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Asia's most influential film festival kicks off Thursday in the South Korean port city of Busan, celebrating its 20th anniversary at a time of growing regional clout in the global movie market.This year, the 10-day festival will open with the world premiere of Indian drama "Zubaan" by first-time director Mozez Singh. BIFF has never had a Bollywood production as its curtain-raiser and Singh described the selection of his movie as a "wonderful turn of events". The festival's 20th edition will showcase 304 movies from 75 countries, including 94 world premieres.Growth in the first eight months of this year is estimated to have been even higher at 49 percent, and the Chinese market alone is expected to out-earn North America by 2018 .Kang Soo-yeon, who now shares the festival director duties with Lee, said she hoped the focus would shift back to the films themselves.
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