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Busan International Film Festival


Busan International Film Festival

Busan International Film Festival
The Opening Ceremony, 2009
Location Busan, South Korea
Language International
Website .kr.biffwww
Busan International Film Festival
Hangul 부산국제영화제
Hanja 釜山國際映畵祭
Revised Romanization Busan-Gukje-Yeonghwaje
McCune–Reischauer Pusan-Kukche-Yŏnghwache
Busan Cinema Center, the BIFF's headquarters
Busan Cinema Center
2006 BIFF Pavilion in Haeundae Beach
The Opening Film Under the Hawthorn Tree by the dir. Zhang Yimou, 2010
Handprinting, Juliette Binoche, 2010
Handprinting, Willem Dafoe, 2010
Master Class, Carlos Saura, 2010
Open Talk – Director Kim Jee-woon & Bryan Singer. 2009

The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF, previously Pusan International Film Festival, PIFF), held annually in Haeundae-gu, Busan (also Pusan), South Korea, is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia.[1] The first festival, held from 13 to 21 September 1996, was also the first international film festival in Korea. The focus of the BIFF is introducing new films and first-time directors, especially those from Asian countries. Another notable feature is the appeal of the festival to young people, both in terms of the large youthful audience it attracts and through its efforts to develop and promote young talent. In 1999, the Pusan Promotion Plan (renamed Asian Project Market in 2011) was established to connect new directors to funding sources. The 16th BIFF in 2011 saw the festival move to a new permanent home, the Busan Cinema Center in Centum City. The Busan Cinema Center is an about USD 150 million structure designed by Austria-based architecture collective Coop Himmelblau. The about 30,000 m² Cinema Center includes a 4,000-seat outdoor theatre; four indoor screens under an LED-covered roof; media centre; archive space; and conference rooms; allowing the festival to include industry forums and educational activities.[2] [3]


  • History 1
  • Official Program Sections 2
  • Official Divisions 3
  • Awards 4
    • New Currents Award 4.1
    • Flash Forward Award 4.2
    • Sonje Award 4.3
    • BIFF Mecenat Award 4.4
    • Actor & Actress of the Year Award 4.5
    • FIPRESCI Award 4.6
    • NETPAC Award 4.7
    • Busan Cinephile Award 4.8
    • DGK Award 4.9
    • Daemyung Culture Wave Award 4.10
    • CGV Movie Collage Award 4.11
    • KNN Award (Audience Award) 4.12
    • Busan Bank Award (Audience Award) 4.13
    • Citizen Critics’ Award 4.14
    • Korean Cinema Award 4.15
    • Asian Filmmaker of the Year 4.16
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


