What Is the Busan International Film Festival?

The Busan International Film Festival is a yearly film festival held in Busan, South Korea that is intended to bring attention to new films and up-and-coming directors from Asian countries. The first Busan International Film Festival occurred in September 1996.

Some of the awards given out at the Busan International Film Festival are the New Currents Award, the Sonje Award, the BIFF Mecenat Award, the Busan Bank Award and the KNN Award. The two best feature films from Asian directors in the New Currents program receive the New Currents Award. Winners also receive $30,000, as of 2015. The Sonje Award and $10,000 are granted to the best Asian short films, and the BIFF Mecenat Award and $10,000 are granted to the best Asian documentary pictures. The films with the highest audience acclaim and rating receive the KNN Award and the Busan Bank Award, respectively.

The 2017 festival runs from Oct. 12 to Oct. 21. The lineup includes 298 films total, with 100 world premieres and 29 international premiers. 75 countries are represented in the 2017 festival. Notable Asian filmmakers, such as Shin Suwon, Silvia Chang, Huang Xi, Li Xiaofeng, Yang Ye-Che, and Yoshida Daihachi will have films premiere at the festival.