Guest Country Program

BISFF 2017 Guest Country Canada

The Guest Country program is a venue that uses the short film spectrum to discover the diversity that makes up not only film, but a country. Beginning with France six years ago, we traversed through many countries in Europe, then China in Asia, and now meet Canada this year. Our knowledge of Canada is quite limited to its being “the maple leaf country, home to people of diverse backgrounds.” Yet as the second largest country next to Russia, Canada is full of hope and spirit despite its short history and small population. Exactly for this reason, it is a neighbor we want to get to know better.

Canada’s might regarding film is beyond description, and Canadian film masters are too many to number. Many capable directors hail from here, where English and French are used together. Never mind the great masters of the past – there are still English directors such as James Cameron, David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, and French directors such as Denys Arcand, Denis Villeneuve, and Xavier Dolan. Canadian film is head to head in fiction, documentary and animation with France and United States, while leading the experimental film genre.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Canada’s founding, making this year’s Guest Country program all the more special, as an opportunity to meet the various faces of Canada. Almost 30 short films will be showcased through four programs: “Canadian Panorama”, “Canada First Nations”, “National Film Board of Canada Special”, and “BISFF Talk: Duet”. Here is Busan 2017, we invite you to meet the short films from Canada, where the future is bright.
Lee Sanghoon
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