forward.

Year Film Director Country
2009 Last Cowboy Standing Zaida Bergroth Finland/Germany
2010 Pure Lisa Langseth Sweden
2011 LA-BAS - A Criminal Education Guido Lombardi Italy
2012 Flower Buds Zdeněk Jirasky Czech Republic

Sonje Award[edit]

A KRW 20,000,000 (US$17,000) award given to the Korean and Asian director of the best short film (1996, 1997, 2008–present).

Year Film Director Country
1996 Arrival of the Train Andrej Sheleznjakov Russia
1997 The Saltmen of Tibet Ulrike Koch Switzerland
1998 Lachrymal
Heavy
Lim Chang-jae
Park Chan-ok
South Korea
South Korea
1999 28th October 1979, A Sunny Sunday Kwon Jong-kwan South Korea
2000 Bardo Yoon Young-ho South Korea
2001 Siam Hard Romance Kim Jeong-gu South Korea
2002 Chapter Two: How to Breathe Lee Hyung-suk South Korea
2003 The Spring and the Delight
The Third Tongue
Park Jung-seon
Son Kwang-ju
South Korea
South Korea
2004 Punk Eek
Gold Fish
Son Kwang-ju
Park Shin-woo
South Korea
South Korea
2005 Tea & Poison
A Bowl of Tea
Joung Yong-ju
Kim Young-nam
South Korea
South Korea
2006 Portfolio
The Wind Stirs
Yoon Seongho
Lee Jin-woo
South Korea
South Korea
2007 Woong's Story
A Man Under the Influenza
Lee Ha-song
Jung July
Korea
Korea
2008 Andong
Girl
Rommel Tolentino
Hong Sung-hoon
Philippines
South Korea
2009 Somewhere Unreached
Rare Fish
Kim Jae-won
Basil Mironer
South Korea
Singapore/Indonesia
2010 Broken Night
Inhalation
Yang Hyo-joo
Edmund Yeo
South Korea
Malaysia/Japan
2011 See You Tomorrow
Thug Beram
Lee Woojung
Venkat Amudhan
South Korea
India
2012 The Night of The Witness
A Little Farther
Park Buem
Nikan Nezami
South Korea
Iran
2013 A Lady Caddy Who Never Saw a Hole in One
In the Summer
Yosep Anggi Noen
Son Tae-gyum
Indonesia
South Korea

BIFF Mecenat Award[edit]

A KRW 10,000,000 (US$8,500) award given to the best Korean and Asian (from 2008) documentary film directors.

Year Film Director Country
1996 Wind Echoing in My Being Jeon Soo-il South Korea
1997 The Six Day Fight in Myong Dong Cathedral Kim Dong-won South Korea
1998 Reclaiming Our Names Hong Hyung-sook South Korea
1999 My Own Breathing
Mindullae
Byun Young-joo
Choi Ha Dong-ha, Lee Jeong-soon
South Korea
South Korea
2000 Sky-Blue Hometown Kim So-young South Korea
2001 Farewell Hwang Yun South Korea
2002 On the Right Track
Mudang: Reconciliation Between the Living and the Dead
Lee Ji-young
Park Ki-bok
South Korea
South Korea
2003 And Thereafter Lee Ho-sup South Korea
2004 What Do People Live For? Lee Jeong-soon South Korea
2005 Coreen 2495
Annyoung Sayonara
Ha Joon-so
Kim Tae-il, Kumiko Katō
South Korea
South Korea
2006 Our School
People Crossing the River
Kim Myung-jun
Kim Duk-chul
Korea
South Korea
2007 Grandmother's Flower Moon Jung-hyun South Korea
2008 Mental
Old Partner
Kazuhiro Soda
Lee Chung-ryoul
Japan
South Korea
2009 Earth's Woman
The Other Song
Kwon Woo-jung
Saba Dewan
South Korea
India
2010 Miracle on Jongno Street
New Castle
Lee Hyuk-sang
Guo Hengqi
South Korea
China
2011 Sea of Butterfly
Shoji & Takao
Park Bae-il
Ide Yoko
South Korea
Japan
2012 Anxiety
Embers
Min Hwan-ki
Tamara Stepanyan
South Korea
Lebanon/ Qatar/ Armenia
2013 Jalanan ("Streetside")
Non-fiction Diary
Daniel Ziv
Jung Yoon-suk
Indonesia
South Korea

FIPRESCI Award[edit]

Given by the International Federation of Film Critics from the entries in the New Currents section.

