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Arena Orbit Live 2015:A Talk by Eugene KIM on BIAF

Eugene KIM, Programmer of Bucheon International Animation Festival at the Arena Orbit Live 2015 Int’l fest of Animation and VFX informed it’s attendees about the past and future of BIAF: PISAF, Bucheon International Animation Festival (BIAF). Until last year, the fest was titled as Puchon International Animation Festival (PIAF).

Eugene opened the session by informing about the history of the festival, “Our fest was established in 1999 and has turned out to be one of the most significant festivals in Asia. We received a total of 1,050 films last year.”

This year, the fest will celebrate its 17th edition from 23-27 October 2015 at Korea Manhwa Contents Agency in Bucheon , South Korea, with a program that is composed of Opening and Closing Film, International Student Competition, Features, and Master classes, Animation Fair, and Asia Animation Forum.

Eugene took the attendees through some of the opening films that played in the recent editions of this fest, which are 2010 – Redline (Japan), 2011- A Cat in Paris (France, Luxembourg), 2012 – Paper Man (U.S), 2013- Approved for Adoption (France, Belgium, Swiss, Korea).

And, closing films were Miracle Lady (Israel) in 2010, Parigot (France- 2011), Carn (France)-2012, Rabbit and Deer (Hungary) in 2013 and My Milk Cup Cow (Japan/China).

Till date, the fest has successfully brought together some creative master classes by Disney animator, John Musker and Gainax co-founder, Yamaga Hiroyuki, Disney animator Eric Goldberg, Korean animators- Sunggang LEE, Jaehoon AHN, Sangho YEON. Director Jung Henin Jungsik JUN), Mechanical designer- Shoji Kawamori, Korean animators, Beamwook HEO, Hyemi Park, Director of Ryan, Oscar winner, Chris Landreth, Korean animator Joyung Yumi, Laika’s Mark Shapiro, and Shilpa Ranade- Director of The World Goopi and Bagha.

The festival gives out awards under categories like Grand Prize, Jury Special Prize, Special Distinction Prize ( International/ Domestic), Audience Prize ( International/ Domestic), Best Online Prize ( Online) and other Special awards, which include NH Bank Bucheon Branch Prize, Korean Society of Cartoon and Animation Studies President’s Prize, Korea Animation Producers Association President’s Prize, Yoo Kang-Sun Prize ( International/ Domestic), Yuhan University President’s Prize ( International/ Domestic) and Naver Netizen choice ( Online).

In the recent editions, the responsibility of film selections was handled by jury members like Jung Henin|Cartoonist, Director of Approved Adoptiion, Vjera Matkovic |Producer, Animafest Zagreb, Sebastien Sperer| Programmer, Annecy Int’l Animated Film Festival, amongst many others.

Concluding the presentation, Eugene shared that the festival welcomes Animators, Cartoonists, New media, and Artists.

Writer: Zeenia Boatwala

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