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BISFF launched in 1980 as a domestic event under the name ‘Korean Short Film Festival’ with the aim of discovering talented film professionals and fostering a filmmaking-friendly environment. It has introduced various kinds of films, including 8mm and independent films made by students and general audience. It earned a reputation of fairness by selecting socially-conscious films during Korea’s military dictatorship era. Many of these young talents have grown into established filmmakers and leaders of the filmmaking industry.

Our festival evolved over the years and renamed itself ‘Busan Asian Short Film Festival’ in 2000 as it extended its horizon abroad, accepted entries from foreign countries and introduced excellent Asian filmmakers to local audiences - a first at the time in Korea.

Eventually, BISFF became the ‘Busan International Short Film Festival’ in 2010 and expanded to the world of films beyond Asia. It continues to present the latest tendencies in short-filmmaking from Korea and abroad, and to be a meeting place between short films, cineastes and audiences.

In recent years, BISFF has become a member of the Short Film Conference and of the NETPAC - Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema. In 2018, it became South Korea’s first Oscar®-qualifying festival, each year providing one Korean filmmaker and one foreign filmmaker with the opportunity to submit their films for consideration to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.
In addition to the competitive sections, various curated sections lets the audience see the worldwide trends in short-filmmaking and guess its future. Furthermore, by showing experimental films, animations and documentaries, BISFF intends to break away from the viewing conventions of fiction-oriented movies and to satisfy those craving for more varied forms of story-telling.

A pioneer among International short film festivals in Asia, BISFF wants to remain a window for Korean and Asian shorts to the world, and vice-versa.

Overview

40TH Busan International Short Film Festival

Date April 25 - May 1, 2023
Screening Venues Busan Cinema Center
BNK BUSAN BANK Art Cinema Corner Theater
Theme Cinema & Heritage
Screenings 146 films from 39 countries
66 films for Competition / 80 films for Invitation (non-competition)
Awards A total of 13 awards
Major Events Opening / Closing Ceremony
BISFF Wtih You
BISFF Talk
Roundtable
BIT Forum
New Media Cinema Workshop
New Media Experience Booth
BISFF 40th Anniversary Exhibition

Progarm

Competition International Competition
Korean Competition
Operation Kino
Invitation Guest Country Kings of Comedy: Charlie Chaplin VS. Buster Keaton
USA Documentarist
Carte blanche to Palm Springs International Film Festival
Korean Shorts Platform 1
Platform 2
Hub of Asia Rendez-vous with AFiS
Asian-Americana
The Death of Cinema(s)
Beyond Shorts Prism
3D Shorts
Interactive Shorts
Special Screening BISFF Best-of International Shorts
BISFF Best-of Korean Shorts
Curtain Call
BISFF Short Film Project
BISFF Open Theater