  • 1st Busan International Film Festival, 13–21 September 1996
Films screened: 173 films from 31 countries
Opening Film: Secrets & Lies, Mike Leigh, UK/France
Closing Film: In Expectation, Ming Zhang, China
Participating guests: 224 guests from 27 countries
Total audience: 184,071
  • 2nd Busan International Film Festival, 10–18 October 1997
Films screened: 163 films from 33 countries
Opening Film: Chinese Box, Wayne Wang, UK/France/USA/Japan
Closing Film: Eighteen Springs, Ann Hui, Hong Kong-China
Participating guests: 450 guests from 30 countries
Total audience: 170,206
  • 3rd Busan International Film Festival, 24 September – 1 October 1998
Films screened: 211 films from 41 countries
Opening Film: The Silence, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Iran/France
Closing Film: Kanzo sensei, Shohei Imamura, Japan
Participating guests: 659 guests from 25 countries
Total audience: 192,547 (paid audiences: 174,870)
  • 4th Busan International Film Festival, 14–23 October 1999
Films screened: 207 films from 53 countries
Opening Film: Peppermint Candy, Lee Chang-Dong, Korea
Closing Film: Not One Less, Zhang Yimou, China
Participating guests: 555 guests from 36 countries
Total audience: 180,914
  • 5th Busan International Film Festival, 6–14 October 2000
Films screened: 207 films from 55 countries
Opening Film: The Wrestlers, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, India
Closing Film: In the Mood for Love, Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong-China
Participating guests: 3017 guests from 39 countries
Total audience: 181,708 people
  • 6th Busan International Film Festival, 9–17 November 2001
Films screened: 201 films from 60 countries
Opening Film: The Last Witness, Bae Chang-ho, Korea
Closing Film: The Legend of Suriyothai, Chatrichalerm Yukol, Thailand
Participating guests: 3,761 guests from 30 countries
Total audience: 143,103 people
  • 7th Busan International Film Festival, 11–23 November 2002
Films screened: 226 films from 55 countries
Opening Film: The Coast Guard, Kim Ki-duk, Korea
Closing Film: Dolls, Kitano Takeshi, Japan
Participating guests: 2,002 guests from 35 countries
Total audience: 167,349 people
  • 8th Busan International Film Festival, 2–10 October 2003
Films screened: 243 works from 61 countries
Opening Film: Doppelganger, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan
Closing Film: Acacia, Park Ki-hyung, Korea
Participating guests: 2,523 people from 44 countries
Total audience: 165,102
  • 9th Busan International Film Festival, 7–15 October 2004
Films screened: Total 262 films from 63 countries
Opening Film: 2046, Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong-China
Closing Film: The Scarlet Letter, Daniel H. Byun, Korea
Participating guests: Total 5,638 guests from 50 countries
Total audience: 166,164
  • 10th Busan International Film Festival, 6–14 October 2005
Films screened: 307 films from 73 countries
Opening Film: Three Times, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Taiwan
Closing Film: Wedding Campaign, Hwang Byung-kook, Korea
Participating guests: 6,088 from 55 countries
Total audience: 192,970
  • 11th Busan International Film Festival, 12–20 October 2006
Films screened: 245 films from 63 countries
Opening Film: Traces of Love, Kim Dae-seung, Korea
Closing Film: Crazy Stone, Ning Hao, China/Hong Kong-China
Participating guests: 8,321 from 51 countries
Total audience: 162,835
  • 12th Busan International Film Festival, 4–12 October 2007
Films Screened: 271 films from 64 countries in 770 screenings
Opening Film: Assembly, Feng Xiaogang, China
Closing Film: Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Hideaki Anno, Masayuki, Japan
Participating guests: 7,361
Total audience: 198,603
  • 13th Busan International Film Festival, 2–10 October 2008
Films screened: 315 films from 60 countries
Opening Film: The Gift to Stalin, Rustem Abdrashev, Russia/Kazakhstan/Israel/Poland
Closing Film: I Am Happy, Yoon Jong-chan, Korea
Participating guests: 9,516
Total audience: 198,818
  • 14th Busan International Film Festival, 8–16 October 2009
Films Screened: 355 films from 70 countries. 803 screenings.
Opening Film: Good Morning President, Jang Jin, Korea
Closing Film: The Message, Gao Qunshu, Chen Kuo-fu, China
Participating guests: 6,400
Total audience: 173,516
Films Screened: 306 films from 67 countries
Opening Film: Under the Hawthorn Tree, Zhang Yimou, China
Closing Film: Camellia, Wisit Sasanatieng, Isao Yukisada, Jang Joon-hwan, Thailand/Japan/Korea
Participating guests: 9,367
Total audience: 182,046
Films Screened: 307 films from 70 countries[4]
Opening Film: Always, Song Il-gon, South Korea
Closing Film: Chronicle of My Mother, Masato Harada, Japan
Participating guests: 11,268, including the press 2,440[4]
Total audience: 196,177[4]
Films Screened: 304 films from 75 countries
Opening Film: Cold War, Longman Leung, Sunny Luk, Hong Kong
Closing Film: Television, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, Bangladesh
Participating guests: 11,519, including the press 2,357
Total audience: 221,002
Films Screened: 299 films from 70 countries
Opening Film: Vara: A Blessing, Khyentse Norbu, Bhutan
Closing Film: The Dinner, Kim Dong-hyun, Korea
Participating guests: 9,991, including the press 2,262
Total audience: 217,865
Films Screened: 312 from 79 countries
Opening Film: Paradise in Service, Doze Niu, Taiwan
Closing Film: Gangster Payday, Lee Po-cheung, Hong Kong
Participating guests: 10,173, including the press 2,291
Total audience: 226,473
Films Screened: 302 from 75 countries
Opening Film: Zubaan, Mozez Singh, India
Closing Film: Mountain Cry, Larry Yang, China/United States
Participating guests: 9,685, including the press 2,325
Total audience: 227,377

