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 1688 3010
fax +82 51 709 2299
http://www.biff.kr
email: submission@biff.kr

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

Director
Mr. Lee Yong Kwan

Deputy Director
Mr. Jay Jeon
program@biff.kr

Year of Foundation 1996

Event Date from 06 October 2021 till 15 October 2021

Event Date

in Busan, South Korea

Sections Gala Presentations: Premiere screenings of renowned directors' new films or masterpieces
World Cinema: recent and top films from well-known directors
A Window on Asian Cinema: recent Asian feature films (excluding Korea)
Flash Forward: first and second films from non-asian countries
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 2018. 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 necessary

Format 35 mm, DCP, HDCAM, DigiBeta

Registration Deadline Shorts: 26 June 2019
Features: 31 July 2019

Fees none

Attendance Figures 165,000 Expected Number of Admissions: Over 200,000 audience members

Participating Guests: Over 10,000 guests from 70 countries

Participants of the Film Industry The Asian Film Market runs on 4 days during the film festival and attracted 2,188 professionals from 983 companies from 56 countries in 2019.

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

German Films

2021

GALA PRESENTATION
ANNETTE by Leos Carax (FR/DE/BE, Detailfilm)

ICON
AHED’S KNEE by Nadav Lapid (FR/DE/IL, Komplizen Film)
FRANCE by Bruno Dumont (FR/DE/BE/IT, Red Balloon Film)
BERGMAN ISLAND by Mia Hansen-Løve (FR/BE/DE/SE, Neue Bioskop Film)
LINGUI by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (FR/DE/BE, Made in Germany)
MEMORIA by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (CO/MX/FR/GBR/TH/DE/CN/CH, The Match Factory)
THE FRENCH DISPATCH by Wes Anderson (US/DE, Studio Babelsberg)

NEW CURRENTS
MEMORYLAND by Kim Quy Bui (VN/DE, Scarlet Visions)

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
LADIES ONLY by Rebana Liz John (DE/IN, KHM Cologne)

WORLD CINEMA
AMPARO by Simón Mesa Soto (CO/SW/DE/QA, Flare Film)
FABIAN – GOING TO THE DOGS (FABIAN ODER DER GANG VOR DIE HUNDE) by Dominik Graf (Lupa Film, DCM Pictures)
GREAT FREEDOM (GROSSE FREIHEIT) by Sebastian Meise (DE/AT, Rohfilm Poductions)
HOLD ME TIGHT by Mathieu Amalric (FR/DE, Lupa Film)
IL BUCO by Michelangelo Frammartino (IT/DE/FR, Essential Filmproduktion)

SPECIAL PROGRAM
WADJDA by Haifaa Al Mansour (DE/SA, Razor Film Produktion)

FLASH FORWARD
COMPARTMENT NO. 6 by Juho Kuosmanen (FI/RU/EE/DE, Achtung Panda!)
ONODA - 10 000 NIGHTS IN THE JUNGLE by Arthur Harai (FR/DE/BE/IT, Pandora Film Produktion)
PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN by Tatiana Huezo (MX/DE/BR/CH, Match Factory Productions)
WHAT DO WE SEE WHEN WE LOOK AT THE SKY? (WAS SEHEN WIR, WENN WIR ZUM HIMMEL SCHAUEN?) by Alexandre Koberidze (DE/GE, DFFB, New Matter Films)

A WINDOW ON ASIAN CINEMA – KIM JISEOK AWARD NOMINEES
SUGHRA’S SONS by Ilgar Najaf (AZ/FR/DE, Salarfilm)

A WINDOW ON ASIAN CINEMA
THE EXAM by Shawkat Amin Korki (DE/KRD-IQ/QA, Mitosfilm)
VENGEANCE IS MINE, ALL OTHERS PAY CASH by Edwin (ID/SG/DE, Match Factory Productions)

WIDE ANGLE – DOCUMENTARY SHOWCASE
MARINER OF THE MOUNTAINS by Karim Ainouz (BR/FR/DE, Big Sister Films)

Number of Films Shown Approx. 300 films from 70 countries

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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