Busan International Film Festival: Dates, Venue, & Travel Info

Busan International Film Festival: Dates, Venue, & Travel Info

Make your way to the film festival in Busan by buying a train pass here.

Busan Cinema Center. Image credit:  Qian Ding  |  CC BY SA 2.0

Busan Cinema Center. Image credit: Qian Ding | CC BY SA 2.0

The Rundown

  • Busan International Film Festival is an annual gathering of filmmakers and practitioners. The event is considered one of the most important in the industry.

  • In recent years, hundreds of movies made by local and foreign filmmakers from 70+ countries were shown for the public’s appreciation.

  • The 2018 run of Busan International Film Festival saw over 140 movie premieres comprising of full-length and short films.

  • If you’re planning a trip to Busan to attend the film festival, make sure to visit Busan Tower to see the coastal city in full view! Check the ticket prices here.

  • Screening venues for the Busan International Film Festival typically include Busan Cinema Center, Lotte Cinema Centum City, CGV Centum City, MEGABOX Haeundae, and Dongseo University Sohyang Theater.

Also read: Seoul to Busan: Train, Flight, & Bus Options


UPDATE

BUSAN TOWER

  • Here are the dates for the Busan International Film Festival in 2019: October 3-12, 2019

  • For up-to-date information on the festival’s venues, movies, screening schedule, ticket prices, and succeeding runs, click below:


What Went Down at Busan International Film Festival 2018

Busan Cinema Center. Image credit:  COOP HIMELB(L)AU

Busan Cinema Center. Image credit: COOP HIMELB(L)AU

On October 4, 2018, Busan opened its doors to notable and upcoming film practitioners from over 79 countries. International filmmakers shared their work on the 10-day event, with major screenings happening at the Busan Cinema Center. The fest is said to be the most significant gathering of industry professionals in Asia, and moviegoers, especially the youth, are expected to attend the grand screenings and premieres. The film Beautiful Days which star Lee Na Yeong opened the Busan International Film Festival 2018, while Master Z: Ip Man Legacy was the event’s closing flick.

As a way to commemorate films that have met the highest artistic standards and gained a solid audience traction, Busan International Film Festival 2018 also launched a new section called the Busan Classics. Select movies that have undergone restoration were played for the delight of film buffs, in the hope to get inspiration for the future of Asian cinema. Busan Classics revolved around the theme: “The Korean Cinema Retrospective — The Pioneer of 1980’s Realism: LEE Jang-ho and Special Program in Focus, Centennial Anniversary of the Philippine Cinema”.

Busan International Film Festival 2018 showcased 140 premieres and over 324 films. Aside from Busan Cinema Center, travelers may catch the movies at the following locations: Busan Cinema Center, LOTTE CINEMA Centum City, CGV Centum City, MEGABOX Haeundae, and Dongseo University Sohyang Theater.

LIST: Busan International Film Festival Movies

Still from the movie ‘More Than Blue’ (Taiwan). Screengrab from  Busan International Film Festival

Still from the movie ‘More Than Blue’ (Taiwan). Screengrab from Busan International Film Festival

Here are some of the films that you can watch at the Busan International Film Festival 2018:

  1. My TYRANO: Together, Forever (Korea, Japan, China)

  2. One Nation One King (France)

  3. More Than Blue (Taiwan)

  4. Summer (Russia)

  5. Penguin Highway (Japan)

  6. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (Spain/Belgium/Portugal/France)

  7. The Third Wife (Vietnam)

  8. Dear My Genius (Korea)

  9. The Dig (United Kingdom)

  10. Loveling (Brazil/Uruguay)

  11. Last Order (Philippines/Singapore)

  12. Fahrenheit 11/9 (United States)

To see the full Busan International Film Festival 2018 screening times and movies available, click on the button below:

Awardees at Busan International Film Festival

Ryuichi Sakamoto. Image credit:  Test Pressing

Ryuichi Sakamoto. Image credit: Test Pressing

As is tradition, Busan International Film Festival 2018 paid tribute and gave two prestigious awards to master film practitioners. The highly-coveted awards presented were the Asian Filmmaker of the Year and Korean Cinema Award.

Sakamoto is a Japanese musician, advocate, artist, and producer and the recipient of Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Filmmaker of the Year award. This is for his great and long-time scoring contributions in the industry.

You can read the profiles of all Busan International Film Festival awardees here.

What to Expect in Busan Film Festival Aside from the Movies

Arc of Busan International Film Festival. Image credit:  MyFunFooDiary

Arc of Busan International Film Festival. Image credit: MyFunFooDiary

Busan International Film Festival is not just about the films. Various events are also held in Nampo-dong to promote cultural participation. Programs and mini-events are also organized for the benefit of locals and tourists alike, with organizations like the Busan Museum of Movies, The Corner Theater, Funnycon, Busan International Kids & Youth Film Festival, and Community Media Foundation helping out to raise engagement and awareness.

Busan International Film Festival 2014. Image credit:  Haps Korea Magazine

Busan International Film Festival 2014. Image credit: Haps Korea Magazine

The Busan Film Festival is also considered a great opportunity where filmmakers can connect and have talks of future collaboration. To support this initiative, the Korea Manhwa Contents Agency usually holds a web-comic pitching to make books and comics from Japan, China, and Korea full-feature films.

For the latest information on future Busan International Film Festival, visit the official website here.


TIPS!


Where to Stay in Busan

To help you with your trip planning, here’s a Busan hotel map display for some accommodation options:

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