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Busan International Film Festival

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  • Moving from its former venue of the Seacloud hotel, the Asian Film Market will be housed in the spacious BEXCO (the Busan exhibition & convention center in) as of 2011.
  • Expanding its role, the Busan International Film Festival will launch the Busan Cinema Forum. The Busan Cinema Forum is an international academic conference that gathers world class academic society/organizations and groups of critics.

Busan International Film Festival

The Busan International Film Festival has grown to become Asia's largest, and arguably its most important, film festival. The festival is, perhaps not surprisingly, a great place to discover new work from the region's filmmakers, and is a standard stop for many U.S. programmers looking for Asian titles for their events. Held in Busan in South Korea on a resort island just off of the main city, it is a bustling event with multiplex cinemas. The festival probably has the largest opening night screening, with thousands crowding in for the annual kick-off. It is also an important destination for Asian industry, augmented by its still-nascent Asian Film Market - growing more slowly then its organizers had first hoped. The festival also spearheads connecting emerging directors with funding sources through its Pusan Promotion Plan. Guests of the festival are typically treated to world class hotels on the coast of the Sea of Japan (called the East Sea in Korea) and the surrounding town bustles along with the festival. Non-Korean speakers will encounter some challenges due to the occasional lack of English signs, but that's part of the experience. Visitors will also experience an earful from the screaming fans who shriek like no other when a Korean film star appears. It's like The Beatles!

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