Official Program Sections

Gala Presentation Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, 2010
Gala Presentation Raavan & Raavanan, 2010

The Busan International Film Festival is organised in various sections:

  • Gala Presentation: Gala Presentation screens new master cineastes, the year's most-talked-about films, and world/international premieres.
  • A Window on Asian Cinema: A showcase of brand new and/or representative films by the talented Asian filmmakers with their diverse points of view and style.
  • New Currents: The only international competition section featuring the first or the second feature films by the future leading directors of Asian cinema.
  • Korean Cinema Today: Selected Korean feature films are shown in two sub-sections, Panorama and Vision. These two sub-sections recognise the current production trend of Korean cinema and anticipate its future.
  • Korean Cinema Retrospective: Revisiting the history of Korean cinema by spotlighting films of a certain notable director or films with a significant theme.
  • World Cinema: Presentation of new works by world-renowned filmmakers along with the year's best films that help understanding the recent trends in world cinema.
  • Wide Angle: A section dedicated to showing outstanding short films, animation, documentaries, and experimental films presenting different and distinct vision via broader cinematic viewpoints.
  • Open Cinema: A unique outdoor screening venue where a collection of new films, combining both art and mass popularity, are shown along with internationally acclaimed works.
  • Flash Forward: Flash Forward is set to discover yet-surfaced cineastes and create buzz among the young film generation. This section is an eclectic collection of first or second films of up-and-coming filmmakers from non-Asian countries.
  • Midnight Passion: Midnight Passion presents films of diverse genres selected for entertainment value from all over the world to meet the audience at night.
  • Special Programs in Focus: A retrospective and special showcase of films of a certain notable director or genre.

Official Divisions

Asian Film Market
PPP(Pusan Promotion Plan) meeting
  • Asian Film Market: Launched in 2006 as a comprehensive marketplace for the array of industry events at the Busan International Film Festival, the Asian Film Market laid down its cornerstone as the new hub of the Asian film industry, organisations and institutes participating from around the world.
    • Asian Project Market (former PPP: Pusan Promotion Plan) is a pre-market where promising filmmakers and producers can meet with potential co-producers and financiers and, in turn, investors and co-producers can find a diverse selection of the latest (Asian) projects of top quality. As a dynamic project market focused in Asian cinema, APM has brought together viable programmes and projects to entice and meet participating film professionals from all over the world for last 11 years.
  • Asian Cinema Fund: The Asian Cinema Fund is a funding program to help activate more independent film productions and to set up a stable production environment. It supports projects in various stages and categories, from script development and post-production to documentary films to discover hidden jewels from future talents. ACF also aims to be a cornerstone in the foundation of a pan-Asian network by providing a meeting place for Asian filmmakers. The 900 million won (approximately 900,000USD) Asian Cinema Fund will be used to provide support to seven projects in script development, five post-productions, and thirteen documentary films.
    • The Script Development Fund is aimed at helping screenwriters complete their scripts. It will offer an opportunity to make for a more creative and fine-tuned project.
    • The Post-Production Fund is made possible through the enthusiastic support of Korean post-production companies and the Korean Film Council. With this fund, the director is invited to Korea to work on sound and DI with Korean post-production houses. It will help the director complete his or her film in 35mm. With the Post-Production Fund, top-notch technicians from Korean companies will help the project along to a higher level of quality. Furthermore, this fund is expected to be the basis for an Asian network of filmmaking technology.
    • The Asian Network of Documentary Fund was initiated in 2002 and sponsored by six universities and corporations in the Busan region. As a part of the Busan International Film Festival, and holds master classes and clinics to stabilise the environment for documentary productions. It is becoming an important ground for establishing a network for Asian documentaries by helping selected documentaries to be presented at many different showcases from various regions around the world. The Asian Cinema Fund helps Asian filmmakers realise their visions. It is designed to offer essential and tangible contributions in taking Asian cinema to the next level.
  • Asian Film Academy (AFA) is an educational program where prospective filmmakers and established directors from Asia gather to deliberate and prepare for the future of Asian cinema. Fellows of AFA will share the vision of Asian cinema with prominent filmmakers through its 17 days of program.
Asian Film Academy
  • Busan Cinema Forum (BCF) is an academic event for filmmakers and scholars, launched in 10 October 2011.[7] It aims to enhance the knowledge and support of the film industry and film aesthetics.


