The list of coveted awards given out at the 2011 Busan International Film Festival were announced on October 14, its closing night.
The Audience Award, which is fast becoming an indicator for distributors to be a film that should run well in theatres, went to India’s entry, “Dekh Indian Circus” directed by Mangesh Hadawale. The film held its world premiere in Busan and from its very first screening had packed houses and a delighted audience that chuckled along with its quirky humour. The foreign press gave the film good reviews as well.
The Sonje Award (Short Films) went to “Thug Beram” directed by Venkat Amudhan. A group of men are in a cafe looking for man, tipped off by an errand boy. However, the subject of the film is neither the group nor the target. Instead, it is the boy. The camera portrays his psychological stress and anxiety in a skillful and enticing way to tell a new story from a reverse point of view.
Yeun Sang Ho's 'The King of Pigs' won three prizes at the Busan International Film Festival.Yeun Sang Ho's 'The King of Pigs' wins three awards. The Morteza Farshbag of Iran's Mourning and Loy Arcenas's Niño sharing the top prize in the New Currents competition.
Although not a competitive festival, awards and prizes are given in various categories.
Below is the complete list.
Sonje Award (Short Films)
Winner (Asia): Thug Beram -- Venkat Amudhan (India)
Special Mention: DIY Encouragement -- Kohei Yoshino (Japan)
Winner (Korea): See You Tomorrow -- Lee Woo-jung
Special Mention: Bugging Heaven; Listen to Her -- O Hyun-ju
BIFF Mecenat Award (Documentaries): Sea of Butterfly -- Park Bae-il (Korea)
Shoji & Takao -- Yoko Ide (Japan)
KNN Movie Award (Audience Award):Watch Indian Circus -- Mangesh Hadawale (India)
FIPRESCI Award: Mourning -- Morteza FARSHBAF (Iran)
NETPAC Award: The King of Pigs -- Yeun Sang Ho (Korea)
Busan Cinephile Award - The Twin -- Gustav Danielsson (Sweden)
Citizen Reviewers’ Award - Blue Pine Tree: Jesus Hospital -- Lee Sangcheol, Shin Aga (Korea)
Red Pine Tree: A Fish -- Park Hong-Min (Korea)
Yellow: Romance Joe -- Lee Kwangkuk (Korea)
DGK Award Directors Award: The King of Pigs -- Yeun Sang Ho (Korea)
Best Actor: Beautiful Miss Jin -- Ha Hyun Kwan (Korea)
Best Actress: Jesus Hospital -- Han Song Hee, Whang Jungmin (Korea)
CGV Movie Collage Award: The King of Pigs -- Yeun Sang Ho (Korea)