Comprised of nine major filmmakers’ associations in Korea, Korean Film Group’s Emergency Committee for Defending BIFF’s Independence announced on April 18 that they would boycott this year’s BIFF.
Each member association of the committee conducted a survey about boycotting the event, and over 90 percent have agreed not to attend BIFF unless Busan Mayor accepts the following demands:
– The mayor, SUH should resign from the BIFF’s organizing director immediately and agree to revision of the articles for the festival’s autonomy and independence
– The city government must stop unjust interference on BIFF and withdraw the legal application for injunction against suspension of efficiency of 68 new committee advisors
– SUH should make public apology for his continuous wrongful actions damaging the festival and promise that it will never happen again
This marks the largest collective action by Korean filmmakers in a decade.