Forum

2022 BIFAN Forum - Redefine Cinema

After Pandemic: Future of Cinema

Date

July 8(Fri) 10:00 ~ 16:30
July 12(Tue) 10:00 ~ 16:30

Location

BIFAN EVENT HALL (Bucheon-si, Wonmi-gu, Gilju-ro 234, 2nd FL)

Hosts/Sponsor

BIFAN, Emergency Forum for Filmmakers, Korean Association of Film Critics, Korean Film Council(KOFIC), Korea Arthouse Association

OVERVIEW

In the wake of the pandemic, film festivals around the world were faced with an unprecedented crisis. Filmmakers lost the opportunity to gather and discuss their work and theaters could no longer host filmgoers. Festivals everywhere were either canceled or delayed. However, armed with determination, we sought creative and safe ways to sustain ourselves. Online platforms and other mediums were adopted so that we can do what we are supposed to do.

But here comes a bigger question. Was the crisis really caused by the pandemic? What if such a crisis was well on its way already? Think about the streaming platform, metaverse, and XR contents. The revolution in digital media has been changing the landscape of film making and furthermore, the very definition of filmmaking for a long time. The pandemic was not the cause, but an accelerator.

Continuing from last year’s topics, BIFAN Forum returns with the theme, “Redefine Cinema” and there will be discussions on the post-pandemic future of film industry and film festivals by asking questions such as, what visions and strategy are needed for film festivals to help further develop global film industry and promote cultural diversity? How should we go about tackling the issues the Korean film industry faces such as polarization and deteriorated diversity which had been expedited by the pandemic? Although these questions are nothing but new, we failed to present adequate answers. This year’s BIFAN Forum strives to become the destination for productive discussion to yield the fundamental and pragmatic solution that we’ve been yearning for.

July 8(Fri)

The Future of Films: Films and Film Festivals in a Post-pandemic Era

Hosts

BIFAN and Korean Association of Film Critics

Session 1: The Future of Films: Films and Film Festivals in a Post-pandemic Era

Time Program Title / Panel
10:00 Opening and Keynote Films must broaden its horizon - Pandemic and Digital Revolution
SHIN Chul(Festival Director, BIFAN)
10:30 ~ 11:10 The Future of Films:
Post-pandemic Filmmaking
Chairperson  |  
CHO Hyejeong (Professor, Graduate School of Arts, Chung-ang Univ.)
  • Expansion and future of films in a post-pandemic era
    JEONG Min-a (Professor at Sungkyul University, Department of Theater and Films)
  • Sustainability of Korean films in a post-pandemic era
    AHN Chi-yong (Director, ESG)
11:10 ~ 12:00 Panel Discussion
Moderator   |  
CHO Hyejeong
Panels  |  
JEONG Min-a, AHN Chi-yong, KIM Ne-mo (Lecturer at Soonchunhyang University), JI Seung-hak (Research Professor at Korea University Center for Applied Cultural Science)
12:00 Lunch Break

Session 2: The Future of International Film Festivals: Broadening its Horizon Beyond Crisis

Time Program Title / Panel
14:00 ~ 15:00 The Future of International Film Festivals:
Broadening its Horizon Beyond Crisis
Moderator   |  
SEO Gok-sook (Professor, Dept. of Theater and Films, Chungju Univ. )
  • The crisis of international film festivals and its survival strategy
    SUNG Il-kwon (Chief Editor, Le Monde Diplomatique Korea)
  • Redefining films, expanding film festivals
    KIM Yeon-ho (Visiting Professor, Korea National University of Arts)
15:00 ~ 15:50 Panel Discussion
Moderator   |  
SEO Gok-sook
Panels   |  
SEONG Il-kown, KIM Yeon-ho, KIM Min-jeong (Professor, Dept. of Creative Writing, Chung-ang Univ.), HAHM Chung-beom (Professor, Korea College of Media Arts)
16:00 Closing

July 12(Tue)

Korean Films in Post-pandemic Era

Hosts/Sponsor

BIFAN, Emergency Forum for Filmmakers, Korean Film Council(KOFIC), Korea Arthouse Association

Session 1: Korean Films in Post-pandemic Era

Time Program Title / Panel
10:00 Opening SHIN Chul (Festival Director, BIFAN)
10:10 ~ 11:10 Korean Films
in Post-pandemic Era
  • Notes on Korean Films in post-pandemic era
    LEE Eun (CEO, Myung Film / President, Korean Association of Film Producers)
  • Comparative Studies of Film Policies Between France and Korea
    KIM Ea-seok (Professor, Dongeui University, Committee Member, KOFIC)
11:10 ~ 12:00 Panel Discussion
Moderator  |  
BAE Jang-soo (Film Critic / Deputy Director, BIFAN)
Panels  |  
JEONG Sang-min (CEO, Aura Pictures), CHOI Nak-yong (Chairman, Korea Arthouse Association), KIM Byeong-in (President, Korea Scenario Writers’ Guild), LEE Eun, KIM Ea-seok
12:00 Lunch Break

Session 2: Suggestions for Sustainable Future for Arthouse and Independent Film Theaters

Time Program Title / Panel
14:00 ~ 15:00 Suggestions for a Sustainable Future
of Arthouse and Independent Film Theaters
  • The history of supporting independent film theaters
    WON Seung-hwan (Director, Indie Space)
  • Case study for independent/art film theater support overseas
    NOH Cheol-hwan (Professor, Dept. of Theater and Films, Inha Univ.)
15:00 ~ 15:50 Panel Discussion
Moderator  |  
KIM Ea-seok
Panels  |  
KANG Min-gu (Director, Daejeon Art Cinema) KANG Gi-myeong (CEO, Triple Pictures), JANG Geon-jae (Film Director / CEO, MocushurA), CHO Seong-jin (Strategy and Support Team, CJ CGV)
16:00 Closing SHIN Chul (Festival Director, BIFAN)