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Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF, Korean: 부산국제영화제, Hanja: 釜山國際映畵祭), held annually in Busan (also Pusan), South Korea, is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia. The first festival, held from September 13 to September 21, 1996, was also the first international film festival in Korea. The focus of the PIFF is introducing new films and first-time directors, especially those from Asian countries. Another notable feature is the appeal of the festival to young people, both in terms of the large youthful audience it attracts and through its efforts to develop and promote young talent. In 1999, the Pusan Promotion Plan was established to connect new directors to funding sources.

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History

  • 1st PIFF, September 13 - September 21, 1996
 Films screened : 173 films from 31 countries 
 Opening Film : Secrets and Lies, Mike LEIGH, UK/France 
 Closing Film : In Expectation, Ming ZHANG, China  
 Participated guests : 224 guests from 27 countries
 Total audiences : 184,071 
  • 2nd PIFF, October 10 - October 18, 1997
 Films screened : 163 films from 33 countries 
 Opening Film : Chinese Box, Wayne WANG, UK/France/USA/Japan  
 Closing Film : Eighteen Springs, Ann HUI, Hong Kong  
 Participated guests : 450 guests from 30 countries 
 Total audiences : 170,206 
  • 3rd PIFF, September 24 - October 1, 1998
 Films screened : 211 films from 41 countries 
 Opening Film : The Silence, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Iran/France  
 Closing Film : Kanzo Sensei, IMAMURA Shohei, Japan 
 Participated guests : 659 guests from 25 countries 
 Total audiences : 192,547 (paid audiences: 174,870)  
  • 4th PIFF, October 14 - October 23, 1999
 Films screened : 207 films from 53 countries 
 Opening Film : Peppermint Candy, LEE Chang-Dong, Korea  
 Closing Film : Not One Less, ZHANG Yimou, China  
 Participated guests : 555 guests from 36 countries 
 Total audiences : 180,914 
  • 5th PIFF, October 6 - October 14, 2000
 Films screened : 207 films from 55 countries 
 Opening Film : The Wrestlers, Buddhadeb DASGUPTA, India  
 Closing Film : In the Mood for Love, WONG Kar Wei, Hong Kong  
 Participated guests : 3017 guests from 39 countries 
 Total audiences : 181,708 people 
  • 6th PIFF, November 9 - November 17, 2001
 Films screened : 201 films from 60 countries 
 Opening Film : The Last Witness, Bae Chang-Ho, Korea 
 Closing Film : Suriyothai, Chatrichalerm YUKOL, Thailand
 Participated guests : 3,761 guests from 30 countries 
 Total audiences : 143,103 people  
  • 7th PIFF, November 11 - November 23, 2002
 Films screened : 226 films from 55 countries 
 Opening Film : The Coast Guard, KIM Ki-Duk, Korea  
 Closing Film : Dolls, KITANO Takeshi, Japan
 Participated guests : 2,002 guests from 35 countries 
 Total audiences : 167,349 people   
  • 8th PIFF, October 2 - October 10, 2003
 Films screened : 243 works from 61 countries 
 Opening Film : Doppelganger, KUROSAWA Kiyoshi, Japan  
 Closing Film : Acacia, PARK Ki Hyung, Korea
 Participated guests : 2,523 people from 44 countries 
 Total audiences : 165,102    
  • 9th PIFF, October 7 - October 15, 2004
 Films screened : Total 262 films from 63 countries 
 Opening Film : 2046, WONG Kar Wei, Hong Kong  
 Closing Film : The Scarlet Letter, Daniel H. BYUN, Korea
 Participated guests : Total 5,638 accredited guests from 50 countries 
 Total audiences : 166,164   
  • 10th PIFF, October 6 - October 14, 2005
 Films screened : 307 films from 73 countries  
 Opening Film : Three Times, HOU Hsiao-Hsien, Taiwan
 Closing Film : Wedding Campaign, HWANG Byeng Gug, Korea 
 Participated guests : 6,088 from 55 countries  
 Total audiences : 192,970   
  • 11th PIFF, October 12 - October 20, 2006
 Films screened : 245 films from 63 countries 
 Opening Film : Traces of Love, Daeseung KIM, Korea  
 Closing Film : Crazy Stone, NING Hao, China/Hong Kong  
 Participated guests :8,321 from 51 countries
 Total audiences : 162,835  
  • 12th PIFF, October 4 - October 12, 2007
 Films Screened: 271 films from 64 countries. 770 screenings. 
 Opening Film : Assembly, FENG Xiaogang, China
 Closing Film : Evangelion 1.0 : You Are (Not) Alone, Kazuya TSURUMAKI/ Hideaki ANNO/ Masayuki, Japan
 Participated guests: 7,361 
 Total audience: 198,603  
  • 13th PIFF, October 2 - October 10, 2008
 Films screened : 315 films from 60 countries 
 Opening Film : The Gift to Stalin, Rustem ABDRASHEV, Russia/Kazakhstan/Israel/Poland 
 Closing Film : I Am Happy, YOON Jong-Chan, Korea
 Participated guests : 9,516
 Total audience : 198,818

14th Festival

The14th festival took place from October 8 - October 16, 2009.

