Busan International Film Festival 2018 To Kick Off on October 4th

Busan International Film Festival 2018 To Kick Off on October 4th

The most-anticipated film festival in Asia will feature a total of 324 films for a span of 10 days.

Busan International Film Festival 2018 Poster (center). Image credit:  BIFF

Busan International Film Festival 2018 Poster (center). Image credit: BIFF

The Rundown

  • Busan International Film Festival 2018 will have a 10-day run from October 4-13, 2018.

  • Over 324 films from 79 countries will be played on the big screen.

  • There will be a total of 140 movie premieres comprising of feature and short films, making this year’s Busan International Film Festival a grand platform for the industry.

  • Screening venues for the Busan International Film Festival 2018 include Busan Cinema Center, LOTTE CINEMA Centum City, CGV Centum City, MEGABOX Haeundae, and Dongseo University Sohyang Theater.

  • For your convenience, booking links for the film fest as well as other local experiences you must not miss are provided below.

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Busan International Film Festival

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

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

Beginning October 4, 2018, Busan will once again open its doors to notable and upcoming film practitioners from over 79 countries. International filmmakers are set to share their work on this 10-day event, with major screenings to take place 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 starring Lee Na Yeong will open the Busan International Film Festival 2018, while Master Z: Ip Man Legacy will be the fest’s closing flick.

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy stars Max Zhang, Dave Bautista, and Liu Yan.

This year’s Busan International Film Festival is the event’s 23rd run and will showcase 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.

Busan International Film Festival 2018 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)

Still from the movie ‘Last Order’ (Philippines/Singapore). Screengrab from  Busan International Film Festival

Still from the movie ‘Last Order’ (Philippines/Singapore). Screengrab from Busan International Film Festival

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Recognizing Legends

Ryuichi Sakamoto. Image credit:  Test Pressing

Ryuichi Sakamoto. Image credit: Test Pressing

Busan International Film Festival organizers will also be giving two prestigious awards to master film practitioners this 2018. The highly-coveted awards are the Asian Filmmaker of the Year and Korean Cinema Award.

Ryuichi Sakamoto from Japan, who is a musician, advocate, artist, and producer, is the recipient of Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Filmmaker of the Year award for his great scoring contributions in the industry.

Sakamoto Ryuichi has been recently presenting beautiful music... that resonates with the film and fascinates all with its delicate melody with a long-lasting message.
— Busan International Film Festival 2018

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

BIFF 2018: Beyond Movies

Image credit:  MyFunFooDiary

Image credit: MyFunFooDiary

Busan International Film Festival is not just about the films. For this year’s run, various events will be held in Nampo-dong to promote cultural participation. Programs and mini-events will take place 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.

The BIFF is also a great platform where filmmakers can interact and have talks of future collaboration. To support this atmosphere, the Korea Manhwa Contents Agency is expected to hold a web-comic pitching, where books and comics from Japan, China, and Korea will have their chance to be made into full-feature films.

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

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

Furthermore, as a way to commemorate films that have met the highest artistic standards and gained a solid audience traction, Busan International Film Festival 2018 will be launching a new section called the Busan Classics. Select movies that have undergone restoration will be played for the delight of film buffs, in the hope to get inspiration for the future of Asian cinema. Busan Classics will revolve 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”.


TIPS!

  • Did you know that Busan is Lonely Planet’s Best Asian Destination for 2018?

  • Check out our BASICS section, which covers the essential items and info to make your visit to Korea as smooth and fun as possible!

  • Aside from watching movies at the Busan International Film Festival 2018, you may also want to try out various experiences that the locale has to offer. Click on the button below to see Klook’s ready-to-book attractions in Busan:


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