Winners at 26th Busan International Film Festival

Published October 16, 2021, 11:33 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

The 26th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) ended on Oct. 15, wrapping up as the first international event in South Korea to be held during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Strict health and safety protocols were implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It opened on Oct. 6 with over 1,000 attendees who tested negative within 72 hours before the event or who got a second dose of the vaccine 14 days before the ceremony.

Korean stars Lee Joon-hyuk (left) and Lee Joo-young hosted the closing ceremony of the 26th BIFF on Oct. 15 (BIFF)

Theaters were operated at 50 percent capacity and the BIFF recorded a seat occupancy rate of 80 percent.

Last year, the BIFF did not invite foreign guests due to COVID-19 but this year, a small number of international guests attended the festival including directors Hamaguchi Ryusuke and Leos Carax.

A total of 223 films from 70 countries were chosen as official selections for the BIFF. The festival drew 76,072 moviegoers.

The Asian Project Market and the E-IP Market, which were held on-site for Koreans and online for foreign participants, recorded over 1,300 meetings, the highest in its history.

(Clockwise from top left) Best actor winner Kwon Daham, best actress winner Im Jee-ho, Uhm Jung-hwa and Cho Jin-woong at the closing ceremony of the 26th BIFF on Oct. 15 (BIFF)

Here are the winners at the 26th Busan International Film Festival:

Awards

New Currents Award

“Farewell, My Hometown” – Wang Er Zhuo, China

“The Apartment with Two Women” – Kim Se-in, Korea

Kim Jiseok Award

“The Rapist” – Aparna Sen, India

‘Gensan Punch” – Brillante Mendoza, Philippines/Japan

Special Mention – “The Bargain” – Wang Qi, China

BIFF Mecenat Award

Winner-Korea 206: “Unearthed” – Heo Chul-nyung, Korea/Thailand

Winner-Asia Self-Portrait: “Fairy Tale in 47km” – Zhang Mengqi, China

Sonje Award

“A Winter Glove” – Lee Hyeonju, Korea

“The Sea Calls for Me” – Tumpal Tampubolon, Indonesia

Special Mention – “Sarira” – Li Mingyang, China

Actor and Actress of the Year

Actor of the Year- Kwon Daham – “Through My Midwinter,” Korea

Actress of the Year – Im Jee-ho – “The Apartment with Two Women,” Korea

KB New Currents Audience Award (Voted by the Audience)

“The Apartment with Two Women” – Kim Se-in, Korea

Flash Forward Audience Award (Voted by the Audience)

“Mass “ – Fran Kranz, US

FIPRESCI Award

“Seire” – Park Kang, Korea

NETPAC Award

“The Apartment with Two Women” – Kim Se-in, Korea

DGK MEGABOX Award

“Through My Midwinter” – Oh Seongho, Korea

“A Lonely Island in the Distant Sea,” Kim Miyoung, Korea

CGV Arthouse Award

“Chorokbam” – Yoon Seo-jin, Korea

KBS Independent Film Award

“Hot in Day, Cold at Night” – Park Songyeol, Korea

CGK Award

“Chorokbam” – Choo Kyeong-yeob, Cinematographer, Korea

Critic b Award

“Hot in Day, Cold at Night” – Park Songyeol, Korea

Watcha Award

“Through My Midwinter” – Oh Seongho, Korea

“The Apartment with Two Women” – Kim Se-in, Korea

Citizen Critics’ Award

“Chorokbam” – Yoon Seo-jin, Korea

Busan Cinephile Award

“I’m So Sorry” – Zhao Liang, Hong Kong, China/France/Netherlands

 
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