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Busan, Hub of Film and Visual Culture

Busan City has established its status as a global hub city for visual culture with the successful hosting of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), which has now become a very significant annual event and the most influential film festival in Asia. The city has fostered the film and media industry, attempting to make it a major industry of Busan in the future and to provide a boost to the local economy.

In addition, Busan has been successfully hosting film related events for years, including the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), Busan International Advertising Festival (BIAF), Busan International Short Film Festival (BISFF), Busan International Kids & Youth Film Festival (BlKY), and GSTAR International Gaming Exhibition, and opened up marketplaces for the international film business, like the Asian Film Market (AFM) and Busan Contents Market (BCM), in order to expand its talent base. Busan is growing into the leading one-stop film industry center in Korea for investment, planning, production and the distribution of films.

Along with the Busan Cinema Center, various film-related facilities - like the Busan Post-production Facility, the Busan Cinema Venture Center, the Busan Community Media Center, and the Busan Culture Contents Complex - are located in the Centum Innovation district. The infrastructure of the visual industry has been established to lead film production, the film industry and the popularization of art films. To establish a visual industry cluster, along with public and private sectors, the Korean Media Rating Board and the Game Rating and Administration Committee were relocated into the Busan Visual Industry Center after the completion of the first phase of its construction and now the center’s construction is on the second phase.

In addition, the Busan Asian Film School opened in October 2016, aiming to foster film professionals in Asia and the Korean Academy of Film Arts, established by the Korean Film Council, plans to move to Busan in 2018.

A cinema museum in Nampo-dong, the historical cradle of Busan’s film-making industry, is also currently being constructed. With this, it is expected that Busan’s city brand value as a ‘hub of the Asian film industry’ and ‘the most prominent cultural city in Korea’ will soon reach historic heights.

 

Media and film related organizations and facilities

Media and film related organizations and facilities
organizations / facilities Overview note
Busan Film Commission - Location: (U-dong, Busan Cinema Studios), 52, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu
- Established: Dec. 1999
- Organization: chairman, director, managing director, three divisions and one sector
- Main business: encourage domestic or overseas movies, TV dramas, music videos and commercials to be filmed in Busan, support film-making in Busan
- Tel.: 051-7200-0301
- Website: http://www.bfc.or.kr/eng/
Organization
Busan IT Industry Promotion Agency - Location: (U-dong, Centum Venture Town), 41, Centum dong-ro, Haeundae-gu
- Opening: June 27, 1997
- Main business: Support and foster IT & CT industries, support the foundation of new business in IT & CT industries, run Busan Game Academy, etc.
- Tel.: 051-731-6660
- Website: http://www.busanit.or.kr
Busan International Film Festival - Location: 120, Suyeonggangbyeon-daero, Haeundae-gu (inside the Busan Cinema Center)
- Organization - Committee: council, executive committee
- Executives: committee chair, executive director, auditor
-Festival office: programmer, secretary-general, director, manager, staff
- Tel.: 1688-3010
Website: http://www.biff.kr
Organizing Committee - Location: (Centum Venture Town) 607-ho, 41, Centum dong-ro, Haeundae-gu
- Executives: committee chair, Organizing committee, executive members, auditor
- Festival office: secretary-general, programmer, manager, staff
- Tel.: (051)742-9600
Website: http://www.bisff.org
Busan International Kid's Film Festival Organizing Committee - Location: (Centum Venture Town) 606-ho, 41, Centum dong-ro, Haeundae-gu
- Executives: committee chair, Organizing committee, executive members, auditor
- Festival office: secretary-general, programmer, manager, staff
- Tel.: (051)743-7652
Website: http://www.biki.or.kr
Busan Contents Market Organizing Committee - Location: (Busan Design Center) 806-1ho, 57, Centum dong-ro, Haeundae-gu
- Established: June 28, 2005
- Executives: committee chair, Organizing committee, executive members, auditor
- Festival office: secretary-general, manager(plan, accounting, promotion, oversea marketing)
- Tel.: (051)747-6440
- Website: http://www.ibcm.tv
Busan Cinema Center - Location: 120, Suyeonggangbyeon-daero, Haeundae-gu (inside Centum City)
- Size: site area 32,140㎡, total floor space 54,335㎡ (nine stories and one underground level)
- Major facilities: theaters(4), convention hall, offices, outdoor theater, auxiliary facilities, etc.
- Tel.: 051-780-6010~6 (Fax: 051-780-6019)
- Website: http://www.dureraum.org/english/Main.html
facility
Busan Cultural Contents Complex - Location: 140, Suyeonggangbyeon-daero, Haeundae-gu (inside Centum City)
- project period: 2008 ~ 2011
- Size: site area 9,895㎡, total floor space 19,809㎡ (9 stories and one underground level)
- Major facilities: Corporate Leasing Information Center, co-production center, Human resource development center, etc.
Open in Apr. 2014
Busan Visual Industry Center - Location: 39, Centum seo-ro, Haeundae-gu (inside Centum City)
- project period: 2010 ~ 2013
- Size: site area 5,764㎡, total floor space 9,470㎡ (three stories and one underground level)
- Major facilities: Korean Media Rating Board, Game Rating and Administration Committee
2nd Phase of its Construction (scheduled to be completed in October 2017)
Busan Cinema Studio - Location: (U-dong) 52, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu (Inside the Busan Yachting Center)
- Facilities: single largest sound stage in the country
- Studio A: Opened Nov. 2001, 837㎡
- Studio B: Opened Feb. 2004, 1682㎡
- Tel.: 051-7200-323
- Website: http://www.bfc.or.kr/eng/sub01/05.php
Busan Cinema Venture Center - Location: (U-dong, 5, 6F Centum Venture Town) 41, Centum dong-ro, Haeundae-gu
- Main business: Filming equipment rental, support post-production of independent films, cultivate local professionals of the movie industry, etc.
- Tel.: 051-7200-313
- Website: http://www.bfc.or.kr/sub02/05_01.php
Busan Post-production Facility - Location: 6, Centum 7-ro, Haeundae-gu
- Size: four stories and one underground level, site area 6,611㎡, total floor space 8,236㎡
- Main facilities: Editing, DI, VFX, restoration, offices, auxiliary facilities, etc.

AD STARS Organizing Committee - Location: (Busan Design Center) 505-1ho, 57, Centum dong-ro, Haeundae-gu
- Established: March 2007
- Organization: committee chair, Organizing committee, executive members, auditor, office - Main purpose:
- Tel.: 051-623-5539
- Website: http://www.adstars.org
Busan Film & Visual Industry Association (BIVA) - Location: (Centum Venture Town) 607-ho 41, Centum dong-ro, Haeundae-gu
- Established: June 2008
- Main purpose: Main purpose: Activities for the development of Busan film and visual industry as a joint project with related organizations
- Tel.: 051-746-0016
- Website: http://www.biva.or.kr
Busan Film Forum - Location: (Geoje-dong, 2F) 25, Asiad-daero 22beon-gil, Yeonje-gu, Busan
- Established: September 2003
- Organization: chairman, director, auditor, office
- Main purpose: audience participation program, expert seminar
- Tel.: 051-553-0384