Busan, Korea – 31 May 2017- On Thursday, June 1, 2017, From 5pm to 7pm, ninth grade students at Busan International Foreign School (BIFS) in Gijang-nari will showcase six short films. Featuring Korean student, foreign student, and adult actors, the films explore the contemporary human condition in modern Korea. The public is invited to attend.
Reality is a film about the thin line between fiction and reality and warns us that sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between what is real and what is not. Knot Friends, by contrast, is a film about a test of loyalty and trust among friends. As The Sun Goes Down is a film about a girl who learns too much about her future, and reminds us that knowing what is to come can change your perspective on life. Insight is a film about a boy searching to belong, suggesting that knowing what everyone else is thinking is lonelier than you would think. Identity is a film about a boy who struggles with his own negative thoughts. It urges us to not take things too personally. And finally, it’s not easy being Different, a film about a boy who is not accepted by society.
The BIFS Interdisciplinary Film Academy is unique in Korea. Barriers between the educational disciplines come down as teachers from the departments of English, Music, Design and Art facilitate this student-run project. Students are the writers, directors, cinematographers, choreographers, orchestrators, musicians, editors, technicians, title and credit designers, artists and, of course, actors. They work in organized teams, scouting locations, designing storyboards, building shooting schedules, using state-of-the art camera equipment and software, meeting deadlines and overcoming the thousands of obstacles involved in making a short film. Student teams compete with one another before a panel of independent judges for the coveted BIFS Film Academy best-picture award: the Boscar. The BIFS Film Academy is a springboard into Busan’s thriving film community and Korea’s internationally competitive movie business.
The BIFS Film Academy is interdisciplinary, inquiry-based learning at its best: project-based, student-led, and teacher-facilitated, offering practical and conceptual 21st century skills needed for students to lead at the cutting edge of tomorrow’s world. The BIFS Film Academy connects teaching in the classroom with action in the community, and is integral to the IB’s vision of teaching creative global citizenship. Busan International Foreign School is Busan’s leading international school, and the only Busan school offering the International Baccalaureate diploma, valued for its status as a gateway to the American Ivy League universities and other prestigious educational institutions around the world. BIFS is an IB Continuum School offering K-12 IB education.