Korea-Czech ties strengthening through cinema 2011/10/12, Source,
Julietta Sichel, right, former program director of the Czech Republic's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, poses with veteran director Kim Kee-duk, left, after accepting the Korean Cinema Award during the 16th Busan International Film Festival, Oct. 7. / Courtesy of BIFF
Former Karlovy Vary Fest programmer receives award By Lee Hyo-won BUSAN - Arts and entertainment have the power to bridge distant cultures, and Korea has been enjoying creative exchanges with the Czech Republic. The 2005 television series "Lovers in Prague" starring Jeon Do-yeon popularized tour packages to the Central European country, while earlier this month the National Theatre Prague saw its international premiere of "The Makropulos Case" in Seoul. Contemporary Korean art exhibitions also drew crowds at the Prague National Gallery recently,...More
Largest ever Korean Film Night at Busan 2011/10/10, Source,
The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) held a booming Korean Film Night reception at the 16th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) on Sunday night (Oct 9) at the Paradise Hotel in Haeundae. The governmental organization estimates about 700 guests came to the reception, making it the largest it has thrown yet,...More
Busan film festival opens to star-studded fanfare, Always 2011/10/07, Source, By KOFIC Staff
Despite some concern over construction delays at the Busan Cinema Center, the 16th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has opened at the new dedicated venue on schedule and with a galaxy of local and international stars on the red carpet. The festival opened Oct. 6 with the world premiere of Song Il-gon's ill-fated love story Always, starring So Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo.
The film had sold out in seven seconds and the director and his stars were greeted with huge cheers as they stepped onto the Busan Cinema Center's red carpet with festival director LEE Yong Kwan. Song declared, "This is a great honor in my life",...More
Actress duo hosts open new chapter for BIFF 2011/10/07, Source,
BUSAN ― The 16th Busan International Film Festival made sure Thursday's opening gala showed that Asia's largest cinema event was beginning a new chapter.
Not only does the festival assume a new name, with the outdated Romanization "Pusan" changed to "Busan" ― but this year's event will be the first to be headed by Lee Yong-kwan after founding director Kim Dong-ho stepped down. Both men took part in the event, alongside Busan Mayor and festival chairman Hur Nam-sik,...More
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