This year at the Busan International Film Festival closing ceremony, âActor & Actress of the Year’ will be awarded for the first time to an actor and an actress featured in an independent Korean film among the New Currents and Korean Cinema Today-Vision sections.
âActor & Actress of the Year’ has an unusual judging system. One renowned Korean actor and actress select an actor and an actress from the films presented in New Currents and Korean Cinema Today-Vision sections. Inaugural judges for the Actor and Actress of the Year are Kim Hee-ae and Yoo Ji-tae. Kim Hee-ae has long been recognized as a talented actress, and starred in Elegant Lies and a recent big hit TV drama, Secret Love Affair this year. Yoo Ji-tae’s performance was unforgettable in director Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy(2003), and director Jin-ho Hur’s One Fine Spring Day (2001). He had his debut as a director with Mai Ratima in 2012.
The Busan International Film Festival is launching the Actor & Actress of the Year in an effort to give more attention to actors and actresses as well as discovering new directors. Actor and Actress of the Year will be presented by Kim and Yoo at the Busan International Film Festival closing ceremony on October 11, 2014. They will also receive 5,000,000 KRW (approx. 5,000 USD).