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Busan International Film Festival
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Busan International Film Festival Logo
LocationBusan, South Korea
Founded13 September 1996; 24 years ago (1996-09-13)
AwardsNew Currents and others
No. of films193 in 2020
Busan International Film Festival
Revised RomanizationBusan-Gukje-Yeonghwaje
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, Willem Dafoe, 2010
Master Class, Carlos Saura, 2010
Open Talk – Director Kim Jee-woon & Bryan 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 main focus of the BIFF is to introduce 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] [3]


  • 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-wai, 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: The Legend of Suriyothai, Chatrichalerm Yukol, Thailand
Participating guests: 3,761 guests from 30 countries
Total audience: 143,103 people
  • 7th Busan International Film Festival, 14–23 November 2002
Films screened: 226 films from 57 countries
Opening Film: The Coast Guard, Kim Ki-duk, Korea
Closing Film: Dolls, Kitano Takeshi, Japan
Participating guests: 4,387 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, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan
Closing Film: Acacia, Park Ki-hyung, Korea
Participating guests: 2,523 people from 44 countries
Invited guests: 4,387 people from 50 countries (Inc. PPP& Press)
Total audience: 165,102(paid audiences: 145,041)
  • 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 (inc. ASIAN FILM MARKET & press)
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(exc. ASIAN FILM MARKET)
Total audience: 198,603
  • 13th Busan International Film Festival, 2–10 October 2008
Films screened: 315 films from 60 countries. 827 screenings.
Opening Film: The Gift to Stalin, Rustem Abdrashev, Russia/Kazakhstan/Israel/Poland
Closing Film: I Am Happy, Yoon Jong-chan, Korea
Participating guests: 11,110 in total (inc. ASIAN FILM MARKET)
Total audience: 198,818
Films Screened: 355 films from 70 countries. 803 screenings.
World Premiere: 98 Films (72 Feature Films, 26 Short Films)
International Premiere: 46 Films (41 Feature Films, 5 Short Films)
Opening Film: Good Morning President, Jang Jin, Korea
Closing Film: The Message, Gao Qunshu, Chen Kuo-fu, China
Invited Guests (exc. Asian Film Market): 8,602 in total (Guests: 6,400, Press: 2,202)
Total audience: 173,516
Films Screened: 306 films from 67 countries(101 World Premieres / 52 International Premieres)
Screening Venue: Total of 232,851 seats and 36 screens at 6 theaters
Opening Film: Under the Hawthorn Tree, Zhang Yimou, China
Closing Film: Camellia, Wisit Sasanatieng, Isao Yukisada, Jang Joon-hwan, Thailand/Japan/Korea
Participating guests: 9,367
3,784 from Korea
906 from out of Korea
1,651 Cinephiles
789 Market participants
2,237 Press Accreditations
Total audience: 182,046
Films Screened: 307 films from 70 countries[4](86 World Premieres / 45 International Premieres)
Screening Venue: Total of 235,907 seats and 36 screens at 5 theaters
Opening Film: Always, Song Il-gon, South Korea
