BIKY to delight both children and adults in July
The Busan International Film Festival may garner the most global attention, but as Busan is the Asian movie capital, there are many more film festivals throughout the year. In particular, the Busan International Kids and Youth Film Festival (BIKY), the largest youth festival of its kind in the world, is a cinematic event aimed at children and adolescents. This year's event will run from July 7 to 13 under the slogan "We are all unique."
△ Audience members pose for the guest visit of last year's film "Double Trouble and the Magical Mirror.
The festival will be held at multiple venues around the city, including the Busan Cinema Center, the Buk-gu Culture Ice Sports Center and the Busan Museum of Movies. A grand selection of 40 movies, all made by kids and teenagers, will compete to win scholarships and awards. Visitors to the festival may also enjoy a wide array of films that are not in competition, as many more movies will screen.
BIKY is an all-inclusive festival, and, as a result, the event will offer services for anyone in need of aid to watch its selections.
There will be features available to help make the movies as comprehensible as possible. There will be subtitles, but children who cannot yet read may be able to make use of an in-person voice actor who will narrate the movie for them.
△ The poster for BIKY's 2020 event.
In addition to movies, BIKY is planning many activities and programs for children and parents to enjoy together. There will be discussions with programmers, filmmakers and other media professionals, albeit in a reduced capacity due to COVID-19. As a result, the festival will strengthen its exhibition programs and online screenings.
Movie tickets for BIKY cost 7,000 won for individuals and 4,000 won for a group of 10 or more. A festival pass that grants access to all movies is 30,000 won during the event, although this is 25,000 won with a pre-order.
For tickets and more information, go to BIKY's home page at biky.or.kr or to the official website of the Busan Cinema Center at dureram.org.