The 24th Busan International Film Festival Launches a Thinking and Discussion Hub: Forum BIFF 2019

Published : Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 2:39 pm
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Forum BIFF 2019 founded by the Jiseok Film Institute will make a beginning at the 24th Busan International Film Festival. The Jiseok Film Institute, named after the former associate film festival director, the late Kim Jiseok, is established to encourage the practical and theoretical activities in communicating, networking and researching on Asian films.

This year, three-day long forum will celebrate the Korean Cinema’s 100th anniversary and South and Southeast Asian Cinema forum will consider films in the region focusing on gender/sexuality. Furthermore, a wide range of forums on film technology, industry, and policy will be introduced. The Busan International Film Festival aims to build a hub for the extended, yet intensified thinking and discussion through Forum BIFF 2019.

Korean Cinema 100 Years Forum
‘Acceptance and Practice of Early Cinema in East Asia’ forum will be co-organized by the Korean Film Archive in hopes of shedding light on the first 30 years of Korean Cinema in new perspective by comparing 3 Northeast Asian countries.
‘Cracks and Creation: Korean Cinema 100 Years’ forum will be held to reflect the various aspects of Korean Cinema over the past 100 years, especially to conceptualize the history in the views of rupture, collapse, and vacuum. Starting with a keynote speech by a renowned director in Korea, Lee Chang-dong, this forum will introspect a rapidly changing spectatorship, Korean cinema dominated by nationality, North Korean cinema and more.

Gender/Sexuality as Esthetic Impetus in South and Southeast Asian Cinema Forum
‘Gender/Sexuality as Esthetic Impetus in South and Southeast Asian Cinema’ forum will be held to research the function of gender/sexuality as a resource of creation in South and Southeast Asian films. First, female auteurism established by women filmmakers under distinct regional characteristics of their homeland will be featured in accordance with a Special Program in Focus: ‘Gaze and Memories – Asia’s Leading Women Filmmakers.’ Second, an alternative queerness constructed by Southeast Asian queer cinema through a transnational media environment and native culture will be discussed. The keynote speech done by documentary director and women's studies scholar, Trinh T. Minh-ha will make the forum more meaningful.

Film Technology, Industry and Policy Forum
1919-2019 Korean Film 100 Years founded by the Korean Film Council will open a policy forum to demand the establishment of National Museum of Film, Korea for celebrating a long tradition of Korean Cinema and prospecting its far future. The Federation of Korea Movie Workers’ Union will discuss how to build safer and healthier production environment for movie workers in an open forum regarding a research on the Safety Status of Korean Movie Industry.
Cinematographers Guild of Korea hosts a forum on promoting the discovery of women power in technology and finding female cinematographers’ narratives which have long been hidden. A masterclass workshop about the coexistence of film and digital media will be co-organized by the Korean Film Council, Korea Film Directors Society, Korea Society of Cinematographers, and Korea Film Lighting Directors Society. A number of discussions on films in various forums will flourish throughout the festival period.

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