The best film festival in Asia, the 18th Busan International Film Festival 제18회 부산국제영화제

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Photos and Texts(accomplishments of the 18th Busan International Film Festival) by ⓒ 2013 Busan International Film Festival. All rights reserved


The best film festival in Asia, the 18th Busan International Film Festival informed well. It took place from the 3 ~ 12 October, Centum City, Haeundae, Nampo-dong, MEGABOX Busan Theater in various place of Busan. As a World sized film festival, Busan International Film Festival is highly esteemed by global movie industry. Because, many Korean directors and actors worked high-spiritedly during the last ten-year period and they awarded various prizes several times at the global film festival.


Moreover, Korean wave(Hallyu) has made south Korean culture popular across all over the world including movies of Korea. So, the 18th Busan International Film Festival made great strides compared with the last Busan International Film Festival. In short, accomplishments of the 18th Busan International Film Festival as below.


1. Successful Discovery of New Directors & Numerous Independent Films

Discovering and introducing lesser known directors from Kazakhstan and Mongolia, Busan International Film Festival increased Asian Cinema’s growth potential. The audience who wanted diverse cinematic experience welcomed the screenings of many different kinds of independent films.


2. Continued Growth of the Asian Film Market

The Asian Film Market showed a significant increase in traffic with first-time sales booth and buyers as well as higher number of APM meetings. The Asian Film Market continues to display stable growth as a place of substance.


3. Retrospective and Special Programs in Focus’ Outcome

Fly High, Run Far: The Making of Korean Master IM Kwon-taek, his Retrospective, presented all of his screen-able works, 71 films, for the first time to great acclaim. Unknown New Wave Central Asian Cinema drew attention with its new assessment of central Asian cinematic history.


4. More than 200,000 Visitors for 2 Years in a Row

The number of audience attendees hit the 200,000 mark for the second year. Despite schedule changes and early withdrawal of some outdoor event facilities due to a typhoon, people continued to visit Busan International Film Festival.


5. BIFF Conference & Forum Successfully Launched

BC&F, expanded from BCF, was successfully launched amidst passionate participation from the visitors and professionals. Through in-depth research on diverse cinematic elements, systematic research outcome can be expected in the future regarding integration of many branches of film industry.

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6. Significant Expansion of Audience Service and Outcome

This year, Busan International Film Festival opened its BIFF Hill lobby to the general audience and expanded audience service including the operation of BIFF Terrace, bringing high level audience satisfaction.


아시아를 넘어 세계를 향하는 영화 축제, 부산국제영화제가 대단원의 막을 내렸다. 지난 10월 3일부터 10일 까지 70개 나라,  299개의 작품이 7개 극장, 35개 상영관에서 10일 동안 쉴 틈 없이 스크린을 가득 메워 전 세계 영화축제로 거듭나고 있는 부산국제영화제의 위상을 발견할 수 있었다. 총 217,865명의 관람객이 함께 했으며 월드 & 인터내셔날 프리미어스, 아시안 필름 마켓, 아시안 씨네마 펀드 등 다양한 부대행사가 진행되어 한류 문화 열풍과 더불어 대한민국의 영화 산업과 그 규모 또한 세계적인 수준이라는 사실을 다시 한 번 확인할 수 있었다.

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