Closing Film: Chronicle of My Mother, Masato Harada, Japan
Participating guests: 11,268
Domestic: 4,482
International: 765
Cinephile: 1,999
Market: 1,080
Busan Cinema Forum: 502
Accredited Press: 2,440
* Market and Forum participants include only the numbers accredited with the Badge
Total audience: 196,177[4]
Films Screened: 304 films from 75 countries(96 World Premieres / 39 International Premieres)
Screening Venue: 37 screens at 7 theaters
Opening Film: Cold War, Longman Leung, Sunny Luk, Hong Kong
Closing Film: Television, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, Bangladesh
Participating guests: 11,519
Domestic: 4,830
International: 806
Cinephile: 2,149
Market: 1,098
Busan Cinema Forum: 279
Accredited Press: 2,357
Total audience: 221,002
Films Screened: 299 films from 70 countries(94 World Premieres / 40 International Premieres)
Screening Venue: 35 screens at 7 theaters (Market and unofficial screenings excluded)
Opening Film: Vara: A Blessing, Khyentse Norbu, Bhutan
Closing Film: The Dinner, Kim Dong-hyun, Korea
Participating guests: 9,991
Domestic: 3,423
Foreign: 751
Cinephile: 1,667
Market: 1,272
BC&F: 616
Accredited Press: 2,262(Domestic: 1,963, Foreign:299)
Total audience: 217,865
Films Screened: 312 from 79 countries(96 World Premieres / 36 International Premieres)
Screening Venue: 33 screens at 7 theaters (Market and unofficial screenings excluded)
Opening Film: Paradise in Service, Doze Niu, Taiwan
Closing Film: Gangster Payday, Lee Po-cheung, Hong Kong
Participating guests: 10,173
Domestic: 3,362
Foreign: 775
Cinephile: 1,429
Market: 1,566
BC&F: 750
Accredited Press: 2,291
Total audience: 226,473
Films Screened: 302 from 75 countries(94 World Premieres / 31 International Premieres)
Screening Venue: 35 screens at 6 theaters (Market and unofficial screenings excluded)
Opening Film: Zubaan, Mozez Singh, India
Closing Film: Mountain Cry, Larry Yang, China/United States
Participating guests: 9,685
Domestic: 3,226
Foreign: 775
Cinephile: 1,405
Market: 1,571
BC&F: 403
Accredited Press: 2,325
Total audience: 227,377
Films Screened: 299 from 69 countries
Opening Film: A Quiet Dream - Zhang Lu, Korea
Closing Film: The Dark Wind, Hussein Hassan, Iraq/Germany/Qatar
Participating guests: 5,759, excluding the press
Total audience: 165,149
Films Screened: 300 from 76 countries
Opening Film: Glass Garden - Shin Su-won, South Korea
Closing Film: Love Education, Sylvia Chang, China/Taiwan
Total audience: 192,991
Films Screened: 324 from 79 countries
Opening Film: Beautiful Days - Jéro Yun, South Korea
Closing Film: Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy, Yuen Woo-ping, Hong Kong/China
Total audience: 191,000
Films Screened: 299 from 85 countries
Opening Film: The Horse Thieves. Roads of Time - Yerlan Nurmukhambetov, Lisa Takeba, Kazakhstan/Japan
Closing Film: Moonlit Winter - Lim Dae-hyung, South Korea
Total audience: 189,116
Films Screened: 192 films from 68 countries
Opening Film: Septet: The Story of Hong Kong - Johnnie To, Ringo Lam, Hark Tsui, Sammo Hung, Ann Hui, Patrick Tam Yuen, Wo Ping, Hong Kong, China/China
Closing Film: Josee, the Tiger and the Fish - Tamura Kotaro, Japan
Total audience: 20,135

