City Denies it Pressured BIFF Director Lee to Step Down From Post

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The Busan city government’s alleged pressure on the director of the Busan International Film Festival, or BIFF, to step down have sparked fierce backlash from the local film circle.

Citing film industry sources, local dailies reported Saturday that a high-ranking official in the city government recently met with BIFF director Lee Yong-kwan to deliver the results of a recent audit into the agency, and persuaded him indirectly to resign from the post.

Busan is an important sponsor of the annual film festival, covering more than half of the festival’s annual budget.

The city later confirmed the report, saying that it demanded the BIFF executive committee to present a new vision for the film festival and a plan to renovate the organization (as the festival is marking its 20th anniversary this year), but has never urged Lee to step down.

Source: Busan eFM News


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