Grand Bell Awards

The Grand Bell Awards
Awarded for Excellence in cinematic achievements
Country South Korea
Presented by The Motion Pictures Association of Korea
First awarded 1962
Official website
Grand Bell Awards
Revised Romanization Daejongsang Yeonghwajae
McCune–Reischauer Taejongsang Yŏnghwaje

The Grand Bell Awards (Hangul: 대종상 영화제; RR: Daejongsang Yeonghwajae), also known as Daejong Film Awards, is an awards ceremony presented annually by The Motion Pictures Association of Korea for excellence in film in South Korea.[1][2]

The Grand Bell Awards retains prestige as the oldest continuous film awards held in South Korea, and has been called the Korean equivalent of the American Academy Awards.[3][4][5]


The ceremony has been hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Information since 1962. The awards ceased for a couple years beginning in 1969, but were revived in 1972 after the establishment of the Korea Motion Picture Promotion Association, in an effort to stimulate the then stagnant film industry.[6]



See also


  1. "Korean Film Awards, 1962-present". Retrieved 2013-07-19.
  2. Baek, Byung-yeul (16 November 2014). "Roaring Currents, Attorney vie for Daejong Film Awards". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-11-21.
  3. "Gwanghae sweeps Korean Oscars". The Korea Times. 31 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  4. "Gwanghae reigns supreme at S. Korea film awards". AsiaOne. 31 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-28.
  5. Woo, Jaeyeon (1 November 2012). "Masquerade Swept the Daejong Film Awards". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2012-11-28.
  6. Lee Young-il; Richard Lynn Greever, tr. (1988). The History of Korean Cinema. Seoul: Motion Picture Promotion Corporation. pp. 275–278. ISBN 89-88095-12-X.
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