Pusan film festival targets cinema's next generation (reminder)
Monday 05 October 2009
South Korea's Pusan International Film Festival (http://www.piff.org) announced it would this year hand out its first-ever award for non-Asian films.
The October 8-16 event, considered the premiere industry gathering in the region, will offer a US$20,000 (€14,335) Flash Forward Award for first or second productions by up-and-coming filmmakers from non-Asian countries.
"The jury for this award will consist of three well-known domestic and international personalities as designated by the PIFF,'' the festival announced in a press release.
"The major aim of the award is to reinforce the status of the Pusan International Film Festival as a showcase for international films and to carry out further the role of the Pusan International Film Festival as internationally recognized cinema platform.''
The timing of the announcement will no doubt raise eyebrows in the Asian film industry, coming as it does in the same week as the staging of the Shanghai International Film Festival (http://siff.com) which, along with the festivals staged in Tokyo in October and Hong Kong in March, has in past years been vying for prominence with Pusan on an increasingly cluttered international film festival circuit.
The new award will now work in tandem with Pusan's major competition, the New Currents Award, which is for first or second films from Asian filmmakers.
Eyes on the prize in Pusan:
New Currents Award: US$30,000 (€21,500) each to two entries open to first and second features by Asian filmmakers.
Flash Forward Award: US$20,000 (€14,335) first prize open to first or second features by non-Asian filmmakers.
PIFF Mecenat Award: KW10 million (€5,674) towards the next film by directors of the best Korean and best Asian documentary films from Wide Angle section.
Sonje Award: KW10 million (€5,674) toward the next film for directors of the best Korean and Asian short films from the Wide Angle section.
KNN Award: US$20,000 (€14,335) audience award for the most popular film in the New Currents section.
Arts & Ents blogs
Dennis Hopper's lost sixties photo album found
Top Gear makes Saudis look liberal, Kirsty Wark tells Independent Bath Literature Festival
Liam Neeson turned down James Bond role because late wife Natasha Richardson said she wouldn't marry him if he took it
Jenny Collier row: Comedy promoter apologises after dropping female comic 'because venue did not want too many women on the bill'
Lena Dunham strips naked for Girls spoof while hosting Saturday Night Live
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
- 1 International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
- 2 Australian man Rod Sommerville reacts to bite from deadly snake by reaching for cold beer
- 3 Teacher shows sex tape featuring herself to pupils during class by mistake
- 4 David Cameron resorts to paying for Facebook fans because not enough people like him
- 5 Steve Irwin’s final words: Cameraman present at death opens up about deadly stingray attack for the first time