Curtains Close On the 28th Busan International Film Festival

Despite a turbulent summer, the 28th Busan International Film Festival concluded yesterday after its 10-day run showcasing an impressive array of cinematic talent worldwide.

The cumulative number of attendees for the various segments of the festival was as follows:

  • Film Festival: 142,432 individuals (with an estimated occupancy of approximately 82%)
  • Community BIFF: 11,092 participants (with an occupancy rate of 79.4%)
  • BIFF Everywhere: 8,228 attendees

This year, the festival awarded various accolades to outstanding films and industry professionals, recognizing their contributions to the world of cinema.

Among the notable winners were:

  • New Currents Award 1: “The Wrestler” by Iqbal H. Chowdhury (Bangladesh/Canada)
  • New Currents Award 2: “September 1923” by Mori Tatsuya (Japan)
  • Kim Ji Seok Award 1: “Paradise” by Prasanna Vithanage (Sri Lanka/India)
  • Kim Ji Seok Award 2: “Bride Kidnapping” by Mirlan Abdykalykov (Krygyzstan)
  • Actor of the Year: Jang Sung-bum (Korea)
  • Actress of the Year: Oh Minae (Korea)
  • FIPRESCI Award: “That Summer’s Lie” by SOHN Hyun-lok (Korea)
  • NETPAC Award: “Solids by the Seashore” by Patiparn BOONTARIG (Thailand)
  • LG OLED New Currents Award: “Solids by the Seashore” by Patiparn BOONTARIG (Thailand)
  • LG OLED Vision Award: “The Berefts” by Jeong Beom, HUR Jang (Korea)
  • DGK PLUS M Award: “Work to Do” by PARK Hong-jun (Korea), “Isle of Snakes” by Eu-min KIM (Korea)
  • CGV Award: “Concerning My Daughter” by LEE Mirang (Korea)
  • KBS Independent Film Award: “House of the Seasons” by OH Jung-min (Korea)
  • CGK Award: “House of the Seasons” by Cinematographer LEE Jinkeun (Korea)
  • Critic b Award: “Last Summer” by CHOI Seung-woo (Korea)
  • Aurora Media Award: “House of the Seasons” by OH Jung-min (Korea)
  • Citizen Critics’ Award: “The Berefts” by Jeong Beom, HUR Jang (Korea)
  • Busan Cinephile Award: “Yellow Door: ‘90s Lo-fi Film Club” by LEE Hyuk-rae (Korea)
  • The Choon-yun Award: KIM Ji-yeon (Korea)

The festival also emphasized its commitment to fostering talent through various programs like the Asian Film Academy, Asia Contents Awards & Global OTT Awards, and the Asian Contents & Film Market (ACFM).

These initiatives facilitated the exchange of ideas and supported emerging filmmakers in their cinematic endeavors, making the event a resounding success.

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