A number of awards are handed out each year, including:

New Currents Award

The New Currents Award is given to best feature films selected from works of new Asian Directors in the New Currents section.

No. Year Film Director Country
1 1996 In Expectation Zhang Ming China
2 1997 Motel Cactus Park Ki-yong South Korea
3 1998 Xiao Wu Jia Zhangke China
4 1999 Timeless Melody Hiroshi Okuhara Japan
5 2000 The Day I Became a Woman Marziyeh Meshkini Iran
6 2001 Flower Island Song Il-gon South Korea
7 2002 Jealousy Is My Middle Name Park Chan-ok South Korea
The Rite... A Passion K.N.T. Sastry India
8 2003 The Missing Lee Kang-sheng Taiwan, China
Tiny Snowflakes Alireza Amini Iran
9 2004 This Charming Girl Lee Yun-ki South Korea
10 2005 Grain in Ear Zhang Lu China
11 2006 Betelut Heng Yang China
Love Conquers All Tan Chui Mui Malaysia
12 2007 Wonderful Town Aditya Assarat Thailand
Life Track Guang Hao Jin China/Korea
Flower in the Pocket Liew Seng Tat Malaysia
13 2008 Land of Scarecrows Roh Gyeong-tae South Korea
Naked of Defenses Masahide Ichii Japan
14 2009 Kick Off Shawkat Amin Korki Iraq/Japan
I'm in Trouble So Sang-min South Korea
15 2010 The Journals of Musan Park Jung-bum South Korea
Bleak Night Yoon Sung-hyun South Korea
16 2011 Mourning Morteza Farshbaf Iran
Nino Loy Arcenas Philippines
17 2012 36 Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit Thailand
Kayan Maryam Najafi Lebanon/Canada
18 2013 Pascha Ahn Sun-kyoung South Korea
Remote Control Byamba Sakhya Mongolia/Germany
19 2014 End of Winter Kim Dae-hwan South Korea
20 2015 Immortal Hadi Mohaghegh Iran
Walnut Tree Yerlan Nurmukhambetov Kazakhstan

Flash Forward Award

Newly created in 2009, the USD 30,000 award is given to the best film among those screened in the competing section, Flash Forward.

No. Year Film Director Country
14 2009 Last Cowboy Standing Zaida Bergroth Finland/Germany
15 2010 Pure Lisa Langseth Sweden
16 2011 LA-BAS - A Criminal Education Guido Lombardi Italy
17 2012 Flower Buds Zdeněk Jirasky Czech Republic

Sonje Award

A KRW 20,000,000 (US$17,000) award given to the Korean and Asian director of the best short film (1996, 1997, 2008–present).

