‘With Corona’ successfully closed Busan International Film Festival (comprehensive)

223 films from 70 countries were screened for 10 days… Selected 2 films including ‘Hello, My Hometown’ at the New Currents Award

80% of seats in the pandemic… New programs such as Neighborhood Neighborhood are also successful

‘2021 Busan International Film Festival’

(Busan = Yonhap News) Reporter Minji Kang = The closing ceremony of the 26th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) is being held at the Busan Cinema Center in Haeundae-gu, Busan on the afternoon of the 15th. 2021.10.15 [email protected]

(Busan = Yonhap News) Reporter Lee Jong-min and Park Seong-je = The 26th Pusan ​​International Film Festival (BIFF) concluded its 10-day schedule on the afternoon of the 15th.

The closing ceremony was held at the outdoor theater of Haeundae Film Center at 6 pm on the same day, hosted by actor Lee Joon-hyuk and Lee Joo-young.

Following the awarding ceremony for award winners in each category, including New Currents, this year’s film festival came to an end with the screening of the closing film ‘Madeumbang’ (directed by Leung Rok Man).

◇ Total audience of 76,000, seat share reached 80%

This year’s Busan International Film Festival, which opened on the 6th, screened 223 films on 29 screens in 6 theaters, and 58 films were also presented at Community Beef held in Nampo-dong, the birthplace of the film festival.

The New Currents Award, a competition category, was won by Chinese director Wang Erzhou’s “Hello, My Hometown” and Kim Se-in’s “Two Women in the Same Underwear”.

‘Hello, My Hometown’ depicts the chaotic life of three women. ‘Two Women Wearing the Same Underwear’ asks about what a family is through the conflict between a mother and daughter living together.

Da-ham Kwon for ‘That Winter, I’ and Ji-ho Lim for ‘Two Women Wearing the Same Underwear’ won the Best Actor of the Year award.

Audience 'openness' amid social distancing
Audience ‘openness’ amid social distancing

(Busan = Yonhap News) Reporter Minji Kang = Audiences are enjoying the event at the outdoor stage greeting of the movie ‘Fairy’ at the 26th Busan International Film Festival held at the Busan Cinema Center in Haeundae-gu, Busan on the afternoon of the 9th.
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It is evaluated that this year’s film festival was largely completed successfully amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The total number of visitors was estimated at 76,000.

Among them, 3,300 community beef, which shows the level of participation of local residents, and 3,700 local Bang Nebi beef recorded.

Seat occupancy compared to the total number of available seats was high at 80%.

It is less than the 160,000 to 200,000 of previous years, but considering that only 50% of the seats were operated to prevent Corona 19, the number of visitors is not small.

◇ ‘With Corona’ first test bench success evaluation… Contrast of the New Normal Era

The Busan International Film Festival is evaluated to have successfully concluded as Korea’s first large-scale international event to be held face-to-face in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the aftermath of COVID-19 last year, we actively promoted events such as meeting with audiences and filmmakers.

The film festival side and the Busan Citizens’ Prevention Promotion Team worked hard for the safety contest, including preemptive gene amplification (PCR) tests for all staff and volunteers (651 people) four times before and after the opening and closing ceremonies.

BIFF theater quarantine
BIFF theater quarantine

(Busan = Yonhap News) Reporter Min-ji Kang = Quarantine officials at the Busan International Film Festival are doing quarantine work in the middle theater of the Seoul Cinema Center. 2021.10.9 [email protected]

As a result, one manager from an entertainment agency was confirmed to have been confirmed after attending the film festival, but due to prompt action, no additional infections were found.

In response to a new trend in the film and video industry, the establishment of ‘On-Screen’, which screens online video streaming platform (OTT) series for the first time this year, and ‘Neighborhood Neighborhood’, where local residents can enjoy film festivals nearby, was also well-received by the audience. received

‘On Screen’ is significant in that it was prepared for the post-corona era by thinking about the status of film festivals in the ‘New Normal’ era amid the changes in the video industry brought about by the pandemic.

The Asian Contents Film Market, which was held simultaneously both online and offline, saw 319 market screenings and 112 film festivals officially selected through 200 online booths with 1,479 participants, a 67% increase from last year.

2021 Busan International Film Festival Asia Project Market
2021 Busan International Film Festival Asia Project Market

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An official from the organizing committee of the festival said, “Although only 50% of the seats were operated, the enthusiasm of the audience was hotter than any other year, and the Corona 19 quarantine measures were carried out without any setbacks, so it can be evaluated as a generally successful competition.”

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