[Reporter Han Hyun-jung, Daily Economy Star Today]

The Busan International Film Festival ends with the audience safely despite the COVID-19. It is an internal evaluation that the holding of a safe event and the participation of exemplary audiences was an impressive and proud festival.

The 25th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) was broadcast live online on the morning of the 30th, attended by Chairman Lee Yong-Kwan, Nam Dong-cheol Senior Programmer, and Chairman Jeon Yang-jun.

Chairman Jeon Yang-jun said on the day, “A variety of films and programs have been unfolded around the world. This year, we have discovered and invited films that can answer the fundamental questions of film art, and focused on films that can communicate with irrigation people.” The number of audiences was 18,311.

He added, “It may be a small number compared to the 180,000 average number of international audiences, but it can be said that it is not embarrassing to put it anywhere as an event in the COVID-19 era such as non-face-to-face and non-contact”.

He said, “More people participated than expected. The highlight was the conversation between the guest and the audience. It showed a creative way using zoom. What I want to put out externally is the ‘conversation with the audience’ of American master Freddick Weisman (aged 90), a giant in the world documentary. It was not teh pandemic, so even if the summit was held, it would have been difficult to bring him to Busan. I am proud to be able to meet such a giant and the audience.”

Nam Dong-cheol, senior programmer, said, referring to successful quarantine and mature citizenship, “Many people asked, ‘Is it necessary to do this?’ While conducting a thorough heat check, hand disinfection, and electronic access list, we managed to keep 25% of the available seats away. “Our pride in our own way is to have a safe film festival.”

“The second is the audience participation rate. The total number of seats is 1/10 compared to last year. If you count the items that have been reserved, it is confirmed that about 18,000 seats are filled. “It was a film festival where the audience felt thirsty for a movie, even though they had never recorded such a seat share.”

The 25th Busan International Film Festival ends with the closing film ‘Josee, the Tiger and the Fish’. This year’s invitational work was held in 68 countries with 192 films, down by 100 from the previous year. Tickets were only sold online.

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