Mission

Asian Film Academy:
A Talent Incubator for Young Asian Filmmakers

Asian Film Academy (AFA) is an educational program hosted by Busan International Film Festival, Busan Film Commission and GKL Foundation to foster young Asian talents and build their networks throughout Asia. Over the past 12 years, 289 alumni from 31 countries have been standing out in filmmaking field all over the Asia and in the prestigious festivals throughout the world.

In previous years, world-renowned directors of our contemporaries, such as Béla Tarr, Jia Zhangke, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Lee Chang-dong took the role of dean. This year, Kore-eda Hirokazu will take on the role of the AFA Dean and will share his great film experiences with AFA fellows.

The promising fellows from all over Asia will participate in various AFA programs, including short film production, workshops, and special lectures. The two short films completed by the fellows will be officially presented at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival. While participating in the programs, the fellows will rediscover themselves and share their passion towards films which goes far beyond the differences in their experiences and cultural backgrounds.