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Busan Asia Film School to Begin Accepting Applications for 2018

Program Offers Producing-centered curriculum and Full Scholarship


The Busan Asian Film School (AFiS) will be accepting applications for its International Film Business Academy 2018 class from September 1st to 15th, 2017.

Operated by the Busan Film Commission (BFC), the AFiS hopes to train Asia’s next generation of film producers. The program’s curriculum has nearly 20 courses and includes topics such as “Film Marketing and Distribution”, “Film Budgeting and Financing”, “Film Law and Policy”, and many more. The program is specifically designed for producers that want to learn the business and planning side of the film industry and does not offer any physical production courses.

By hosting this program, the Busan Film Commission hopes to train top asian filmmakers, foster their talent and connect them with other Asian filmmakers to help spur international co-productions.

The program will begin classes in March 2018 and will run for two 3-month semesters, for six months in total. Selected applicants will receive a full scholarship, which includes a roundtrip airplane ticket to South Korea as well as free room and board.

To be eligible for submission, candidates must have a U.N. defined “Asian” nationality and must be fluent in English as all classes will be conducted in English. Applicants are required to send related forms by postal mail after applying online on AFiS’ website ( The program will stop accepting online applications at 6pm (local Korean time) September 15th and additionally all physical documents should arrive in Busan before the deadline.

Final candidates will be selected through online interviews and the final announcement will be made on November 8th, 2017.

For the inaugural class (2017) the Busan Asian Film School (AFiS) received 114 applications from 23 countries before selecting 21 candidates from 17 countries. Students hailed from all over Asia with Southeast Asia being well represented.

For more information and to apply to the program, please visit the Busan Asian Film School’s website at

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Chris Weatherspoon is an American film producer based in South Korea. Over the past 7 years Chris has been able to gain a wealth of experiences in the Korean feature film, television, and animation industries. Chris currently lives in Seoul where he is pursuing his MFA in Film at Chung-Ang University.

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