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 and actor Song Kang-ho are reportedly on a blacklist created by president Park Geun-hye’s office denying them government support.
White Building also among winners at Busan’s Asian Film Market.
The Busan festival’s market offering reported a strong increase in attendees this year.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Company also inks deals for I Am Not Your Negro and Renzo Piano.
Lee joined Hou Hsiao-hsien and Hirokazu Kore-eda at a special talk event in Busan.
Alibaba Pictures is investing in Amblin Partners and has entered into a strategic partnership with the mini-major for co-productions, finance and distribution.
Even China’s unofficial ban on Korean content has not dampened cross border trade in entertainment IP.
Line-up for first Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab includes debut fiction film from Nontawat Numbenchapol, whose documentary #BKKY is premiering at Busan.
Project was participating in Busan’s Book to Film pitching event.
Organisation will aim to improve business dealings for the country’s importers and distributors.
EXCLUSIVE: Porto stars Anton Yelchin, who tragically passed away in June this year.
EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong-based sales agent has picked up latest action thriller from Ringo Lam, starring Daniel Wu and Zhang Jingchu.
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EXCLUSIVE: Both titles have sold to multiple territories including US and UK.
A typhoon failed to dampen the event’s opening night as anticipated protests were muted.
EXCLUSIVE: The companies have struck a world sales alliance on Yuji Shimomura’s completed action title in the run-up to Busan and AFM.
Pale Moon’s Daihachi Yoshida [pictured] directed the sci-fi tragicomedy, currently in post-production.
Festival will open with the world premiere of Zhang Lu’s Korean film A Quiet Dream.
The Busan film fest’s Asian Project Market (APM) has highlighted a “strong presence” of women filmmakers in this year’s line-up.
Iranian director, who passed away on July 4, will have a retrospective of his works screened at BIFF.
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.
Chairman nominee Kim Dong-ho has told Screen he believes the festival will avoid the boycott.
The announcement comes following news last week that former director Lee Yong-kwan had been indicted on embezzlement charges.
In South Korea, the Busan prosecutors’ office has indicted former Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) director Lee Yong-kwan [pictured] and two others on charges of embezzlement. Deputy festival director and Asian Film Market head Jay Jeon has been indicted on charges of fraud.
Indian film-maker talks about his narrative debut, which premiered in Busan’s New Currents competition, and the state of filmmaking in northeast India.
Singaporean director discusses his prison drama, which premiered at Cannes and is Singapore’s submission to this year’s Oscar race.
Director discusses his Kara Wai-starring action thriller, which world premieres in Busan.
Director Zhang discusses the project’s origins and shooting on a tight schedule.
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.
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?
In her first edition as solo director, Kang Soo-youn talks to Jean Noh about putting BIFF together in turbulent times.