BISFF set to open Aug. 27
The Busan International Short Film Festival (BISFF) is finally opening on Aug. 27 for a five-day run. Originally scheduled for April, the event was postponed due to safety concerns over COVID-19. The movies will now screen at the end of the month at the Busan Cinema Center and the BNK Busan Bank Art Cinema under the theme "Pushing Boundaries of Cinema."
△ 2019 BISFF roundtable talk.
Since 2012, one country has been chosen as the highlight of BISFF. Belgium is this year's guest country, and a Belgian short film, titled "Golden Legend," is set to open the event alongside "Tungrus," from India, and "ID Card," from South Korea. The three closing short films will be winners from the festival's competetive sections.
BISFF has changed some of its structure for this year's edition. The Asian section has been expanded into a general independent one that encompasses experimental and interactive short films from the continent. The festival has additionally welcomed new programs that highlight short films made by local university students and residents. Finally, festival programmers have developed a section for audiences to blindly enter the cinema without know-ledge of what movies they will be watching.
△ 2019 BISFF closing ceremony.
The festival and its opening will be held at the Busan Cinema center for 7,000 won per ticket. Short films screened at the BNK Busan Bank Art Cinema are available for free on a first-come-first-served basis.
Reservations will begin at 10 a.m. on Aug. 13 and will be available at dureraum.org and at the box office on the sixth floor of the Busan Cinema Center.