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, films, and premieres.
  • A Window on Asian Cinema: A showcase of new and/or representative films by Asian filmmakers.
  • New Currents: The only international competition section featuring the first or the second feature films by future 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 filmmakers along with films that help understanding the recent trends in world cinema.
  • Wide Angle: A section showing short films, animation, documentaries, and experimental films.
  • Open Cinema: outdoor screening venue where a collection of new films, combining both art and mass popularity, are shown.
  • Flash Forward: This section is a collection of first or second films of up-and-coming filmmakers from non-Asian countries.
  • Midnight Passion: films of diverse genres.
  • 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 marketplace for the industry events at the Busan International Film Festival.
    • Asian Project Market (former PPP: Pusan Promotion Plan) is a pre-market.
  • 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. 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.
    • The Post-Production Fund is made possible through the 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
Asian Film Academy
  • Busan Cinema Forum (BCF) is an academic event for filmmakers and scholars, launched on 10 October 2011.[7] It aims to enhance the knowledge and support of the film industry and film aesthetics.


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

New Currents Award[edit]

The New Currents Award is given to the two best feature films selected from the first or second works of new Asian directors introduced in the New Currents section (a competitive section of BIFF for Asian films). A grand prize of $30,000 is awarded to each film.[8]

No. Year Film Director Country/Region
1 1996 In Expectation Zhang Ming China
2 1997 Motel Cactus Park Ki-yong South Korea
3 1998 Xiao Wu Jia Zhangke China
4 1999 Timeless Melody Hiroshi Okuhara Japan
5 2000 The Day I Became a Woman Marziyeh Meshkini Iran
6 2001 Flower Island Song Il-gon South Korea
7 2002 Jealousy Is My Middle Name Park Chan-ok South Korea
The Rite... A Passion K.N.T. Sastry India
8 2003 The Missing Lee Kang-sheng Taiwan
Tiny Snowflakes Alireza Amini Iran
9 2004 This Charming Girl Lee Yun-ki South Korea
10 2005 Grain in Ear Zhang Lu China
11 2006 Betelnut Heng Yang China
Love Conquers All Tan Chui Mui Malaysia
12 2007 Wonderful Town Aditya Assarat Thailand
Life Track Guang Hao Jin China/Korea
Flower in the Pocket Liew Seng Tat Malaysia
13 2008 Land of Scarecrows Roh Gyeong-tae South Korea
Naked of Defenses Masahide Ichii Japan
14 2009 Kick Off Shawkat Amin Korki Iraq/Japan
I'm in Trouble So Sang-min South Korea
15 2010 The Journals of Musan Park Jung-bum South Korea
Bleak Night Yoon Sung-hyun South Korea
16 2011 Mourning Morteza Farshbaf Iran
Nino Loy Arcenas Philippines
17 2012 36 Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit Thailand
Kayan Maryam Najafi Lebanon/Canada
18 2013 Pascha Ahn Sun-kyoung South Korea
Remote Control Byamba Sakhya Mongolia/Germany
19 2014 End of Winter Kim Dae-hwan South Korea
20 2015 Immortal Seyed Hadi Mohaghegh Iran
Walnut Tree Yerlan Nurmukhambetov Kazakhstan
21 2016 The Donor Zang Qiwu China
Knife in the Clear Water Wang Xuebo China
22 2017 After My Death Kim Ui-seok Korea
Blockage Mohsen Gharaei Iran
23 2018 Clean Up Kwon Man-ki South Korea
Savage Cui Siwei China
24 2019 Haifa Street Mohanad Hayal Iraq/Qatar
Rom Tran Thanh Huy Vietnam
25 2020 A Balance Harumoto Yujiro Japan
Three Ruslan Pak Kazakhstan/Korea/Uzbekistan

Kim Jiseok Award[edit]

Launched by BIFF in 2017 to remember and honor the late Kim Jiseok who died in May 2017. Kim was a founding member of the BIFF who devoted his whole life to discovering young Asian directors and supporting the growth of Asian cinema. He took an essential role to establish BIFF as one of the world's best film festivals.[9]

No. Year Film Director Country/Region
22 2017 Malila: The Farewell Flower Anucha Boonyawatana Thailand
The Scythian Lamb Daihachi Yoshida Japan
23 2018 The Rib Zhang Wei China
Rona, Azim's Mother Jamshid Mahmoudi Taiwan
24 2019 Circus of Life Sarmad Khoosat Pakistan
Market Pradip Kurbah India
25 2020 Drowning in Holy Water Navid Mahmoudi Afghanistan/Iran
The Slaughterhouse Abbas Amini Iran

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.