No. Year Film Director Country
1 1996 Arrival of the Train Andrej Sheleznjakov Russia
2 1997 The Saltmen of Tibet Ulrike Koch Switzerland
3 1998 Lachrymal Lim Chang-jae South Korea
Heavy Park Chan-ok South Korea
4 1999 28 October 1979, A Sunny Sunday Kwon Jong-kwan South Korea
5 2000 Bardo Yoon Young-ho South Korea
6 2001 Siam Hard Romance Kim Jeong-gu South Korea
7 2002 Chapter Two: How to Breathe Lee Hyung-suk South Korea
8 2003 The Spring and the Delight Park Jung-seon South Korea
The Third Tongue Son Kwang-ju South Korea
9 2004 Punk Eek Son Kwang-ju South Korea
Gold Fish Park Shin-woo South Korea
10 2005 Tea & Poison Joung Yong-ju South Korea
A Bowl of Tea Kim Young-nam South Korea
11 2006 Portfolio Yoon Seong-ho South Korea
The Wind Stirs Lee Jin-woo South Korea
12 2007 Woong's Story Lee Ha-song South Korea
A Man Under the Influenza Jung July South Korea
13 2008 Andong Rommel Tolentino Philippines
Girl Hong Sung-hoon South Korea
14 2009 Somewhere Unreached Kim Jae-won South Korea
Rare Fish Basil Mironer Singapore/Indonesia
15 2010 Broken Night Yang Hyo-joo South Korea
Inhalation Edmund Yeo Malaysia/Japan
16 2011 See You Tomorrow Lee Woo-jung South Korea
Thug Beram Venkat Amudhan India
17 2012 The Night of The Witness Park Buem South Korea
A Little Farther Nikan Nezami Iran
18 2013 A Lady Caddy Who Never Saw a Hole in One Yosep Anggi Noen Indonesia
In the Summer Son Tae-gyum South Korea
19 2014 Stairway Matt Wu Taiwan
The Night Choi Ki-yun South Korea
20 2015 Nia's Door Lau Kek Huat Taiwan
Shame Diary Lee Eun-jeong South Korea

BIFF Mecenat Award

A KRW 10,000,000 (US$8,500) award given to the best Korean and Asian (from 2008) documentary film directors.

No. Year Film Director Country
1 1996 Wind Echoing in My Being Jeon Soo-il South Korea
2 1997 The Six Day Fight in Myong Dong Cathedral Kim Dong-won South Korea
3 1998 Reclaiming Our Names Hong Hyung-sook South Korea
4 1999 My Own Breathing Byun Young-joo South Korea
Mindullae Choi Ha Dong-ha, Lee Jeong-soon South Korea
5 2000 Sky-Blue Hometown Kim So-young South Korea
6 2001 Farewell Hwang Yun South Korea
7 2002 On the Right Track Lee Ji-young South Korea
Mudang: Reconciliation Between the Living and the Dead Park Ki-bok South Korea
8 2003 And Thereafter Lee Ho-sup South Korea
9 2004 What Do People Live For? Lee Jeong-soon South Korea
10 2005 Coreen 2495 Ha Joon-so South Korea
Annyoung Sayonara Kim Tae-il, Kumiko Katō South Korea
11 2006 Our School Kim Myeong-joon South Korea
People Crossing the River Kim Duk-chul South Korea
12 2007 Grandmother's Flower Moon Jung-hyun South Korea
13 2008 Mental Kazuhiro Soda Japan
Old Partner Lee Chung-ryoul South Korea
14 2009 Earth's Woman Kwon Woo-jung South Korea
The Other Song Saba Dewan India
15 2010 Miracle on Jongno Street Lee Hyuk-sang South Korea
New Castle Guo Hengqi China
16 2011 Sea of Butterfly Park Bae-il South Korea
Shoji & Takao Ide Yoko Japan
17 2012 Anxiety Min Hwan-ki South Korea
Embers Tamara Stepanyan Lebanon/Qatar/Armenia
18 2013 Jalanan ("Streetside") Daniel Ziv Indonesia
Non-fiction Diary Jung Yoon-suk South Korea
19 2014 Collapse Mun Jeong-hyun, Lee Won-woo South Korea
The Storm Makers Guillaume Suon Cambodia
20 2015 Boys Run Kang Seok-pil South Korea
Look Love Ye Yun China

Actor & Actress of the Year Award

Newly created in 2014, Actor & Actress of the Year is the award to focus on first time actor and an actress in an independent Korean film among the New Currents and Korean Cinema Today Vision section. One top Korean actor and actress select one actor and one actress, will be awarded at the closing ceremony. Winners will be awarded 5,000,000 KRW (approx. 5,000 USD) each.

