BIFF SUPPORTING MESSAGES

ISUPPORTBIFF

Joint Statement from Film Festivals in Korea

Author
isupportbiff
Date
2016-03-14 10:45
Views
871

it’s not only BIFF’s crisis


Busan International Film Festival(BIFF) has been under a heavy pressure from the central government and the city government since the festival screened DIVING BELL - a documentary film dealt with a tragic accident of Sewol ferry which caused nearly 300 deaths in 2014. Recently, Busan city government filed a criminal lawsuit against BIFF’s festival director Mr. Lee Yong Kwan over minor accounting mistakes and they are trying to stop Mr. Lee’s reappointment as a festival director this year with this absurd accusation implying that the accusations may be dropped if he resigns.

 We are seriously concerned on Busan city government’s censorship and their attempt of expelling Mr. Lee by filing a criminal lawsuit against him, as it is nothing but a political retaliation from central and city government just because BIFF defended their artistic freedom and its role for public good. The government is not only destroying people’s pride in the festival but also defaming Korean cinema as a whole.

 We are not going to remain silent because the predicament that BIFF is facing matters to all of us and here we all agree to make following statements.

As any creator is entitled to have a freedom of expression, film festivals are entitled to have freedom of choosing films. The politicians cannot be involved in the selection of films in any case. The heavy political pressure on BIFF is nothing but an extortion of freedom of expression and festival independence.

The government must not destroy the identity and the existence of BIFF for political reasons. It has become a very valuable cultural asset not only to citizens of Busan but also all the people believing in arts and democracy, not just from Korea but from all around the world. Since BIFF was launched 20 years ago, many film festivals had flourished in Korea. In the purpose of praising film arts and protecting cultural democracy, we film festivals of Korea will stay with BIFF and act together in strong companionship to protect BIFF from any unjustifiable suppression.The accusation against Mr. Lee results from political suppression on BIFF. Lee is one of the founders of the festival and has made a huge contribution to build and develop BIFF into one of the fastest rising film festivals over the last twenty years and the most influential ones in the Asia.

We strongly oppose to a political or any outside pressure to damage festival independence and freedom of expression.”

As any creator is entitled to have a freedom of expression, film festivals are entitled to have freedom of choosing films. The politicians cannot be involved in the selection of films in any case. The heavy political pressure on BIFF is nothing but an extortion of freedom of expression and festival independence.

The criminal charges against Mr. Lee must be retracted.”

The accusation against Mr. Lee results from political suppression on BIFF. Lee is one of the founders of the festival and has made a huge contribution to build and develop BIFF into one of the fastest rising film festivals over the last twenty years and the most influential ones in the Asia.

“BIFF is a very valuable cultural asset.

The government must not destroy the identity and the existence of BIFF for political reasons. It has become a very valuable cultural asset not only to citizens of Busan but also all the people believing in arts and democracy, not just from Korea but from all around the world. Since BIFF was launched 20 years ago, many film festivals had flourished in Korea. In the purpose of praising film arts and protecting cultural democracy, we film festivals of Korea will stay with BIFF and act together in strong companionship to protect BIFF from any unjustifiable suppression.
And we will never stop this fight.

Jeonju International Film Festival

Seoul International Women’s Film Festival

Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival

Jecheon International Music & Film Festival 

DMZ International Documentary Film Festival

 

-- The Joint Statement in Japanese --

「共同声明 - これはBIFFだけの危機ではない」

チョンジュ国際映画祭
ソウル国際女性映画祭
プチョン国際ファンタスティック映画祭
チェチョン国際音楽&映画祭
DMZ国際ドキュメンタリー映画祭

釜山国際映画祭(BIFF)が、2014年にフェリーのセウォル号が沈没し300人近くが犠牲になった悲劇を扱ったドキュメンタリー映画「ダイビング・ベル(原題)」を上映してから、政府と釜山市より強い圧力を受けている。最近では、釜山市は軽微な会計ミスを問題にしてBIFF映画祭執行委員長のイ・ヨングァン氏を刑事告発する手に出ている。辞任すれば控訴を取り下げる、とほのめかしながら、不条理な申し立てで今年のイ委員長の再任を阻止しようとしている。

私たちは釜山市政府の検閲行為や刑事訴訟によってイ委員長を退陣に追い込もうとしていることを深く懸念する。これは芸術表現の自由と公共正義を掲げたBIFFに対する、政府と市の政治的報復でしかない。政府は映画祭を誇りにする人々の思いを踏みにじるばかりでなく、韓国映画界の全体を誹謗している。
BIFFが被っている試練は私たち全員の問題であり、私たちは黙ってはいない。一同、ここにて次の声明に同意を表する。

□ 私たちは映画祭の自律性と表現の自由をそこなう政治などあらゆる圧力に断固反対する。
すべてのクリエーターに表現の自由が保障されているように、映画祭も映画を選定する自由な権利が約束されている。どのような事情にあっても、上映作品の選定に政治家が介入してはならない。BIFFに課せられた重い政治的圧力は、表現の自由と映画祭の自律性を脅かすゆすり行為である。

□ イ・ヨングァン氏に対する刑事告発は撤回されねばならない。
イ氏に対する告訴は、BIFFへの政治的抑圧に端を発する。イ氏は映画祭の創設者のひとりであり、過去20年間でBIFFを最も成長著しくアジアで最も影響力のある映画祭のひとつにまで発展させた重要な功労者である。

□ BIFFは重要な文化資産である。
政府は政治的理由でBIFFのアイデンティティと存在をつぶしてはならない。映画祭はいまでは釜山市民や韓国のみならず、芸術と民主主義を信じる世界中の人々にとって非常に価値の高い文化資産となっている。BIFFが創設されて20年来、韓国では数多くの映画祭が花開いた。映画芸術を讃え、文化の民主主義を守るため、私たち韓国の映画祭はBIFFと寄り添い、正当性のないあらゆる抑圧からBIFFを保護するため、強い連帯をもって行動する。この闘いに終わりはない。

 
facebook twitter google