Film stars and famous directors from around the world are drawn to Korea's southwestern coast every October to attend the prestigious Busan International Film Festival.
Here are some of the highlights of this year's festival, which ended last week.
Commensurate with its reputation, this year's BIFF allowed visitors to grasp new cinematic trends from around the world. A wide range of film genres was made available, including some that are hard to find at theaters in Korea.
This year's festival featured 299 films from 70 countries. Tickets for the curtain-raiser "Vara: A Blessing" by Bhutanese filmmaker and monk Khyentse Norbu sold out in just 43 seconds.
Organizers made efforts this year to help promote films from around the region, rather than just focusing on homegrown flicks, as films from countries like Kazakhstan and Mongolia that usually receive scant attention from the global movie industry were featured.
The red carpet is often the most eye-catching part of any film festival, and actors and actresses from home and abroad used this as a platform to flash their charms in Busan.
This was especially the case for up-and-coming actresses like Kang Han-na and Han Soo-ah, who caused a stir with their risque dresses at the opening ceremony.
Kang chose a black backless dress to show off her hips and leave her lower back exposed, while Han stirred controversy with her gold-toned racy dress that many fans criticized as a blatant attention-grabbing tactic.
One of the biggest attractions of the annual festival is that movie fans can easily get up close and personal with the stars. There were a number of sessions where directors and actors met with fans to talk about their respective films.
Many fans were thrilled at the unexpected appearance of Quentin Tarantino, director of "Kill Bill" and "Django Unchained," who appeared with "Snowpiercer" director Bong Joon-ho at a talk session.
Visitors also got to see well-known actors wandering the streets of Busan at night and having drinks at streetside stalls.
The sudden arrival of typhoon Danas disrupted the festival in the closing days, forcing the removal of outdoor stages on Haeundae Beach.
But the organizers made every effort to minimize the inconvenience. Fans were undeterred by the bad weather and kept the festivities alive until the end.
BIFF is the largest film festival in Asia. It was first launched with the goal of promoting Busan as a hub of Asian cinema. For a two-week window every October, films are screened throughout the city, including in Haeundae and Nampo-dong.
For more information on the festival, visit its website (www.biff.kr).