No. Year Actor Film Country Actress Film Country
19 2014 Choi Woo-shik Set Me Free South Korea Cho Soo-hyang Wild Flowers Taiwan
20 2015 Lee Ju-won ALONE South Korea Sun Jang Communication & Lies South Korea


Given by the International Federation of Film Critics from the entries in the New Currents section.

No. Year Film Director Country
2 1997 Made in Hong Kong Fruit Chan Hong Kong, China
3 1998 Ikinai Hiroshi Shimizu Japan
4 1999 The Cup Khyentse Norbu Bhutan
5 2000 Sunflower Yukisada Isao Japan
6 2001 Flower Island Song Il-gon South Korea
One Fine Spring Day Hur Jin-ho South Korea
7 2002 Too Young to Die Park Jin-pyo South Korea
8 2003 Deep Breath Parviz Shahbazi Iran
9 2004 Soap Opera Wuershan China
10 2005 The Unforgiven Yoon Jong-bin South Korea
11 2006 Love Conquers All Tan Chui Mui Malaysia
12 2007 The Red Awn Cai Shangjun China
13 2008 Jalainur Ye Zhao China
14 2009 Kick Off Shawkat Amin Korki Iraq/Japan
15 2010 The Journals of Musan Park Jung-bum South Korea
16 2011 Mourning Morteza Farshbaf Iran
17 2012 36 Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit Thailand
18 2013 10 Minutes Lee Yong-seung South Korea
19 2014 What's the Time in Your World? Safi Yazdanian Iran
20 2015 Immortal Hadi Mohaghegh Iran


Awarded to the best Korean film from either New Currents and Korean Cinema Today sections

No. Year Film Director Country
1 1996 Three Friends Yim Soon-rye South Korea
2 1997 Timeless, Bottomless Bad Movie Jang Sun-woo South Korea
3 1998 The Power of Kangwon Province Hong Sang-soo South Korea
4 1999 The Bird Who Stops in the Air Jeon Soo-il South Korea
5 2000 Chunhyang Im Kwon-taek South Korea
6 2001 Take Care of My Cat Jeong Jae-eun South Korea
7 2002 Road Movie Kim In-sik South Korea
8 2003 Untold Scandal E J-yong South Korea
9 2004 3-Iron Kim Ki-duk South Korea
10 2005 The Unforgiven Yoon Jong-bin South Korea
11 2006 The Last Dining Table Roh Gyeong-tae South Korea
12 2007 Hello Stranger Kim Dong-hyun South Korea
With a Girl of Black Soil Jeon Soo-il South Korea
13 2008 Members of the Funeral Baek Seung-bin South Korea
Treeless Mountain Kim So-yong South Korea
14 2009 Paju Park Chan-ok South Korea
15 2010 Dooman River Zhang Lu China
16 2011 The King of Pigs Yeon Sang-ho South Korea
17 2012 Jiseul O Muel South Korea
18 2013 Shuttlecock Lee Yu-bin South Korea
19 2014 Socialphobia Hong Seok-jae South Korea
20 2015 Communication & Lies Lee Seung-won South Korea

Busan Cinephile Award

This award is given to the best world documentary film presented in the Wide Angle Documentary Showcase. The winner is awarded 5,000,000KRW (approx. 5,000 USD). The jury consists of college students, including 70 students from the cinema-related departments of 7 universities in Busan region.

