BIFF News: Call for Applications to the 2012 Asian Actors Academy (AAA)
1 year 47 weeks ago

SEOUL, South Kroea -- Entering its 8th edition, the Asian Film Academy (AFA) is an intensive film academy committed to discovering and fostering Asian film talent. In particular, 2012 was marked by a surprising number of applicants. With the success of the AFA, the Busan International Film Festival set out new initiatives by enhancing its established film education programs, and created an intensive acting academy - the Asian Actors Academy (AAA).
The AAA is looking for...

BIFF News: BIFF to premiere FOCUS FORWARD – Short Films, Big idea short films
1 year 49 weeks ago

SEOUL, South Korea -- Through the partnership FOCUS FORWARD intends to spread global awareness of FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition and to support the initiative as a whole. The theme of FOCUS FORWARD carries a special resonance throughout Asia, which has a rich history of innovation in art and science.
FOCUS FORWARD - Short Films, Big Ideas is a series of 30 three-minute nonfiction films, inspired by GE’s vision of innovative people being the catalyst for world...

BIFF 2012 News - Applicants to the AFA Hit a Record High
2 years 6 days ago

SEOUL, South Korea - Entering its 8th edition, the AFA 2012 concluded its screening process and selected 24 finalists from a surprising number of applicants. Particularly, this year is marked by a record high competitive rate of 10:1, demonstrating the ever-growing interest in the AFA. A record number of 233 applicants from 25 Asian countries applied for this year.

The finalists of 2012 are composed of 18 males and 6 females, ranging from the ages of 21 to 36; in addition, applicants...

2012 BIFF News: Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Partners with Al Jazeera English for ‘Viewfinder: Asia’ (working title) – A Global Documentary Project
2 years 1 week ago

SEOUL, South Korea - The Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Network of Documentary (AND) promotes the production and distribution of Asian documentaries. AND is now in collaboration with Al Jazeera English (AJE) – the international current affairs TV channel headquartered in Qatar – for a documentary support project called ‘Viewfinder: Asia’ (working title).
Founding ‘Viewfinder’ in...

Zhangke Jia to Lead Asian Film Academy (AFA) 2012
2 years 5 weeks ago

SEOUL, South Korea - Asian Film Academy (AFA) in its eighth year is an intensive educational program for up-and-coming Asian filmmakers. AFA brings together promising Asian filmmakers to foster them as well as to help create a multicultural network among them.
Previous AFA Deans have been appointed among world-renowned filmmakers such as Im Kwon-teak, Hou Hsiao Hsien, and Krzysztof Zanussi. AFA2012 newly appointed Jia Zhangke, a leading figure in Chinese cinema, as its...

BIFF 2012 News - Asian Film Market 2012 Registration Begins
2 years 5 weeks ago

SEOUL, South Korea - Marking the highest participation rate in its history in 2011, the Asian Film Market continues to grow as one of the most important film markets in Asia.

The Asian Film Market, previously hosted solely by the Busan International Film Festival, is now co-hosted with BIFCOM (Busan International Film Commission & Industry Showcase) since 2011 at BEXCO. The Asian Film Market has established itself as the foremost film market in Asia where film professionals gather...

Busan International Film Festival Signs MOU with Marché du Film and UniFrance Films
2 years 9 weeks ago

SEOUL, South Korea - The Asian Film Market of Busan International Film Festival signed an MOU on May 20 with Marché du Film (the largest film market in the world that runs in conjunction with the Cannes Film Festival) to enhance cooperation. The following day, the Busan International Film Festival signed an MOU with UniFrance Films (the largest organization in charge of distributing and promoting French cinema).

Asian Film Market branches out into the global film industry

Korean Films to be Screened in Berlin
2 years 12 weeks ago

SEOUL, South Korea - Korean films along with those of other Asian countries like Japan and China have been presented at many festivals around the globe and often come away with awards; however, these films are seldom introduced to German audiences. The Haus der Kulturen der Welt collaborates with the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) to display a comprehensive program of the most exciting Korean contributions that are seldom shown in Germany. The program will focus on...

The Official Poster of 17th Busan International Film Festival is Finalized
2 years 14 weeks ago

BUSAN, South Korea - The 17th Busan International Film Festival has unveiled this year’s official poster.
The poster is based on the work of one of the greatest artists in KOREA; HONG Purume’s painting ‘Opening His Light’ and designed by BIFF Artistic director, CHOI Soondae.
The original work is a visualization of light in the beginning of time. It represents the theme of god’s “creation” and “freedom”. The...

Call for Submissions: Asian Cinema Fund 2012 is now open
2 years 22 weeks ago

SEOUL - The Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) of the Busan International Film Festival is seeking new and talented projects in Asia for 2012.
The Asian Cinema Fund is committed to helping activate more independent film productions and the creation of a stable production environment for Asian filmmakers through the three categories of the Script Development Fund, Post-Production Fund, and Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund.
The Notable Achievement of ACF...

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