Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the premiere film schools in the United States, in continued partnership with South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), Asia’s largest film festival, today revealed the official program for the upcoming Busan West Film Festival March 8-10.
KIM JEE-WOON AND ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER TO OPEN 2013 BUSAN WEST FILM FESTIVAL AT CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY’S DODGE COLLEGE OF FILM AND MEDIA ARTS
Official Festival Lineup Revealed: Highlights include a short film program and a Martial Arts Cinema panel.
Orange, CA (February 20, 2013) – Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the premiere film schools in the United States, in continued partnership with South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), Asia’s largest film festival, today revealed the official program for the upcoming Busan West Film Festival March 8-10.
Award-winning writer/director Kim Jee-woon and Hollywood icon Arnold Schwarzenegger, along with screenwriter and Dodge College alumnus Andy Knauer (MFA/Screenwriting’06), will open the Festival with a special presentation of their recent collaboration “The Last Stand” at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8 at Marion Knott Studios on Chapman University’s campus in Orange. Kim Jee-woon will be honored with a special icon award and participate in a moderated discussion with Schwarzenegger.
The Busan West lineup will feature acclaimed films from five countries: China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and the U.S.
New to the festival this year is a competition for short films. Twenty short films are scheduled to screen during the festival and awards will be presented at the festival’s Closing Night reception, March 10. The two winning short films will be programmed at the 2013 Busan International Film Festival in October.
The official Busan West 2013 lineup is comprised of the following films:
► A WEREWOLF BOY (Country: Korea / Director: Sung-Hee Jo)
► BEIJING FLICKERS (Country: China / Director: Yuan Zhang)
► BLEAK NIGHT (Country: Korea / Director: Yoon Sung-Hyun)
► DANGEROUS LIAISONS (Country: China/Korea/Singapore / Director: Jin-ho Hur)
► FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH (Country: Hong Kong / Director: Chang-wha Chung)
► GIRLFRIEND BOYFRIEND GF*BF (Country: Taiwan / Ya-che Yang)
► IRON MONKEY (Country: China / Director: Woo-ping Yuen)
► THE SWORD IDENTITY (Country: China / Director: Haofeng Xu)
► ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA (Country: China / Director: Hark Tsui)
► TALE OF TWO SISTERS (Country: USA / Director: Adam Rifkin)
► THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE WEIRD (Country: Korea / Director: Kim Jee-woon)
► THE LAST STAND (Country: USA / Director: Kim Jee-woon)
Busan West presents a unique filmmaker showcase that brings select notable Asian films and filmmakers to the U.S. to create a new and unique platform for heightened recognition outside of Asia.
Over the course of three days, the public is invited to experience a showcase of contemporary and classic Asian films, many selected from the Busan International Film Festival by Dodge College Professor Nam Lee, an expert in Pan-Asian film. The 2013 Busan West program features a special opening night event honoring director Kim Jee-woon as the Icon Award recipient and a martial arts cinema panel (Sunday, March 10) which will include renowned martial arts writer/director Haofeng Xu (The Grandmaster, The Sword Identity).
The event marks the third venture between Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival to introduce the culture, look and feel of Asia’s largest film festival to an American audience and celebrate the vibrant and emerging Korean and Pan-Asian cinema.
Previous editions of the Festival have attracted some of Korea’s most renowned filmmakers including celebrated writer/director Bong Joon-ho (Mother, Memories of Murder, The Host), award-winning writer/director Park Chan-wook (Thirst director’s cut), writer/director Kim Jee-woon (The Good, the Bad, the Weird), director Lee Doo-yong (Last Witness), Oh Jeom-kyun (Viva, Love), Park Jin-sung (Evil Spirit: VIY), director Kim Dong-won (“Drifting Away”) and writer/director Kim Young-nam (Don’t Look Back).
For more information on the event and to purchase tickets please visit www.busanwest.com.
About Chapman University:
Consistently ranked among the top universities in the West, Chapman University attracts highly qualified students from around the globe. Its programs are designed to encourage leadership in innovation, creativity and collaboration, and are increasingly recognized for providing an extraordinary educational experience. The university excels in film and media arts, performing arts, educational studies, economics and business, law, humanities and the sciences. Student enrollment in graduate and undergraduate programs is approaching 7,000, and Chapman University alumni are found throughout California and the world.
Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts:
One of the premier film schools in the country, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts offers students the unique opportunity to learn filmmaking in a hands-on environment modeled on a working studio. The college is comprised of the Sodaro-Pankey Undergraduate School of Film and Media Arts, offering degrees in film production, film studies, screenwriting, creative producing, television and broadcast journalism, public relations and advertising, screen acting and digital arts; and the graduate Conservatory of Motion Pictures, offering M.F.A. degrees in film production, film and television producing, production design, and screenwriting, and an M.A. in film studies. Two joint M.F.A. degrees in producing are also offered in conjunction with the business (M.F.A./M.B.A.) and law (M.F.A./J.D.) schools. Dodge College is housed in Marion Knott Studios, a state-of-the-art, 76,000-square-foot studio and classroom building that provides students with 24-hour access to sound stages, edit bays, Dolby surround mixing, a motion capture stage and more. With an Oscar and Emmy-award winning full-time faculty that boasts more feature film credits than any other film school, Dodge College is where students learn the entertainment business from the inside out.