The 22nd Busan International Film Festival newly establishes the ‘Kim Jiseok Award’ to honor the late Kim Ji-seok (pictured, top) who passed away earlier this year after devoting his life’s career to discovering young Asian directors and supporting the growth of Asian cinema. The 22nd Busan International Film Festival announces 10 official candidates for Kim Jiseok Award.
Unlike the New Currents section introducing the first or second film of up-and-coming Asian directors, Kim Jiseok Award nominees are selected from films produced by active and skilled Asian directors. Among 10 world premiere films in A Window on Asian Cinema, the section for new films of Asian directors and most-talked films, 2 finalists will be chosen through the jury’s examination and awarded 10,000 USD each.
Kim Jiseok Award is to remember Kim Ji-seok, one of the founding members of the Busan International Film Festival and one of its first Program Directors who dedicated himself to fostering new Asian films and encouraging up-and-coming Asian directors for over 20 years, as well as a leading individual who worked hard to establish the festival identity as the hub of Asian cinema.
To preserve the meaning of the Award, Kim Jiseok Award Jury consists of Asian film professionals who maintained close relationship with the late program director and contributed to the globalization of Asian cinema. Film critics Tony Rayns, Darcy Paquet and a representative Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho will serve as first jurors for the Kim Jiseok Award at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival.
The Busan International Film Festival runs 12 – 21 October. The 2017 Kim Jiseok Award nominees are:
Ash, LI Xiaofeng
The Bold, The Corrupt And The Beautiful, YANG Ya-Che
The Carousel Never Stops Turning, Ismail BASBETH
Goodbye Kathmandu, Nabin SUBBA
In the Shadows, Dipesh JAIN
Malila: The Farewell Flower, Anucha BOONYAWATANA
The Scythian Lamb, YOSHIDA Daihachi
Silent Mist, ZHANG Miaoyan
Smaller and Smaller Circles, Raya MARTIN
Wilderness, KISHI Yoshiyuki