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The Origins of Cinema and its Future

The very first BISFF screening took place in 1980: at the time the festival was named “Korean Short Film Festival”, but it has changed several times since. The festival was finally able to carry “International” in its title since 2010. Busan International Short Film Festival aims to become a leading worldwide short film festival, beyond just Korea and Asia. These aims are slowly coming to pass. Currently, our film festival certainly aims for physical growth, but more importantly, values successful programs. To this end, we plan to reinforce existing successful programs, and at the same time venture out to try innovative ideas.

BISFF 2019 will maintain the existing framework of the competition section, which has been highly successful in the past few years. Films will be entered into “International Competition” or “Korean Competition” sections to strut their creativity and experimental spirit. Winners will be awarded, and the audience will be given the chance to encounter high quality films from in and out of Korea.

This year’s theme is “The Origins of Cinema and its Future”. In connection to the theme, there will be an introduction and performance about the magic lantern for a look at the past before cinema was born. Other programs include “Prism”, a showcase of various experimental films, “Curtain Call”, a collection of last year’s best award-winning short films, “Hub of Asia”, showing the diversity and potential of Asian shorts, “Short Letter from New Zealand”, a selection of films from last year’s Guest Country, and “3D Special Screening”, a view into the future of film.

BISFF’s own unique Guest Country program will star various shorts from film powerhouse Switzerland, which is not yet widely known to Koreans. Swiss shorts will be screened throughout the festival under various themes: “Swiss Panorama” will showcase films currently under the limelight; “Swiss Mosaic” will show how the linguistic diversity of a country with 4 official languages becomes its advantage; “Swiss Rainbow” will focus on the social consensus and appropriate policies regarding the issue of immigration.

We hope that all who visit the 36th BISFF will enjoy meaningful time with the short films.

Senior Programmer of BISFF
Lee Sanghoon