Busan International Short Film Festival – Opening Films

We present the three short films that will open the Busan International Short Film Festival that will take place from April 25th – 30th, 2017 in Busan, South Korea.

Song for Cuba by Tamara Segura – Canada | 2011 – 7:18 min.

One night during a snowstorm, a man and a woman remember their hometown while drowning in Southern music. This is a story about a young Cuban couple’s fear of an insecure life in a new and cold land, and the love, music and dance that help them overcome this fear. The film features music by the Cuban singer Benny Moré and musician Ignacio Piñeiro. Lee Sanghoon

Curve by Tim Egan – Australia | 2016 – 10:16 min.

A girl wakes up to find herself resting atop the apex of a smooth, curved surface high above. She struggles to keep herself from falling into the pitch-black darkness below her. The harsh breathing and painful skin abrasions are clearly transmitted to the audience. The film’s directing keeps the audience transfixed to the end and the detailed sound design is outstanding. It won the Award for Best Short Film in the Official Fantastic Selection at the 2016 Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival.


The World in Your Window by Zoe Mcintosh – New Zealand | 2016 – 15 min.

Jesse, a young boy dreaming of becoming a boxer, lives in a caravan with his father who just stays at home unable to step out the door. The world that the father sees through the window is restricted to unevenly grown grass, cars and other caravans. Then one day, an unexpected event leads the two to a world outside of the (another) window. This film incorporates symbols and compact expressions to make it succinct overall and it won the Prix Etudiant de la Jeunesse under International Competition at the 2017 Clemont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.


About the directors

Tamara Segura:
Segura graduated in Film Direction from the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana and in Screenwriting from the International Film and Television School in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. Segura’s 2008 film Cocuyos (Fireflies) won the Martin Luther King Jr. Center’s Caminos Award. Her first feature-length screenplay, for the film Los Girasoles (The Sunflowers), was selected for the prestigious Foundation Carolina development program in Spain. In 2010, Segura was chosen for a fellowship under the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University. In 2013, she was the recipient of the RBC Michelle Jackson Award from the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival for her script Before the War.

Tim Egan:
Tim is a Melbourne-based, Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) graduate who has worked in almost every conceivable role on independent film sets over the last ten years. As a DOP for such films as Death By Muff, The Score, Blood on the Game Dice, Prosopagnosia, A Life Unexpected, Liz Drives and the epic Troll Bridge. As Director, DOP and Editor for the television series The Bazura Project for the ABC. As a camera assistant. Sound recordist. Animator. Too many music videos, documentaries, shorts and endless corporates to remember.

Zoe Mcintosh:
After completing a Fine Arts degree at Ilam, Zoe wrote and directed feature-film documentary Lost In Wonderland. A potent exploration of one man’s search for justice and identity, the film received international acclaim and was awarded Best Documentary at the NZ Film & TV Awards in 2010. Also in 2010, Zoe’s first short film Day Trip was selected for the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York and was a finalist for Best Short Film at the 2010 NZ Film & TV award. It was awarded Best Performance in a Short Film. She was also awarded the 2011 SPADA New Filmmaker of the Year. As a commercial director she was awarded The Cannes Lions young director award 2013. Her feature docu-comedy The Deadly Ponies Gang was a hit at the New Zealand International film festival and went on to screen at the New York Rooftop film festival. Living Like Kings, a short docu which followed a group of homeless people who found themselves living in unexpected luxury after the Christchurch earthquakes. It became a Vimeo staff pick, shot of the week, and went on to screen in international film festivals. Zoe continues to direct commercials and documentaries and is developing ideas for feature films.

To know more about this festival please go to the Festival Profile or to the Official Website.

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