The South Korean port city of Busan (formerly known as Pusan) has begun construction of an indoor film studio in a bid to attract local and overseas film crews to shoot in the city. Set to be unveiled during the 2001 Pusan International Film Festival in November, the studio will complement the "one-stop-shop service" provided to film crews by the Busan Film Commission.

Located in a renovated building inside the Busan Yachting Center, home to the Pusan Film Festival's outdoor screenings, the complex will consist of a large, medium, and small-sized studio together with all the other additional amenities. Construction of the studio will be paid for by the city and given over to the Busan Film Commission to operate.

Since its inception in 1999, the Busan Film Commission has provided assistance to visiting film crews in arranging locations, extras, sets and carrying out the necessary administrative tasks to shoot in the city. In the past couple of years a large number of local productions (including all-time box-office leader Friend) have been shot in Busan, but film crews have thus far been forced to relocate to the Seoul Cinema Complex, some four hours away, for indoor shooting.

Busan, Korea's second largest city with 3.8m inhabitants, is an attractive option for visiting filmmakers due to its competitive cost and its array of mountains, beaches, islands, cityscapes, and nearby cultural attractions.

Note: due to a new romanization system adopted by the Korean government, the city of Pusan has changed its spelling to 'Busan'. The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) has elected to retain its former spelling.