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Introduction to the film festival

The Busan International Film Festival was founded in 1996. Busan International Film Festival is accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations (FIAPF) as belonging to the category of “Competitive Specialised Feature Film Festivals (First and Second feature films)”. It is one of the most important film festivals in Korea and Asia. It is supported and funded by the Busan City Government, the film industry, and the business sector. Held every year from September to October in Busan, the second largest port city in South Korea.

Awards

The Asian Filmmaker of the Year

This award is granted to the Asian filmmaker who has made the most significant contribution to the advancement of Asian film industry and culture throughout the year.

Korean Cinema Award

This award is presented to cineastes that have made a notable contribution in the globalization of Korean cinema.

New Currents Award

it is given to the two best feature films selected from the first or second feature of new Asian directors introduced in the New Currents section (a competitive section of BIFF for Asian films). A grand prize of USD 30,000 is awarded to each film. The jury consists of world-renowned film experts who will choose winners to discover and encourage the hidden jewels of Asian cinema.

Kim Jiseok Award

Kim Jiseok Award, newly established in 2017, is to remember and honor the late Kim Ji-seok who passed away this year after devoting his whole life to discovering young Asian directors and supporting the growth of Asian cinema. A grand of prize of USD 10,000 is awarded to two films.

BIFF Mecenat Award

BIFF Mecenat Award is granted to the best documentary from Korea and Asia in Wide Angle competitive section. The winner will be granted KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD 8,500) with the purpose of assisting their next production.

Sonje Award

Sonje Award is given to the best Korean and Asian short films in the Wide Angle section, to assist them in producing next project by providing KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD 8,500) to each director.

Actor & Actress of the Year

Actor & Actress of the Year is the award to focus on first-time actors in the independent Korean films among the New Currents and Korean Cinema Today Vision. The top-class Korean actor and actress select one actor and one actress with outstanding performance. The winners will be awarded at the closing ceremony with cash prize of 5,000,000 KRW (approx. 4,300 USD) each.

KB New Currents Audience Award

This award is given to the film that is most highly rated by festival audiences from the New Currents section. Sponsored by KB Kookmin Bank, KRW 20,000,000 (approx. USD 18,000) is awarded to the director.

Flash Foward Audience Award

This award is given to the film that is most highly rated by festival audiences from the Flash Forward section. Sponsored by BIFF Supporters Association, KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD 8,500) is awarded to the director.

FIPRESCI Award

This award is given to the year’s best Korean film from either New Currents or Korean Cinema Today_Vision section.

NETPAC Award

The NETPAC Award is given to the best film selected by the NETPAC jury among the films screened in the New Currents section. NETPAC is an international organization founded in 1990 devoted to the expansion of Asian film distribution and screening.

CGV Arthouse Award

This award was newly created in 2011 in collaboration with CJ CGV Arthouse to shed new light on the Korean Cinema Today - Vision section. The winner will receive a cash prize of KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD 8,500) sponsored by CJ CGV Arthouse.

KBS Independent Film Award

KBS Independent Film Award is given to support Korean independent films. One Korean film will be selected among Korean Cinema Today_Vision and New Currents sections to receive 10 million KRW (approx. 8,500 USD). 

Critic b Award

Critic b Award is given to one film chosen by Busan Film Critics Association among the selections in the New Currents and the Korean Cinema Today - Vision. The winner will receive KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD 8,500) sponsored by Philip Morris Korea Inc.

Citizen Critics' Award

Citizen critics from the Busan Cinematheque choose the best film from those screened in Korean Cinema Today_Vision section. The winner is awarded KRW 10,000,000(approx. USD 8,500) for supporting the director’s next production.

Busan Cinephile Award

This award is given to the best Korean and Asian documentary film presented in the Wide Angle documentary showcase. The winner is awarded KRW5,000,000 (approx. USD4,300). The jury consists of college students, including numerous students from the cinema-related departments of six universities in Busan region, select the winner. This cash prize is sponsored by YouTube.

Rules

Genre :Action Comedy War Science fiction Ethics Terror Thriller Violence Adventure Crime Family Music Love Magic Fantasy Shootout Suspense Youth Inspirational Literary Biography Western Drama others Documentary
Subject :Unlimited
Video Format :MPEG4 DCP MOV

1、The Festival accepts features, short films, documentaries and animation. The film must have been completed no earlier than October 2021 and should be completed no later than September 2022. Short Films:Less than 60 minutes, Only less than 30 min in the short film competition. Feature Films:60 minutes or more. Non-Asian short films are not open to submission. 

2、The Festival accepts features, short films, documentaries and animation. The film must not be broadcasted on TV or available on the Internet prior to the Festival. Due to the coronavirus(COVID-19) outbreak, the Festival has officially loosened the following rule for 2020 submission. - The film must not be broadcasted on TV or available on the Internet prior to the Festival. : The film must not be broadcasted on TV. However, if the film will be available on the internet exclusively in ‘certain territory’, the film still is eligible for submission. * In this case, ‘certain territory' will be a factor to consider the premiere status of the submitted film. Non-Asian short films are not open to submission. Production Date Films previously submitted to the Festival but not selected will not be reconsidered. 

3、If you provide false or misleading information, the film selection may be subject to cancellation at any time. 

4、Films in any language other than Korean or English must be provided with English subtitles. The DVD screeners will not be returned, and will be professionally destroyed after the conclusion of each edition of the Festival. 

5、DCP is the most preferred, and the rest of the available formats may be restricted to certain screening venues and time-slots due to different facilities in venues. 

6、The Festival program gives priority to World or International premieres. World premieres are films screened for the first time to any audience, including country of origin. International premieres are films screened for the first time to an audience outside country of origin. 

7、The Festival reserves the right to decide the section in which the selected film will participate. The Festival does not provide individual explanation on the non-selection of a film.

Evaluation

  • Overall rating
Jury Profile
Jury Name Judge photos Jury Profile

Authorization type

    Proxy Submission

Duration (several sessions)

    27

Film Festival Features

  • Red Carpet
  • Celebrity Guest
  • Film Screen
  • Cash prize
  • Trophy
  • Copyright transactions
  • Prize
  • Certificate

Dates & Deadlines

  • 2022-03-30
    Submission start time

  • 2022-06-20
    Regular Deadline

  • 2022-07-18
    Regular Deadline

  • 2022-07-18
    Submission end time

  • 2022-08-31
    Finalist notification start time

  • 2022-08-31
    Finalist notification end time

  • 2022-10-05
    Award ceremony start time

  • 2022-10-12
    Award ceremony end time

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