International Film Festivals

Out of the many great and small film festivals that are held in Korea each year, the three international festivals, Busan International Film Festival, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival and Jeonju International Film Festival are not to be missed. The charms and excitements of each festival are as unique as their venues and times.

Jeonju International Film Festival【 Photo: Jeonju International Film Festival opening ceremony 】
(Credit: Jeonju International Film Festival Organizing Committee)

Jeonju International Film Festival LINK

When: Late April ~ Early May of every year
Website: www.jiff.or.kr (Korean, English)

Introduction: This international movie festival, recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations and held in Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, is a non-competitive competition that still manages to feature a few elements of competition. Under the slogan of “Freedom, Independence, and Communication,” the festival showcases each film with the vision and views of the directors in mind, including aspects of politics and art.

Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival【 Photo: Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival opening ceremony 】
(Credit: Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival Promotions Team)

Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival LINK

When: July of every year
Website: www.bifan.kr (Korean, English)

Introduction: This is a non-competitive festival with some competitive elements held every year in Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do. The themes of the festival are “Love, Fantasy and Adventure,” with the main focus on fantasy movies. Audiences will enter the exotic fantasy world, watching different genres of movies including horror, action and romance.

Busan International Film Festival【 Photo: Busan Cinema Center, Busan International Film Festival opening ceremony venue 】

Busan International Film Festival LINK

When: October of every year
Website: www.biff.kr (Korean, English)

Introduction: Busan International Film Festival was the first film festival in Korea recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations and is held annually in Haeundae-gu, Busan every October. The festival has received much fanfare in Asia and has attracted the attention of professionals in the film industry all over the world. The festival screens a variety of movies including international premieres as well as showcases new experimental films.

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