The Busan International Short Film Festival (BISFF) is commemorating its 40th anniversary this year.
Launched as the Korean Short Film Festival in 1980, it flourished and expanded to become the Busan Asian Short Film Festival in 2000, and then the Busan International Short Film Festival in 2010. BISFF has worked hard to explore the potential of Korean short films as well as to create a venue where short films from across the world can be exchanged. Throughout the last 40 long-yet-short years, BISFF has always taken on new challenges and experiments in order to present great films while also determining the festival's value and significance. Even in crisis situations, the festival has moved forward with resolute confidence and without fear of change. Sometimes the challenges appeared difficult, but the outcomes were positive.
BISFF's success is the result of years of hard work by filmmakers, audiences, festival staff, supporting organizations, and sponsors. And now, BISFF will embark on a new path in order to make the upcoming 40 years even more dazzling. Despite operating in the fast-changing film business environment, the festival will make every effort to discover new opportunities while keeping in mind the festival's objectives.
I hope you enjoy the scent of films this spring at the Busan International Short Film Festival, which was the first film festival held in Busan, the City of Film. Thank you.
President of BISFF