BIFF and CHANEL partners to launch CHANEL x BIFF Asian Film Academy

The Busan International Film Festival and Chanel have partnered to launch ‘CHANEL X BIFF Asian Film Academy’. The program will receive applications from emerging talent in cinema until May 8th.

The Asian Film Academy, designed to discover the emerging generation of Asian filmmakers and catalyze diverse networks among young talents, now has 363 alumni from 32 countries since 2005. For the past 17 years, the ‘Asian Film Academy’ has been well received by participants as a global educational program to learn the practice and philosophy of filmmaking under the guidance of world-renowned directors and instructors. Its alumni have been recognized for their excellence in the film industry around the world and at the world’s prestigious film festivals.

True to its creator, Gabrielle Chanel’s wish to be “part of what will happen next”, Chanel is dedicated to creating an environment in which promising young talents and students who will lead the future film industry can thrive. In addition to this support for the Asian film industry, Chanel is also supporting outstanding filmmakers around the world through international programs such as the ‘Through Her Lens: Tribeca CHANEL Women’s Filmmaker Program’, CHANEL Women Writers’ Network of Toronto International Film Festival, and First Frame of FIRST International Film Festival in Xining, China.

With the support of Chanel, ‘CHANEL X BIFF Asian Film Academy’ has a solid foundation for educating young promising Asian talents in a broader and more innovative way and provides the driving force to strengthen their capabilities. Based on this robust financial support, it is expected to be the most enterprising and essential film education program in Asia.

CHANEL x BIFF Asian Film Academy: Open Call

The all-new ‘CHANEL X BIFF Asian Film Academy’ will select approximately 20 young filmmakers from different Asian countries to participate in the program that includes film production, workshops, mentoring and masterclasses. The completed short films by the fellows will be officially screened at the Busan International Film Festival.

Applications will be accepted by May 8th. For more information about the detailed guidelines for applications, please visit the official website of ‘CHANEL X BIFF Asian Film Academy’ ( The program will be held from September 27th to October 14th.

Soon we will release new information about the call, please stay tuned.

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