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Online International Film Business Academy, Busan Asian Film School

Call for Applications for 2021 Admission


Busan Asian Film School (AFiS) is recruiting fellows for the 2021 International Film Business Academy.


Ever since COVID-19 arose and put societies around the globe in grave peril, AFiS has continually prioritized the safety of fellows, faculty, and staff. As such, we have decided to divide the 2021 International Film Business Academy program, which previously was a six month course across two semesters, into two separate individual curriculums. AFiS now presents a three month Online International Film Business Academy course for the spring semester, as well as a three month International Film Business Academy Intensive Course for the fall semester, in Busan, South Korea. In-person (face-to-face) classes are planned for the fall semester. 20 students will be selected for the fall Intensive Course from among the graduates attending the spring online course.

The International Film Business Academy, an educational program specializing in film producing, has been an annual regular course at Busan Asian Film School since it welcomed its very first fellows in 2017. AFiS fosters producers via a curriculum that includes development of a feature-length project plus courses on investment, film policy, marketing and distribution, and more. Over the past three years, 59 alumni from 23 countries have graduated from the International Film Business Academy (Note - 20 fellows for the 2020 course had been selected, but the course was cancelled due to the global pandemic).


AFiS projects, developed through the regular course, continue to attract attention from a variety of distinguished film festivals. Projects have been invited to the Cannes Film Festival's AtelierCinefondation, Locarno Film Festival's Open Doors, and have also won the Bucheon Award at the NAFF project market of Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival. Furthermore, Busan Asian Film School is receiving attention as a new international co-production platform, after a short film co-produced by two international fellows in the 2019 class was invited to the Orizzonti Competition at Venice Film Festival.

Anyone interested and passionate in filmmaking is sincerely welcome to apply.




1. Course Description and Number of Admitted Applicants

Course: Online International Film Business Academy (Producing)

Course length: 3 months, 12 weeks in total from March to May

Admitted applicants: 10 (including 2 Busan residents under the Busan quota)

* Applicants admitted for the 2020 course have priority in registering for the 2021 course. The entrance quota for the course is 30, however 20 applicants who were already selected for the 2020 course (which was cancelled due to COVID-19) have re-enrolled and been added to the total number.

* The number of admitted applicants is subject to change depending on the pool of applicants.

* Detailed course schedule, including start dates, will be announced later.


2. Application & Selection Schedule


Time Period


Application Period

December 7, 2020 ? January 5, 2021


First Screening (documents, portfolio, proposal for a feature-length narrative film)

January 8 ? January 15, 2021


Announcement of Shortlisted Candidates

January 19, 2021

Website, Direct Contact

Second Screening (interviews)

January 26 ? 29, 2021

Conducted Online

Final Announcement of Admission Decisions

February 4, 2021


Direct Contact


* This schedule may be subject to change.


3. Qualifications

A. Must have U.N.-defined Asian nationality or Taiwanese Nationality

- Please refer to the list of nations eligible to apply for the International Film Business Academy 2021. <Appendix 1>

B. There are no restrictions based on academic qualifications or age. Korean men must show proof of completion or exemption of mandatory military service.

C. Must be competent in English (all coursework will be conducted in English)


4. Benefits Provided to Admitted 2021 Fellows

A. Tuition fees will be covered by a full scholarship

B. Eligibility to apply for 2021 International Film Business Academy Intensive Course will be given.

* The International Film Business Academy Intensive Course will be held in Busan for 3 months, from mid July-October. Only Online International Film Business Academy graduates can apply for the Intensive course (total quota of 20)




1. Application Information


A. Application Period

- Applications will be received from 9 AM on December 7, 2020 to 6 PM on January 5, 2021 (Korean time).


B. Details for Submission

- After filling out the online application on the Busan Asian Film School website, scanned copies of the below-mentioned documents (PDF, JPG, etc.) must be sent by email as a compressed zip file. Both the online application and the email package must be submitted by January 5, 2021 (Korean time).


C. Items to Be Submitted

1) Online application

- Busan Asian Film School website:

International Film Business Academy -> Processing the Application


Application Form

* All forms must be completed in English.

1. Application form

2. Personal statement (500 words or less)

3. Statement of purpose (500 words or less)

4. Summary of work experience (500 words or less)

* Please focus on experience related to film production or the film business.

5. Portfolio introduction (500 words or less)

* Portfolio: Up to 2 works that can show the applicant’s potential as a film producer. Short or feature films, videos, novels, photographs, academic theses, etc are all acceptable.

* If submitting a video file, please submit works which contain the applicant’s name in the end credits, whether it be in film, TV, web content or exhibited work. For video portfolios, provide online links to Youtube, Vimeo, etc. (if applicable)

6. Self-introduction video (2 minutes or less)

* Provide online links to Youtube, Vimeo, etc.

7. Project proposal for a feature-length narrative film

- Logline (50 words or less)

- Development idea (background, concept, intent, etc.) (300 words or less)

- Synopsis (400 words or less)

- Financing plan (250 words or less)


* Online application forms will only be accessible during the application period


2) Email package

- Email address:

- Compress all documents into a zip file and name it Name_Nationality


Required Documents

* Documents written in languages other than English or Korean must be translated into English or Korean and notarized upon submission.

Documents to be submitted

Additional documents

for Korean Applicants

1. Photocopy of the applicants passport

2. Applicants completed academic degree, certificate of expected graduation in 2021, or proof of enrollment

3. Applicants curriculum vitae (in any format)

4. Recommendation letter (form attached) from a person directly related to or working in the film industry (this may include members of AFCNet)

5. Portfolio (2 works or less)

* Those who did not supply video links (Youtube, Vimeo, etc.) in the online application may submit portfolio works here.

6. Certification of Working Experience (Optional)

1. Abstract of Resident Registration


* Korean males must submit a copy confirming the completion or exemption of military service.

* Any changes of residency must be indicated

* Copies must be dated within 3 months of application period.


D. Where to Submit

1) Online application: Busan Asian Film School website

International Film Business Academy -> Processing the Application

2) Email: (Tel. +82-51-750-3204)




1. Outline

A. Applicants who receive the highest scores based on the overall application will be selected.

B. Scores received during the first round of screening will not affect the scores of the second round.

C. Busan Asian Film School will not select applicants whose total score fails to meet internal standards, regardless of entrance quotas.


2. Distribution of Points

First Screening

Application evaluation

50 points

Portfolio evaluation

30 points

Evaluation for the project proposal

20 points

Second Screening


100 points



1. Start of program

March 2021 (details will be announced at a later date)


2. Enrollment

A. Enrollment period: February, 2021 (details will be announced)

B. Tuition: All admitted applicants will have tuition fees exempted. (details will be announced at a later date)

C. Announcements: The announcement of shortlisted candidates and final admission decisions will be made available on, and by direct contact.

* Selected applicants who do not enroll within the time frame will be seen as forfeiting their admissions.



Please forward any queries related to AFiS program (curriculum, admissions, enrollment, etc.) to



1. Application Guide for 2021 Admission

2. List of nations eligible to apply for the International Film Business Academy 2021

3. Form for Recommendation Letter (required)