Programmes

The Pusan International Film Festival is organised in various sections:

  • Gala Presentation : Gala Presentation screens master cineastesnew or the year most-talked-about films, or world/international premieres.
  • A Window on Asian Cinema : A showcase of brand new and/or representative films by the talented Asian filmmakers with their diverse point of views and style.
  • New Currents : The only international competition section featuring the first or the second feature films by the future leading directors of Asian cinema.
  • Korean Cinema Today : Selected Korean feature films are shown in two sub-sections Panorama and Vision. These two spectrums will recognize the current production trend of Korean cinema and anticipate its future.
  • Korean Cinema Retrospective : Re-shedding on the history of Korean cinema by spotlighting the films by a certain notable director or a significant theme.
  • World Cinema : A presentation of new works by world renowned filmmakers along with the year best films that will help in understanding of the recent trend in world cinema.
  • Wide Angle : A section dedicated in showing the outstanding short films, animation, documentaries, and experimental films presenting different and distinct vision via broader cinematic viewpoints.
  • Open Cinema : A collection of new films, combining both art and mass popularity, along with internationally acclaimed works, are shown at the unique outdoor screening venue.
  • Flash Forward : Flash Forward is set to discover yet-surfaced cineastes and create buzz among the young film generation. This section is an eclectic collection of first or second films of up-and-coming filmmakers from non-Asian countries.
  • Midnight Passion : Midnight Passion presents films of diverse genres selected for entertaining value from all over the world to meet the audience at night.
  • Special Programs in Focus  : A retrospective and/or a special showcase of films by a certain notable director or genre.

Events

  • Asian Film Market : Launched in 2006 as a comprehensive marketplace for the array of industry events at the Pusan International Film Festival, the Asian Film Market laid down its cornerstone as the new hub of the Asian film industry, organizations and institutes participating from around the world.
    • Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) is a pre-market where promising filmmakers and producers can meet with potential co-producers and financiers and, in turn, investors and co-producers can find a diverse selection of the latest (Asian) projects of top quality. As a dynamic project market focused in Asian cinema, PPP has brought together viable programmes and projects to entice and meet participating film professionals from all over the world for last 11 years.
  • Asian Cinema Fund : The Asian Cinema Fund is a funding program to help activate more independent film productions and to set up a stable production environment. It supports projects in various stages and categories, from script development and post-production to documentary films to discover hidden jewels from future talents. ACF also aims to be a cornerstone in the foundation of a pan-Asian network by providing a meeting place for Asian filmmakers. The 900 million won (approximately 900,000USD) Asian Cinema Fund will be used to provide support to seven projects in script development, five post-productions, and thirteen documentary films.
    • The Script Development Fund is aimed at helping screenwriters complete their script. It will offer an opportunity to make for a more creative and fine-tuned project.
    • The Post-Production Fund is made possible through the enthusiastic support from Korean post-production companies and the Korean Film Council. With this fund, the director is invited to Korea to work on sound and DI with Korean post-production houses. It will help the director complete his or her film in 35mm. With the Post-Production Fund, top-notch technicians from Korean companies will help the project along to a higher level in quality. Furthermore, this fund is expected to be the basis for an Asian network of filmmaking technology.
    • The Asian Network of Documentary Fund was initiated 8 years ago and sponsored by six universities and corporations in the Busan region. As a part of the Pusan International Film Festival, AND holds master classes and clinics to stabilize the environment for documentary productions. It is becoming an important ground for establishing a network for Asian documentaries by helping selected documentaries to be presented at many different showcases from various regions around the world. The Asian Cinema Fund is to help Asian filmmakers realize their visions. It is designed to offer essential and tangible contributions in taking Asian cinema to the next level.
  • Asian Film Academy : Asian Film Academy(AFA) is an educational program where prospective filmmakers and established directors from Asia gather to deliberate and prepare for the future of Asian cinema. Fellows of AFA will share the vision of Asian cinema with prominent filmmakers through its 17 days of program.

