39th Busan International Short Film Festival – Competition Finalists Announced

The Busan International Short Film Festival announced the finalists for the Competition Section. The festival will take place from April 27th until May 2nd, 2022.

This year, a total of 2.548 films from 111 different countries were submitted for the International Competition, and 695 films were submitted for the Korean Competition. After the strict selection process the selection committee shortlisted 40 films from 37 different countries for the International Competition, and 20 films from the Korean Competition.

For the International Competition there was a diverse range of genres submitted. Many of the films display the distinct characteristics of various genres, such as drama, documentary, animation, and experimental, as well as recent trends that mix and integrate genres liked drama and documentary, documentary and animation, or drama and experimental. The majority of the submissions in the Korean Competition category were drams, showing a strong trend narrative films in the Korean film industry. There was also an significant increase in the number of films dealing with COVID-19 pandemic. Another noteworthy trend is the rise in the number of films focusing on women’s stories as the subject. This is due to a surge of female creators, which adds to the diversity and growth of the Korean film industry, as well as allowing for optimistic future projections.

International competition
Adjusting by Dejan Petrovic – Serbia
Adjuustment by Mehrdad Hassani – Iran
Amani by Alliah Fafin – Canada
At the Feet of My Mother by Vincent Sparreboom – The Netherlands
Boobs by Marie Valade – Canada
The Boys Club by Chen Yihwen – Malaysia
Broken by Sna Win Nan Khin – Myanmar
Burros by Jefferson Stein – USA
Closed to the Light by Nicola Piovesan – Italy
Elena by Biruté Sodeikaité – Lithuania, France, Croatia
Epitaph by Silvia Lorenzi – Estonia, Italy
For Summer by Reetta Saarikoski – Finland
Handbook by Pavel Mozhar – Germany
Holy-Water by Mukund Narayan – India
Homebird by Ewa Smyk – UK
I Am Trying to Remember by Pegah Ahangarani – Czech Republic, Iran
Inherent by Nicolai G.H. Johansen – Denmark
Insect by Marcin Podolec – Poland
Iota Period Omega by Alexis Alexiou – Greece
Kids of Paradise by Sha Mo – China
Lament by Rubén Sánchez – Spain
Mofle by Fernando Heríquez – Dominican Republic
A Most Exquisite Man by Jonas Taul – Estonia
Mti by Mauricio Corco – Chila
Night by Ahmad Saleh – Germany, Jordan, Palestine, Qatar
Pain of the Anonymous by Amano Daichi – Japan
Palermo Sole Nero by Joséphine Jouannais – France
Reykjavík by Irving Uribe Nares – Mexico
The Sound of Dreaming by Kalani Gacon – Nepal
Sound of the Night by Chanrado Sok, Kongkea Vann – Cambodia
Swallow the Universe by Luis Nieto – France
The Came Dark by Marie-Rose Osta – Lebanon
Time Flows in Strange Ways on Sundays by Lin Giselle – Singapore
Tio by Juan Medina – Mexico
Titan by Valery Carnoy – Belgium
Too Big Drawing by Genadzi Buto – Belarus
Trumpets in the Sky by Rakan Mayasi – France, Lebanon, Palestine
U.N. Slap Commission by Stepahn Kampf, Valentin Burkhardt – Germany
When Night Meets Dawn by Andreea Bortun – Romania
Zarzal by Sebastián Valencia Muñoz – Colombia

Korean Competition
An Excessive Day by Zhao Danyang – South Korea
Apartment by Lee Jui – South Korea
Cicada by Yoon Daewoen – South Korea
Cut by Son Minzun – South Korea
Honor Guard by Lee Sangmin – South Korea
Lovelylove by Jooyoung – South Korea
Mast by Lee Juseung – South Korea
My Child by Kim Hyunjoo – South Korea
Nowhere Else by Lee Kyeongwon – South Korea
One of My Fortune by Jo Ryeongmi – South Korea
Pitch Black by Lee Junseop – South Korea
Standby by Lee Kyoungho, Heo Jieun – South Korea
The Ark in the Desert by Kim Areum – South Korea
The Daughter by Nam Soona – South Korea
The Indelible by Yoon Hyeseong – South Korea
The Night Coming Alone by Choi Eunsoo – South Korea
The Red Lump by Kim Jisu – South Korea
The Square by Lee Gahong – South Korea
Trace of Time by Iwa – South Korea
Unfamiliar Familiar by Sin Haesup – South Korea, Swtizerland

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