The 25th edition of the Busan International Film Festival, scheduled for October 7 (Wed) to October 16 (Fri) 2020, is now accepting submissions.
Online applications, open as of April 1, are on track to suprass those made in previous years. Online applications are available until June 24 for short films and July 22 for feature films at the Busan International Film Festival’s official website.
Started in 1996, the Busan International Film Festival is active in bolstering the growth and globalization of Korean and Asian cinema. It has discovered diverse films that show great achievements in major film festivals around the world.
Just Like That by director Kislay Kislay and John Denver Trending by director Arden Rod Condez, official selections for the New Currents section at the Busan International Film Festival 2019, won Grand Jury Award and Jury Prize, respectively, at the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema 2020.
Also, Moving On by director Yoon Danbi, official selection of the Korean Cinema Today – Vision section, received 4 awards, including NETPAC Award, KTH Award, Directors Guild of Korea Award and Citizen Critics’ Award at the Busan International Film Festival 2019 followed by the Bright Future Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020.
Last but not least, House of Hummingbird directed by Kim Bora, which first premiered at the Busan International Film Festival 2018 in the New Currents section, is another notable accomplishment. It received over 40 awards at international and local film festivals, such as winning The Grand Prix Award of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival 2019 and the Best International Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival 2019.
For the past 24 years, the Busan International Film Festival has discovered and presented outstanding films to global audiences. This year, the Busan International Film Festival is preparing for the 25th edition to fulfill its intended role of discovering fine works that connect film and audiences.
The world faces an unprecedented crisis related to COVID-19 and it has had a devastating impact on the global film industry. The Busan International Film Festival will follow proper safety protocols, while simultaneously monitoring international developments regarding coronavirus and the film industry. We will manage a safe festival that prioritize the health and safety of audiences and filmmakers a top priority.
Official selections will be screened at the 25th Busan International Film Festival, slated to be held from October 7 (Wed) to October 16 (Fri) 2020.