October 6 – 14, 2011
The focus of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) is introducing new films and first-time directors, especially those from Asian countries. Another notable feature is the appeal of the festival to young people, both in terms of the large, youthful audience it attracts and through its efforts to develop and promote young talent.
This year, BIFF will kick off on October 6 for nine days. The opening ceremony will take place at the new Busan Cinema Center, which will be completed in September. The Asian Film Market, previously held in Haeundae, will be moving to the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center at Centum City this year. The market will take place from October 10 to 13.
The Busan Cinema Center will consist of four large screening venues including a multi-purpose theater with a seating capacity of 833. It will also have an outdoor screening facility of 4,000 seats. The festival will use the photo, The Wall, by renowned film director Abbas Kiarostami as its official poster.
Events At The Festival
Asian Project Market: A pre-market where promising filmmakers and producers can meet with potential co-producers and financiers. In turn, investors and co-producers can find a diverse selection of the latest (Asian) projects of top quality.
Asian Cinema Fund: A funding programme to activate more independent film productions. It supports projects in various stages and categories, from script development and post-production to documentary films to discover hidden jewels from future talents. The 900-million won (US$ 900,000) fund will be used to provide support to seven projects in script development, five post-productions, and 13 documentary films.
Script Development Fund: Aims at helping screenwriters complete their scripts. It will offer an opportunity to make for a more creative and fine-tuned project.
Post-Production Fund: Made possible through the support of Korean post-production companies and the Korean Film Council. With this fund, the director is invited to Korea to work on sound and DI (Digital Intermediate) with Korean post-production houses. It will help the director complete his or her film in 35mm.
Asian Network of Documentary Fund: This fund was initiated in 2002 and sponsored by six universities and corporations in the Busan region. It is for master classes and clinics.Asian Film Academy (AFA): An educational programme where prospective filmmakers and established directors from Asia gather to deliberate and prepare for the future of Asian cinema. Fellows of AFA will share the vision of Asian cinema with prominent filmmakers for 17 days.
Awards At The Festival
• New Currents Award
• Sonje Award
• Woonpa Award/PIFF Mecenat Award
• Fipresci Award• NETPAC Award
• PSB/KNN Award (Audience Award)• Korean Cinema Award
• Asian Filmmaker of the Year
Watch Out For
• Thirty projects have been selected for the Asian Project Market this year, of which two Indian films, My Ancestral Home by Ritesh Menon and One More by Shivajee Chandrabhushan Deogam, will participate. One More is a multilingual feature project dealing with the struggle of an amateur ice-hockey team in Ladakh.
• Indian documentary In God’s Land by Pankaj Rishi Kumar will receive the Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund instituted by BIFF. In God’s Land will be funded under a category that evaluated Asian projects that tell stories of disputed territories or films produced in those regions.