Executive Recommendation Committee Selects PARK Kwang-su as Chairperson Candidate of BIFF

Published : Monday, January 22, 2024, 2:47 pm
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The Busan International Film Festival Executive Recommendation Committee has unanimously selected Park Kwang-su, former professor of the School of Film, TV & Multimedia at Korea National University of Arts, as the sole candidate for the next chairperson, and will begin open recruitment for festival director, ACFM director, board members, and auditors.

- PARK Kwang-su, Sole Candidate for the Next Busan International Film Festival Chairperson
- Unanimous Recommendation by the Executive Recommendation Committee, Busan & Seoul Film Industry Professionals, and Civic Groups

The Executive Recommendation Committee is composed of 7 members from the Innovation Committee. One person per organization in the Innovation Committee, such as the Busan & Seoul film industry, civic groups, and the Busan Metropolitan City, is selected to compose the Executive Recommendation Committee. The qualifications provided by the committee for the next chairperson include the ability to manage the organization and its administration, present the future vision and direction of the film festival, willingness to innovate the organization, political neutrality, and affection for Busan. The committee has concluded that Candidate Park Kwang-su possesses such qualifications, and made a unanimous decision for his nomination.

Chairperson candidate Park Kwang-su is a Korean film director who led the Korean New Wave in cinema and one of the members who took part in establishing the practical foundations for the Busan International Film Festival. In particular, Park was the forerunner in the industrialization of Korean and Asian films, as a prominent figure in the inauguration of the Pusan Promotion Plan (currently the Asian Project Market) and the Asian Film Market (currently the Asian Contents & Film Market). He was also the founding director of the Busan Film Commission, and professor of the School of Film, TV & Multimedia at the Korea National University of Arts.

The head of the Executive Recommendation Committee stated, “We select Park Kwang-su, a starting member of the Busan International Film Festival, as the new chairperson candidate. Park, who has extensive knowledge of the international film festivals and the domestic and international networks, has a strong reputation amongst the film professionals, and was unanimously agreed upon by filmmakers in Seoul and Busan.” While Park Kwang-su has been nominated as the sole candidate for the new chairperson of the Busan International Film Festival by the Executive Recommendation Committee, the final selection will be made at the Feb 1 (Thurs) general meeting.

- Jan 23 (Tues) ~ Feb 13 (Tues)
- Open Recruitment for Festival Director, ACFM Director, Board of Directors, and Auditors!

Meanwhile, the 20th amendment of the Articles of Incorporation, which the Busan International Film Festival Innovation Committee took part in revising, was approved by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on Jan 17 (Wed), and the open recruitment for the positions of festival director, Asian Contents & Film Market (ACFM) director, board members, and auditors will be held for 3 weeks from Jan 23 (Tues) to Feb 13 (Tues). The term of office will be 4 years for all positions and can be extended for one additional term. The festival director and ACFM director will be required to work full-time at the Busan office. Busan International Film Festival will conduct an objective and thorough screening with the Executive Recommendation Committee, and complete the selection of all executives within the general meeting, scheduled to be held in March. More details about the qualifications, submission documents, and screening process will be available on the official BIFF website (

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