Magazine article Variety

Korean President Vows Independence for BIFF

Magazine article Variety

Korean President Vows Independence for BIFF

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Korea's recently-elected President Moon Jae-in took a stance on Sunday in favor of the editorial and artistic independence of the Busan Film Festival.

He is not the first president to visit the festival, but is the first to have made an official speech in the event's 22-year history.

"Festival director Kang Soo-youn and chairman Kim Dong-ho have made the very difficult decision to resign after the end of this year's edition, in the hope that the festival can be normalized. I hope the BIFF regains its reputation," said Moon.

When asked how the festival's reputation can be recovered, Moon went back to basics. "It is very simple. The city, or the central government, should make sure that they protect the festival's independence and autonomy by supporting it without interfering [in its decision-making]. …

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