No. Year Film Director Country/Region
1 1996 Wind Echoing in My Being Jeon Soo-il South Korea
2 1997 The Six Day Fight in Myong Dong Cathedral Kim Dong-won South Korea
3 1998 Reclaiming Our Names Hong Hyung-sook South Korea
4 1999 My Own Breathing Byun Young-joo South Korea
Mindullae Choi Ha Dong-ha, Lee Jeong-soon South Korea
5 2000 Sky-Blue Hometown Kim So-young South Korea
6 2001 Farewell Hwang Yun South Korea
7 2002 On the Right Track Lee Ji-young South Korea
Mudang: Reconciliation Between the Living and the Dead Park Ki-bok South Korea
8 2003 And Thereafter Lee Ho-sup South Korea
9 2004 What Do People Live For? Lee Jeong-soon South Korea
10 2005 Coreen 2495 Ha Joon-so South Korea
Annyoung Sayonara Kim Tae-il, Kumiko Katō South Korea
11 2006 Our School Kim Myeong-joon South Korea
People Crossing the River Kim Duk-chul South Korea
12 2007 Grandmother's Flower Moon Jung-hyun South Korea
13 2008 Mental Kazuhiro Soda Japan
Old Partner Lee Chung-ryoul South Korea
14 2009 Earth's Woman Kwon Woo-jung South Korea
The Other Song Saba Dewan India
15 2010 Miracle on Jongno Street Lee Hyuk-sang South Korea
New Castle Guo Hengqi China
16 2011 Sea of Butterfly Park Bae-il South Korea
Shoji & Takao Ide Yoko Japan
17 2012 Anxiety Min Hwan-ki South Korea
Embers Tamara Stepanyan Lebanon/Qatar/Armenia
18 2013 Jalanan ("Streetside") Daniel Ziv Indonesia
Non-fiction Diary Jung Yoon-suk South Korea
19 2014 Collapse Mun Jeong-hyun, Lee Won-woo South Korea
The Storm Makers Guillaume Suon Cambodia
20 2015 Boys Run Kang Seok-pil South Korea
Look Love Ye Yun China
21 2016 The Crescent Rising Sheron Dayoc Philippines
Neighborhood Sung Seung-taek South Korea
22 2017 Soseongri Park Bae-il South Korea
Sennan Asbestos Disaster Kazuo Hara Japan
23 2018 Army Kelvin Park Kyung-kun South Korea
Opening Closing Forgetting James T. Hong Taiwan
24 2019 Noodle Kid Huo Ning China
Underground Kim Jeong-keun South Korea
25 2020 The Art of Living in Danger Mina Keshavarz Iran/Germany
Sister J Lee Soojung South Korea

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).

No. Year Film Director Country/Region
1 1996 Arrival of the Train Andrej Sheleznjakov Russia
2 1997 The Saltmen of Tibet Ulrike Koch Switzerland
3 1998 Lachrymal Lim Chang-jae South Korea
Heavy Park Chan-ok South Korea
4 1999 28 October 1979, A Sunny Sunday Kwon Jong-kwan South Korea
5 2000 Bardo Yoon Young-ho South Korea
6 2001 Siam Hard Romance Kim Jeong-gu South Korea
7 2002 Chapter Two: How to Breathe Lee Hyung-suk South Korea
8 2003 The Spring and the Delight Park Jung-seon South Korea
The Third Tongue Son Kwang-ju South Korea
9 2004 Punk Eek Son Kwang-ju South Korea
Gold Fish Park Shin-woo South Korea
10 2005 Tea & Poison Joung Yong-ju South Korea
A Bowl of Tea Kim Young-nam South Korea
11 2006 Portfolio Yoon Seong-ho South Korea
The Wind Stirs Lee Jin-woo South Korea
12 2007 Woong's Story Lee Ha-song South Korea
A Man Under the Influenza Jung July South Korea
13 2008 Andong Rommel Tolentino Philippines
Girl Hong Sung-hoon South Korea
14 2009 Somewhere Unreached Kim Jae-won South Korea
Rare Fish Basil Mironer Singapore/Indonesia
15 2010 Broken Night Yang Hyo-joo South Korea
Inhalation Edmund Yeo Malaysia/Japan
16 2011 See You Tomorrow Lee Woo-jung South Korea
Thug Beram Venkat Amudhan India
17 2012 The Night of The Witness Park Buem South Korea
A Little Farther Nikan Nezami Iran
18 2013 A Lady Caddy Who Never Saw a Hole in One Yosep Anggi Noen Indonesia
In the Summer Son Tae-gyum South Korea
19 2014 Stairway Matt Wu Taiwan
The Night Choi Ki-yun South Korea
20 2015 Nia's Door Lau Kek Huat Taiwan
Shame Diary Lee Eun-jeong South Korea
21 2016 Off-season Yelzat Eskendir Kazakhstan
Viewer Kim So-youn South Korea
22 2017 A Hand-written Poster Kwak Eun-mi South Korea
Madonna Sinung Winahyoko Indonesia
23 2018 Cat Day Afternoon Kwon Sung-mo South Korea
Nooreh Ashish Pandey India
24 2019 Dragon's Tail Saeed Keshavarz Iran
Hello Jin Seong-moon South Korea
25 2020 Georgia Jayil Pak South Korea
Mountain Cat Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir Mongolia/United Kingdom

Actor & Actress of the Year Award[edit]

Newly created in 2014, 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 Korean Cinema Today 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.

