- become a qualifying festival both for the ‘Premios Goya’ and the ‘Canadian Screen Awards’
Four years after becoming an Oscar®-qualifying festival, the Busan International Short Film Festival has now also become a qualifying festival both for the Premios Goya and the Canadian Screen Awards / Prix Écrans Canadiens. It is the first festival in Korea to achieve this kind of recognition, and one of very few such events throughout Asia.
The Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España (Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences of Spain) was created on January 8th, 1986. Each year, the Academia celebrates the quality of Spanish cinema with the presentation of the Premios Goya, or Goya Awards, to the best professionals in each of the technical and creative specialties. These include three short films categories: Mejor Cortometraje de Ficción (Best Fiction Short Film), Mejor Cortometraje Documental (Best Documentary Short Film), Mejor Cortometraje de Animación (Best Animated Short Film).
Since 2013, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television / Académie Canadienne du Cinéma et de la Télévision produces the Canadian Screen Awards / Prix Écrans Canadiens, bringing together the screen-based industry annually to celebrate the country’s top talent in the film, television and digital sectors at Canadian Screen Week. The Canadian Academy delivers awards for short films in the following three categories: Best Live Action Short Drama, Best Short Documentary, Best Animated Short.
While these qualifications may solely benefit the Spanish and Canadian filmmakers who will henceforth be selected in International Competition at upcoming editions, this does add to BISFF’s growing reputation both in Korea and abroad, and helps cement its relevance to the global film festival circuit (other festivals on these qualifying lists include Cannes, Clermont-Ferrand, Locarno, Oberhausen, Palm Springs, Sundance...). This also keeps the festival’s relationship with Spain and Canada going, as both countries were chosen for its flagship ‘Guest Country Program’ in 2014 and 2017, respectively. Their embassies in Korea also count among some of the festival's most supportive cultural partners.
Festival director Cha Minchol and the whole organizing team of the Busan International Short Film Festival wish to express their profound gratitude to the Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España and to the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television / Académie Canadienne du Cinéma et de la Télévision, as well as to the following film professionals for their precious support, advice and recommendations:
_distributor Millán Vázquez-Ortiz (Freak Independent Film Agency),
_festival director Marie-Élaine Riou (REGARD sur le court-métrage au Saguenay / Saguenay International Short Film Festival),
_director Diego Modino ("Ephemeral", Grand Prix in Official Competition at BISFF 2013),
_director Nayra Sanz Fuentes ("Sub Terrae", selected in International Competition at BISFF 2018),
_director Carlos Violadé Guerrero ("Foreigner", selected in International Competition at BISFF 2019).
For more on the Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España and on the Premios Goya, visit:
For more on the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television / Académie Canadienne du Cinéma et de la Télévision and on the Canadian Screen Awards / Prix Écrans Canadiens, visit: