The 25th Busan International Film Festival kicked off this Wednesday, and will run until October 30th.
Usually, there are red carpets with lots of celebrities and bustling crowds.
But due to COVID-19, this year's BIFF has been scaled down without any outdoor events that would attract crowds of peopleincluding the opening and closing ceremonies.
Even press are unable to cover every corner of the festival this year.
Social distancing measures are being followed strictly.
Only 25-percent of the theaters' seats are available with posters of the films being screened covering those that are off limits.
Films are screened just once in the Busan Cinema Center's six theaters, and tickets can only be purchased through the official BIFF website or mobile app.
Some visitors are even able to see some of the films' directors and actors, but such privileges are only for people with tickets.
Despite being scaled down compared to normal, directors are still encouraging fans to watch the movies. While fans are excited to be able to attend.
"I'm especially proud of this year's BIFF for coming to audiences without change."
"I am glad that the film festival is on this year because I guess it means that lives get back to normal."
This year, a total of 192 films from 68 countries will be screenedstarting with "Septet: The Story of Hong Kong," an omnibus by seven legendary Hong Kong filmmakers.
The closing film is "Josee, the Tiger and the Fish", based on a short story of the same title.
It was made into a movie in 2003, but this animated version takes a different approach to the Japanese love story.
The program director says there is even more to look forward to.
"We have selected sensational and important movies, all of them like jewels, so audiences will be satisfied. Adding to that are, 23 official Cannes-selected movies that could not be shown as Cannes wasn't held this year."
“Although there are fewer screenings, this year’s BIFF is ready to show gems like “Minari" which won an award at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News, Busan."