Selected International Film Festivals

Busan International Film Festival

Busan International Film Festival
3rd Fl., BIFF HILL, Busan Cinema Center 120, Suyeonggangbyeon-daero, Haeundae-gu
612-020 Busan
South Korea
phone +82 51 709 2110
fax +82 2 6008 0822

Seoul Office
5th Floor, Seven Bldg., 13-21 Namsan-dong 3-ga, Jung-gu
100-043 Seoul
South Korea
phone + 82 2 3675 5097
fax + 82 2 3675 5098

Mr. Lee Yong Kwan

Deputy Director
Mr. Jay Jeon

Year of Foundation 1996

Event Date from 04 October 2018 till 13 October 2018

in Busan, South Korea

Sections Gala Presentations: Premiere screenings of renowned directors' new films or masterpieces
A Window on Asian Cinema: recent Asian feature films (excluding Korea)
New Currents: recent Asian feature films by new directors (including Korea)
Korean Cinema Today: recent Korean feature films
Korean Cinema Retrospective: Korean feature films from past
World Cinema: recent feature films from around the world (excluding Asia and Korea)
Wide Angle: recent short films, animations, documentaries, and experimental films presenting broader cinematic viewpoints with a different and distinct vision.
Open Cinema: recent and relatively commercial feature films
Special Programs in Focus: Changes the theme annually
Midnight Passion: horror, sci-fi and cult films acclaimed

Category Documentary, Feature, Short

Terms of Entry The festival program gives priority to world and international premiere screenings. All screenings must be at least Korean premieres. Films under 60 min. are considered as short films. All films have to be completed after October 2016. Films can be submitted along with a DVD screener or with a secure online screener via Withoutabox.

Genre Animation, Drama, Documentary Films, Short Films, Horror

Subtitles English subtitles recommended

Format 35 mm, DCP, HDCAM, DigiBeta

Registration Deadline Shorts: 30 June 2017
Features: 31 July 2017

Fees none

Attendance Figures 165,000 Accreditated visitors: 2,640 domestic guests, 677 foreign guests, 1,381 accreditated guests for the Asian Film Market (in 2016)

Participants of the Film Industry BIFF has a pre-market called PPP, the industry oriented event which takes place for 3 days during the festival period. Last time, 790 (foreign and domestic excluding directors and actors) of official investors, producers, buyers, and sellers visited PPP during the festival.

Prizes/Awards New Currents Award (30.000 USD), all other awards, funds, and prizes are only for films from Asia, FIPRESCI Prize

German Films


World Cinema
A FANTASTIC WOMAN by Sebastián Lelio (CL/US/DE/ES, Komplizen Film)
A GENTLE CREATURE by Sergei Loznitsa (FR/DE/NL/RU/LT/LV/UA, LOOKS Film & TV Produktionen)
DIRECTIONS by Stephan Komandarev (BG/DE/MK, Aktis Film Production)
EUPHORIA by Lisa Langseth (SE/GB/DE, Dancing Camel Films)
IN THE FADE (AUS DEM NICHTS) by Fatih Akin (DE/FR, bombero international, corazón international, Warner Bros. Entertainment)
INTRUDER by Leonardo Di Costanzo (IT/CH/FR/DE, ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel)
JUPITER’S MOON by Kornél Mundruczó (HU/DE/CH/SE, Match Factory Productions)
LOVELESS by Andrey Zvyagintsev (RU/BE/DE/FR, Senator Film Produktion)
THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE by Aki Kaurismäki (FI/DE, Pandora Film)
THE SQUARE by Ruben Östlund (SE/FR/DE/DK, Essential Film)

Flash Forward
I AM NOT A WITCH von Rungano Nyoni (FR/GB/ZM/DE, unafilm)
MEN DON’T CRY by Alen Drljevic (BH/SL/HR/DE, Manderley Films)
OBLIVION VERSES by Alireza Khatami (FR/DE/NL/CL, Endorphine Production)
UNDER THE FAMILY TREE (DIE FAMILIE) by Constanze Knoche (DE/PL, Neufilm)

Wide Angle Documentary Competition
IN THE CLAWS OF A CENTURY WANTING by Jewel Maraman (PH/DE/QA, Sutor Kolonko)

Wide Angle Documentary Showcase
A FREE MAN by Andreas Hartmann (DE/JP)
MRS. FANG by Bing Wang (FR/CN/DE, documenta 14)

Wide Angle Animation Showcase
TEHRAN TABOO (TEHERAN TABU) by Ali Soozandeh (DE/AT, Little Dream Entertainment)

Wide Angle Short Film Showcase
TSHWEESH by Feyrouz Serhal (LB/DE/ES/QA, Fiction 2.0)

A Window on Asian Cinema
IN THE SHADOWS by Dipesh Jain (IN/GB/DE, dragonfly films)
SAMUI SONG by Pen-ek Ratanaruang (TH/DE/NO, augenschein Filmproduktion)

Number of Films Shown 299 films from 69 coutries (2016)

Media Coverage 1988 domestic and 452 foreign journalists from TV, radio, daily newspapers and magazine

Specific Characteristics Recognized by FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) as Competitive Spezialised Feature Film Festival.

Evaluation The festival has grown in size and importance to be one of Asia's most if not the most important festivals. The primarily young audience is enthusiastic. The Pusan Promotion Plan, the festival's professional sidebar, has developed into an important annual gathering of film professionals from all over the world. It is of great importance to European filmmakers, producers and world sales companies who find excellent opportunities to advance into the Asian market. Good organization and a constantly improving quality of the cinemas complement the wide-ranging program. The European Film Promotion is regularly represented by a high-powered delegation of European filmmakers.

Services The festival covers for Korean subtitling and shipping of print (one way or roundtrip depending on situation).

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