Busan International Short Film Festival (BISFF) began in 1980 under the name “Korean Short Film Festival”. Its aim was to introduce independent short films from the greater Busan area and to foster film talent. It was renamed “Busan Short Film Festival” in 1997, and again in 2000 as “Busan Asian Short Film Festival”, becoming the first Korean short film festival to extend the competition internationally, introducing other Asian short films and directors to Korean viewers. In 2010, the name was changed once again to “Busan International Short Film Festival” to extend the competition beyond Asia. At present, the festival awards the most creative and excellent short films in the competition sections (International Competition, Korean Competition, Operation KINO), and showcases short films from around the world.
Beginning in 2012, we reinforced the personality of the festival by adopting the guest country program, focusing on the films and cultures of one country each year. Beginning with France, every year saw a different country ? China (2013), Spain (2014), Sweden (2015), Austria (2016), Canada (2017), New Zealand (2018), Switzerland (2019), and Belgium (2020).
Besides the competition sections, BISFF hosts various programs such as special exhibitions, retrospective exhibitions, and overseas invitations to identify short film trends from around the world. It breaks away from fiction films to provide more varied contents such as experimental films, animations, and documentaries.
While short film festivals in an international scale are still rare in Korea, BISFF aims to become the “hub of Asian short films”, a venue to promote Korean and other Asian short films to the world. As the first Korean film festival to become an Academy Awards Qualifying Festival, BISFF sends its grand prize recipient from the competition sections to be considered for the short film (except documentaries) nominations in the Academy Awards. It is also contributing to the progress of short films through collaborations with such programs as NETPAC and Short Film Conference.