Awards

A number of awards are handed out each year, these include,

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New Currents Award

The New Currents Award is given to best feature films selected from works of new Asian Directors in New Currents section

Year Film Director County
1996 In Expectation ZHANG Ming China
1997 Motel Cactus PARK Ki-Yong Korea
1998 Xiao Wu JIA Zhangke China
1999 Timeless Melody Okuhara HIROSHI Japan
2000 The Day I Become a Woman Marziyeh MESHKINI Iran
2001 Flower Island SONG Il-gon Korea
2002 Jealousy Is My Middle Name
The Rite... A Passion
PARK Chan-ok
K.N.T. SASTRY
Korea
India
2003 The Missing
Tiny Snowflakes
LEE Kang-sheng
Alireza AMINI
Taiwan
Iran
2004 This Charming Girl LEE Yun-ki Korea
2005 Grain in Ear ZHANG Lu China
2006 Betelut
Love Conquers All (film)
Heng YANG
Tan Chui Mui
China
Malaysia
2007 Wonderful Town
Life Track
Flower in the Pocket
Aditya ASSARAT
Guang Hao JIN
Liew Seng Tat
Thailand
China/Korea
Malaysia
2008 Land of Scarecrows
Naked of Defenses
ROH Gyeong-tae
Masahide ICHII
Korea
Japan
2009 Kick Off
I'm in Trouble
Shawkat Amin KORKI
SO Sang-Min
Iraq/Japan
Korea

Sonje Award

A KRW 20,000,000 (US $21,000) award given to the Korean and Asian(1996,1997, from 2008) director of the best short film.

Year Film Director County
1996 Arrival of the Train Andrej Sheleznjakov Russia
1997 The Saltman of Tibet Ulrike Koch Switzerland
1998 Lachrymal
Heavy
LIM Chang-jae
PARK Chan-ok
Korea
Korea
1999 28th October 1979, A Sunny Sunday KWON Jong- kwan Korea
2000 Bardo YOON Young-ho Korea
2001 Siam · Hard Romance KIM Jeong-gu Korea
2002 Chapter Two: How to Breathe LEE Hyung-suk Korea
2003 The Spring and the Delight
The Third Tongue
PARK Jung-seon
SON Kwang-ju
Korea
Korea
2004 Punk Eek
Gold Fish
SON Kwang Ju
PARK Shin-woo
Korea
Korea
2005 Tea & Poison
A Bowl of Tea
JOUNG Yong-ju
KIM Young-nam
Korea
Korea
2006 Portfolio
The Wind Stirs
YOON Seongho
LEE Jin-Woo
Korea
Korea
2007 Woong's Story
A Man under the Influenza
LEE Ha Song
JUNG July
Korea
Korea
2008 Andong
Girl
Rommel Tolentini MILO
HONG Sunghoon
Philippines
Korea
2009 Somewhere Unreached
Rare Fish
KIM Jae-won
Basil Vassili MIRONER
Korea
Singapore/Indonesia

Woonpa Award/PIFF Mecenat Award

A KRW 10,000,000 (US $11,000) award given to the best Korean and Asian(from 2008) documentary film directors.

Year Film Director County
1996 Echoing In My Being JEON soo-il Korea
1997 The Six Day Fight in Myong Dong Cathedral KIM Dong-Won Korea
1998 Reclaiming Our Names HONG Hyung-sook Korea
1999 My Own Breathing
Mindullae
BYUN Young-Joo
CHOIHA Dong-ha, LEE Jeong-soon
Korea
Korea
2000 Sky-Blue Hometown KIM So-young Korea
2001 Farewell HWANG Yun Korea
2002 On the Right Track
Mudang-Reconciliation between the Living and the Dead
LEE Ji-young
PARK Ki-bok
Korea
Korea
2003 And Thereafter LEE Ho-sup Korea
2004 What Do People Live For? LEE Jeong-soon Korea
2005 Coreen 2495
Annyoung Sayonara
HA Joon-so
KIM Tae-il, Kato KUMIKO
Korea
Korea
2006 Our School
People Crossing the River
KIM Myungjun
KIM Duk-Chul
Korea
Korea
2007 Grandmother' flower MOON Jung-Hyun Korea
2008 Mental
Old Partner
Kazuhiro SODA
LEE Chung Ryoul
Japan
Korea
2009 Earth's Woman
The Other Song
KWON WooJung
Saba DEWAN
Korea
India

Fipresci Award

Given by the Association of Internal Film Press from the entries in the New Currents section.

