Films presented by their directors and stars at BIFF: VIVA by Paddy Breathnach, GROZNY BLUES by Nicola Bellucci, BABAI by Visar Morina. Below: FLOCKING by Beata Gårdeler, BANAT by Adriano Valerio, THE HIGH SUN starring Goran Marković.

The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), running October 1 – 10, celebrates its 20th edition in 2015. For 18 years, European Film Promotion (EFP) has been supporting intense cultural exchanges between European filmmakers and Korean audiences as well as helping European films find their way onto Asia’s screens. EFP’s programme, Opening Doors, is backed by the Creative Europe – Media Programme of the European Union and participating EFP member organisations.

Fifteen mostly young European film artists travel to Busan with the support of EFP to present a diversity of cinematographic narratives at Asia’s most powerful film showcase. Their stories reflect the impact of ethnic wars, migration, identity and social media on Europe’s societies.

The majority of films have already raised attention at renowned festivals: Babai, the feature debut by Kosovo-born, Germany-based filmmaker Visar Morina won Best Director at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The film tells a father-and-son-story of unwanted economic migrants. Adriano Valerio’s debut film, Banat, has been selected for Venice’s Critics' Week and will compete for the Flash Forward Audience Award at BIFF: Two lovers have to bridge the gap between Italy and Romania.

Pavle Vučković’s debut, Panama, which screened in Cannes, shows the influence of social media on a young man’s relationship. The Serbian first feature will be released in South Korea following BIFF. Swedish teen drama, Flocking, by Beata Gårdeler intertwines crime, mob mentality and internet revenge. Flocking was awarded the top prize in the Generation 14plus section of this year’s Berlinale.

Grozny Blues by Nicola Bellucci from Switzerland was introduced in Locarno and follows a few people around the war-torn Chechnyan capital of Grozny. Dalibor Matanic’s drama, The High Sun, screened in Cannes at Un Certain Regard, looks back at another cruel ethnic war in former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Croatian actor Goran Marković will introduce the film to BIFF audiences.

The woodlands-based fantasy horror, The Hallow, is the feature debut of British visual artist and pop promo director Corin Hardy. The Irish film, Viva, by Paddy Breathnach is set in Cuba and focuses on eighteen year old Jesus, who struggles to find his true identity.

Please see the full film list below.

Due to its increasing importance, EFP has developed a strong presence at the Asian Film Market:
in tandem with Unifrance films, EFP is inviting a growing number of European sales companies to take part in an enlarged Umbrella Booth from October 3 – 6. Regularly attending companies, such as TrustNordisk from Denmark, Westend Films from the UK and Wide from France, have already registered with EFP, some new companies will come on board as well. The companies may also take advantage of EFP’s Film Sales Support (FSS). Beneficiaries will be announced later in September.

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The following film artists will be presenting their films in Busan with the support of
their respective EFP member organisations:


GROZNY BLUES (Switzerland)
Nicola Bellucci (director)
EFP member organisation: Swiss Films


VIVA (Ireland)
Paddy Breathnach (director)
EFP member organisation: Irish Film Board


CAFARD (Belgium, France, Netherlands)
Jan Bultheel (director)
EFP member organisation: Flanders Image


11 MINUTES (Poland, Ireland)
Paulina Chapko (actress)
EFP member organisation: Polish  Film Institute


HORIZON (Iceland)
Fridrik Thór Fridriksson (director)
EFP member organisation: Icelandic Film Centre


FLOCKING (Sweden)    
Beata Gårdeler (director)
EFP member organisation: Swedish Film Institute


THE HALLOW (UK)
Corin Hardy (director)
EFP member organisation: British Council


HOME CARE (Czech Republik, Slovakia)
Slávek Horák (director)
EFP member organisation: Czech Film Center


SUMMER CAMP (Spain, USA)
Alberto Marini (director)
EFP member organisation: ICAA, Spain


THE HIGH SUN (Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia)
Goran Marković (actor)
EFP member organisation: Croatian Audiovisual Centre


BABAI (Germany, Kosovo, Macedonia, France)
Visar Morina (director)
EFP member organisation: Kosova Cinematography Center, German Films


RAVEN THE LITTLE RASCAL 2 (Germany)
Ute von Münchow-Pohl (director) 
EFP member organisation: German Films


THE WEATHER INSIDE (Germany)
Isabelle Stever (director)
EFP member organisation: German Films


BANAT (Italy, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania)*
Adriano Valerio (director)
EFP member organisation: Istituto Luce Cinecittà


PANAMA (Serbia)
Pavle Vučković (director)
EFP member organisation: Film Center Serbia

* competing for this year’s Flash Forward Audience Award


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Contact

To book an exclusive interview with any of the European film artists presenting their films at BIFF 2015, please contact EFP’s Busan press representative:
Han-Song Hiltmann
hiltmann@efp-online.com
mobile: +82 10 5115 0190

Contact EFP:

Andreas Struck
Project Director
struck@efp-online.com
+49 40 390 6252

Mareen Gerisch
Head of Press
gerisch@efp-online.com
+49 40 390 6252

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