Magazine article Screen International

Busan Film Festival Chiefs Resign

Magazine article Screen International

Busan Film Festival Chiefs Resign

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Kim Dong-ho, Kang Soo-youn “take responsibility” for recent events.

Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) chairman Kim Dong-ho and festival director Kang Soo-youn have announced they will resign after this year’s edition wraps on October 21.

In a joint statement sent out to the press today, they said they decided to “take responsibility for the recent series of events and resign”.

Their announcement follows yesterday’s open letter from BIFF executive staff criticising the duo and asking for ousted festival director Lee Yong-kwan to return.

Similar criticisms have been made during on-going local discussions about BIFF’s future - including a forum held June 22 in the National Assembly Members’ office building in Seoul - along with calls for Busan mayor Suh Byung-soo to apologise for his role in manipulating the organisation and for Lee’s “honor to be restored”. …

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