The fifteenth edition of the Asian Film Academy in Busan will host cinematographer Karina Kleszczewska, who will conduct workshops and lectures. Moreover, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Poland and Korea, one of this year’s AFA participants will receive a Special Award funded by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
Karina Kleszczewska’s presence in Busan is a continuation of over five-year collaboration between the Asian Film Academy and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Polish artists. In previous years, lectures for the AFA participants were conducted by such Polish cinematographers as Ryszard Lenczewski, Jerzy Zieliński or Bogumił Godfrejów. This year, the AFA will not only feature Karina Kleszczewska’s workshops and lectures, but also the screening of the film Influence photographed by her. The cinematographer will also tutor one of the groups of the AFA students working on a short film. The film created by them will be officially presented at the closing ceremony of the Asian Film Academy as part of the 24th Busan International Film Festival.
The closing ceremony will also feature presentation of the Special Award of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. The awarded AFA graduate will receive the AMI’s invitation to a study visit in Poland, during which they will visit the Film School in Łódź and take part in industry meetings.
Asian Film Academy (AFA) accompanying Busan International Film Festival is an educational programme gathering young filmmakers from all over Asia, who meet in Busan to attend classes conducted by internationally recognised film directors and cinematographers. During the fourteen years since its establishing, the AFA has produced 338 alumni from 32 countries. The Academy's lecturers include such world-renowned filmmakers as Krzysztof Zanussi (Poland), Abbas Kiarostami (Iran), Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Iran), Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Japan), Im Kwon-taek (Korea) Lee Chang-dong (Korea), Hou Hsiao Hsien (Taiwan), Jia Zhangke (China), Bela Tarr (Hungary) and Song Il-gon (Korea).
Busan International Film Festival, held continuously since 1995, is one of the three most important film festivals in Asia. The event, which aims to promote young filmmakers, annually attracts crowds of young fans. Since 2011, the festival takes place in a newly built, modern Busan Cinema Center, occupying an area of 30,000 m2, with five cinema halls, including an outdoor theatre with an auditorium for 4,000 spectators.
Source: own materials, originally written in Polish by EC, 18 Sep2019, translated by AW, 27 Sep 2019