Organizations and Facilities

Busan, Hub of Film and Visual Culture

Busan City has established its status as a global hub city for visual culture with the successful hosting of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), which has now become a very significant annual event and the most influential film festival in Asia. The city has fostered the film and media industry, attempting to make it a major industry of Busan in the future and to provide a boost to the local economy.

In addition, Busan has been successfully hosting film related events for years, including the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), Busan International Advertising Festival (BIAF), Busan International Short Film Festival (BISFF), Busan International Kids & Youth Film Festival (BlKY), and GSTAR International Gaming Exhibition, and opened up marketplaces for the international film business, like the Asian Film Market (AFM) and Busan Contents Market (BCM), in order to expand its talent base. Busan is growing into the leading one-stop film industry center in Korea for investment, planning, production and the distribution of films.

Along with the Busan Cinema Center, various film-related facilities – like the Busan Post-production Facility, the Busan Cinema Venture Center, the Busan Community Media Center, and the Busan Culture Contents Complex – are located in the Centum Innovation district. The infrastructure of the visual industry has been established to lead film production, the film industry and the popularization of art films. To establish a visual industry cluster, along with public and private sectors, the Korean Media Rating Board and the Game Rating and Administration Committee were relocated into the Busan Visual Industry Center after the completion of the first phase of its construction and now the center’s construction is on the second phase.

In addition, the Busan Asian Film School opened in October 2016, aiming to foster film professionals in Asia and the Korean Academy of Film Arts, established by the Korean Film Council, plans to move to Busan in 2018.

A cinema museum in Nampo-dong, the historical cradle of Busan’s film-making industry, is also currently being constructed. With this, it is expected that Busan’s city brand value as a ‘hub of the Asian film industry’ and ‘the most prominent cultural city in Korea’ will soon reach historic heights.

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Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)

The title, City of Film, owes much to the annual Busan International Film Festival and Busan International Short Film Festival.

However, what really promotes the city as a film hub of Asia is a firm determination of the city authorities and the citizens natural love of film.


※ Since February 24, 2011, the official festival name was changed from ‘Pusan International Film Festival’ to ‘Busan International Film Festival’.