8th (2003)

  • Festival Period : October 2 - 10, 2003
  • Films screened : 243 works from 61 countries
  • Invited guests : 4,387 guests from 50 countries (inc. PPP& Press)
  • Total audiences : 165,103 (paid audiences: 145,041)
  • Hand Printing
      Jan Troell (Director/Sweden)
    • Lucian Pintilie (Director/Rumania)
    • Chung Chang-wha (Director/Korea)


  • Korean Cinema Award
    • PARK Byoung-yang (President, Asia Film Production/Japan)
    • LEE Bong-ou (President, Cine Quanon/Japan)
  • New Currents Award
    • LEE Kang-sheng (Taiwan)
    • Alireza AMINI (Iran)
  • Woonpa Fund
    • LEE Ho-sup (Korea)
  • Sonje Award
    • by PARK Jung-seon (Korea)
    • SON Kwang-ju (Korea)
  • FIPRESCI Award
    • Parviz SHAHBAZI (Iran)
  • NETPAC Award
    • E J-yong (Korea)
  • PSB Award
    • HONG Ki-sun (Korea)
    • Sedigh BARMAK (Afghanistan)
  • Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award
    • Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Director, Producer/Iran)
  • Youngsan Fund
    • CHOIHA Dongha (Korea)


The 8th Pusan International Film Festival became one of the most remarkable festival in the world with re-opening of the outdoor screening venue, the most number of films shown in its history and the first-ever screening of North Korean films. Also outstanding showing of Asian Film Industry Center (AFIC), a co-venture with BIFCOM from Busan Film Commission, marked an icing on the cake for PIFF as it became the central point in Asian film industry.