No. Year Actor Film Country Actress Film Country
19 2014 Choi Woo-shik Set Me Free South Korea Cho Soo-hyang Wild Flowers South Korea
20 2015 Lee Ju-won ALONE South Korea Sun Jang Communication & Lies South Korea
21 2016 Koo Kyo-hwan Jane South Korea Lee Min-ji Jane South Korea
22 2017 Park Jong-hwan Hit the Night South Korea Jeon Yeo-been After My Death South Korea
23 2018 N/A N/A N/A Choi Hee-seo
Lee Joo-young
Our Body
South Korea
24 2019 Kim Jun-hyung The Education South Korea Mun Hye-in The Education South Korea
25 2020 Ji Soo Our Joyful Summer Days South Korea Lim Seong-mi FIGHTER South Korea

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.

No. Year Film Director Country
14 2009 Last Cowboy Standing Zaida Bergroth Finland/Germany
15 2010 Pure Lisa Langseth Sweden
16 2011 LA-BAS - A Criminal Education Guido Lombardi Italy
17 2012 Flower Buds Zdeněk Jirasky Czech Republic
25 2020 Tigers Ronnie Sandahl Sweden/Italy/Denmark

FIPRESCI Award[edit]

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

No. Year Film Director Country/Region
2 1997 Made in Hong Kong Fruit Chan Hong Kong, China
3 1998 Ikinai Hiroshi Shimizu Japan
4 1999 The Cup Khyentse Norbu Bhutan
5 2000 Sunflower Yukisada Isao Japan
6 2001 Flower Island Song Il-gon South Korea
One Fine Spring Day Hur Jin-ho South Korea
7 2002 Too Young to Die Park Jin-pyo South Korea
8 2003 Deep Breath Parviz Shahbazi Iran
9 2004 Soap Opera Wuershan China
10 2005 The Unforgiven Yoon Jong-bin South Korea
11 2006 Love Conquers All Tan Chui Mui Malaysia
12 2007 The Red Awn Cai Shangjun China
13 2008 Jalainur Ye Zhao China
14 2009 Kick Off Shawkat Amin Korki Iraq/Japan
15 2010 The Journals of Musan Park Jung-bum South Korea
16 2011 Mourning Morteza Farshbaf Iran
17 2012 36 Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit Thailand
18 2013 10 Minutes Lee Yong-seung South Korea
19 2014 What's the Time in Your World? Safi Yazdanian Iran
20 2015 Immortal Hadi Mohaghegh Iran
21 2016 White Ant Chu Hsien-che Taiwan
22 2017 Last Child Shin Dong-seok South Korea
23 2018 The Red Phallus Tashi Gyeltshen Bhutan/Germany/Nepal
24 2019 Running to the Sky Mirlan Abdykalykov Kyrgyzstan
25 2020 Summer Blur Han Shuai China

NETPAC Award[edit]

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

No. Year Film Director Country
1 1996 Three Friends Yim Soon-rye South Korea
2 1997 Timeless, Bottomless Bad Movie Jang Sun-woo South Korea
3 1998 The Power of Kangwon Province Hong Sang-soo South Korea
4 1999 The Bird Who Stops in the Air Jeon Soo-il South Korea
5 2000 Chunhyang Im Kwon-taek South Korea
6 2001 Take Care of My Cat Jeong Jae-eun South Korea
7 2002 Road Movie Kim In-sik South Korea
8 2003 Untold Scandal E J-yong South Korea
9 2004 3-Iron Kim Ki-duk South Korea
10 2005 The Unforgiven Yoon Jong-bin South Korea
11 2006 The Last Dining Table Roh Gyeong-tae South Korea
12 2007 Hello Stranger Kim Dong-hyun South Korea
With a Girl of Black Soil Jeon Soo-il South Korea
13 2008 Members of the Funeral Baek Seung-bin South Korea
Treeless Mountain Kim So-yong South Korea
14 2009 Paju Park Chan-ok South Korea
15 2010 Dooman River Zhang Lu China
16 2011 The King of Pigs Yeon Sang-ho South Korea
17 2012 Jiseul O Muel South Korea
18 2013 Shuttlecock Lee Yu-bin South Korea
19 2014 Socialphobia Hong Seok-jae South Korea
20 2015 Communication & Lies Lee Seung-won South Korea
21 2016 Merry Christmas Mr. Mo Lim Dae-hyung South Korea
22 2017 February Kim Joong-hyun South Korea
23 2018 House of Hummingbird Kim Bo-ra South Korea
24 2019 Moving On Yoon Dan-bi South Korea
25 2020 FIGHTER Jéro Yun South Korea

Busan Cinephile Award[edit]

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 70 students from the cinema-related departments of 7 universities in Busan region.

