Seoul, June 11 (SocialNews.XYZ) The Bucheon International Fantasy Film Festival (BIFAN), South Korea’s largest annual genre film festival, will resume in-person events, including the red carpet walk, this year, organizers said.
The 26th edition will be held in a hybrid format from July 7 to 17 in Bucheon, just west of Seoul, the festival said, adding that more details will be given at a press conference on Tuesday, the agency reported. Yonhap news agency.
Founded in 1997, the festival takes place every year in the city, attracting many film professionals and moviegoers.
The festival, however, has been scaled back for the past two years due to COVID-19, with the red carpet event canceled and the opening and closing ceremonies held without spectators.
It will almost return to its original state this year as the country lifted nearly all social distancing measures as the spread of the virus fueled by the omicron slowed.
The festival authority, however, plans to hold online events as much as offline events to reflect the new market trend of consuming films through online streaming services.
“We have had difficulties over the past two years due to the pandemic, but we were able to discover its possibility as a film festival that adopts a hybrid format,” a festival official said on condition of anonymity. “We will strive to make this year’s edition a model of a new form of festival.”
Last year, the festival drew around 23,000 online and offline viewers, screening 258 films from 42 countries around the world.