Year Film Director County
1997 Made in Hong Kong Fruit CHAN Hong Kong
1998 Ikinai HIROSHI Shimizu Japan
1999 The Cup Khyentse NORBU Bhutan
2000 Sunflower Yukisada ISAO Japan
2001 Flower Island
One Fine Spring Day
SONG Il-gon
HUR Jin-ho
Korea
Korea
2002 Too Young to Die PARK Jin-pyo Korea
2003 Deep Breath Parviz SHAHBAZI Iran
2004 Soap Opera WU Er-shan China
2005 The Unforgiven YOON Jong-bin Korea
2006 Love Conquers All (film) Tan Chui Mui Malaysia
2007 The Red Awn Shangjun CAI China
2008 Jalainur Ye ZHAO China
2009 Kick Off Shawkat Amin KORKI Iraq/Japan

NETPAC Award

Awarded to the best Korean film from either New Currents and Korean Cinema Today sections

Year Film Director County
1996 Three Friends YIM Soon-rye Korea
1997 Timeless, Bottomless, Bad Movie JANG Sun-woo Korea
1998 The Power of Kangwon Province HONG Sang-soo Korea
1999 The Bird Who Stops in the Air JEON Soo-il Korea
2000 Chunhyang IM Kwon-taek Korea
2001 Take Care of My Cat JEONG Jae-eun Korea
2002 Road Movie KIM In-sik Korea
2003 Untold Scandal E J-yong Korea
2004 3-Iron KIM Ki-duk Korea
2005 The Unforgiven YOON Jong-bin Korea
2006 The Last Dining Table ROH Gyeong Tae Korea
2007 Hello Stranger
With a Girl of Black Soil
KIM Dong-Hyun
JEON Soo-il
Korea
Korea
2008 Members of the Funeral
Treeless Mountain
BAEK Seung-bin
KIM So Yong
Korea
Korea
2009 Paju PARK Chan Ok Korea

PSB/KNN Award(Audience Award)

Awarded by the KNN Foundation to a film from the New Currents section selected by audiences with a $20,000 award for the director.

Year Film Director County
1998 April Story IWAI Shunji Japan
1999 Gemini Shinya TSUKAMOTO Japan
2000 Die Bad RYOO Seung-wan Korea
2001 Flower Island SONG Il-gon Korea
2002 Too Young to Die PARK Jin-pyo Korea
2003 The Road Taken
Osama
HONG Ki-sun
Sedigh BARMAK
Korea
Afghanistan/Iran
2004 Survive Style 5+ SEKIGUCHI Gen Japan
2005 The Unforgiven YOON Jong-bin Korea
2006 The White Silk Dress Huynh LUU Vietnam
2007 Flower in the Pocket Liew Seng Tat Malaysia
2008 100 Chris MARTINEZ Philippines
2009 Lan JIANG Wenli China

Korean Cinema Award

given to the individuals who have made outstanding contributions in promoting Korean Cinema to the World Film Community

Year Name County
1996 Adriano APRA
Tony RAYNS
Alain JALLADEAU
Ulrich GREGOR
Larry KADISH
Ancha FLUBACHER-RHIM
Simon FIELD
Italy
UK
France
Germany
USA
Switzerland
UK
1997 Aruna VASUDEV
SATO Tadao
India
Japan
1998 Gilles JACOB
Moritz de HADELN
France
Germany
1999 Serge LOSIQUE
LEE Young-il
Canada
Korea
2000 Martin & Anna Louisa GIROD Switzerland
2001 Eva ZAORALOVA Czech Republic
2002 Alain PATEL France
2003 PARK Byoung-yang
LEE Bong-ou
Japan
Japan
2004 YANO Kazuyki
Phillip CHEAH
Japan
Singapore
2005 Dieter KOSSLICK
Thierry FREMAUX
Germany
France
2006 Martial KNAEBELL
TERAWAKI Ken
Switzerland
Japan
2007 Sabrina BARACETTI
Jean-Francois RAUGER
Italy
France
2008 Richard PENA USA

The Asian Filmmaker of the Year

given to an Asian filmmaker with the most outstanding activity in improving and developing of Asian Film Industry and Culture

Year Name County
2003 Mohsen MAKHMALBAF Iran
2004 HOU Hsiao-Hsien Taiwan
2005 NHK Japan
2006 Andy LAU Hong Kong
2007 The late Edward YANG Taiwan
2008 Gulnara SARSENOVA Kazakhstan
2009 Yash CHOPRA India [1]

References

See also

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Simple English

PIFF(Pusan International Film Festival)

Pusan International Film Festival(PIFF) is one of the biggest film festival that hold in Busan, South Korea, East Asia. Busan is the second capital city of korea with about 3 millions of population. Although the name of Pusan changed to Busan, festival committee didn't change its name to keep PIFF's authority. Every year, millions of people participate in this festival. because, people can see so many types of movies and they can see top movie star in korea, like Jang donggun or Won bin. also, It is first international film festival in korea. Since 1996 to 2008, it had held 13 times annually. and 14th PIFF will be held on October, 2009.

