What is the Busan International Film Festival?


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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.

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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.

2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Busan International Film Festival. The 2015 festival runs from Oct. 1 to Oct. 10, 2015. The festival's 35 screens are showing 94 world premiers and 27 international premiers, with 75 countries entered into the festival. Notable award-winning Asian filmmakers, such as Hou Hsiao-hsien, Jia Zhangke, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Kore-eda Hirokazu and Bahman Ghobadi, are expected to attend to celebrate the festival's 20th anniversary. All five directors have won at least one award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul won the coveted Palme d'Or in 2010 for his fantasy drama "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives."

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