Last year, World Premieres were 36, International 1, and Asians 47. This year, World premieres are 46, Internationals 17, Asians 55. There are 26 more World and International premieres in total comparing to the last year.
The most noticeable change of 14th Jeonju International Film Festival is the reorganization of sections. There were 6 main sections and 19 sub-sections last year. JIFF2013 has made modifications as 6 main sections and 11 sub-sections. For example, both Local Cinema in Jeonju which had started in 2006 to cause attention to new film directors in Jeonju and Korean Cinema Showcase that introduces various streams of Korean Films are newly absolved into Korea Cinemascape beyond the locality. Moreover, Outdoor Screening which was under the section Cinemafest is singled out from official screenings to the program event to emphasize its characteristic as the event with Jeonju citizens.
Some programs have got closed. Time Regained, a programs mostly consisting of classic films will be put into a special program, and so will guest programs according to circumstances. Anifest which was under Cinemafest has got closed in consideration that animations are better as part of Cinema Palace than in its sub-section.
On the other hand, programs received positive feedbacks have got built up. Stranger than Cinema which indicates JIFF’s identity has extended to 8 features and 15 shorts, embracing more diverse experimental films in contrast to the last one with 5 features and 16 shorts.
Jeonju Digital Project and Short! Short! Short! of JIFF Project, the JIFF’s brand marks are going on a similar scale with the last year’s but more careful preparation and completion. Short! Short! Short! 2013 directed by LEE Sang-woo, LEE Jin-woo, and PARK Jin-sung & Jin-seok brothers are based on KIM Young-Ha’s 3 short stories. Kim Young-ha who is one or the writers representative current Korea and many of his contents are already adapted into various media forms.
In Jeonju Digital Project 2013 : Strangers, you can see new works of KOBAYASHI Masahiro, ZHANG Lu, and Edwin. Under one theme of ‘strangers’, the three directors representing Asian contemporary made themselves free to demonstrate their visions. This year, JIFF Project will be the great specimen where the festival’s creative arrange meets the artists’ vision.
JIFF extends its area to the film production and distribution business as well. On March 28th,, JIFF has released Film Socialism directed by Jean Luc Godard and Matterhorn (Netherlands) a film won audience’s award at 2012 IFFR waiting as the next line up.
In addition, When Night Falls by Ying Liang of 2012 Jeonju Digital Project has been invited by about 20 international film festivals making screening profits steadily. JIFF is going to extend the promotion business model of film production and import, becoming a good example as at-all-time film festival, not just temporary. JIFF also runs JIFF THEQUE, a theater in Gosa-dong, Jeonju mainly focusing on hidden gems of independent films.
This year, Jeonju Project Market establishes a new direction to discover talented directors and film in pre-production. Work in Progress has closed, but Producer Pitching has changed into Feature Film Pitching in order to extend the ranges in form and application to help the production practically. Also, Documentary Pitching has been rearranged with the enlargement of its awards details.
The changes of program formations and events this year are for convenient access of the audience, and the traditions and identities of the previous programs have been intensified. These reorganizations will give supplementation to the inadequate points before and the leap hereafter.