Industries & Festivals — January 17, 2013 at 3:01 pm

U.S. Chapman University to host annual pan-Asian film festival

busan-film-festivalFueled by the rapidly expanding influence and popularity of Korean filmmakers in Hollywood, Busan West, the annual pan-Asian film festival is expanding its program and introducing a competition for the 2013 festival.

The festival, in partnership with South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival (Asia’s largest film festival), is set to take place March 8-10 on the Chapman campus in Orange, California.

Busan West presents a unique filmmaker showcase that brings select notable Asian films and filmmakers to the U.S. to create a new and unique platform for heightened recognition outside of Asia.

New to the festival this year is a competition for short films — ‘Best Narrative Short’ and ‘Best Documentary Short’ Competition winners will be announced and awards presented at the festival’s Closing Night reception, March 10.

The two winning short films will be programmed at the 2013 Busan International Film Festival in October.

Over the course of three days, Dodge College hosts a showcase of contemporary and classic Asian films selected primarily from the Busan International Film Festival by Dodge College Professor Nam Lee, an expert in Pan-Asian film.

The 2013 Busan West program features a special opening night event and a martial arts retrospective, all designed to showcase Korean and Asian culture through food, music, and decor.

Q & A sessions led by notable film scholars will guide the audiences in conversation with several of Asia’s top film directors and talents who have committed to participate at Busan West and personally introduce their films.

Previous editions of the Festival have attracted some of Korea’s most renowned filmmakers including celebrated writer/director Bong Joon-ho (“Mother,” “Memories of Murder,” “The Host”), award-winning writer/director Park Chan-wook (“Thirst” director’s cut), writer/director Kim Ji-woon (“The Good, the Bad, the Weird”), director Lee Doo-yong (“Last Witness”), Oh Jeom-kyun (“Viva, Love”), Park Jin-sung (“Evil Spirit: VIY”), director Kim Dong-won (“Drifting Away”) and writer/director Kim Young-nam (“Don’t Look Back”).

Further expanding its focus of cinematic education and exploration in Southern California, the Festival stands to bring more one-of-a-kind opportunities to students and other film enthusiasts in the area.

By celebrating and recognizing the cinematic accomplishments of the dynamic and emerging Asian cinema, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts aims to contribute to the growth of international understanding among nations.

“We are excited to once again celebrate the talents of both emerging and established Asian filmmakers,” dean Robert Bassett said. “The addition of the short film competition and martial arts retrospective enables us to connect further with both local and global audiences.”

The event marks the third venture between Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival to introduce the culture, look and feel of Asia’s largest film festival to an American audience and celebrate the vibrant and emerging Korean and Pan-Asian cinema.



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