Busan International Film Festival : Asian Project Market 2019 Call for Applications
Asian Film Academy 2019 Call for Applications
Independent Filmmaker in Busan Donates to Support Production of Documentary Jiseok
Asian Cinema Fund 2019 Call for Submissions
Asian Film Market 2018 Final Report: Successful Closing of 13th Asian Film Market in the Great Attention
Asian Film Market 2018 Final Report: Successful Closing of 13th Asian Film Market in the Great Attention
E-IP Market 2018 Announces Award Winners: 8 E-IP Award Winners of the 4th E-IP Market
23rd BIFF Announces Closing Ceremony Hosts: Kwon Hae-hyo and Koo Hye Sun End the Grand Finale of the Festival!
An Asian Film Market 2018 Opening Announcement
23rd Busan International Film Festival Announces the Changes in Location of Haeundae BIFF Village
23rd Busan International Film Festival Opens Philippine Cinema Exhibition & Guests Visit Announcement
Sandaan: 100 Years of Philippine Cinema Exhibition is Open During the Festival with Various Programs Brillante MENDOZA, Kidlat TAHIMIC, Christopher DE LEON, Piolo PASCUAL, and More Visit Busan The 23rd Busan International Film Festival hosts a special program called ‘Cinema as a Response to the Nation’ to celebrate the centennial anniversary of Philippine cinema. The Busan International Film Festival will screen ten Philippine masterpieces from the Philippine cinema special program selections as well as exhibit many other additional events. We now expect audiences to feel more connected to this meaningful event. Joel Torre MR Christopher De Leon MR Piolo Pascual Ms Sandy Andolong - Centennial Anniversary Exhibition on Philippine Cinema A centennial anniversary exhibition of Philippine cinema will be held at a ‘Dome’ located in Dureraum Square during the festival period. The exhibition called ‘Sandaan: 100 Years of Philippine Cinema Exhibit’ will show many video materials and texts that show the hundred years of Philippine cinema in one place. Acclaimed film historian Nick De Ocampo and other curators will join and be a guide for audiences during the festival. - A Big Group of Delegates and Stars Coming to Busan Established filmmakers such as Brillante Mendoza and Kidlat Tahimik will visit Busan with their newest works. Further, star actors including Christopher De Leon, Joel Torre, and Piolo Pascual will visit the Busan International Film Festival to meet the audience. - Philippine Special Program and Major Events There will be a special talk program for an anthology film called LAKBAYAN (Journey) which is a collaboration work of Brillante Mendoza, Lavrente DIAZ, and Kidlat Tahimik. It will be an event where major Filipino filmmakers and actors can look back at the last hundred years and discuss the next century. A commemorative booklet made for this special program will also be shown during the festival period. The 23rd Busan International Film Festival will be held from October 4, 2018 to October 13, 2018. Asian Film Market will be held from October 6, 2018 to October 9, 2018. Asian Project Market will be held from October 7, 2018 to October 9, 2018.
Ryuichi SAKAMOTO Exhibition Called ‘IS YOUR TIME - BUSAN VERSION’, Opens in Busan
The 23rd Busan International Film Festival presents the Ryuichi Sakamoto’s exhibition ‘IS YOUR TIME-BUSAN VERSION’ during the festival. With his attendance as a recipient of the Asian Filmmaker of the Year award, this exhibition is expected to show his thoughts on music and the nature, and his contribution to a better world for humankind. The exhibition opens on to meet the audiences during the entire festival dates and is located at Busan Cinema Center BIFF HILL. ‘IS YOUR TIME’ began from a piano in a high school that was destroyed by tsunami during 2011 Japan Earthquake. Years later, Ryuichi Sakamoto happened to visit a town and encountered the piano and played, and then the exhibition began. The piano, destroyed by a tsunami, transforms its lost instrumental power, into a vehicle for music tuned by nature. This ‘tsunami piano’ is played by earthquake data collected from all over the world in real time and transforms music through a program, to makes melodies through an auto-play function. It has been transformed into a new musical instrument, which senses the movement of the earth, and sings. Ryuichi Sakamoto has showed an innovative in ‘installation music’, where he combines audio and images, after he released his new album called ‘async’, that took after 8 years to finalize. ‘IS YOUR TIME’ originally began as an extension of this installation music. The original piece “IS YOUR TIME” was commissioned and exhibited by NTT Inter Communication Center [ICC] in 2017-2018, and now opens in Busan for the 23rd Busan International Film Festival. The winner of The Asian Filmmaker of the Year 2018 Ryuichi Sakamoto is also performing for the opening ceremony of the 23rd Busan International Film Festival on October 4th. During the opening ceremony performance, Ryuichi Sakamoto will play a song on a full-concert grand piano (supported by the cooperation of Yamaha Music Korea). Further, he will attend a press conference with director Shizuno Kobun for My TYRANO: Together, Forever (2018) and a hand-printing event at Outdoor stage on the Haeundae beach. The 23rd Busan International Film Festival will be held from October 4, 2018 to October 13, 2018. Asian Film Market will be held from October 6, 2018 to October 9, 2018. Asian Project Market will be held from October 7, 2018 to October 9, 2018.
