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[BISFF 2018] International Competition Finalist Announcement!
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Selection criteria for the 35th Busan International Short Film Festival International Competition


In selecting the international films submitted to the 35th Busan International Short Film Festival, the 20 members of the preliminary jury, 15 people from Korea and 5 from abroad, followed strict guidelines for the past three months. A total of 4,953 international from 129 countries went through two elimination processes, resulting in 42 films from 35 countries selected for International Competition.

 

Examination of the distribution ratio by genre shows that, while fiction remains the dominant category with 69% of all submissions, other categories were similarly served compared to previous editions: experimental (13%), animation (10%) and documentary (10%). Still, we did see a noticeable increase in number of animated films, which is another outstanding point this year.

 

As has been the case for many years, the issue of immigration still captivates and keeps being turned into films by directors from all countries, highlighting the challenges that come with accepting immigrants and, perhaps more so than previously, showing them leaving their countries to move to another. Considering the many, rapid developments of this issue internationally, it will likely be covered even more in years to come. While more movies than before were also dealing with feminism and sexual minorities, family and friendship continue to be the top themes in short films.

 

As years go by, the submitted films overall quality has clearly improved, with more movies from more countries reaching higher levels of completion. This made it hard yet challenging for the preliminary jury to choose the finalists. In order to make their decisions, its 20 members had to follow two standards: "Short Filmness" and "Issue Awareness".

 

Firstly, the notion of "Short Filmness" applies to movies which define their own principles without comparison with feature films but, instead, by finding their own independence, and their own voice, in the short format. Based on this, the jury paid greater attention to outstanding aesthetic, philosophical and artistic perspectives by singling out examples of mise-en-scène, scriptwriting and cinematography that are specific to short films.

Meanwhile, "Issue Awareness" describes another effective characteristic of short films which is to reflect on contemporary politics, society and economics in order to draw a certain universality out of them. Whether the films would point towards these issues directly or indirectly, this is the second standard that the jury had to consider.

 

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all who have submitted their films. The members of the 35th Busan International Short Film Festival's preliminary jury delightedly fulfilled the task to review the films despite their dramatically increased number, and it was for them an unforgettable and precious experience.

 

Thank you.

 

The Preliminary Jury of the 35th Busan International Short Film Festival


International Competition Finalist

TITLE (English)

TITLE (Original)

Director

Country

A Month

Një Muaj

Zgjim Terziqi

Kosovo

Atlantic City

Atlantic City

Miguel Alvarez

USA

Aya

Aya

Moufida Fedhila

Tunisia, France, Qatar

Baobab Bark

Casca de Baobá

Mariana Macedo

Brazil

Cold Fish

 

David Hay

New Zealand

Donkey

Gadho

Digant Gautam

India

Emkhatsini: Between

Emkhatsini

Toa Stappard

Swaziland, UK

Fanny

Fanny

Halfdan Ullmann Tøndel

Norway

Giancarlo Vitali: Time Out

Giancarlo Vitali: Time Out

Francesco Clerici

Italy

Grands Canons

Grands Canons

Alain Biet

France

High Way

High Way

Chia Chee Sum

Malaysia

I Have Nothing to Say

媽媽的口供

Ying Liang

Taiwan,
Hong Kong,China

Ice

JÄÄ

Anna Hints

Estonia, Luxembourg, France

It Could Have Been

 

Liinu Grönlund

Finland

Kampung Tapir

Kampung Tapir

See Wee Aw

Malaysia

Last Order

Last Order

Joji Villanueva Alonso

Philippines

Make Aliens Dance

Make Aliens Dance

Sébastien Petretti

Belgium

Man of Pa-Aling

Manong ng Pa-Aling

E. Del Mundo

Philippines, USA

Maned & Macho

Yal va Koopal

Shiva Sadegh Asadi

Iran

Martian Chronicle

Crónica Marciana

Silvana Lazaro

Mexico

Ming

 

Danski Tang

USA

My Sister

Min søster

Liv Joelle Barbosa Blad

Norway

Nightshade

Nachtschade

Shady El-Hamus

Netherlands

Paper Roof

Paper Roof

Judith Tong

Singapore

Password: Fajara

Mot de Passe : Fajara

Séverine Sajous,

Patricia Sánchez Mora

Spain

Perfect Town

Perfect Town

Anaïs Voirol

Switzerland

Phone Duty

Дежурство

Lenar Kamalov

Russia

Picture World

Förebilder

Elin Övergaard

Sweden

Play

Play

Vangelis Liberopoulos

Greece, Cyprus

Rå

Rå

Sophia Bösch

Germany, Sweden

Repulsion

Repulsa

Eduardo Morotó

Brazil

Schnipsel - Scraps of Paper

Schnipsel

Sven Hill

Germany

Sculpted

Modelado

Christian Hernández

Mexico

Sleepy

A Sonolenta

Marta Monteiro

Portugal

Stations

Stations

Julien Huger

France

Sub Terrae

Sub Terrae

Nayra Sanz Fuentes

Spain

The Distance

Ara

Yousef Kargar

Iran

The Kitman

El Utilero

Andre Cornejo

Ecuador

The Second Bullet

İKİNCİ GÜLLƏ

Natig Rasul

Azerbaijan

Tweet-Tweet

Чик-Чирик

Zhanna Bekmambetova

Russia

White Noise

White Noise

Ghossein Ahmad,
La Chimia Lucie

Lebanon, France

With Thelma

Avec Thelma

Ann Sirot, Raphaël Balboni

Belgium

 































































*Preliminary Jury

Back Yoonseuk

Filmmaker

Choi Yongseok

Chief of Busan Independent Film Association

Daniel Ebner

Artistic Director of VIS Vienna Independents Shorts

Jo Jihoon

Programmer of Muju Film Festival

Jung Seongwook

Cinematographer

Jung Seungeon

Researcher at PNU Film Institute

Kang Byunghwa

Screenwriter

Kim Eunjung

Film Critic

Kim Kiman

Film Critic

Kim Sejin

Film Critic

Kim Younggwang

Film Critic

Kim Youngjo

Filmmaker

Lee Sanghoon

Programmer of BISFF

Marcelo Alderete

Programmer of Mar del Plata International Film Festival

Oh Minwook

Filmmaker

Philip Cheah

Film Critic, NETPAC Advisory Committee

Pip Chodorov

Filmmaker

Sébastien Simon

Programmer of BISFF

Shin Dongseok

Filmmaker

Yoo Sunhee

Programmer of JeonBuk Independent Film Festival


  

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