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15 Short films you shouldn’t miss at the 26th Busan International Film Festival

These are fifteen short films you shouldn’t miss at the 26th Busan International Film Festival which will take place from October 6th – 15th, 2021 in Busan, Korea.

– Selected Shorts –

A Winter Glove by Lee Hyeonju – Korea | 2021 – 29 minutes
Section: Korean Short Film Competition | World Premiere

Piano teacher Ingyeong begins to study Japanese when her boyfriend is assigned to a job in Japan. As her boyfriend’s departure date approaches, she wonders why she’s studying Japanese. Will she find an answer? Without drama, this film quietly builds up emotions, and the energy surrounding it seems nothing close to ordinary. (KANG Sowon – BIFF 2021)

Screening Dates:
October 9th, 2021 | Saturday | CGV Centum City 5 | 13:00 pm
October 10th, 2021 | Sunday | Lotte Cinema Centum City 6 | 9:30 am
October 13th, 2021 | Wednesday | Lotte Cinema Centum City 3 | 20:00 pm

Trailer:

Anthill by Lee Solhui – Korea | 2021 – 27 minutes
Section: Korean Short Film Competition | World Premiere

Nine-year-old Dojin often spends time alone at home. One day he heads to the backyard to make an anthill and witnesses a murder. He brings home the bloodied brick used as murder weapon. School violence, bullying, and murder seen through a child′s eyes are featured in this mystery film with unexpected twists. (KANG Sowon – BIFF 2021)

Screening Dates:
October 9th, 2021 | Saturday | CGV Centum City 5 | 13:00 pm
October 10th, 2021 | Sunday | Lotte Cinema Centum City 6 | 9:30 am
October 13th, 2021 | Wednesday | Lotte Cinema Centum City 3 | 20:00 pm

Trailer:

Errand by Lee Youngwoong – Korea | 2021 – 16 minutes
Section: Korean Short Film Competition | World Premiere

Young siblings Juhee and Seongjun run errands for their mother. Their short journey from the stationery store to the supermarket and the hardware store gradually gathers a chill. A strange list of items to purchase, the bickering brother and sister, and a minimalistic plot with a huge story. (KANG Sowon – BIFF 2021)

Screening Dates:
October 9th, 2021 | Saturday | CGV Centum City 5 | 16:00 pm
October 10th, 2021 | Sunday | Lotte Cinema Centum City 6 | 13:00 pm
October 13th, 2021 | Wednesday | Lotte Cinema Centum City 3 | 17:30 pm

Trailer:

Good Day by Zhang Zhi-Teng – Taiwan | 2021 – 20 minutes
Section: Asian Short Film Competition | World Premiere

A middle-aged man about to be divorced stops by home to pick up his golf bag. He leaves with the key. A typhoon arrives and blows torrential rain through the windows he has left open. (PARK Sungho – BIFF 2021)

Screening Dates:
October 8th, 2021 | Friday | CGV Centum City 5 | 16:30 pm
October 11th, 2021 | Monday | Busan Cinema Center Cinema 2 | 9:00 am
October 14th, 2021 | Thursday | Lotte Cinema Centum City 3 | 16:30 pm

Trailer:

GUT: Exorcism by Park So-e – Korea | 2021 – 5 minutes
Section: Korean Short Film Competition | World Premiere

“Do you think I’m lying?” A woman relays her incredible childhood experience. The strange paper talismans she’d seen in her grandmother’s motel; bells ring and a shamanic ritual begins, enveloped in an eerie atmosphere. A stop-motion animation featuring yarn dolls with an outrageous and ingenious imagination. (KANG Sowon – BIFF 2021)

Screening Dates:
October 9th, 2021 | Saturday | CGV Centum City 5 | 13:00 pm
October 10th, 2021 | Sunday | Lotte Cinema Centum City 6 | 9:30 am
October 13th, 2021 | Wednesday | Lotte Cinema Centum City 3 | 20:00 pm

Trailer:

Sarira by Li Mingyang – China | 2021 – 28 minutes
Section: Asian Short Film Competition | World Premiere

A middle-aged Buddhist monk in a small temple suffers from increasing tooth pain. To complicate matters, he must endure the construction noise of the development that will eventually raze the temple. (PARK Sungho – BIFF 2021)

Screening Dates:
October 8th, 2021 | Friday | CGV Centum City 5 | 16:30 pm
October 11th, 2021 | Monday | Busan Cinema Center Cinema 2 | 9:00 am
October 14th, 2021 | Thursday | Lotte Cinema Centum City 3 | 16:30 pm

Trailer:

Source of the Odour by Kim Hyoeun – Korea | 2021 – 29 minutes
Section: Korean Short Film Competition | World Premiere

Injeong, a promising contract designer with only a high school diploma, ends up making poor decisions out of inferiority complex about her academic background. On one unlucky day, a strangely unpleasant smell follows her all day. A film of metaphors with a perspicuous ending. (KANG Sowon – BIFF 2021)

Screening Dates:
October 9th, 2021 | Saturday | CGV Centum City 5 | 19:30 pm
October 11th, 2021 | Monday | Lotte Cinema Centum City 3| 20:00 pm
October 13th, 2021 | Wednesday | Lotte Cinema Centum City 3 | 15:00 pm

Trailer:

Suicidal Student by Park Jun-hyeok – Korea | 2021 – 15 minutes
Section: Korean Short Film Competition | World Premiere

