Awards for 2015
New Currents Award
Immortal: Hadi Mohaghegh
An extraordinary feat of visual storytelling, filled with emotion, that's partly about how to die but mostly about how to live, and how to keep our dignity as human beings.
Walnut Tree: Yerlan Nurmukhambetov
A film that shows a way of life that's unfamiliar to most of us but proves how humor, kindness, and forgiveness connect us all.
Shame Diary: Eun-jeong Lee
Directly focusing on modern and universal theme of poverty, love, and sin, the film strongly, but delicately depicts the wavering emotions accompanied by desperation with the cooperation of the actor.
Nia's Door: Kek Huat Lau
The winning short immediately struck the jury with its compelling portrait of a complex, yet recognizable main character, told with great directorial vision. As emotionally resonant as it is socially charged, this film represents another major development for this talented emerging filmmaker, and a gripping showcase for a truly powerhouse central performance by a promising young actor.
Boys Run: Seok-pil Kang
The film provides valuable perspectives on alternatives to the current system of Korean education and invites the viewers to reflect on their own past and the education of their children. Furthermore, the sensitive camera work creates a very fascinating story by accompanying the two teenagers on their way to adulthood.
Look Love: Yun Ye
"Look Love depicts in very moving, unvarnished images the struggle of two kids for love and recognition in completely different surroundings, yet unbearable for the two of them. The film gives an upsetting insight in the conditions of modern day Chinese family, questioning the neglect of the true values of love and human relationships these days. The excellent camera work provides unforgettable images and enables close access to the protagonists without touching their dignity."
Mecenat Award - Special Mention
Still and All: Young-jo Kim
The film reveals people's language and existence as a unique tool and as a synonym of Busan's YoungDo Bridge to understand a sense of historical modern space.
Korean Cinema Award
Immortal: Hadi Mohaghegh
For its highly realistic and humane approach in depicting a family tragedy that echoes an universal theme through masterful use of film language.
Citizen Reviewers' Award
Alone: Hong-min Park
Park Hong-min's ALONE utilizes everyday space of an alley to provide a new cinematic experience on the subjects of nightmares and reality. We look forward to his next work.
Busan Cinephile Award
The Other Side: Roberto Minervini
The film avoids the traditional form of documentary and caught the eyes of the cinephiles through its captivating storytelling that depict the miserable reality of the American minorities.
Asian Filmmaker of the Year
The Boys Who Cried Wolf: Jin-hwang Kim
The Boys Who Cried Wolf is a stylish genre film that anticipates for sharp and sophisticated potentials with its high level of completion with the characters in not only the scenario, but also in the acting.
Eyelids: Meul O
Eyelids ring the audiences' hearts from the manner and method in which an artist observes society through deep self-reflection and slow metaphors that is not forced.
Actor of the Year Award
Alone: Ju-won Lee
It was memorable to see an impassioned performance with such energy. The long take that reenact the emotional rollercoaster without running out of breath was especially noteworthy.
Actress of the Year Award
Communication & Lies: Sun Jang
Despite being a difficult character to empathize with, she communicated with the audience with her powerful yet subtle performance.
Culture Wave Award
Overman: Eun-young Seo
Illustrating the unstable and innocent emotions of a high schooler, the film depicts how the turmoil and wounds from the younger days are cured and how they support and help one another in this process. Set-up of the film is highly utilized to eloquently highlight what may seem like a simple subject. A film to reflect on our growing pains during our adolescents.
Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC)
Eyelids: Meul O
The CGV Art House Award is for O Muel'sEyelids that care for the spirits of the deceased and understand the pains of the people left behind. With his production style of stunning aesthetics, the film clearly proves itself as a piece of art.