Busan film festival’s new chair confident of no boycott

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The new chair of Asia’s largest film festival says he is confident that a threatened boycott would be averted allowing the festival to go ahead this fall.

Kim Dong-ho, chairman at the Busan International Film Festival’s organizing committee, said Thursday he is upbeat the festival will soon complete measures to guarantee its artistic independence.

The dispute started in 2014 over the screening of a documentary that criticized the government’s response to a deadly ferry disaster. Filmmakers had threatened this spring to boycott the festival as a row deepened between the Busan city government and the festival’s organizers who said they suffered political revenge for screening the movie.

Kim said the filmmakers will return to Busan once the two sides ensure that sponsors cannot meddle in programming and movie selections.

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