Congratulations to all of you on behalf of the citizens of Busan on the opening of the 36th Busan International Short Film Festival (BISFF). I would like to wholeheartedly welcome all filmmakers and movie lovers from home and abroad to Busan, a UNESCO Creative City of Film. Thank you for being with us this year.
This year the festival is the largest ever, with a total of 6,072 films from 131 countries having gone through a fierce competition. I believe this reflects BISFF’s rising reputation as one of Asia’s representative short film festivals. In addition, BISFF, an Oscar®-qualifying festival, is offering newly developed programs for all walks of life. As such, I’m sure this will expand the festival’s audience.
Over the next six days 149 films will be screened, including 57 competition films and 93 non-competition films from 41 countries, all set to captivate audiences.
I hope you fully enjoy the excellent short films and have a beautiful time in the UNESCO Creative City of Film, Busan.
Thank you very much.
BISFF Festival Chairman, Mayor of Busan Metropolitan City,
In the BISFF 2019, we are looking forward to sharing "The Origins of Cinema and its Future" with you through various programs and events.
In this year’s edition, we have a great variety of programs such as "Guest Country Switzerland" (a leading country of European cinema), "Prequel of Belgium", "Curtain Call" (special screening of award-winning films of the world's most prestigious film festivals), "Prism" (with experimental films), 'Hub of Asia', besides the official competition section. In "Operation Kino" which welcomes its 8th edition, you can see the potential talent of young students from Busan who major in cinema. And the "Moonlight Cinema" on Sanbokdoro (hillside road) will provide you a special cinematic experience in beautiful space of Busan. In addition, you can share the perspectives of researchers regarding the past, present and future of cinema in the "BITForum@BISFF 2019" with the keywords of illusion, reality, virtuality, and innovation.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the filmmakers from all over the world who sent us great works and to the whole BISFF staff who made the effort to prepare for the festival. I am also grateful to all those who have warmly encouraged and supported the BISFF.
BISFF Festival Director