Year Film Director Country
1997 Made in Hong Kong Fruit Chan Hong Kong-China
1998 Ikinai Hiroshi Shimizu Japan
1999 The Cup Khyentse Norbu Bhutan
2000 Sunflower Yukisada Isao Japan
2001 Flower Island
One Fine Spring Day
Song Il-gon
Hur Jin-ho
South Korea
South Korea
2002 Too Young to Die Park Jin-pyo South Korea
2003 Deep Breath Parviz Shahbazi Iran
2004 Soap Opera Wu Ershan China
2005 The Unforgiven Yoon Jong-bin South Korea
2006 Love Conquers All Tan Chui Mui Malaysia
2007 The Red Awn Cai Shangjun China
2008 Jalainur Ye Zhao China
2009 Kick Off Shawkat Amin Korki Iraq/Japan
2010 The Journals of Musan Park Jung-bum South Korea
2011 Mourning Morteza Farshbaf Iran
2012 36 Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit Thailand
2013 10 Minutes Lee Yong-seung Korea

NETPAC Award[edit]

Awarded to the best Korean film from either New Currents and Korean Cinema Today sections

Year Film Director Country
1996 Three Friends Im Soon-rye South Korea
1997 Timeless, Bottomless Bad Movie Jang Sun-woo South Korea
1998 The Power of Kangwon Province Hong Sang-soo South Korea
1999 The Bird Who Stops in the Air Jeon Soo-il South Korea
2000 Chunhyang Im Kwon-taek South Korea
2001 Take Care of My Cat Jeong Jae-eun South Korea
2002 Road Movie Kim In-sik South Korea
2003 Untold Scandal E J-yong South Korea
2004 3-Iron Kim Ki-duk South Korea
2005 The Unforgiven Yoon Jong-bin South Korea
2006 The Last Dining Table Roh Gyeong-tae South Korea
2007 Hello Stranger
With a Girl of Black Soil
Kim Dong-Hyun
Jeon Soo-il
South Korea
South Korea
2008 Members of the Funeral
Treeless Mountain
Baek Seung-bin
Kim So-yong
South Korea
South Korea
2009 Paju Park Chan-ok South Korea
2010 Dooman River Zhang Lu China
2011 The King of Pigs Yeon Sang-ho South Korea
2012 Jiseul O Muel South Korea
2013 Shuttlecock Lee Yu-bin South Korea

KNN Award (Audience Award)[edit]

Awarded by the KNN Foundation to a film from the New Currents section selected by audiences with a $20,000 award for the director.

Year Film Director Country
1998 April Story Iwai Shunji Japan
1999 Gemini Shinya Tsukamoto Japan
2000 Die Bad Ryoo Seung-wan South Korea
2001 Flower Island Song Il-gon South Korea
2002 Too Young to Die Park Jin-pyo South Korea
2003 The Road Taken
Osama
Hong Ki-sun
Sedigh Barmak
South Korea
Afghanistan/Iran
2004 Survive Style 5+ Gen Sekiguchi Japan
2005 The Unforgiven Yoon Jong-bin South Korea
2006 The White Silk Dress Luu Huynh Vietnam
2007 Flower in the Pocket Liew Seng Tat Malaysia
2008 100 Chris Martinez Philippines
2009 Lan Jiang Wenli China
2010 My Spectacular Theatre Lu Yang China
2011 Watch Indian Circus Mangesh Hadawale India
2012 Touch of the Light Chang Jung-Chi Taiwan,China
2013 10 Minutes Lee Yong-seung South Korea

Korean Cinema Award[edit]

Given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in promoting Korean Cinema to the World Film Community.

Year Name Country
1996 Adriano Apra
Tony Rayns
Alain Jalladeau
Ulrich Gregor
Larry Kadish
Ancha Flubacher-Rhim
Simon Field
Italy
UK
France
Germany
USA
Switzerland
UK
1997 Aruna Vasudev
Sato Tadao
India
Japan
1998 Gilles Jacob
Moritz de Hadeln
France
Germany
1999 Serge Losique
Lee Young-il
Canada
South Korea
2000 Martin & Anna Louisa Girod Switzerland
2001 Eva Zaoralová Czech Republic
2002 Alain Patel France
2003 Park Byoung-yang
Lee Bong-ou
Japan
Japan
2004 YAano Kazuyki
Phillip Cheah
Japan
Singapore
2005 Dieter Kosslick
Thierry Fremaux
Germany
France
2006 Martial Knaebell
Terawaki Ken
Switzerland
Japan
2007 Sabrina Baracetti
Jean-Francois Rauger
Italy
France
2008 Richard Pena USA
2009 Riccardo Gelli
Jeannette Paulson Hereniko
Italy
USA
2010 Bruno Barde France
2011 Julietta Sichel Czech Republic
2012 Hayashi Kanako Japan
2013 Charles Tesson France

Asian Filmmaker of the Year[edit]

Tsai Ming-liang, Asian Filmmaker of the Year, Pusan International Film Festival 2010

Given to an Asian filmmaker with the most outstanding activity in improving and developing Asian Film Industry and Culture.

Year Name Country
2003 Mohsen Makhmalbaf Iran
2004 Hou Hsiao-Hsien China
2005 NHK Japan
2006 Andy Lau Hong Kong-China
2007 Edward Yang (1947–2007) China
2008 Gulnara Sarsenova Kazakhstan
2009 Yash Chopra India[6]
2010 Tsai Ming-liang China
2011 Tsui Hark Hong Kong-China
2012 Koji Wakamatsu Japan
2013 Rithy Panh Cambodia

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