[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/09/17,
KoBiz examines the historical truth behind four popular period films, watch the animated short "Deer Flower" for free on Modern Korean Cinema, the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) announces its lineup for next month, and Korean films fall short fail at the 74th Venice International Film Festival,...More
Busan Film Festival Ends Row with Host City 2016/05/10, Source,
Actress Kang Soo-yeon and Busan Mayor Suh Byung-soo clap after appointing a new head for the Busan International Film Festival in Busan on Monday.
The Busan International Film Festival and its host city reached on Monday ended a bitter dispute over the event's independence that threatened to result in a massive boycott this year. Busan Mayor Suh Byung-soo, a thorn in the side of filmmakers since he tried to ban the screening of a controversial film, will finally resign as chief organizer and make way for Kim Dong-ho, an honorary executive director of the festival,...More
Jeonju Int'l Film Fest Opens 2015/05/01, Source,
The 16th Jeonju International Film Festival kicked off on Thursday for a season of 200 films from 47 countries until May 9. The JIFF is less commercial than the Busan International Film Festival in the fall, and features more independent films,...More
Im Kwon-taek, will he go to Cannes? 2014/02/06, Source,
Hit maker Im Kwon-taek is aiming for Cannes again. His 102nd movie "Revivre" is in the process of the making and it looks like he's going with submitting it to the 67th Cannes International Film Festival. Director Im will complete all production in March.
A filmmaker claims, "Cannes is very interested in what director Im has in store. We are working hard for the production of the movie",...More
'Creativity is key to promoting Korean image overseas' 2011/12/02, Source, By Do Je-hae
Over the last four decades, the Korea Culture and Information Service (KOCIS) has engaged in various endeavors to promote Korean culture and traditions overseas. KOCIS, an affiliate of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, is running 24 offices abroad.
Demand for the services of overseas Korean centers is increasing, particularly in light of the sweeping success of "hallyu" or the Korean wave.
A key ingredient in the successful overseas promotion of Korea is the creative mindset and active involvement of people who run such centers, according to a veteran culture official and film expert. Kim Dong-ho, the founding director the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), is one of the most familiar faces in the Korean film industry,...More
Honorary Busan fest chief Kim Dong-ho to make directorial debut 2011/11/16, Source,
Honorary Festival Director of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) Kim Dong-ho is set to make his short film directorial debut with the Opening Film for next year's Asiana International Film Festival (AISFF). Yonhap News Agency reports AISFF has revealed that Kim will be directing the short film for the festival's 10th anniversary edition,...More
Korean Movies Go Global 2011/10/28, Source, On October 21st, a meaningful gathering among members of the Korean movie industry took place.
[SOV] [Interview : ] "I hereby declare the launch of the Council for Development of Korean Movies, which will create ideal conditions needed to develop Korean cinema".
High-ranking officials from the government and the industry gathered to launch a council to further promote Korean movies around the world,...More
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
Pan-Asian youth film school opens in Busan 2011/10/03, Source,
A film academy inviting young aspiring filmmakers from across Asia began last week ahead of the opening Thursday of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF). The Asian Film Academy (AFA) opened for the seventh time Thursday as part of the country's largest cinema event. This year's installment has invited 24 men and women from 17 countries to take part in workshops, master classes, mentoring sessions and other educational initiatives,...More
Busan promises more cinematic fun 2011/09/15, Source,
The Busan Film Center, the newly constructed main venue of the 16th Busan (formerly Pusan) International Film Festival (BIFF), opens Sept. 28. Asia's largest cinema showcase opens from Oct. 6 to 14 in the southern port city. (Yonhap)
Festival finds new niche at Busan Film Center
Standing tall and wide, and at an odd angle like an upside pyramid, the Busan Film Center in Haeundae Centum City is hard to miss,...More
Korean Film Night lights up Cannes 2011/05/18, Source, by KOFIC
The Korean Film Council in joint with the Busan International Film Festival, Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival and Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism opened a "Korean Film Night" on May 16 at 9pm during the 64th Cannes Film Festival.