No. Year Film Director Country
16 2011 The Twin Gustav Danielsson Sweden
17 2012 5 Broken Cameras Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi Palestine/Israel/
18 2013 Father’s Garden – The Love of My Parents Peter Liechti Switzerland
19 2014 The Look of Silence Joshua Oppenheimer Denmark
20 2015 The Other Side Roberto Minervini Italy/France
21 2016 The Apology Tiffany Hsiung Canada
22 2017 A Free Man Andreas Hartmann Germany/Japan
23 2018 Bruce Lee and the Outlaw Joost Vandebrug United Kingdom/Netherlands/
Czech Republic
24 2019 Que Sea Ley (Let It Be Law) Juan Diego Solanas France/Argentina/Uruguay

DGK Award[edit]

No. Year Recipient Category Film Country
16 2011 Yeon Sang-ho Director The King of Pigs South Korea
Ha Hyun-kwan Actor Beautiful Miss Jin South Korea
Han Song-hee, Hwang Jung-min Actress Jesus Hospital South Korea
17 2012 O Muel Director Jiseul South Korea
Shin Yeon-shick The Russian Novel South Korea
Shim Hee-sub, Ahn Jae-hong, Kim Chang-hwan Actor Sunshine Boys South Korea
Jang Young-nam Actress Azooma South Korea

DGK 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. Boycotted by the Director's Guild of Korea in 2016 and 2017, the award was reinstated in 2018.[10]

No. Year Film Director Country
19 2014 A Midsummer's Fantasia Jang Kun-jae South Korea
Socialphobia Hong Seok-jae South Korea
20 2015 The Boys Who Cried Wolf Kim Jin-hwang South Korea
Eyelids O Muel South Korea
23 2018 Bori Kim Jin-yu South Korea
Sub-zero Wind Kim Yu-ri South Korea
24 2019 Moving On Yoon Dan-bi South Korea
Lucky Chan-sil Kim Cho-hee South Korea
25 2020 Young Adult Matters Lee Hwan South Korea
Good Person Jung Wook South Korea

Daemyung Culture Wave Award[edit]

Newly created in 2014, it is co-sponsored by Daemyung Holdings to expand the opportunity of the Korean independent films, it is 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.

No. Year Film Director Country
19 2014 The Liar Kim Dong-myung South Korea
20 2015 Overman Seo Eun-young South Korea
21 2016 Yongsoon Shin Joon South Korea

CGV Arthouse Award[edit]

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.

No. Year Film Director Country
16 2011 The King of Pigs Yeon Sang-ho South Korea
17 2012 Jiseul O Muel South Korea
18 2013 Han Gong-ju Lee Su-jin South Korea
19 2014 A Matter of Interpretation Lee Kwang-kuk South Korea
20 2015 Eyelids O Muel South Korea
21 2016 Jane Cho Hyun-hoon South Korea
22 2017 Microhabitat Jeon Go-woon South Korea
23 2018 Maggie Yi Ok-seop South Korea
24 2019 Lucky Chan-sil Kim Cho-hee South Korea
25 2020 Good Person Jung Wook 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.

