The 12th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) came to a close October 12 th after a 9 day run that drew a record-breaking attendance. An official tally of 198,603 admissions were taken during the event, up nearly 6000 from last year, while overall occupancy for screenings reached 75.8%. Both opening and closing films were sold out, with PIFF a total of 271 films from 65 countries.
Winners in the festival's only competitive section, New Currents, were announced at an award ceremony with 3 films sharing the honor, each winning US$30 000. Korean-Chinese director Jin Guang-hao
won for his feature debut, the KOFIC-supported "Life Track
" . Malaysian director Seng Tat LIEW won for his first feature "Flower in the Pocket", and Aditya ASSARAT of Thailand was awarded for his sophomore effort "Wonderful Town" . "Flower in the Pocket" also snagged the audience award, while the FIPRESCI award went to "The Red Awn" by CAI Shangjun of China.
JIN's "Life Track
" is an unpretentious and stirring tale of a man who, having lost both his arms, lives alone in the mountains until he meets and finds comfort in a mute woman who has run away and seeks shelter. The film was the recipient of grant funding from KOFIC's Overseas Korean support program along with post-production funding from PIFF"s Asian Cinema Fund. It was produced by GOH Young-jae and Korean-Chinese director Zhang Lu
, who won PIFF's New Currents prize in the previous year for "Grain in Ear
Notable Korean independent films "A Girl of Black Soil" by Jeon Soo-il
( "Time Between Wolf and Dog" , 2006) and "Hello, Stranger
" by Kim Dong-hyun-VI
( "A Shark"
, 2005) both won PIFF's NETPAC award. The latter was recipient of post-production support from PIFF's Asian Cinema Fund.
Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)