The three-hour event was much more vibrant than previous years, with a total 540 guests including directors, actors, programmers of major international film festivals and film distributors, including director Bong Joon-ho, the president of Camera d'Or jury and director Lee Chang-dong, the co-president of Critic's Week jury at Cannes this year,...More
Korean cineastes sweep Asian Film Awards 2011/03/22, Source,
From left, actor Ha Jung-woo, the winner of Best Actor award, Youn Yuh-jung, the winner of Best Supporting Actress award, and director Lee Chang-dong, the winner of Best Director award, pose with their trophies at the Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong, Monday. / AP-Yonhap By Lee Hyo-won
HONG KONG ― South Korean cineastes shone at the Asian Film Awards Monday, winning Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Editing.
The fifth edition of the awards, held in conjunction with the Hong Kong International Film Festival, featured a tough competition among some of the most renowned Asian cineastes and the red carpet event beamed brighter than ever with the attendance of top stars. Yet it was marked by many absences in the aftermath of the disastrous earthquakes in Japan, and ovations were respectful rather than enthusiastic,...More
Im Kwon-taek: directing beyond his years 2011/03/15, Source, Im Kwon-taek poses for the camera in Seoul, Monday, before sitting down for an interview to speak about "Hanji". In his 101st film, the 75-year-old director captures the beauty of Korean traditional paper, "Hanji", and also poses questions about protecting artistic heritage. / Korea Times photos by Shim Hyun-chul
Im's 101st film explores madness in the mundane. "Why do people have to become crazy about preserving (things just because they're old)? But I wanted to show that we are losing something valuable right here, right now",...More
[PHOTO] Han Ji-hye speaks at PIFF's Soiree Francaise 2010/10/11, Source, Han Ji-hye [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Actress Han Ji-hye speaks at the annual Soiree Francaise of the ongoing 15th Pusan International Film Festival at the Hanundae Grand Hotel in Busan, South Korea on October 8, 2010. She was appointed publicity ambassador for Cinefrance, a program through which the French cultural center in Korea promotes French cinema,...More
[PIFF] PIFF jury has eyes set on challenge takers 2010/10/09, Source,
Japanese costume designer Wada Emi speaks at the press conference at the Haeundae Grand Hotel in Busan, South Korea on October 8, 2010. [PIFF]
The Pusan International Film Festival's main competition New Currents section may only recognize new Asian directors but its jury has its eyes set on the more challenging films.
"How challenging the films are given the long history of movies will be the main focus since they'll influence later works", said Emmy-award winning costume designer Wada Emi, also heading the jury, at a press conference in Korea's second largest city Busan on Friday,...More
[PIFF] Hoping that moment will be about Busan 2010/10/08, Source,
Actor Won Bin, actress Kim Sae-ron and director Lee Jeong-beom of film "The Man From Nowhere" walk the red carpet of the opening ceremony for the 15th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) in Busan, South Korea on October 7, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Second visit to Busan and first time covering the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF). It is experience that is embarrassing to even be considered short. But instead feeling discouraged by the Busan natives and reporters who cover PIFF every year, the fireworks which went off at the start of the festival were watched with ease and excitement. It was probably from the anticipation felt from getting to meet directly with actors and directors who turned up at the show with their films as precious as their own child, and the satisfaction felt from being amongst the huge crowd seated at the venue,...More
Pusan and Vietnam film festivals sign MOU 2010/06/08, Source, The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) has forged a partnership with the Vietnam International Film Festival, which will inaugurate its first edition this October, for greater film collaboration across Asia.
The two festivals signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on May 15th, at the,...More
PIFF to Produce Omnibus Celebrating Pusan 2009/10/22, Source, Pusan Int'l Film Festival's (PIFF) executive chairman Kim Dong-ho announced the launch of a US $1.3 million omnibus project to capture the sights, sounds and spirit and of the festival's namesake city Busan. Three filmmakers from South Korea,,...More
Busan - The 14th edition of the Pusan (Busan) International Film Fstival (PIFF) kicked off Thursday with glitz and glam. Some 150 star cineastes and VIP guests walked the red carpet, sizzling up the cool autumn evening at the seaside resort.
The Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF) will open its 14th edition with a star-studded local drama, organizers announced Tuesday, spotlighting the recovery of the South Korean movie industry.
The leading Asian event from Oct. 8 to 16 in the southern,...More
Busan to host 'Cultural Content Industry Forum of Korea-Japan-China' 2009/09/07, Source, Vice ministerial delegation and experts of 4 genres from Korea, Japan and China to join the forum in droves from Sept. 2 to 4
Information exchanges on the content industry, development of cooperation projects, and adoption of agreement scheduled to be conducted
Master Classes to be held with the,...More
The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the Korean Peninsula is one of the most heavily armed areas in the world. But it is also a unique hot spot for both tourism and,...More
Asian Film Market and Marché du Film Join Forces 2009/07/16, Source, The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF)'s Asian Film Market and Cannes' Marché du Film have finalized an agreement to cooperate in online networking this year. The pact includes building an independent catalogue consisting of information on Asian Film Market 2009 participants and films in Cinan,...More
Two RP Films Win in Pusan Int'l Film Festival 2008/10/12, Source, Two Filipino films, winners in this yea's Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, topped the 13th Pusan International Film Festival in South Korea. which featured 315 films from 60 countries before wrapping up its nine-day run on Oct. 10 in the southeastern port city of Busan.
The 13th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) closed Friday with the premiere of the South Korean film "I Am Happy" directed by,...More
PIFF's KIM Dong-ho awarded 2008/10/10, Source, Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) disclosed that PIFF director Kim Dong-ho received the Nielsen Impact Award, an annual award in recognition of contributions to entertainment media by the Nielsen Company which includes the Hollywood Repo,...More
Curtain falls on Pusan film fest 2008/10/09, Source, The 13th Pusan International Film Festival, which featured 315 films from 60 countries, will wrap up its nine-day run today in the southeastern port city of Busan with the closing film "I Am Happy", directed by Korean filmmaker,...More
BUSAN ― The star-studded jury of New Currents, the unique competition section of the 13th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF), met with the press Friday to discuss the competition's aim to promote Asian cinema and in particular rising young direc,...More
BUSAN _ The 13th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF) kicked off Thursday evening with the world premiere of "The Gift to Stalin" in this southern port city. It is Asia's largest cinema event, featuring a record number of 315 films from 60 countries inc,...More
Asia Pacific Screen Awards Winners Announced 2007/11/14, Source, Winners in the inaugural Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the region's highest accolade in film in 2007, were announced tonight at a special ceremony on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Over 500 film industry luminaries from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the United States attended the ceremon,...More
The 12th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) drew to a close on Friday night (Oct. 5, 2007), with crowds gathering at the Busan Yachting Center to watch the closing movie, an outdoor screening of Hideaki Anno's "E,...More
BUSAN _ As Asia's leading film festival, the 12th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF) pays special tribute to its Filmmaker of the Year, the late Taiwanese director Edward Yang, completing its first posthumous award with a retrospective, seminar and han,...More
BUSAN _ The Korean Peninsula is sizzling up with not one but two hot spots. Deep south in Korea's largest port city, the 12th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF) turned into a cinephile's playground as the festive opening event unrolled Thursday night.,...More
Assembly is the latest film from Feng, who gained nation-wide fame in China after making such films as "The Banquet", "A World Without Thieves", and "A S,...More
2007 PIFF goes 'Beyond Frame' 2007/10/03, Source, The 12th Pusan International Film Festival will kick off tomorrow in the southeastern port city, featuring 274 films from 64 countries with its focus placed on rediscovering and promoting Asian cinema.
