2023 Busan International Short Film Festival Awards Announced
Short films are creatively and commercially
free, so they can experiment and challenge themselves. Therefore, I think they
play the most important role in the development of cinema. With this in mind,
we were able to experience a lot of emotions and learn from watching a total of
40 films at the 40th Busan International Short Film Festival. We stand here as
judges, but before that, as directors who also make films, and we are
incredibly honored to be able to view and appreciate the various stories of our
fellow film directors. So, we thank all the directors for sharing their work.
It turns blue by Shadi Karamroudi
This work doesn’t simply
deal with domestic violence itself, but also examines the story of the overall
system that hides it, and has to adapt to the flawed society without ultimately
solving the essential problem. On top of the depiction of a very realistic and
concrete situation, the final scene poetically sublimates the inside of a
character who has no choice but to accept an absurd situation, creating a deep
resonance with the audience. It is a wonderful work that deals with a story
that we must be aware of in a very delicate and honest way.
[Excellence Award (KEYUP Award)]
Jill, Uncredited by Anthony Ing
A poetic, sharp, yet generous exploration of the world of an actor who moves in the invisible margins of the film industry. Jill, Uncredited weaves the fragmentary moments in background actor Jill Goldston’s long filmography into a compelling and mysterious cinematic universe, one in which grandiose plots and movie stars become bit players in the epic drama found in the subtle gestures which make up the important work of such actors in this field of unnoticed labor.
Runaway by Salome Kintsurashvili
The Jury Award goes to RUNAWAY, an evocative, tense and
mysterious drama which unfolds its narrative in a subtle way, mirroring the
clandestine nature of its fugitive subject's path. This work is about a
fugitive who infiltrates the domestic life of a Georgian family living in the
Moscow suburbs. The stranger's sudden presence threatens the family's
foundations and these issues are conveyed through actions which are
cinematically presented using emotional fluctuations and the tremors of
ambiguous and fragmentary story lines. This allows the viewer (as well as the
characters) an open and crucially uncertain space through which they must
[Special Mention of the Jury]
Dear Passengers by Madli Lääne
If a feature film is a
novel, a short film is a poem. This work can be said to be the work that best
utilized the poetic characteristics of short films. Touching each other,
pushing each other away, desiring and denying each other, eventually becoming
entangled like an organic life form. The look is so beautiful and so strange.
It is a wonderful work that expresses our essential nature of wanting to be in
a relationship and in love.
Ice Merchants by João
It was a true pleasure for Caroline, Donghyun, and Jessica to participate as jurors for the Korean Competition at this year's Busan International Short Film Festival. Congratulations on 40 years!
films included in the Korean Competition showcased an impressive range of
creativity, technical skill, and emotional depth. We were truly impressed by
the talent on display and look forward to the bright futures and exciting
careers of each and every one of these filmmakers.
The task of selecting this year's winners was not an easy one. Each film was so unique and compelling in its own way, making it difficult to choose between them. However, we had to choose, and we did so carefully and with much consideration.
there can only be a few winners, we'd like to express our sincere appreciation
and admiration for all of the films we watched.
Additionally, we'd like to express our gratitude to the team that puts on the Busan International Short Film Festival for bringing us together in this beautiful space, welcoming us with open arms, and for trusting us with this great honor.
[Grand Prix (BRS Award)]
Another Town by Dongki
Another Town follows the
story of a couple who are suffering because their son has gone missing.
Simultaneously, the story of a city in which memories and relationships are
dismantled throughout a difficult period of development. The actor’s
performance in the film is notably refined, and the camera follows the
characters from a distance without trying to control the story. Through the
protagonists' limitations of movement and circumstances, Another Town suggests that everyone can become lost in a city full
of greed. The film stands out amongst films dealing with personal and social
issues due to its delicate and sophisticated directing style.
[Excellence Award (DMSTUDIO Award)]
Mint Condition by Solbeen Yoon
condition portrays in a very subtle and sensitive way the brief reunion of
a young couple, a few years after they broke up. The film maliciously combines
bittersweet comedy with a real emotional depth. It avoids clichés thanks to its
discreet but yet precise and mastered direction, and its two excellent actors.
Cut and Paste by Hyojun Kim
winner of the jury award stood out to each of us not only for the truly
incredible performances from the cast, but also for the confident direction
that allowed us as the audience to fully immerse ourselves in the world that had been
created. This moving story of a family and the complicated dynamics between
them touched all of us. We are honored to present the jury award to Cut and
Paste, directed by Hyojun Kim.
[Best Acting Award]
The jury decided Esther Kim as the
winner of the Best Acting Award for her performance in One's Mind. In duet with her talented and complementary partner
Haekum Jang in the role of her friend, Esther created an extremely endearing,
funny and moving character. We have been very impressed by the mix of boundless
energy and vulnerability she gave to her character who desperately seeks love.
A fantastic performance.
[Special Mention of the Jury]
Youthful Days by Nakyung
Youthful Days is a film that contemplates the existential angst that the
younger generation goes through in a loving way. The main character wants to
follow her dream to be a poet, but the society she lives in dictates that she
should lead a conventional, mundane life. The young woman experiences an event
while walking home after work that shifts between dreams and reality. Through
the woman’s experience, the audience will once again get comfort and
inspiration from the possibilities of art.
The Good Samaritan Girl by Johee Oh
Among the 29 films for me NETPAC Competition, 20
films from the Republic of Korea, and 9 other films from other Asian countries,
it was quite a difficult task to select the best one. We wish all the filmmakers
a very bright & prospective future.
Horses by Xiaoxuan Jiang
Graveyard of Horses tells its story like a poetic fable with a dreamy, slow pace. It is a charming film composed in the traditional Eastern European film style, which objectifies the emotions and actions of the characters through symbolically dramatic scenery. Without any special equipment, this film displays the cinematographic fact that an image can contain the power of emotion and, for this reason, all members of the jury agreed to select this film as the winner of the NETPAC section.
[Special Mention of the Jury]
Why by Yoonji Kim
We, the jury members liked the film Why because it is approached a global
issue 'Bullying'. The problem not only exists in Korean society but also exists
in any schools or offices in the whole world. The film depicts the global issue
in a very sensitive and positive manner to end it, but the film raised the
question, of the society to act against this global issue right now.
Through the six films in the Operation Kino section,
the jury members were able to get a glimpse of various aspects of Busan. It was
refreshing to see the city and its inhabitants through the eyes of the young
creators working in Busan, yet there was room for improvement with regard to
the technical aspects such as cinematography and recording. However, this can
act as a learning experience and these technical issues can be resolved in
their future film projects. We hope the creators keep trying to capture local
issues and the stories of the people in the city with their camera lenses.
Tides by Junseo Choi
This movie tells the story of an issue of the young
generation, in a personal approach. In a week's journey, the film group hopes
to find an answer to their questions by talking with locals and trying
something new. Even though the movie didn’t follow what it promised, it stands
out for us as the director used a simple storytelling structure and sound
design and animation made more power to it.
The Exit by Hajin Noh
This Busan-set film tells the story of a group of
fans of the singer Young-woong Lim. One of the fans says she will live for
herself from now on and this statement leads the audience to consider what she
was like in her youth. We learn that the middle-aged fans relive their younger days
through their love of Young-woong Lim. The film makes us feel that the exit of
our life is always open.
[Agora Jury Award]
by Hajin Noh