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The 18th Jeonju International Film Festival announces finalists for ‘Korean Competition for Shorts! 2017/03/02 201

-19 films were select\ed from 785 entries
-Compete for 3 different awards at the 18th Jeonju International Film Festival, which will kick off on April 27th

The 18th International Film Festival (Festival Director LEE Choong-jik) announces 19 finalists for ´Korean Competition for Shorts´. Jeonju IFF has opened entries for ´Korean Competition for Shorts´ from December 1st of 2016 to January 31st of 2017, and for ´Local Cinema´ from December 16th of 2016 to February 6th of 2017. During the submission period, total of 785 films were submitted and among those, final 19 films were select\ed through preliminary. Preliminary juries for ´Korean Competition for Shorts´ this year were film critics BYUN Sung-chan, SONG Hyojeong, and NAM Daeun

There was keen competition for ´Korean Competition for Shorts´ with the highest entry record ever. 748 films were submitted for ´Korean Competition for Shorts´, which were 87 more films than last year. In addition, 37 films were submitted for ´Local Cinema´, which was newly introduced from this year to support local filmmakers, and total of 785 films will be competing for the finalists. Especially, a lot of film-related school students participated in the competition, which leads to an increase in the number of entries.

All films, except one film which will be having ´Asian Premiere´, will receive ´World Premiere´ in Jeonju IFF this year. Regarding genre, fiction films predominated, as 15 fiction films, 1 animation, 1 documentary and 2 experimental films were chosen. As one film from ´Local Cinema´ has been included in the finalists, it is expected to support local films through the Jeonju IFF.

Preliminary juries showed their support to the films which are more meaningful than other films in similar tendencies. NAM Daeun explained about the trend of this year, "Unlike the last few years, when the worries about school violence and difficulty in the job market were the majority, there were many films about home this year." Regarding this, SONG Hyojeong commented, "In the past decade, many short films have been focused on the changes of physical space by redevelopment. It seems like they are now focusing on the psychological space more, which reflects their loss of the residence. BYUN Sung-chan added, "There were several changes in the expressional aspects such as an increase in the number of movies filmed with drones, movies with their own songs and the use of foreign languages in dialogue and narration. I hope these new elements will be enriching the language of short films and functioning as an emotional stimulation."
Finalists of ‘Korean Competition for Shorts’ will showcase at the 18th Jeonju IFF, which will be held from April 27th to May 6th, and compete for Grand Prize, Best Director Award, and Special Jury Award.

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