Curtains close on 16th Busan International Film Festival

Busan Cinema Center

Busan International Film Festival / source: The Daily Star

The 16th Busan International Film Festival closed on Friday October 14, 2011.

There were a lot of firsts this year. It was the first year that the festival has officially changed its name from Pusan to Busan; it is the first year that Lee Yong-kwan has worked as the festival director, replacing its founding director Kim Dong-ho; it is the first year that the festival has moved into the newly constructed Busan Cinema Center; it is the first year of the Busan Cinema Forum; and it is also the first year that the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO) has been used to house various festival programs.

Needless to say, to be a BIFF award winner this year, the honor was particularly great.

Below is a breakdown of the victors.

New Currents Award
Considered a main prize of BIFF, this award is set at US $30,000 and is given to an up-and-coming director who shows great potential in becoming a world-class director in his or her first or second film.

Niño by Filipino director Loy Arcenas
Mourning by Iranian director Morteza Farshbag

Flash Forward Award
Another main prize of BIFF, this award is given to a non-Asian film director who show great potential in becoming a world-class director in his or her first or second film. The award is also set at US $30,000.

La-Bas: A Criminal Education by Italian director Guido Lombardi (See trailer here)

Sonje Awards
Set at 10 million won or approximately US $10,000 each, the awards are given to the best Asian short films in the Wide Angle section of BIFF.

Thug Beram by Indian director Venkat Amudhan
See You Tomorrow by Korean director Lee Woo-jung

BIFF Mecenat Awards
Set at 10 million won or approximately US $10,000 each, the awards are given to the best Asian documentaries in the Wide Angle section of BIFF.

Sea of Butterfly by Korean director PARK Bae-il
Shoji & Takao by Japanese director IDE Yoko

KNN Movie Award
Sponsored by the Korea New Network (KNN) Foundation, this is an audience award set at US $20,000 that goes to the most popular film in the New Currents section of BIFF.

Watch Indian Circus by Indian director Mangesh Hadawale

FIPRESCI Award
Chosen by the International Federation of Film Critics (or Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique International Federation of Film Critics), this award goes to a progressive film by an up-and-coming Asian director.

Mourning by Iranian director Morteza Farshbaf

NETPAC Award
Chosen by the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC), this award goes to the best Korean film in either the New Currents or Korean Cinema Today section of BIFF.

The King of Pigs by Korean director YEON Sang-ho

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Busan Cinephile Award
Chosen by college student jury members, this award goes to the best short film in the Wide Angle section of BIFF.

The Twin by Swedish director Gustav Danielsson

Citizen Reviewers’ Awards
Chosen by citizen reviewers mainly from the Busan Cinematheque, the awards go to the most loved Korean films in the Korea Cinema Today – Vision section of BIFF, with a small cash prize or equivalent.

Blue Pine Tree: Jesus Hospital by Korean director LEE Sang-chul and SHIN Ah-ka
Red Pine Tree: A Fish by Korean director PARK Hong-min
Yellow Pine Tree: Romance Joe by Korean director LEE Kwang-kuk

DGK Award
Chosen from the Korean Cinema Today – Vision section of BIFF, the awards go to the best Korean director, actor, and actress at US $10,000, US $2,500, and US $2,500 respectively.

Directors Award: YEON Sang-ho for The King of Pigs
Actor: HA Hyun-kwan in Beautiful Miss Jin
Actress: HAN Song-hee and WHANG Jung-min in Jesus Hospital

Movie Collage Award
Co-founded by BIFF and CJ (Cheil Jedang) Entertainment Gold Village (CJ CGV), which is an art-house movie theater chain, this award goes to an independent Korean film in the form of distribution and exhibition aids.

The King of Pigs by Korean director YEON Sang-ho

The Asian Filmmaker of the Year is Tsui Hark.

The Korean Cinema Award, which goes to an individual who have significant contributions in promoting Korean cinema to the world, is given to Julietta Sichel.