A new era for Asia's biggest film festival 2011/10/20, Source,
'We want to be able to strike that delicate balance between showing something new and being accessible'. -Kim Ji-seok
The opening ceremony for the 16th annual Busan International Film Festival was held in the outdoor venue in front of the new Busan Cinema Center in Haeundae District, Busan. [YONHAP]
BUSAN - When a small film festival opened at an outdoor market in Nampo-dong, Busan, during the mid-90s, few expected it to make a mark in the industry amid more prominent competition in Asia. Back then, the Asian festival circuit was based mostly on two strongholds - the Tokyo International Film Festival, located in the second-biggest film market on the globe, and the Hong Kong International Film Festival, located in the world's fastest-growing film market. Coming almost 10 years after Tokyo and 20 years after Hong Kong, the Busan festival was challenged not only because of these bigger events but also because of the insignificant size of the Korean film industry. Back then, Korean films made up less than a quarter of screenings, even at the local box office,...More
Red carpet rolls out for this year's Busan fest 2011/10/07, Source,
BUSAN - Asia's largest film festival rolls out the red carpet at its stunning new $140 million home yesterday, hoping a parade of stars will usher in a new era for cinema in the region.
"Today is a day of great meaning and significance", said Korean director Song Il-gon, whose romance "Always" was chosen to open the 16th edition of the Busan International Film Festival. "Busan has long played an important role in Korean cinema and in Asian cinema and it now has a building of significance that reflects that role. This is a landmark for cinema".,...More
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