PIFF promotes international image of culture and art's city Busan. and it helps Korean movies be known to world movie market. also it appeares as energy that advances circumstance of making and supply. and it gives variety movies over the world so people can see the trend of world movie. At the same time, it finds talented movie directors and great movies. In 1999, PIFF committee established Pusan Promotion Plan(PPP) to support new director and to fund sources. moreover, its' the greatest point is that PIFF appeals to young people that can stimulate talented young to be director. Through these, PIFF can be told that it offer the new vision of Asian movie and promote movie market.

Overview

“PIFF, the Largest Film Festivity in Asia, will open in October 8th, 2009!”

1. Official Name: Pusan International Film Festival

2. Category: Non-competitive

3. Dates: October 8th(Thurs) - 16th (Fri), 2009 (9 days)

4. Venues: Screening Venues in Haeundae, PIFF Square in Nampo-dong, PIFF Village in Haeundae (TBC)

5. Number of Screening Venues: approx. 37 screens in Haeundae and Nampo-dong (TBC)

6. Number of Screening Films: around 300 from 60 countries (TBC)

7. Participating Guests: over 10,000 from 55 countries (TBC)

8. Expected Number of Visitors: over 200,000

9. Hosted by Pusan International Film Festival Organization Committee

10. Supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism / Metropolitan City of Busan

Program Details

Gala Presentation

Gala Presentation screens master cineaste’s new or the year most-talked-about films, or world/international premieres

A Window on Asian Cinema

A showcase of brand new and/or representative films by the talented Asian filmmakers with their diverse point of views and style

New Currents

The only international competition section featuring the first or the second feature films by the future leading directors of Asian cinema

World Cinema

A presentation of new works by world renowned filmmakers along with the year best films that will help in understanding of the recent trend in world cinema.

Korean Cinema Today

This section presents the year’s best features by Korean directors, introducing the current trend of Korean cinema

Korean Cinema Retrospective

Re-shedding on the history of Korean cinema by spotlighting the films by a certain notable director or a significant theme

Wide Angle

A section dedicated in showing the outstanding short films, animation, documentaries, and experimental films presenting different and distinct vision via broader cinematic viewpoints

Open Cinema

A collection of new films, combining both art and mass popularity, along with internationally acclaimed works, are shown at the unique outdoor screening venue

Flash Forward

Flash Forward is set to discover yet-surfaced cineastes and create buzz among the young film generation. This section is an eclectic collection of first or second films of up-and-coming filmmakers from non-Asian countries.

Special Programs in Focus

A retrospective and/or a special showcase of films by a certain notable director or genre.

Midnight Passion

Midnight Passion presents horror, sci-fi, and cult films selected for entertaining value from all over the world to meet the audience at night.

Awards

New Currents Award

This year’s New Currents Award is given to two best feature films selected from works of new Asian directors in New Currents section, the only competitive section of PIFF. The jury consisted of world-famous film experts will choose winner with the hopes to encourage continuous endeavor of discovering hidden jewels of Asian cinema, and US$30000 will be awarded to each film.

The Asian Filmmaker of the Year

This award is given to those who made important contribution to the advancement of Asian cinema during the year.

Korean Cinema Award

This award is presented to the individuals who have made outstanding contributions in promoting Korean cinema to the world film community.

Sonje Award

This award is given to the best Korean and Asian short films in Wide Angle section, to assist in producing another masterpiece by providing KRW 10,000,000 (approx. $10,000) for each director.

PIFF Mecenat Award

First introduced in this year, PIFF Mecenat Award is granted to the best Korean and Asian documentary films from Wide Angle section. A cash award of 10,000,000 KRW (approx. $10,000) is given to the each director for the purpose of assisting in the best production.

FIPRESCI Award

FIPRESCI Award (Prize of the International Film Critics) is granted annually at PIFF to a work among rising Asian directors including New Currents section for its experimental and progressive spirit.

Netpac Award

This award is given to the year’s best Korean film from either New Currents or Korean Cinema Today sections. NETPAC is an international organization founded in 1990 that is devoted to expansion of Asian film distribution and screening.

KNN Award

Voted by the audiences during the festival, this award is presented by KNN foundation to the most popular film from New Currents section. US$ 20,000 is awarded to its director.


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