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38th BISFF will be held in Busan


- Various aspects of human life and society that emerge when our daily lives are interrupted -


38th BISFF will be held in Busan


◈ Under the theme of “A State of Exception”, 125 films from 39 countries will be screened at Busan Cinema Center and BNK Busan Bank Art Cinema from April 21st to the 26th for 6 days
◈ Both on-site and online screenings will be held to make the festival safe from Covid-19


The 38th Busan International Short Film Festival will be held at Busan Cinema Center and BNK Busan Bank Art Cinema from April 21st to the 26th, according to Busan Metropolitan City (Mayor Park Hyungjoon).

Hosted and organized by the Busan International Short Film Festival, the theme of the festival is "A State of Exception," to focus on short films that represent various aspects of human life and society that emerge when our daily lives are interrupted by events like the Covid-19 pandemic.

A total of 125 films will be screened during the festival, including 39 films in the International Competition section and 20 films in the Korean Competition section, which were chosen after two preliminary selection processes from 3,004 short films submitted. The winners of 13 awards in four categories, including the Grand Prix, will be revealed at the closing ceremony on April 26th at 6:30 p.m.

This year, three films have been selected for the opening: “Lost on Arrival”, “Opera”, and “Ontact.” "Lost on Arrival" is a Dutch film that depicts a man's daily life in a minimalistic manner as he loses his memory due to dementia. In “Opera”, an animated Korean Film, the dictatorship is depicted as a pyramid machine. Lastly, “Ontact” was chosen for the BISFF Short Film Project. The opening films will be shown at Busan Cinema Center on April 21st at 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, as the level 2 social distancing measures continue, the festival will prioritize the safety of all events. As a result, the opening ceremony will be replaced by a pre-recorded video, and the closing ceremony will be held on-site but with only the most essential people in attendance. The opening and closing ceremonies will be uploaded on BISFF's official YouTube channel in order to reach a larger audience.

“BISFF will take place under highly unusual circumstances as a result of Covid-19, but I hope that people will be able to use the festival to heal their exhausted minds and bodies,” Busan Mayer Park Hyungjoon said. 

The festival's official website (www.bisff.org) has information about the lineups and schedules, and tickets can be purchased on-site or via the Busan Cinema Center's website (www.dureraum.org).

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