High school student Minjae wants to die. He jumps out of a classroom window, but instead of dying, he is forced to see the school counselor. The audience will soon become sympathetic to the dark or strange story of a boy who has decided to die for some unknown reason in this tragicomedy full of irony. (KANG Sowon – BIFF 2021)

Screening Dates:
October 9th, 2021 | Saturday | CGV Centum City 5 | 19:30 pm
October 11th, 2021 | Monday | Lotte Cinema Centum City 3| 20:00 pm
October 13th, 2021 | Wednesday | Lotte Cinema Centum City 3 | 15:00 pm

Trailer:

THE BLANK by Shin Si-jeong – Korea | 2021 – 18 minutes
Section: Korean Short Film Competition | World Premiere

Eunsuk is a department store janitor whose only joy in life is listening to classical music in the innermost bathroom stall at work. To Eunsuk, who makes a strained move to a good school district for her daughter, her life is always on the back burner. A film with a fresh and memorable ending that presents a sliver of sunshine in the life of a poor working mother. (KANG Sowon – BIFF 2021)

Screening Dates:
October 9th, 2021 | Saturday | CGV Centum City 5 | 19:30 pm
October 11th, 2021 | Monday | Lotte Cinema Centum City 3| 20:00 pm
October 13th, 2021 | Wednesday | Lotte Cinema Centum City 3 | 15:00 pm

Trailer:

The Sea Calls for Me by Tumpal Tampubolon – Indonesia | 2021 – 18 minutes
Section: Asian Short Film Competition | World Premiere

A young boy, Sura, lives alone and lonely in a fishing village. He earns money from chores while waiting for his father, who may never return. One day, he finds a broken sex doll washed ashore, and tries to fix it. (PARK Sungho – BIFF 2021)

Screening Dates:
October 8th, 2021 | Friday | CGV Centum City 5 | 20:00 pm
October 11th, 2021 | Monday | Busan Cinema Center Cinema 2 | 12:30 pm
October 14th, 2021 | Thursday | Lotte Cinema Centum City 3 | 19:30 pm

Trailer:

The Third Solar Term by Song Zhanfei – China, UK | 2021 – 21 minutes
Section: Asian Short Film Competition | World Premiere

During the spring break, Qizhe returns to his hometown to relax, but finds himself distracted by his mother’s constant lecturing. Eventually his sexual identity is discovered, a secret that keeps him from being an otherwise perfect son. (PARK Sungho – BIFF 2021)

Screening Dates:
October 8th, 2021 | Friday | CGV Centum City 5 | 20:00 pm
October 11th, 2021 | Monday | Busan Cinema Center Cinema 2 | 12:30 pm
October 14th, 2021 | Thursday | Lotte Cinema Centum City 3 | 19:30 pm

Trailer:

We Have to Love Each Other by Lee Ru-ri – Korea | 2021 – 19 minutes
Section: Korean Short Film Competition | World Premiere

The only school in the riverside village is about to close. A year ago, middle school student Sanha’s friend threw herself in the river. Sanha’s novelist mother writes a terrifying yet sad story under her daughter’s name. The film captures the subtle yet deep emotional landscape of a teenage girl. (KANG Sowon – BIFF 2021)

Screening Dates:
October 9th, 2021 | Saturday | CGV Centum City 5 | 19:30 pm
October 11th, 2021 | Monday | Lotte Cinema Centum City 3| 20:00 pm
October 13th, 2021 | Wednesday | Lotte Cinema Centum City 3 | 15:00 pm

Trailer:

Why is the sky dark at night? by Kelzang Dorjee – Bhutan | 2021 – 23 minutes
Section: Asian Short Film Competition | World Premiere

Dema, a demure seventeen-year-old girl, works at a butcher shop in the capital city of Thimphu in Bhutan. Nothing seems to happen in this quiet city, where time seems to have stood still. Dema experiences the world through the occasional visits of passersby and customers. (PARK Sungho – BIFF 2021)

Screening Dates:
October 8th, 2021 | Friday | CGV Centum City 5 | 16:30 pm
October 11th, 2021 | Monday | Busan Cinema Center Cinema 2 | 9:30 am
October 14th, 2021 | Thursday | Lotte Cinema Centum City 3 | 16:30 pm

Trailer:

Windows by Shigaya Daisuke – Japan | 2021 – 30 minutes
Section: Asian Short Film Competition | International Premiere

A young couple has lived together for five years, and they share daily lives even without passion or financial stability. One day, they learn that she’s pregnant, and start to consider how to plan their future. (PARK Sungho – BIFF 2021)

Screening Dates:
October 8th, 2021 | Friday | CGV Centum City 5 | 20:00 pm
October 11th, 2021 | Monday | Busan Cinema Center Cinema 2 | 12:30 pm
October 14th, 2021 | Thursday | Lotte Cinema Centum City 3 | 19:30 pm

Trailer:

Yet Another Winter by Kiran Shrestha – Nepal | 2021 – 23 minutes
Section: Asian Short Film Competition | World Premiere

A young mother visits a shaman in the hope that he will help her deaf daughter to be able to hear and speak. As advised, she tries to convince her husband and her sister to find a temple in the city together, but eventually it becomes her sole responsibility. (PARK Sungho – BIFF 2021)

Screening Dates:
October 8th, 2021 | Friday | CGV Centum City 5 | 20:00 pm
October 11th, 2021 | Monday | Busan Cinema Center Cinema 2 | 12:30 pm
October 14th, 2021 | Thursday | Lotte Cinema Centum City 3 | 19:30 pm

Trailer:

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