Sonova films win Cannes accolades for third year in a row
Swiss aerialist Jason Brügger - Copyright: Sonova Sonova Holding AG, the world’s leading provider of hearing solutions, is once again among the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards winners: “Life without limitations – The story of Jason Brügger” won gold in the category “corporate image films” and silver in the category “fairs, shows, events, conference openers”. The short film about Brügger, a Swiss aerialist, illustrates vividly how Sonova’s innovative hearing solutions enable people with hearing loss to live a life without limitations. The emotionally powerful portrait “Life without limitations – The story of Jason Brügger” is a further example of the Sonova Group’s successful, storytelling-based communications concept, which has already received international awards. Having won in the past with short films about German junior soccer player Simon Ollert (more here) and Chinese dancer Tianjiao Zhang (more here), this year’s entry introduced Swiss aerialist Jason Brügger. In each production, Sonova presents an authentic portrait that transports audiences into the world of the protagonist. The on-set atmosphere is similar to that of a documentary, which aims to capture moments from real life. Jason Brügger has dreamed of being a circus artist since early childhood. After suffering a severe inner-ear infection, however, he was afraid his career might be over. With the help of hearing aids from Sonova brand Phonak, Jason has managed to put this chapter behind him and is now living his dream. “I can still remember putting on my hearing aids for the first time. A whole world opened up to me again,” says Jason. “By telling my story in this film, I hope to show others that there’s always a way to achieve what you want to do.” For all three protagonists of Sonova Group’s award-winning portraits, the film projects have led to longer-term collaborations. Jason Brügger, Tianjiao Zhang and Simon Ollert are now brand ambassadors committed to inspiring people with hearing loss, for example through their work on aid projects by the Hear the World Foundation, a Sonova Group initiative. “Just like Jason, we are delighted to have once again won multiple prizes in Cannes. These awards confirm that we are on the right track with our communications strategy – indeed, that we are among the best in our class,” explains Arnd Kaldowski, CEO of Sonova. “The short films give real-life examples of the Sonova Group’s corporate vision in action: they show how innovative hearing solutions can help people live a life without limitations.”
NETFLIX Original Movie 'Okja' Technology Demonstration
On the afternoon of June 29th, Netflix held a technology demonstration of the original movie 'Okja' at the Westin Chosun Hotel in Jung-gu, Seoul. The demonstration was prepared to introduce the technologies used at 'Okja,' directed by Bong Joon-ho, and inform what experience Netflix intends to provide to users. Jessica Lee, Netflix's vice president of Asia-Pacific communications, said, "I am glad to be able to hold such an event on the day of revealing Bong Joon-ho's movie 'Okja'. Starting with 'Okja', today 's event is set to show technologies that allow people using Netflix services to experience a better viewing experience. Netflix will continue to strive to provide the best environment to experience diverse visual content anytime, anywhere." ▲ The technology demonstration for Netflix's original movie 'Okja' was held. According to the announcement, Netflix started high-dynamic range (HDR) streaming service, which applies Dolby's audio technology, Dolby Atmos, and video technology, Dolby Vision. Netflix original movie 'Okja' is the first work that applied the technologies, and the additional supporting works will be continuously opened and added. First, Dolby Atmos is a technology that provides sounds toward a specific location or moving sound throughout the room, including the ceiling. It becomes possible to implement 3D stereo sound that overcomes the existing number of channels by operating each speaker to position sound sources at the specific locations, which is departing from legacy that adding a speaker on the top of the head to the existing two-dimensional stereophonic audio and plurality of speakers on the wall play the same sound source. Through a hybrid technology, combined with channel-based mixing that plays up to 128 object-based mixing and 64 channels, each of which adjusts input sound is adjusted according to the movement and position of the object, audiences can experience more realistic and exciting sounds. In the meantime, it was possible to experience videos mixed by using Dolby Atmos technology at some of the movie theaters to which the technology could be applied. However, recently, as home theaters and mobile devices that applied Dolby Atmos technology have been released, the opportunity to experience realistic sound effects regardless of time and location is increasing. Dolby Vision is Dolby’s HDR technology, it provides to increase the maximum brightness of the image and significantly increase the contrast ratio, realizing a similar image to the image seen through actual human eye. It can maintain and reproduce the original video without any damage to contrast range and reproduction rate, and enhances UHD and HD video signals used in various fields including broadcasting, over-the-top (OTT) online streaming, blu-ray, game application, etc. Moreover, Dolby Vision provides images with the best quality by expressing the brightness ranging from 0 to 10,000 nit. Netflix's HDR streaming service, which applies both Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, will be available through Netflix App Firmware Update at 2017 LG OLED TV lineup. Moreover, if you have an Xbox One and an Xbox One S video game console, you can enjoy Netflix's videos that applied Dolby Atmos technology after installing home theater systems such as TV with Dolby Atmos and sound bar, headsets, and purchasing Dolby Access app on the Xbox store. ▲ Dolby's Tom Ratty Managing Director introduced features of Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision. Meanwhile, at the event, the policy of 'Netflix Recommended TVs' was also introduced. 