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부산국제영화제 BIFF 2019 3-12 Octiber 24th BUSAN International Film Festival
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The title, City of Film, owes much to the annual Busan International Film Festival and Busan International Short Film Festival.

However, what really promotes the city as a film hub of Asia is a firm determination of the city authorities and the citizens natural love of film.

BIFF WEBSITE : http://www.biff.kr

※ Since February 24, 2011, the official festival name was changed from 'Pusan International Film Festival' to 'Busan International Film Festival'.

Outline and History of Busan International Film Festival

  • Dynamic film festival focusing on discovering promising film directors in Asia and sharing outstanding Korean and Asian films. The festival contributes to making the city of Busan a mecca for movie buffs and the hub of the visual culture industry.
  • Leading Asian film industry as Asia's largest and internationally acknowledged film festival, Busan International Film Festival is growing fast to become comparable to other world-renowned film festivals.
Festival Outline
  • Period: For ten days from the 1st Thursday of October every year,
    Venue: Movie theaters in Haeundae, Nampo-dong and other areas
    ※ 24th Busan International Film Festival: scheduled to be held Oct. 3-12, 2019
  • Event characteristics: Non-competitive film festival (except New Currents category)
  • Size: 300 movies from 70 countries
    • 12,000 domestic and overseas film people, about 200,000 audience
  • Programs: 11 sections - A Window on Asian Cinema, New Currents, World Cinema, etc.
  • Main Events: Asian Film Market (AFM), Asian Film Academy (AFA), Asian Cinema Fund (ACF), Platform Busan 
  • Other festival events: opening and closing ceremonies, receptions, hand printing, sharing/discussing with audience, etc.
Progress and Achievements

1. Heighten national status in the international community

  • The Busan International Film Festival has been chosen by TIME Magazine as the best film festival in Asia, recognized as one of the five most prestigious film festivals in the world.
  • The Busan International Film Festival was accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) in 2006.
  • The Busan International Film Festival won the "Federico Fellini Honor Award" from UNESCO in 2007.
  • The Busan International Film Festival was selected as the "Most Wanted to be Seen Festival"in Korea: research conducted by the Korea Research Center, sponsored by The Forum of Korean Future.
  • The Big Roof of Busan Cinema Center (BIFF Theater) was recognized as the world's largest cantilever roof by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2011.
  • The Busan International Film Festival was chosen to be included on the Top 12 Korea Tourism Guinness list by the Korea Tourism Organization in 2012.
  • The Busan International Film Festival won the Grand Prize at the Korea Regional Brand Awards in the festival category (2013, Seoul Newspaper).

2. Economic Impact (based on BDI (Busan Development Institution) research data, 2012)

  • Established its foundation as a hub of Asian visual culture, elevated the value of the city's brand
  • The Busan International Film Festival was accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) in 2006.
Busan International Film Festival Main projects

1. Asian Film Academy 

  • Goals: Educate young promising Asian film makers, consolidate network for film professionals
  • Overview: Educational program with approximately 50 film people participating (faculty, production instructors, learners). The program lasts for about 20 days. Production of short films, faculty film screening, workshops, discussions

2. Asian Film Market 

  • Goals: Construction of market for Asia’s top films, accelerate growth of Korean film industry
  • Overview: Sale of film and project rights, market screening, online screening, Asian Project Market, etc.
  • Size: about 100 booths from 200 companies and organizations, about 100 screenings

3. Asian Cinema Fund 

  • Goals: Encourage production of independent movies from Asia, help set up a stable production environment
  • Overview: Pre-production (script development fund), post-production (post-production fund),and documentary (Asian Network of Documentary Fund)

4. Platform Busan  

  • Goals: A networking forum for independent Asian filmmakers
  • Overview: Discussion on the Asia film industry, meeting with filmmakers, small talk and more
Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) FI and symbols
Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) FI and symbols
FI Symbol - stamp Symbol - pine
FI photo symbol-stamp photo Symbol - pine photo
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  • Main venue of BIFF, View of Busan Cinema Center
Main venue of BIFF, View of Busan Cinema Center photo
  • Main venue of BIFF, View of Busan Cinema Center
Main venue of BIFF, View of Busan Cinema Center photo
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