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With the aim to build new synergies within the UNESCO Creative City film cluster, the city of Busan has launched its annual film production residency project. Given the restrictions administered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s residency programme is only to creative cities from the Republic of Korea. In this context, Daegu, a UNESCO Creative City of Music, and Gwangju, a UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts, have been selected as exchange cities for this year’s edition.
Busan (Republic of Korea), a UNESCO Creative City of Film since 2014, organized the 2020 Busan Food Film Festa (BFFF), an event that highlighted the agglomeration of the film and gastronomic assets of the city. Launched in 2016, the festival aims to provide residents the opportunity to enjoy gastronomy and film as well as spread the values of sharing, comfort and hope, especially amidst the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
As part of the Busan International Kids & Youth Film Festival (BIKY) created in 2006, Busan, UNESCO Creative City of Film, launched a drawing contest for kids. The selected drawings will be included in the official poster and exhibited during the Festival. This year, the Festival saw collaboration amongst 6 other cities, including 4 UNESCO Creative Cities (Postdam in Germany, Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Terrassa in Spain and Galway in Ireland).
From 31 May to 3 June, the Creative City of Film of Busan (Republic of Korea) will be organizing the third edition of its Intercity Film Festival & Film Production Residency Project, around the theme “Our City – Faces of the Cities We Live in”. The aim of the event is to strengthen and expand cooperation between UNESCO Creative Cities of Film, reason why a Film Production Residency Project is twinned with the event.
From beginning of this year, Busan started to collaborate with Creative Cities of Film in the framework of the Busan International Kids&Youth Film Festival (BIKY), notably through a contest aimed at designing the official poster of the newt edition of the festival. Each city carried out the contest and selected one drawing via their own process. As a result, 8 cities have joined the project, and drawings selected by the participant cities will be included into the 2019 poster and exhibited at the Festival.
In the framework of the 2018 edition of Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), a special event organized by Community BIFF, entitled “Across the Cinema – National Film Activist Forum”, focused on cross-cutting approaches between the film sector and citizenship issues.
Busan, in Korea, organizes and host the 2018 Busan Residency Film Production Project and the UNESCO Busan Inter-City Film Festival, in cooperation with the Creative Cities of Film Santos and Bitola.
Busan invites the UNESCO Creative Cities of Film to nominate one filmmaker from each city to participate in a three week collaborative filmmaking residency. From 24 April to 11 May, this inter-city session featuring cinematic representatives from the other Creative Cities of Film will be a unique opportunity to display the collaborative spirit and unity that bonds together the members of the Network.
From 18 to 21 November, the 18th edition of the Independent Film Festival of Busan, which was launched in 1999, has screened 56 films of the most renowned and promising directors of the independent genre in the Republic of Korea and across the world. The screenings were held at Busan Cinema Center and other city's theaters.