One of the biggest film festivals in Asia, the 26th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in 2021, launches a new program for non-theatrical original content for this year, named ‘On Screen’ section.
The 26th Busan International Film Festival in 2021 Launches On-Screen Section and Invites Drama Series from Online Streaming Platforms.
Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) 2021 that will run from October 6 (Wed) to October 15 (Fri), will have a new section, ‘On Screen.’ The new section will feature new highly expected drama shows. The dramas will be available to broadcast via online video streaming providers like Netflix and HBO.
In recent years, BIFF has been receptive to non-theatrical releases. As a result, many Netflix-made movies have been invited to its non-competition sections.
On the press release, the committee of BIFF stated,
“As BIFF accommodates not only traditional theatrical releases but also OTT drama series with the new addition of the On Screen section, it is able to present more diverse and higher-quality works to the audience, whose range of fandom is expanding. On Screen section will be a swift and preeminent entrance into a new area of cinema.”
3 Streaming Drama Series Invited to BIFF ‘On Screen Section’ in 2021
There are three drama series that have been invited to the On-Screen section for this year. The selected dramas have been through a careful and tight selection for the first launch of the section.
The three dramas include 2 Korean dramas on Netflix and 1 HBO ASIA’s original series, which are: “Hellbound” which was directed by Yeon Sang-ho, “My Name” which was led by Kim Jin-min, and “Forbidden,” which was led by directors Anucha Boonyawatana (Thailand) & Josh Kim (U.S.).
After Sweet Home and D.P., the upcoming Netflix original series for Korean drama is Hellbound. Hellbound, also known as ‘The Hell’ or ‘Jiok,’ a comic published on Naver Webtoon, created by Yeon Sang-ho and Choi Kyu-Seok. ‘Hellbound,’ tells about a fantasy world where supernatural creatures were dragging people to hell.
Young Sang-ho directed the six episodes drama. Previously, he led other popular Korean movies such as ‘Train to Busan’ and ‘Peninsula.’ So, if you are a fan of the mystery and horror genre, you can expect how this drama series will bring you to the edge of your seat.
‘Hellbound’ starring Yoo Ah In, Park Jung Min, Kim Hyun Joo, and Won Jin Ah as the main characters. This upcoming Korean drama will mark actor Yoo Ah In comeback to the small screen after their last drama, ‘Chicago Typewriter,’ in 2017. As well as Park Jung Min’s first return after his previous drama, Mr. Sunshine, in 2018.
There is no information yet concerning the release date of the series from Netflix. However, according to the report, the series will premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film festival on September 11. So, we can expect the series to air on the streaming platform in October.
Check out the “Hellbound” trailer below.
Korean drama series ‘My Name’ is the latest project of director Kim Jin-Min after his last drama ‘Extracellular’ (2020) on Netflix. The series portrays a woman who seeks revenge and infiltrates the police to reveal his father’s death.
‘My Name’ is starring Han So Hee, Ahn Bo Hyun, Park He Soon as the main characters. However, there has no further information concerning the release date of this series from Netflix.
‘Forbidden’ is a Thai horror series co-directed by director Anucha Boonyawatana who won the Kim Jiseok Award at BIFF 2017, and Korean-American director Josh Kim.
The series tells about four friends who travel from Bangkok to a remote mountain village. They aim to attend for one of their father’s funeral. The series starring one of Thailand’s rising stars, actor-singer Kritssanapoom Pibulsonggram.
If you are interested in the new Busan International Film Festival section, you can watch three drama series on streaming platforms. Meanwhile, check out also 2021 BIFF International and Korean Competition trailers below.
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