Chinese Films at the Busan International Film Festival
By Isabella Tianzi Cai
In the recently closed 16th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), which ran from October 6 to 14, 2011, two independent Chinese productions made to the list of 30 finalists in the Asian Project Market (APM). They were Late August by YANG Heng (director of Betelnut, distributed by dGenerate) and Du, Zooey, and Ma by Robin WENG Shouming (director of Fujian Blue, distributed by dGenerate).
The Asian Project Market of BIFF, previously known as the Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP), is a venue for promising Asian directors and producers to get help and support from industrial representatives from all over the world. This year, 27 of the 30 finalists competed for six cash awards that ranged from 8,717USD (Lotte Award and PanStar Cruise Award) to 22,777USD (GâˆšÃ‰Â¬âˆ‚teborg Film Festival Fund from Sweden); 7 films won. See list.
This year, 307 films in 11 categories were screened at BIFF this year, with 134 world or international premieres. Below is a complete list of 22 Chinese films screened at the festival.
This section is reserved for renowned Asian directors.
Life Without Principle by Johnnie TO Wu Xia by Peter CHAN
A Window on Asian Cinema
This section is not a competition section of BIFF.
11 Flowers by WANG Xiaoshuai Celestial Kingdom by WANG Chao Here, There by LU Sheng Inseparable by Dayyan ENG Mr. Tree by HAN Jie The Sword Identity by XU Haofeng
This section shows the first or second film by an up-and-coming Asian director. Films in the section are considered for a $30,000 prize.
Lost in Mountain by GAO Zipeng
This section is divided into competition and non-competition units. Shorts and documentaries in the competition units are considered for the Sonje Awards and the BIFF Mecenat Awards respectively. Korean shorts in the competition units are also considered for the Busan Cinephile Award.
Documentary Competition The Vanishing Spring Light (China/Canada) by YU Xun Documentary Showcase Yulu by WEI Tie, TAN Chui Mui, JIA Zhangke, CHEN Tao, CHEN Zhizheng, SONG Fang, WANG Zizhao Animation Showcase (3D) Legend of a Rabbit by SUN Lijun
Special Program in Focus:
Special Focus on Yonfan, A Touch of Sensuality 7 films by Yonfai: A Certain Romance (1984), Bishonen (1998), Color Blossoms (2004), Double Fixation (1987), In Between (1994), Peony Pavilion (2001), and Promising Miss Bowie (1990).
Special Focus on Asian Western: Men of the East Let the Bullets Fly by JIANG Wen
Special Screening The 14 Amazons by Kang CHENG
This is not a competition section of BIFF. Films selected in this section are screened at night for festival attendees.
The Sorcerer and the White Snake by Tony CHING Siu Tung
Lastly, Hong Kong director Tsui Hark is the Asian Filmmaker of the Year at BIFF.