Busan International Film Festival to begin Oct 21


By AGENCY

The scene at the 24th Busan International Film Festival at the Busan Cinema Center in 2019. Photo: BIFF

The 25th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), originally set to open Oct 8, will be held Oct 21-30 both offline and online, according to the festival organisers.

“We will screen a total of 194 films, and 125 will be screened through our online channel, ” a BIFF organiser told The Korea Herald on Wednesday (Oct 7).

“There will not be any outdoor events, including opening and closing ceremonies, outdoor greetings and open talk sessions, which can gather crowds. Instead, we will focus on presenting films," the festival organiser said in a statement.

The screenings will take place exclusively at the Busan Cinema Center, and the government’s social distancing guidelines will be strictly adhered to, the organisers said.

“Things might change depending on the coronavirus situation and government guidelines. For now, since Level 2 social distancing rules are in effect in Busan, we will have up to 50 people in one theatre, ” the BIFF organisers said.

Other programmes, including the Asia Contents & Film Market, the Asia Project Market and the BIFF Forum, have all moved online.

Meanwhile, BIFF earlier announced the jurors for the competition sections.

The Actor & Actress of the Year, who will receive US$4,320 (RM17,956) each at the closing ceremony, will be selected by actor Choo Sang-mee and singer Jung Jin-young this year.

The winners of the BIFF Mecenat Award, conferred for the best Korean and the best Asian documentary films, will be selected by director Nick Deoxampo from the Philippines, Korean film critic Park In-ho and director Chalida Uabumrungjit from Thailand.

The winners of the Sonje Award, which recognises the best Korean and the best Asian short films, will be selected by Indonesian director Ifa Isfansyah, professor Kim Yi-seok from the department of film studies at Dongeui University and Sharipa Urazbayeva, a director from Kazakhstan.

Winners of a special award given in honour of the late Kim Ji-seok, who devoted his life to supporting the growth of Asian cinema, will be chosen by Chinese actor Zhao Tao, Korean film director Jung Sung-il and director Mouly Surya from Indonesia. – The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Busan , Film Festival

   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

Next In Entertainment

HK actor Stephen Chow sued by ex-girlfriend for non-payment of commission
The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, Dan + Shay win big at an audience-light, politics-free American Music Awards
Harry Potter star Rupert Grint sets record on Instagram with photo of baby daughter
American actress Kaley Cuoco on her most bizarre experience on a flight
TikTok star Charli D'Amelio loses 1m followers due to 'entitled' behaviour
Game show contestant dies after completing extreme challenge
Malaysian singer-actor Alif Satar tests positive for Covid-19
Vatican to investigate how Pope's Instagram 'like' racy photo of Brazilian model
Malaysia's Chong Keat Aun wins Best New Director at Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan
New BTS album racks up millions of listens within hours

Stories You'll Enjoy