Last year, Jeonju IFF increased the cash award in the Korean Competition. This year, the Best Acting Prize was included in the section. For the past 20 years, the quality of films submitted in the section has greatly improved thanks to all the efforts of actors working in rough independent film production environments. The new award will be a significant encouragement for them.
Moreover, Jeonju IFF increases the cash award for Special Jury Prize in the International Competition. By adding new awards and increasing the amount of cash prize in recent years, Jeonju IFF has determined to invite quality films in the competition and to heighten its status as an international film festival.
Until now, Jeonju IFF has held major events in Cinema Street, which resulted in operational efficiency and higher visitor satisfaction. As usual, most of the events and screenings will be held in Cinema Street. However, Jeonju IFF expands the festival outside the old city center. Factory of Contemporary Arts in Palbok is a culture and art complex which used to be abandoned in an industrial complex. Jeonju IFF intends to provide the best artistic experience to visitors and to introduce a new cultural space to the public.
Jeonju IFF is preparing for large shows and various events related to films. A special show related to the program section will be held at Jeonju Dome. Other events including exhibitions and costume play will be held at Jeonju Lounge. In particular, Jeonju IFF plans to make Jeonju Lounge more accessible to visitors and audiences by refurbishing Resting Space and offering an area for children during the Children’s Day holiday. In the latter part of the festival, a special concert will be held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the festival at Jeonju Dome with a huge party for a grand finale.
In the 20th edition, Jeonju IFF plans to show its identity and vision in a future-oriented manner. A special program called Newtro Jeonju invites diverse filmmakers who helped Jeonju IFF find its distinctive color and style and to talk about the festival’s history, tradition, identity, and future. A total of 22 filmmakers will visit Jeonju to showcase their latest film and present their cinematic vision. It will give a chance to witness the past and the future of Jeonju IFF.
Both in quality and quantity, documentaries are quite strong in this year’s program. Many noteworthy documentaries from Korea and abroad were submitted and selected this year. In particular, a number of Korean documentaries were selected in sections such as Korean Competition and Korea Cinemascape. After recent years of political darkness, there appeared a variety of subject matter and style in Korean documentaries. A dozen documentaries show critical mind and fresh approach in terms of characters, events, and microscopic approach.
To mark the 100-year history of Korean cinema, Jeonju IFF offers a program to critically evaluate Korean cinema. Programs such as Another Upspring of Korean Cinema and Wild at Heart in Special Focus intend to reevaluate Korean films in the 20th and 21st centuries respectively highlight great moments of newness and subversion in the history of Korean cinema. A total of 25 films were selected to recognize their artistic originality, their defiance to social injustice, and their contribution to expanding our imagination. By looking back at the films of the past two centuries, the audience will be able to reexamine the current status of Korean cinema.
Jeonju IFF launches Expanded Plus to extend its Expanded Cinema program which is about experimental trends in contemporary cinema. The program includes traditional screenings at theaters, galleries and exhibitions. 12 local and international artists(including co-artists), regardless of age and experience, are invited to join the Plus program in Factory of Contemporary Arts in Palbok, a culture and art complex in Palbok-dong, Jeonju. The program seeks to present the future curatorial direction and creativity of the festival, and to bring about a meaningful sensation among audiences. Shuttle bus service will be provided for visitors.
Jeonju IFF used to select about 20 films in the Korean Competition for Shorts. However, 26 films were selected this year to provide more opportunities to young filmmakers. Jeonju Dome will hold various interesting programs such as “Star Wars Day” on May 4th. To keep its uniqueness, the festival willingly selected La Flor, an ambitious endeavor to embrace a history of cinema with its 13-hour long running time.
Middle Earth Lab of Jeonju Project Market (JPM) presents Middle Earth “Writing” Camp this year. The camp is an in-depth educational program to nurture a new generation of film professionals and to provide intimate meetings with masters and experts. Starting from the writing program, it will be extended to other programs such as film music and acting.
To complement current “Guest Visit,” which was rather short, this time Jeonju IFF offers diverse classes in each section for audiences to take a closer look at films and have a better understanding of directors and their thoughts. This endeavor is to improve the cinephile culture by raising the quality of talks and Q&As which have become too conventional.
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