No. Year Film Director Country/Region
3 1998 April Story Iwai Shunji Japan
4 1999 Gemini Shinya Tsukamoto Japan
5 2000 Die Bad Ryoo Seung-wan South Korea
6 2001 Flower Island Song Il-gon South Korea
7 2002 Too Young to Die Park Jin-pyo South Korea
8 2003 The Road Taken Hong Ki-sun South Korea
Osama Siddiq Barmak Afghanistan
9 2004 Survive Style 5+ Gen Sekiguchi Japan
10 2005 The Unforgiven Yoon Jong-bin South Korea
11 2006 The White Silk Dress Luu Huynh Vietnam
12 2007 Flower in the Pocket Liew Seng Tat Malaysia
13 2008 100 Chris Martinez Philippines
14 2009 Lan Jiang Wenli China
15 2010 My Spectacular Theatre Lu Yang China
16 2011 Watch Indian Circus Mangesh Hadawale India
17 2012 Touch of the Light Chang Jung-Chi Taiwan
18 2013 10 Minutes Lee Yong-seung South Korea
19 2014 Ghadi Amin Dora Lebanon
20 2015 Radio Set Hari Viswanath India
21 2016 In Between Seasons Lee Dong-eun South Korea
22 2017 End of Summer Zhou Quan China
24 2019 An Old Lady Lim Sun-ae South Korea

Busan Bank Award (Audience Award)[edit]

Created in 2013, 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 BNK 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.

No. Year Film Director Country
18 2013 Home Maximilian Hult Sweden/Iceland
19 2014 The Boss, Anatomy of a Crime Sebastián Schindel Argentina
20 2015 Highway to Hellas Aron Lehmann Germany
21 2016 Night of a 1000 Hours Virgil Widrich Luxembourg/Austria/Netherlands
22 2017 Pulse Stevie Cruz-Martin Australia
24 2019 Fabulous Mélanie Charbonneau Canada

Citizen Critics' Award[edit]

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.

No. Year Film Director Country
16 2011 Romance Joe Lee Kwang-kuk South Korea
17 2012 Jiseul O Muel South Korea
18 2013 Han Gong-ju Lee Su-jin South Korea
Shuttlecock Lee Yu-bin South Korea
19 2014 Set Me Free Kim Tae-yong South Korea
20 2015 ALONE Park Hong-min South Korea
21 2016 Jamsil Lee Wan-min South Korea
22 2017 Possible Faces Lee Kang-hyun South Korea
23 2018 Maggie Yi Ok-seop South Korea
24 2019 Moving On Yoon Dan-bi South Korea

Vision-Director's Award[edit]

Newly created in 2016, this award is given to two promising directors of newly produced independent films in the Korean Cinema Today-Vision section, who have shown the most outstanding production skills. The winner gets a cash prize reward of 5,000 USD sponsored by MEGABOX.

No. Year Director Film Country
21 2016 Jang Woo-jin[11] Autumn, Autumn South Korea
Ahn Seon-kyoung Hyeon's Quartet South Korea
22 2017 Kim Joong-hyun February South Korea
Jeong Ga-young Hit the Night South Korea

KTH Award[edit]

Newly created in 2018 to promote Korean independent films, KTH, a renowned film investor and digital content distributor, will select two Korean films from the Korean Cinema Today–Vision and the New Currents section. The winners will receive the KTH Award and a cash prize of 10,000,000 KRW (approx. 9,000 USD).[10]

No. Year Film Director Country/Region
23 2018 Clean up Kwon Man-ki South Korea
A Boy and Sungreen Ahn Ju-young South Korea
24 2019 Lucky Monster Bong Joon-young South Korea
Moving On Yoon Dan-bi South Korea
25 2020 Snowball Lee Woo-jung South Korea
Young Adult Matters Lee Hwan South Korea

KBS Independent Film Award[edit]

Newly created in 2018 to promote Korean independent films, Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), which broadcasts independent films KBS Independent Cinema, will select one best film from the Korean Cinema Today–Vision and the New Currents section. The winner will receive a cash prize of 10,000,000 KRW (approx. 9,000 USD) and the award-winning film will be screened on KBS Independent Cinema within one year after release with a separate broadcasting rights contract from the award.[10]

No. Year Film Director Country
23 2018 Maggie Yi Ok-seop South Korea
24 2019 Lucky Chan-sil Kim Cho-hee South Korea
25 2020 LIMECRIME Lee Seunghwan, Yoo Jaewook South Korea

CGK&SamyangXEEN Award[edit]

CGK&SamyangXEEN Award, sponsored by Cinematographers Guild of Korea and Samyang Optics, is given to one Korean film from either New Currents or Korean Cinema Today_Vision section. The winner's cinematographer will be granted 5 million KRW (approx. 5,000 USD).

