by guest blogger Peter Belsito, 6 August, 2010
Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) founding director Kim Dong-ho will retire after this year’s festival. Today he is celebrating his 73rd birthday today in Locarno, while attending the Swiss mid summer event.
Kim is well-known and respected in and outside the Korean film industry as the person who, along with Pusan Film Festival Deputy Director Jay Jeon, who built Pusan FF over the years into the leading cinematic event in Asia. He is known for his kindness, hard-work and as a well-connected festival head.
Kim since 1996 built public awareness and created the concept of a South Korean festival in Busan which discovers and promotes Asian cinema. Today it is one of the world’s most important and influential Fests.
Today in Screen International, Kim was quoted.
“I usually travel to about 20 festivals a year, and it’s been 15 years. I started writing a column this year in the Busan-based daily newspaper Kookje Shinmun, about the festivals I’ve been attending,” said Kim, speaking to Screen International before he left for Locarno.
“The series of columns, plus a few more, will be published in book form in English and Korean. So the publication party and an exhibition of photographs I have taken over the years will serve as my farewell party this year,” he said.
We will personally miss his friendship and collegiality which we have experienced at so many Festivals during recent years.