The Busan Cinema Center (BCC) in Busan, Korea, is claimed to be on par with the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and the Opera House in Sydney, Australia.
Coinciding with the opening of the BCC, the 16th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), believed to be Asia’s largest film festival, will commence here on October 6th and last for 9 days until the 14th.
This year, 307 films from 70 different countries will be screened, including Director Song Il-kwon’s ‘Always’ as the festival’s opening film.[ Also Read: The Last Godfather from Korean Cinema ]
As the main theater of the BIFF, BCC was opened last month in the Centum City area of U-Dong, Haeundae-Gu, three years after the groundbreaking ceremony was held in October, 2008.
The 9-story Center was built on a 54,335 square meter plot. It comprises the main building, known as the ‘Cine Mountain’, with its multi-purpose performance art center and three multiplex theaters, as well as the ‘BIFF Hill’ with the BIFF executive office and media center, and the ‘Double Cone’ with its amusement facilities.
The LED ceiling light panels can create diverse images. 42,600 separate red, green, and blue colored lights are mounted on the ceiling. The BCC will thus become a landmark building in Busan, providing lighting effects and nightscapes.
Some 89 films will have their world premieres at the 16th BIFF, while another 46 films will have their international premieres.