No. Year Film Cinematographer Country
24 2019 Kyungmi’s World Kim Gilja South Korea
25 2020 Snowball Lee Jae-u South Korea

Korean Cinema Award[edit]

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

No. Year Name Country
1 1996 Adriano Apra Italy
Tony Rayns UK
Alain Jalladeau France
Ulrich Gregor Germany
Larry Kadish USA
Ancha Flubacher-Rhim Switzerland
Simon Field UK
2 1997 Aruna Vasudev India
Sato Tadao Japan
3 1998 Gilles Jacob France
Moritz de Hadeln Germany
4 1999 Serge Losique Canada
Lee Young-il South Korea
5 2000 Martin & Anna Louisa Girod Switzerland
6 2001 Eva Zaoralová Czech Republic
7 2002 Alain Patel France
8 2003 Park Byoung-yang Japan
Lee Bong-ou Japan
9 2004 Yano Kazuyki Japan
Phillip Cheah Singapore
10 2005 Dieter Kosslick Germany
Thierry Fremaux France
11 2006 Martial Knaebell Switzerland
Terawaki Ken Japan
12 2007 Sabrina Baracetti Italy
Jean-Francois Rauger France
13 2008 Richard Pena USA
14 2009 Riccardo Gelli Italy
Jeannette Paulson Hereniko USA
15 2010 Bruno Barde France
16 2011 Julietta Sichel Czech Republic
17 2012 Hayashi Kanako Japan
18 2013 Charles Tesson France
19 2014 Corinne Siegrist-Oboussier Switzerland
20 2015 Wieland Speck German
21 2016 Laurence Herszberg France
22 2017 Christoph Terhechte Germany
23 2018 Martine Thérouanne France
Jean-Marc Thérouanne France
24 2019 Bae Yongjae South Korea
Yoo Dongsuk South Korea

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.

No. Year Name Country/Region
8 2003 Mohsen Makhmalbaf Iran
9 2004 Hou Hsiao-hsien Taiwan
10 2005 NHK Japan
11 2006 Andy Lau Hong Kong
12 2007 Edward Yang (1947–2007) Taiwan
13 2008 Gulnara Sarsenova Kazakhstan
14 2009 Yash Chopra India[12]
15 2010 Tsai Ming-liang Taiwan
16 2011 Tsui Hark Hong Kong
17 2012 Kōji Wakamatsu Japan
18 2013 Rithy Panh Cambodia
19 2014 Ann Hui Hong Kong
20 2015 Studio Ghibli Japan
21 2016 Abbas Kiarostami Iran
22 2017 Seijun Suzuki Japan
23 2018 Ryuichi Sakamoto Japan[13]
24 2019 Hirokazu Kore-eda Japan[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pusan International Film Festival (2018)". IMDb.
  2. ^ "Busan International Film Festival faces competition - Junotane". 31 March 2012. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012.
  3. ^ "KANG Soo-yeon, Co-director of BIFF Organization Committee, Finally Speaks". www.koreanfilm.or.kr.
  4. ^ a b "BUSAN International Film Festival". 1 August 2015. Archived from the original on 1 August 2015.
  5. ^ "The 18th BIFF Final Statistics Data". BIFF. 12 October 2013. Archived from the original on 8 May 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  6. ^ "The 19th BIFF Final Statistics Data". BIFF. 11 October 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  7. ^ "The 1st Busan Cinema Forum". BIFF. Archived from the original on 1 October 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Awards". Busan International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 20 June 2017. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  9. ^ "22nd Busan International Film Festival Establishes 'Kim Jiseok Award'". BIFF. 4 September 2017. Archived from the original on 6 January 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  10. ^ a b c "23rd Busan International Film Festival Vision's Night Award Announcement". BIFF. 12 September 2018. Archived from the original on 17 October 2018. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  11. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (14 October 2016). "Busan: Vision Awards Go to South Korean Indie Filmmakers". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  12. ^ Yash Chopra honored at Busan International Film Festival Archived 15 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (22 August 2018). "Busan: Ryuichi Sakamoto Named Asian Filmmaker of the Year". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  14. ^ Noh, Jean (4 September 2019). "Hirokazu Kore-eda recognized as Asian filmmaker of the year at 24th Busan International Film Festival". The Japan Times. Retrieved 5 September 2019.

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