International Film Festivals

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Out of the many great and small film festivals that are held in Korea each year, the three international festivals, Jeonju International Film Festival, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, and Busan 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 LINK

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

Period: May 28 – September 20, 2020
Website: www.jeonjufest.kr (Korean, English)

The Jeonju International Film 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 within the categories of international films, Korean films, and Korean short films. Under the slogan of “Outlet for Cinematic Expression,” the festival focuses on the freedom of expression.

Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival LINK

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

Period: July 9-16, 2020
Website: www.bifan.kr (Korean, English)

Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival is a non-competitive festival with some competitive elements held every year in Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do. The festival’s identity is centered on the ideas of 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 LINK

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

Period: October 21-30, 2020
Website: www.biff.kr (Korean, English)

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 and experimental films.

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