The Pusan International Film Festival is the most acknowledged of the 7 international film festivals held in Korea. It began in 1996, and is going into its 12th year. Regardless of its short history, this film festival has been credited with bringing Asian filmmakers together, and is now a high profile festival competing with worldwide film festivals.The Pusan International Film Festival offers a look into Asian films and their trends. Programs include “A Window on Asian Cinema”, “New Currents”, “Korean Panorama”, “World Cinema”, “Wide Angle”, “Open Cinema”, “Critic’s Choice”, “Special Programs in Focus”, and much more. Overall, the festival seeks to be non-competitive, with the exception of “New Currents” which is a competitive program.Festival Guide: The Pusan International Film Festival is appreciated by film lovers for its variety of sections. One of the most popular sections is called “A Window on Asian Cinema” which offers various perspectives and styles of renowned Asian directors and to their new or controversial films. The “New Currents” offers the only international competition section featuring the first or the second feature films by the future leading directors of Asian cinema.“World Cinema” screening new works by world's renowned filmmakers along with the year's best films that offer better understanding of the recent trend in world cinema is also a popular section. “Open Cinema” features a collection of new films, combining both art and mass popularity, along with internationally acclaimed works, and “Korean Panorama” offers a presentation of the latest outstanding Korean films that help in grasping the current trends in Korean cinema.“Korean Retrospective” is a re-cap on the history of Korean cinema by spotlighting the films on a certain notable director or a significant subject matter. “Wide Angle” is a section dedicated to showing outstanding short films, animation, documentary and experimental films presenting different and distinct visions via broader cinematic viewpoints, and “Critic’s Choice” screens films chosen in an attempt to discover new film artists and engage in sincere aesthetic discourse with new cinema generations.
Festival Highlights: As it was expected, the opening and closing is attracting every one's eyes. The opening is film, 'Jibgyulho' which directed by Peong Shokang(Chinese). The closing film is Evangelion 'Seo‘ (directed by Japanese, Anno Hideaki) being made for screening .'Jibgyulho' is going to be on the screen at the first time, so it is more interesting. And the closing, Evangelion 'Seo' for screening was made after ten years that director made screen version in 1997.