leading annual fall festivals - the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)
from Oct. 12-21, Busan One Asia Festival from Oct. 22-31 and Busan Fireworks
Festival in Oct 28 – have all been successfully concluded.
A total of 192,991 people participated in this year’s BIFF, a rise of about 17 percent from last year’s 165,149. The Asia Film Market 2017 also successfully completed its 4-day journey in the presence of great film industry professionals, with the biggest number of meetings thus far. The event, VR (Virtual Reality) Cinema at BIFF received the most attention.
BOF 2016 attracted about 259,000 people over a 23 day period. The 2017 festival took place over 13 days, but increased its number of programs. As a result, 260,000 people, including about 30,000 foreign visitors, enjoyed the festival.
The BOF is hosted by the Busan Metropolitan City Government and run by the Busan Tourism Organization. It is a blend of Busan-based cultural and tourism infrastructure, Hallyu content (K-pop, K-food and K-beauty) and Asian culture.
The night sky above Gwangalli Beach was filled with fantastic fireworks on October 28. Domestic and overseas spectators enjoyed the 13th Busan Fireworks Festival from many vantage points, not only Gwangalli Beach, but also Igidae Park, Marine City in Haeundae and Hwangnyeongsan Mountain.