Two weekends ago (the weekend after SeoulTube), I went all the way down to Busan. I fully intended to make it to the film festival after not attending it for two years. My first experience with BIFF was back in October 2007, when it was still going by PIFF. I didn't see too much of the festival at that time, since my trip to Busan was for a different purpose entirely (wow! I had HAIR). I vowed to return the next year with my pal, Dong-gu, and I made good on that promise. I saw the red carpet ceremony, had a good time, and shot a lot of video.
However, the video I shot with my camcorder (back then I had a camcorder that used actual tape) was totally messed-up when I transferred it to my laptop. Which is a shame, because I had some great shots of celebs.
This time around I was dead-set on shooting something for my YouTube channel. I wanted something that would illustrate the scope of the events at Haeundae and capture the off-the-wall energy of the festival itself.
It was difficult navigating through the throngs of people to get certain shots. So I settled for what I usually do: walk around and just have the camera running, and hope it picks up something worthwhile I can use. I sped up my meandering rather than just cutting from location to location. I got some interviews, a film promo with a bunch of Spartans, and some sick dance moves at the end. Not a total loss!
The above video is the first half of the footage I filmed. The other half concerns the handprinting of Isabelle Huppert, later in the evening. I'll make a video of that, later.
Now, keep in mind this is just one venue at the film festival. The other venue at Centum City has all the workshops, cinema discussions and many other things. I didn't make my way over there due to time constraints, but I really wanted to. Then there are all the film screenings at the various theatres.
So, is BIFF (Busan International Film Festival) worth your time? I say thee yea! Get thine buttocks to BIFF next year!