"PIFF is widely regarded as Asia's most important film festival, and I personally feel the impa,...More
This year's PIFF to feature record 274 films 2007/09/13, Source, The 12th Busan International Film Festival will kick off on Oct. 4, featuring a record 274 films from 64 countries, along with gala events in the southeastern port city that is now solidifying its position as the hub of Asian cinema.
"This year, PIFF will focus on helping Asian films play a bigge,...More
The Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF) has launched the Asia Cinema Fund, a program to support independent film projects, the festival's organizing committee announced Tuesday at a Seoul hotel. PIFF, Korea's most celebrated cinematic event, will hold i,...More
"Gift" Invited to Bangkok Film Festival 2007/07/16, Source, Director Lee In-ui's movie "Gift" and Lee Dang-yeob's film "J, A Photographer In A Strange Village" have been invited to compete at the 2007 Bangkok International Film Festival, which opens July 19.
In the non-competition section, invited Korean movies include ",...More
Top Korean fashion designer Andre Kim gave recognition to Korea's most beautiful and popular stars during his 2007 Best Star Awards at the Grand Hyatt Hotel,...More
Busan Shapes Up as Another Hong Kong 2006/12/04, Source, "It feels like I'm in Hollywood" "This is such a fabulous city that it can compete with the world's top class cities". These are just some of the compliments hotel staff and public officials in Busan heard from ethnic Korean businesspeople from around the world who were in the southern port city for,...More
Korea drama fest kicks off today 2006/10/26, Source, The first Korea Drama Festival kicks off its four-day run today in the southern city of Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province, with a number of Korean TV stars attending the event.
Malaysian director Chui Mui Tan's debut film "Love Will Conquer All" and Chinese director Yang Heng's "Betelnut" won the New Currents award yesterday, the top prize in the sole competition section of the 11th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF).
We travel to the southern port city of Busan, to get the latest from the on-going film festival.
Our Son Heekyung tells us a new project called "Asian Film Market" has officially kicked off its 4-day run, hoping to help the Korean film industry boost sales to other Asian countries,...More
Celebrations Mark Eve of PIFF Kickoff 2006/10/11, Source, It is the eve of one of Asia's biggest film events -- the annual Pusan International Film Festival.
We go live now to Busan, where our Son Heekyung is standing by to tell us about what's happening down there.
AHN CHAK-HEE, ANCHOR: Hello Heekyung.
SON HEEKYUNG, REPORTER: Hello Chakhee.
PIFF Plans New Project to Advance Its Global Status 2006/09/26, Source, Just two weeks to go until the Pusan International Film Festival, otherwise known as PIFF.
Besides the lineup of new movies from around the world, the head of the festival's organizing committee says PIFF is launching a new project this year, aimed at bringing Asian cultures and movies industries t,...More
11th PIFF Announces Line-Up 2006/09/21, Source, Last week in Seoul at an unusually crowded press conference, Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) director Kim Dong-ho and his team, presented an impressive line-up of premieres, programs, and celebrity events, all to take place during its,...More
The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) celebrated its 10th anniversary with gala events last year. It has become one of the most influential and important film festivals in Asia in the past 10 years, but the festival director says they still have a long way t,...More
PIFF to continue growing with film market 2006/09/14, Source, An Asian Film Market, a four-day full-scale market covering financing, production, post-production and sales of Asian films, will be launched at this year's Pusan International Film Festival.
The festival's organizing committee hosted a press conference at the Convention and Exhibition Center of,...More
Some 400 people including the chief of the festival's organizing committee attended Sunday the event hosted by South Korea's Busan International Film Festival and the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion,...More
Kim Dong-ho, festival director of the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), has been selected as a member of the executive committee at the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF). ,...More
Culture Ministry Honors PIFF 2005/12/26, Source, Kim Dong-ho, director of the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), along with four other PIFF chief staff members will be decorated tomorrow by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism for their contributions to the local movie industry.
KOFIC to attend South African film market 2005/11/16, Source, The Korean Film Council, in partnership with the Korean Embassy of South Africa, will for the first time operate a promotion center at the Sithengi Film & Television Market in Cape Town, South Africa.
