[Filmfestivalresearch] A Statement from Korean Film Group’s Emergency Committee for BIFF
Melanie Le Forestier
melanie.leforestier at gmail.com
Mon Mar 21 15:27:56 CET 2016
Here's another link of the Statement from Korean Film Group’s Emergency
In this website, you will also find an interesting timeline on what's
happening to BIFF since 2014. I found it very helpful!
Mélanie Le Forestier
2016-03-21 18:32 GMT+01:00 B Ruby Rich <rich at filmquarterly.org>:
> Any other links?
> These fail to connect and deliver the message "403 Forbidden" and "nginx"
> on an otherwise blank page, when entered.
> Nice, eh?
> Thanks for posting the text.
> Very serious indeed.
> B Ruby Rich
> Film Quarterly
> rich at filmquarterly.org
> On Mar 21, 2016, at 12:54 AM, Jean-Michel Frodon <jmfrodon at gmail.com>
> > A strong move...
> > Jean-Michel Frodon
> > http://blog.slate.fr/projection-publique
> > Professeur associé à Sciences-Po Paris
> > Membre du comité pédagogique de SPEAP
> > http://blogs.sciences-po.fr/speap/
> > Professorial Fellow, University of St. Andrews. Scotland
> > Professor of Global Cinema and Creative Cultures, IGCCC
> > http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/globalcinema
> > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> > From: KFPA <kfpa at kfpa.net>
> > Date: 2016-03-21 8:51 GMT+01:00
> > Subject: A Statement from Korean Film Group’s Emergency Committee for
> > To: Jean Frodon <jmfrodon at gmail.com>
> > A Statement from Korean Film Group’s Emergency Committee for Defending
> > BIFF's Independence
> > March 21, 2016
> > *The Entire Korean Film Community will boycott BIFF unless the Busan city
> > guarantees the festival’s independence!*
> > Does the city government really want to go for the worst? The city
> > government accelerated interfering Busan International Film Festival
> > by submitting a legal application for injunction to suspend the
> > of 68 new committee advisors consisted of Korean film professionals and
> > refusing to have the special assembly meeting for amending the articles
> > association. In addition, the recent city gazette published by Busan city
> > government is filled with criticism of the festival and insulting the
> > professionals who support BIFF as if they are the intruders with ulterior
> > intension. The city government provoked the regional antagonism by
> > spreading rumors that the film professionals from Seoul are trying to
> > control the Busan’s festival. This is beyond defamation of the Korean
> > professionals. It is the worst way of ruining the festival which is a
> > valuable cultural asset for all of us.
> > We have watched ever since Mr. SUH Byung-soo, was elected as the mayor
> > became the organizing director of the festival as ex officio in 2014. And
> > he has never stopped political retaliation against BIFF since the
> > of The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol (aka. Diving Bell). We have
> > patiently tried our best for peaceful solution between the festival and
> > city government. But SUH deceives people as if those film professionals
> > outsiders with wicked intention attempting to alienate between Busan
> > citizens and the film professionals.
> > BIFF is not a property of Busan city government. It is true that the
> > government’s financial support to the festival is a part of the reason
> > the success of the festival, but the festival is entitled to make
> > on how to run it autonomically without any outside interference. BIFF
> > not only belong to the Busan citizens but also to every cineaste in
> > It is a cultural asset to be shared with everyone who loves cinema from
> > over the world. That is why the festival’s independence and autonomy have
> > to be protected. That is why amending the articles of association is so
> > important to guarantee its independence and autonomy.
> > We were enormously shocked and grieved by a series of discouraging events
> > including practical ‘censorship’ from outside and unfair dismissal of the
> > festival director, but we still believed that we should be able to
> > institutional gird to prevent the recurrence of this unfortunate
> > with all our efforts. That’s why many of us willingly agreed to be
> > committee advisors in hoping to acquire basis for the festival’s autonomy
> > and independence via revision of the article at the special assembly
> > meeting. As we witnessed SUH promised that he would step down from the
> > organizing director voluntarily, we were truly stuck to our belief in
> > peaceful end to the situation,
> > However, Busan city government abruptly started arguing legitimacy of the
> > special assembly meeting. The city government defamed us as intruders
> > ulterior intension though every media they can muster up and eventually
> > submitted application for an injunction to suspend the efficiency of 68
> > committee advisors. We cannot help resenting and lamenting to see the
> > city’s attempt to distort the situation to some sort of power game among
> > film professionals. We patiently maintained our support for BIFF to make
> > the festival back on track, but we are afraid that our patience was for
> > nothing after all.
> > It’s unimaginable to see BIFF without film people. However, if Busan city
> > government still believes that they ‘own’ the festival just because they
> > are the biggest sponsor and if Busan city keeps insulting our efforts in
> > finding solution as ulterior interference from outside, we cannot find
> > reason to be attending BIFF. We, Korean group of film associations, will
> > try to pass a resolution for boycotting BIFF2016 after collecting
> > of all associations. The world will witness the empty red carpet for the
> > first time in 20 years of BIFF’ history and the audience from all over
> > world will stop coming to Busan for the festival any more. It takes
> quite a
> > long time to build a festival, but it does just a blink of an eye to be
> > collapsed. Do SUH and Busan city government want to see BIFF disappear
> > like that? By all means, we truly hope our desperate outcry and ultimatum
> > will be taken seriously.
> > We strongly demand the followings;
> > - The mayor, SUH should resign from the BIFF’s organizing director
> > immediately and agree to revision of the articles for the festival’s
> > autonomy and independence!
> > - The city government must stop unjust interference on BIFF and withdraw
> > the legal application for injunction against suspension of efficiency of
> > new committee advisors!
> > - SUH should make public apology for his continuous wrongful actions
> > damaging the festival and promise that it will never happen again!
> > If the city government does not take significant actions on our demands
> > above, there will be none of the Korean film community attending this
> > year’s Busan International Film Festival.
> > Korean Film Group’s Emergency Committee for Defending BIFF's Independence
> > What's happening to BIFF? You can find the answers at *
> > <
> > * 해당 첨부파일은 2016년 04월 04일 까지 다운로드 가능합니다.
> > ( Following attached files can be downloaded until *04.Apr.2016* )
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