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

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 21 October 2020 till 30 October 2020

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


UNDINE by Christian Petzold (DE/FR, Schramm Film Koerner & Weber)

A Window On Asian Cinema
THERE IS NO EVIL (ES GIBT KEIN BÖSES) by Mohammad Rasoulof (DE/CZ/IR, Cosmopol Film)

New Currents
CHNCHIK by Aram Shahbazyan (AM/DE/NL, zero fiction film)

World Cinema
AND TOMORROW THE ENTIRE WORLD (UND MORGEN DIE GANZE WELT) by Julia von Heinz (DE/FR, Seven Elephants, Kings & Queens Filmproduktion)
BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ by Burhan Qurbani (DE/NL, Sommerhaus Filmproduktion)
QUO VADIS, AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic (BA/AT/RO/NL/DE/PL/FR/NO, Razor Film Produktion)

Flash Forward
RIVAL (RIVALE) by Marcus Lenz (HANFGARN & UFER Filmproduktion, Wildfilms)

Wide Angle: Documentary Competition
THE ART OF LIVING IN DANGER by Mina Keshavarz (IR/DE, TAG/TRAUM Filmproduktion)

Wide Angle: Documentary Showcase
HONG KONG MOMENTS by Bing Zhou (CH/DE, Gebrueder Beetz Media)
THE MOLE AGENT by Maite Alberdi (CL/US/DE/NL/ES, Sutor Kolonko)
NOTTURNO by Gianfranco Rosi (IT/FR/DE, No Nation Films, Mizzi Stock Entertainment)

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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