Held fromNovember 15-18 at the same time as the Cape Town World Cinema Festival, the Sithengi ma,...More
PIFF aims high in its 10th year 2005/10/06, Source, Busan, Korea's biggest port city, will see more celebrities of the world's film industry than ever during the 10th annual Pusan International Film Festival, which kicks off a nine-day-run tonight in its beautiful sea village of Haeundae and downtown Nampo-dong.
When the nation's first international film festival was envisioned in Pusan, few expected it to be as big as it is now. With a relatively brief history of 10 years, it has grown into Asia's bigges,...More
The biggest port city in the nation will throw its biggest party for moviegoers yet as the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) will celebrate its 10th edition with special programs and events next month.
"This year's event will be especially dedicated to Pu,...More
Kim yesterday said that the festival will take place at the Warner Vil,...More
10th PIFF focuses on nurturing Asia filmmakers 2005/06/09, Source, The Pusan International Film Festival from Oct. 6-14 will feature notable Asian classic movies and launch a forward-looking education program for aspiring Asian filmmakers to mark the 10th anniversary.
"This year, PIFF will make every effort to show its gratitude for Korean and Asian fans who sup,...More
Pusan Film Fest to Launch Asian Film Academy 2005/06/08, Source, Seoul (Yonhap) _ Organizers of the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) said Tuesday they will start a film academy for Asia's promising cinematic students as part of a catalogue of events marking the 10th anniversary of the festival this fall.
Twenty-eight students will be chosen annually ah,...More
When Pusan planned to hold the nation's first international film festival in 1995, no one really expected the annual event to survive. But the festival, which takes place every October, is ready to celebrate a successful 10-year run and is preparing to fly higher t,...More
Time Asia Selects PIFF as Asia's Best Film Fest 2004/11/18, Source, The Asian edition of Time Magazine has selected the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) as the best film festival in Asia.
The Nov. 22 edition of Time Asia Magazine ranked the PIFF as the best film festival in its Best of Asia 2004 report.
Time Magazine selected Asia's best in three secti,...More
Pusan film fest gains growing influence 2004/10/16, Source, The Pusan International Film Festival wrapped up its nine-day run yesterday, confirming its growing popularity among movie buffs in Korea and Asia.
The much-celebrated annual film festival featured 266 movies from 63 countries, a lineup that has set a new record in its nine-year history. A horde o,...More
PUSAN - The domestic film "Yoja, Chonghye" ("This Charming Girl") received the New Currents award, the top prize for young and up-and-coming Asian filmmakers, at the ninth Pusan International Film F,...More
Kim Dong-ho, the festival director for PIFF, was about 30 minutes late for a breakfast meeting with other film festival directors yesterday, which was originally set at 8. "I got up relatively late this morni,...More
The role of the Pusan International Film Festival in the local and international film markets has been growing in its size and scope since its inception in 1996. The director of the festival, who has led it from the very beginning, is still as passionate about his,...More
Pusan film fest pursues cinema diversity 2004/10/05, Source, The Pusan International Film Festival will kick off its much-touted nine-day run Thursday, featuring 266 films from 63 countries - the most in the festival's nine-year history.
Organizers said they have put much emphasis on the diversity in international cinema, screening more works from Africa, L,...More
In a year when major European festivals have gone Hollywood in a big way, the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), Asia's biggest cinema event, will continue to go the other direction, emphasizing the diversity in international cinema more than in previous years,...More
The Story of One City 9404 ("Han Dosi Iyagi 9404"), which gathers together photographs, video footage, and sounds recorded on June 9,,...More
Korean Films Bookend Udine Film Fest 2004/04/27, Source, By Paolo Bertolin
UDINE, Italy - Udine, a small town in North Eastern Italy, has fast become the capital of East Asian cinema in the West. The sixth Far East Film Festival (FEFF), the biggest film festival promoting knowledge and appreciation of Asian popular cinema outside,...More
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