International Competition is where participants measure for their talents with their own vision and style. This year, 10 films of new directors who directed the first or the second feature film have been invited. The performance of female directors since several years ago definitely stands out. Five films including Casa Roshell, In Between, Son of Sofia, Barrage, Boundaries are the works of female directors. Characters in these films tell their own story of struggling amidst sexuality, the bond between women, institutions and customs.
Countries from which contenders come are evenly spread across Americas, Europe, and Latin America. Especially, Latin America films have maintained their staying power. The Human Surge which reflects on working conditions in the age of network through an unique narrative; Casa Roshell of the which exploration of spaces with no boundaries leaves a deep impression; and Rifle which embodies the protest against civilization in narration shows the wide horizon of Latin Cinema.
A French film The Park directed by Damien Manivel poetically expressed the birth and death of love in a distinctive way.
In particular, Bamseom Pirates Seoul Inferno directed by Korean director Jung Yoonseok has been invited. This documentary film traces the life of a rebellious punk band ‘Bamseom Pirates’ who mocks anxiety and obsession of Korean society. This interesting documentary perfectly matches the slogan of the 18th Jeonju IFF, outlet for cinematic expression.