No. Year Film Director Country
16 2011 The Twin Gustav Danielsson Sweden
17 2012 5 Broken Cameras Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi Palestine/Israel/
18 2013 Father’s Garden – The Love of My Parents Peter Liechti Switzerland
19 2014 The Look of Silence Joshua Oppenheimer Denmark
20 2015 The Other Side Roberto Minervini Italy/France

DGK Award

No. Year Receipient Category Film Country
16 2011 Yeon Sang-ho Director The King of Pigs South Korea
Ha Hyun-kwan Actor Beautiful Miss Jin South Korea
Han Song-hee, Hwang Jung-min Actress Jesus Hospital South Korea
17 2012 O Muel Director Jiseul South Korea
Shin Yeon-shick The Russian Novel South Korea
Shim Hee-sub, Ahn Jae-hong, Kim Chang-hwan Actor Sunshine Boys South Korea
Jang Young-nam Actress Azooma South Korea

DGK Award goes to two most outstanding Korean films from Korean Cinema Today-Vision section with grant of KRW 5,000,000(approx. USD 5,000) for each winner, which is sponsored by MEGABOX.

No. Year Film Director Country
19 2014 A Midsummer's Fantasia Jang Kun-jae South Korea
Socialphobia Hong Seok-jae South Korea
20 2015 The Boys Who Cried Wolf (aka The Shepherd) Kim Jin-hwang South Korea
Eyelids O Muel South Korea

Daemyung Culture Wave Award

Newly created in 2014, it is co-sponsored by Daemyung Holdings to expand the opportunity of the Korean independent films, it is established to award the film from the Korean Cinema Today-Vision and New Currents with prized of 20,000,000 KRW (approx. 20,000 USD) and distribution support.

No. Year Film Director Country
19 2014 The Liar Kim Dong-myung South Korea
20 2015 Overman Seo Eun-young South Korea

CGV Movie Collage Award

This award was newly created in 2011 in collaboration with CJ CGV Arthouse to shed new light on the Korean Cinema Today Vision section. The award aims to provide independent films, indie films, new films, and low budget films with distribution and screening opportunities.

No. Year Film Director Country
16 2011 The King of Pigs Yeon Sang-ho South Korea
17 2012 Jiseul O Muel South Korea
18 2013 Han Gong-ju Lee Su-jin South Korea
19 2014 A Matter of Interpretation Lee Kwang-kuk South Korea
20 2015 Eyelids O Muel South Korea

KNN Award (Audience Award)

Awarded by the KNN Foundation to a film from the New Currents section selected by audiences with a $20,000 award for the director.

No. Year Film Director Country
3 1998 April Story Iwai Shunji Japan
4 1999 Gemini Shinya Tsukamoto Japan
5 2000 Die Bad Ryoo Seung-wan South Korea
6 2001 Flower Island Song Il-gon South Korea
7 2002 Too Young to Die Park Jin-pyo South Korea
8 2003 The Road Taken Hong Ki-sun South Korea
Osama Siddiq Barmak Afghanistan/Iran
9 2004 Survive Style 5+ Gen Sekiguchi Japan
10 2005 The Unforgiven Yoon Jong-bin South Korea
11 2006 The White Silk Dress Luu Huynh Vietnam
12 2007 Flower in the Pocket Liew Seng Tat Malaysia
13 2008 100 Chris Martinez Philippines
14 2009 Lan Jiang Wenli China
15 2010 My Spectacular Theatre Lu Yang China
16 2011 Watch Indian Circus Mangesh Hadawale India
17 2012 Touch of the Light Chang Jung-Chi Taiwan
18 2013 10 Minutes Lee Yong-seung South Korea
19 2014 Ghadi Amin Dora Lebanon
20 2015 Radio Set Hari Viswanath India

Busan Bank Award (Audience Award)

Created in 2013, this award is given to the film that is most highly rated by festival audiences. Approximately 10 films from the Flash Forward section are selected beforehand to participate in this competition. A total of 20,000 USD is granted by the BNK Busan Bank. 10,000 USD is awarded to the director and the other half is used to support the distribution of the film in Korea.

