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LATEST BUSAN FILM FESTIVAL NEWS

Busan Cinema Centre

Busan’s New Currents Award goes to 'Knife', 'Donor'

15-Oct-2016 | By

The 21st Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) wrapped on Saturday with its New Currents Award going to two Chinese debut features - Wang Xuebo’s The Knife In The Clear Water and Zang Qiwu’s The Donor.

Park-Chan-wook

Top Korean directors, actors on government blacklist

14-Oct-2016 | By

Park Chan-wook and actor Song Kang-ho are reportedly on a blacklist created by president Park Geun-hye’s office denying them government support.

Edwin Busan AFM

Busan: 'Love And Vengeance' wins $15k market prize

11-Oct-2016 | By

White Building also among winners at Busan’s Asian Film Market.

Train To Busan

Asian Film Market wrap: industry upbeat despite controversy

11-Oct-2016 | By

The Busan festival’s market offering reported a strong increase in attendees this year.

Asian Film Market

Busan: Korean industry grapples with China political fallout

11-Oct-2016 | By

Asian Film Market’s E-IP events were bustling but uncertainty over Chinese policy dampened the usual talks about Chinese-Korean collaboration and co-investment.

Busan: Wide House sells 'Hitler's Hollywood' doc to Sweden

11-Oct-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Company also inks deals for I Am Not Your Negro and Renzo Piano.

Lee Chang-Dong, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Hirokazu Kore-eda

Busan: Lee Chang-dong voices support for former BIFF director

10-Oct-2016 | By

Lee joined Hou Hsiao-hsien and Hirokazu Kore-eda at a special talk event in Busan.

The BFG

Spielberg's Amblin, China's Alibaba enter strategic partnership

9-Oct-2016 | By

Alibaba Pictures is investing in Amblin Partners and has entered into a strategic partnership with the mini-major for co-productions, finance and distribution.

Asian Film Market

Busan: Asian entertainment business catches IP fever

9-Oct-2016 | By

Even China’s unofficial ban on Korean content has not dampened cross border trade in entertainment IP.

SEAFIC 2016

Busan: SEAFIC script lab unveils first five projects

9-Oct-2016 | By

Line-up for first Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab includes debut fiction film from Nontawat Numbenchapol, whose documentary #BKKY is premiering at Busan.

Asian Film Market

Busan: Pollux Pictures takes film rights to 'Summer, A Corpse From Nowhere'

9-Oct-2016 | By

Project was participating in Busan’s Book to Film pitching event.

Busan Cinema Centre

Foreign Film Buyer-Distributors Association of Korea launches in Busan

8-Oct-2016 | By

Organisation will aim to improve business dealings for the country’s importers and distributors.

Porto

Busan: New Europe closes deals on 'Porto', 'The Last Family'

8-Oct-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Porto stars Anton Yelchin, who tragically passed away in June this year.

Sky On Fire

Busan: Distribution Workshop sets Ringo Lam's 'Sky On Fire'

8-Oct-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong-based sales agent has picked up latest action thriller from Ringo Lam, starring Daniel Wu and Zhang Jingchu.

Life Risking Romance

Busan: United Pictures sells 'One Day', 'Life Risking Romance'

8-Oct-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Sales company also launches sports drama Split starring Yoo Ji-tae.

Tunnel

Busan: Showbox inks 'Luck-Key' and 'Tunnel' deals

8-Oct-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Both titles have sold to multiple territories including US and UK.

Busan Cinema Centre

Crisis-hit Busan film festival has calm opening

6-Oct-2016 | By

A typhoon failed to dampen the event’s opening night as anticipated protests were muted.

Re Born

Nikkatsu, XYZ Films partner on 'Re:Born'

5-Oct-2016 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The companies have struck a world sales alliance on Yuji Shimomura’s completed action title in the run-up to Busan and AFM.

Daihachi Yoshida

Busan: Gaga boards Yukio Mishima adaptation 'Beautiful Star'

3-Oct-2016 | By Shawn Schroter

Pale Moon’s Daihachi Yoshida [pictured] directed the sci-fi tragicomedy, currently in post-production.

Busan for web

'A Quiet Dream', 'The Dark Wind' bookend Busan 2016

6-Sep-2016 | By

Festival will open with the world premiere of Zhang Lu’s Korean film A Quiet Dream.

Asian Project Market

Strong female presence at Busan's Asian Project Market

23-Aug-2016 | By

The Busan film fest’s Asian Project Market (APM) has highlighted a “strong presence” of women filmmakers in this year’s line-up.

Abbas Kiarostami

Abbas Kiarostami to be honoured at Busan fest

22-Aug-2016 | By

Iranian director, who passed away on July 4, will have a retrospective of his works screened at BIFF.

Asian Cinema Fund

Busan’s ACF reveals 22 projects to receive funding

17-Aug-2016 | By

Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced 22 projects to receive Asian Cinema Fund support this year, including Park Kyoung Tae’s Ne Me Quitte Pas and Venice Biennale College project Hotel Salvation.

Kim Dong-ho

Busan festival head confident of avoiding boycott

25-May-2016 | By

Chairman nominee Kim Dong-ho has told Screen he believes the festival will avoid the boycott.

BUSAN FILM FESTIVAL FEATURES

Haobam-Paban-Kumar

Busan: Haobam Paban Kumar talks 'Lady Of The Lake'

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Indian film-maker talks about his narrative debut, which premiered in Busan’s New Currents competition, and the state of filmmaking in northeast India.

Apprentice

Busan Q&A: Boo Junfeng talks 'Apprentice'

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Singaporean director discusses his prison drama, which premiered at Cannes and is Singapore’s submission to this year’s Oscar race.

Lady K

Busan Q&A: Ho Yuhang talks 'Mrs K'

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Director discusses his Kara Wai-starring action thriller, which world premieres in Busan.

Zhang Lu

Busan Q&A: Zhang Lu talks festival opener 'A Quiet Dream'

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Director Zhang discusses the project’s origins and shooting on a tight schedule.

Asian Film Market

Busan: Asian Film Market offers deal-making, new opportunities

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This year’s Asian Film Market has been streamlined to keep the focus on business and deal-making, while a spotlight on transmedia projects offers new opportunities.

Busan for web

Busan focus: international industry undeterred by controversy

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BIFF matters for everyone doing business with Asia. But will international visitors be affected by the continuing row between the festival and the city authorities?

Kang Soo-young

Busan: Kang Soo-youn talks "tough year" and Korean cinema

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In her first edition as solo director, Kang Soo-youn talks to Jean Noh about putting BIFF together in turbulent times.

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