Busan International Film Festival

Busan International Film Festival
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The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in Asia. It is has been held annually in Busan, South Korea since 1996. The festival is centered around new films and works by young Asian directors.

The very first film festival in Busan was held on September 13-21, 1996. It screened 173 films from 31 countries. The film that opened the festival was Secrets & Lies by Mike Leigh and the closing film was In Expectation by Ming Zhang. The festival attracted 224 guests from 27 countries and over 184,000 people attendees from South Korea and abroad.

Since 2011 the main events of the festival has been held at the Busan Cinema Center that was built specifically to host the festival. The center occupies over 54,000 square meters of performance, entertainment, dining and administrative space. The performance area is big enough to welcome 4,000 people. Four cinema halls, media center, archives and conference halls allow to hold numerous screenings as well as forums, educational events, etc.

The program of the Busan International Film Festival is quite rich. It includes several sections: Gala Presentation, A Window on Asian Cinema, Korean Cinema Today, New Currents, World Cinema, Open Cinema, Wide Angle, Flash Forward, Midnight Passion, and Special Programs in Focus. Every section is unique and showcases an impressive selection of films thus not a single film is left without attention.

Several festival awards are presented annually. The New Currents Award is given to the best feature film by a young Asian director. The Flash Forward Award is given to the best debuting film or the second film from the non-Asian countries. The best short and documentary films by Korean or Asian directors, the best actor and actress are also awarded, but the number of awards is bigger than that, and many special awards are also given to outsdanting films.

Busan International Film Festival

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