No. Year Film Director Country
18 2013 Home Maximilian Hult Sweden/Iceland
19 2014 The Boss, Anatomy of a Crime Sebastián Schindel Argentina
20 2015 Highway to Hellas Aron Lehmann Germany

Citizen Critics’ Award

Citizen critics from the Busan Cinematheque choose the best film from those screened in the Korean Cinema Today-Vision section and its director is granted the award. The winner is awarded 10,000,000 KRW (approx. 10,000 USD) with the purpose of assisting in their next production.

No. Year Film Director Country
16 2011 The Twin Gustav Danielsson Sweden
17 2012 Jiseul O Muel South Korea
18 2013 Han Gong-ju Lee Su-jin South Korea
Shuttlecock Lee Yu-bin South Korea
19 2014 Set Me Free Kim Tae-yong South Korea
20 2015 ALONE Park Hong-min South Korea

Korean Cinema Award

Given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in promoting Korean Cinema to the World Film Community.

No. Year Name Country
1 1996 Adriano Apra Italy
Tony Rayns UK
Alain Jalladeau France
Ulrich Gregor Germany
Larry Kadish USA
Ancha Flubacher-Rhim Switzerland
Simon Field UK
2 1997 Aruna Vasudev India
Sato Tadao Japan
3 1998 Gilles Jacob France
Moritz de Hadeln Germany
4 1999 Serge Losique Canada
Lee Young-il South Korea
5 2000 Martin & Anna Louisa Girod Switzerland
6 2001 Eva Zaoralová Czech Republic
7 2002 Alain Patel France
8 2003 Park Byoung-yang Japan
Lee Bong-ou Japan
9 2004 Yano Kazuyki Japan
Phillip Cheah Singapore
10 2005 Dieter Kosslick Germany
Thierry Fremaux France
11 2006 Martial Knaebell Switzerland
Terawaki Ken Japan
12 2007 Sabrina Baracetti Italy
Jean-Francois Rauger France
13 2008 Richard Pena USA
14 2009 Riccardo Gelli Italy
Jeannette Paulson Hereniko USA
15 2010 Bruno Barde France
16 2011 Julietta Sichel Czech Republic
17 2012 Hayashi Kanako Japan
18 2013 Charles Tesson France
19 2014 Corinne Siegrist-Oboussier Switzerland
20 2015 Wieland Speck German

Asian Filmmaker of the Year

Tsai Ming-liang, Asian Filmmaker of the Year, Pusan International Film Festival 2010

Given to an Asian filmmaker with the most outstanding activity in improving and developing Asian Film Industry and Culture.

No. Year Name Country
8 2003 Mohsen Makhmalbaf Iran
9 2004 Hou Hsiao-Hsien Taiwan
10 2005 NHK Japan
11 2006 Andy Lau Hong Kong
12 2007 Edward Yang (1947–2007) Taiwan
13 2008 Gulnara Sarsenova Kazakhstan
14 2009 Yash Chopra India[8]
15 2010 Tsai Ming-liang Taiwan
16 2011 Tsui Hark Hong Kong
17 2012 Kōji Wakamatsu Japan
18 2013 Rithy Panh Cambodia
19 2014 Ann Hui Hong Kong
20 2015 Studio Ghibli Japan

See also


  1. ^ IMDb
  2. ^ Junotane
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b c The 16th BIFF Final Statistic Data
  5. ^ "The 18th BIFF Final Statistics Data". BIFF. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  6. ^ "The 19th BIFF Final Statistics Data". BIFF. 11 October 2014. Retrieved 2015-10-08. 
  7. ^ "The 1st Busan Cinema Forum". BIFF. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  8. ^ Yash Chopra honored at Busan International Film Festival

External links

  • official website
  • Tripadvisor
  • Asian Film Market official website
  • Asian Project Market official website
  • Asian Cinema Fund official website
  • Asian Film Academy official website
  • IMDb: Pusan International Film Festival
  • EFP at the Pusan International Film Festival: Discovering the Asian market
  • Busan Film and Visual Culture Organizations and Facilities: Busan Metropolitan Government

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