The Film Festival Research Network (FFRN) is proud to be a part of the First Busan Cinema Forum (BCF) taking place from October 10 to 12, hosted by the 16th Busan International Film Festival (October 6-14).
The Busan International Film Festival strived to advance the film industry and establish networks through diverse programs. The Asian Film Academy (AFA) procures and cultivates talented filmmakers and the Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) financially supports the film productions. The festival has prepared itself in building a strong foundation in theory, academics, and industry to expand the sphere of corporate activity. The Busan International Film Festival will host the Busan Cinema Forum, an international academic conference that gathers film scholars from all over the world.
The theme for the first Busan Cinema Forum is “Seeking the Path of Asian Cinema in the 21st century: East Asia.” The forum will host representatives from six world film research organizations and a group of critics. Among the participating organizations are Les Cahiers du Cinéma, the Film Studies Association of Korea (FISAK), the Annual Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference (ASEACC), the Film Festival Research Network (FFRN), the Association of East Asian Film Studies (AEAF), and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS). The keynote presenters are legendary Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Film Studies professor at Yale University Dudley Andrew.