'Netflix Recommended TVs' is a certification given to TVs that have a convenient environment for using Netflix or Internet TV services such as faster performance and higher app accessibility among smart TVs. There are seven standards for the certification: 'Instant On,' requiring that TV has to be instantly turned on and applications should be instantly available like a smartphone, 'Quick App Launch,' requiring to quickly start Netflix even right after turning on TV or using several apps, 'Netflix Button,' requiring to start Netflix and turn on TV at the same time with the Netflix button on remote control, 'Easy Netflix Icon Access,' requiring that users can easily access to Netflix app from TV menu and conveniently start the app, 'TV Restart,' requiring TV to restart from the point when the power was turned off by remembering the previous activity, 'High-resolution Netflix Interface,' requiring to browsing Netflix at 1080p resolution for clear text and images, 'Latest Version,' requiring TV to provide latest version of Netflix with the latest functions. Netflix certifies TVs that meet all five of these seven criteria as 'Netflix Recommended TVs'.
Netflix Original Movie 'War Machine' Live Conference
On the afternoon of the May 22, CGV Cheongdam Cine City, located in Gangnam-gu, Seoul, hosted a live conference of Netflix original movie "War Machine". The conference was prepared to listen to the features of "War Machine" directly from the main characters of the film ahead of its release, scheduled for May 26. The leading actor Brad Pitt, director David Michod, producer Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner were interviewed by linking video from Japan. According to the introduction, 'War Machine', which is also the title of the film, is not a war machine but a huge mechanism that initiates and promotes war. It includes the meaning of a military leader, an interim officer, a terminal soldier, related civilians, and politicians deciding related policies. This film focuses on the process of making war rather than the battle for soldiers, and provides an opportunity to look at the war from another perspective. In particular, the producers of Plan B Entertainment, who had fallen in love with the book 'The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan,' written by Michael Hastings, adapted the story of the book, and they created a fictional character, Glen McMahon, at the center to criticize another aspect of the war. ▲ The live conference of Netflix Original Movie "War Machine" was held. ▲ The crews were disappointed that they could not visit Korea. Dede Gardner, the co-president of Plan B Entertainment introduced, "While reading the original, I was impressed by the fact that Hastings was expressing the story that he actually experienced in a sharp but funny way. This book criticizes why the war in Afghanistan had been taken for 16 years, but it also contains a lot of satirical content. I think I felt interest in these complex elements." He also explained about what he wanted by saying, "The film 'War Machine', based on the contents of the book, was intended to ask questions seriously on the choice of war officials hidden behind the extended war in Afghanistan, which is the intrinsic content." Director David Michod commented on the production by saying, "I think that there should have been a misunderstanding that "It is possible to win the war with power." on the back of 16 years of war that seemed to be hard to win. The process of looking at this was fun, even if it was somewhat unfamiliar." Actor Brad Pitt, playing a role of general Glen McMahon, could not hide laughs at the saying that it was a great performance, and he said, “This film deals with the absurdity of war in a comic way. The representative figure, General McMahon, thinks that he is a dignified and wonderful person himself, but it is shown from the beginning of the film that it is illusion. So I thought McMahon is a really funny role for myself." He also said, "'War Machine' is based on the contents of 'Operators', but rather than showing a certain real person, I tried to play the general McMahon as a fictional character. His jogging scene and the facial expressions are put for the comical elements, but they also show the character’s illusions well. For acting, the person whom I referred to is Sterling Hayden.” In addition, the crews highly rated the actor Tilda Swinton, who appeared as a German reporter in the middle of the film. David Michod told about an anecdote during shooting by saying, "Tilda Swinton is a character that makes holes in the characters' illusions and tells the story I want to talk about. So, we were very careful when deciding on her wig. Since she said, "Isn't it copying my hair as it is?", so we chose the wig similar to her hair." Meanwhile, director David Michod answered the question "if the production crews come together again to create a new war movie, what kind of story would you like to make?" by saying, "I want to make a war movie that is concluded with the end of the war so that we all can happily live." ▲ Jeremy Kleiner, Producer of Plan B Entertainment ▲ Director David Michod ▲ Actor Brad Pitt (General Glen McMahon) ▲ Dede Gardner, Co-president of Plan B Entertainment