Busan International Film Festival Celebrates 20th Year

Write : 2015-10-02 14:15:48 Update : 2015-10-02 15:43:22

Busan International Film Festival Celebrates 20th Year

Anchor: Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has kicked off its 20th year. What started with 169 films from 31 countries has grown over two decades to include more than 300 films from 75 countries. The movies, including 94 world premieres, will be shown at six major cinemas in the southern port city of Busan. 
Our Park Jong-hong has more.
 
Report: With all the glitz and glamor of the stars walking the red carpet, the 2015 Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has officially gotten underway.
 
Hosted by South Korean actor Song Kang-ho and Afghan actress Marina Golbahari, the opening ceremony on Thursday evening attracted some 300 movie industry figures and some four-thousand audience members.
 
The star-studded gala was also celebrated with a reenactment of the King's procession along with traditional music in commemoration of the festival's 20th year.
 
Some 300 films from 75 countries will be screened at six major theaters in Busan. Ninety-four world premieres and 27 international premieres will be shown at this year’s festival.
 
Notable directors and stars from home and abroad, including French actress Sophie Marceau, Taiwanese film director Hou Hsiao-hsien and South Korean actor Yoo Ah-in, will visit Busan to meet up close with fans. 
 
On the sidelines, there will be an array of events like the Asian Film Market, in its 10th year and the largest in the region, the inaugural Entertainment Intellectual Property Rights Market and a casting market to recruit new and aspiring actors.
 
The film festival is expected to delight moviegoers before it closes with the film "Mountain Cry" on October 10.
Park Jong-hong, KBS World Radio News.

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