Korean Competition for Shorts featured 1,026 films this year. The number of films, which shows an increase of about 100 films compared to last year, gave us the unexpected pleasure of discovery. Five judges, including the senior programmer, debated and selected the 26 finalists among 82 films chosen in the first round of preliminaries. In this year's Korean Competition for Shorts, the most prominent trends are found in the films that seek out the social position of women and young people and express opinions in their own way. Most short films do not just worry about the individual's desire not allowed in society but talk about how to realize it in an ingenious way. The directors do not show off superficial ethics, but they genuinely express the anxieties of their generation and seek the solidarity and coexistence with others through their films. They allow us to expect the bright future of Korean short films.
In addition, it is noteworthy that there are a number of short films that observe the relationship between human and society in the eyes of children and youth. They are distinguished by fresh settings, unique characters, and excellent psychological descriptions, which were rarely seen before. On the other hand, Jeonju IFF chose the films that combine literary sensibility with cinematic imagination. Apart from the above three trends, there are also the films featuring a unique story with eccentric power and energy, which do not follow the convention of existing short films. It is a hopeful sign that many short films show a new style not influenced by the established form and a willingness to confront with the conventional taste of the audience.
* The film with the special mark ( ) will be installed at the Expanded Plus. (Located at Factory of Contemporary Arts in Palbok)
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