18th Busan Intl. Film Festival opens
Dozens of Korean and international movie stars, filmmakers or celebrities graced the red carpet on Thursday evening, and were greeted by thousands of cheering fans, at the opening ceremony of the 18th Busan International Film Festival.
The opening ceremony started at 7 p.m. Korea time at the Busan Cinema Center near Haeundae Beach.
This year's opening film was the Bhutanese film "Vara, A Blessing," that tells a story of dance, belief and devotion.
Tickets for the film sold out in just 43 seconds online.
At a press conference, actors and producers of the film showed their excitement over it being selected to open the festival.
"We're really happy to be here opening this really great festival, Busan Film Festival. And we're aware that this is the first time that non-Korean, non-Chinese film is opening the festival, and it's very a great honor for all of us."
The festival is now Asia's largest international film festival, and serves as a window for introducing talented Asian films to the world.
And while the festival is still loyal to its mission, it's also attempting this year to include more non-Asian experimental films to truly expand the festival's horizons.
"We have a competition section called Flash Forward last year. It was for non-asian filmmakers. and that numbers are increased 12 to 30."
The 10-day festival ends next Saturday with a screening of Korean director Kim Dong-hyun's film "The Dinner" at the closing ceremony.
"And on the sidelines of the festival, Asian Film Market and BIFF Conference & Forum are being held, to further facilitate networking among film professionals.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News, Busan."
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