The 23rd JEONJU International Film Festival
Unlike our hopes and expectations, the Covid crisis persists as of today. Nevertheless, we are preparing for the festival at a time when the safety of public health comes first no matter what. The 23rd JEONJU International Film Festival has decided to open and run the full-scale offline festival amid the team is fully aware of the reality that we have to carry out high intensive safety guidelines. Watching movies together and discussing them together is the essence of any film festival, therefore, we have formed the special health and medical counsel committee that consists of health and medical experts and still work hard to come up with a manual for the safe offline film festival.
JEONJU Dome has always been the symbolic spot for the JEONJU IFF even before the pandemic hence the Dome will be at the center of the festival with concurrent events and of course it also will be the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies. In addition, Jeonju Film Street will be covered with red carpets so it will get all visitors and participants in a more festive mood.
For the last two years, it has been obviously limited for us to invite guests but the number of invitees will be increased this year. Firstly, it was encouraging that the public health authorities lifted the restriction on the entrance to the country enabling us to expand our list of foreign guests. So, it is expected to see more Korean actors participating in the films for special focus on Korean cinema and Programmer of the Year sections. Recent program events, most of which used to run virtually, will turn into offline events where communications with audiences can take place more spontaneously.
This year, there are collaborations with the Korean Film Archive and Seoul Independent Film Festival. Together with Jeonju IT&CT Industry Promotion Agency, we are preparing JEONJU Conference and Master Class. With the Korea Creative Content Agency, in particular, we have agreed on how we can cooperate to discover VR content, which will lead to the combination of VR technology and cinematic imagination, as well as support them to be completed to be presented next year. Moreover, the investment in the JEONJU Cinema Project, which has been the symbolic program of the festival, is also expected to rise production and investment figures through collaboration with external partners.
In order to maintain the offline atmosphere throughout the festival period “Have A Nice Day #10,” the music festival, which is one of the concurrent events, will take place during the second half of the festival in cooperation with Mint Paper (MPMG Co.). This special collaboration between the film and music festival during the pandemic will not just be another event but is a crossover of genres. Also, it surely will be an opportunity to cheer our daily lives to return to normal beyond the pandemic.
Launched last year with the cooperation of local groups, Street Screening is planned to be extended this year. A variety of different events are scheduled to celebrate the 100th Children’s day during the festival together with Save the Children, the international organization for children’s rights.
In addition, the number of programs and events held with external partners has increased this year more than in previous years. The willingness to find a direction to coexist gathering hearts and minds in the crisis is well expressed and it is believed that diverse and new trials will bring good results.
Three special sections for Korean cinema will be opened this year. Firstly, “LEE Chang-dong: The Truth of the Invisible” overviews the works of Lee Chang-dong, one of the most representative Korean film masters. At this event, a new documentary film about Lee made by a French director, Lee’s latest short film Heartbeat, and all of his movies will be screened. Secondly, Legacy of Chungmuro, Taehung Pictures reflects the historic retrospective of the production company that had led the film renaissance era in the 1980s and 1990s. It is the praise and the dedication of Lee Taewon, Taehung Pictures’ former CEO who passed away last year. Last but not least, “Hommage: SHIN Su-won and Korean Women Directors” is to take a serious look at the female directors in Korean film history. These three special sections will provide an insight to the Korean cinema's status in the film history of the world.
Shortly disappeared after the 21st festival, Cinematology will be reborn as Cinephile JEONJU with its original intention where various movies with different discourses amongst productions, directors, actors, and more. Especially this year, classic films and the latest films will be coupled to be screened and it will allow us a new approach and contemplation. In this section, 4 films will be introduced to the audiences.
Furthermore, this year’s World Cinema has its mini section, “Milan KUNDERA, In-between Literature and Film” which features a new documentary film about Kundera, one of the most beloved writers in the world. The section also introduces the 1960s Czech movies which embrace his literary works and cinematic world. For those who cannot bear the lightness of being, it will be an opportunity to revisit the world of Milan Kundera.
World-renowned director, Yeon Sang-ho, will take the role of a programmer following last year’s Ryu Hyunkyung and come up with his list of films that he wants to watch together with the audience. It is the section where he can share his favorites that compose his cinema world and directly communicate with the audience.
This year’s JEONJU IFF will have special sections with the Korean Film Archive: Legacy of Chungmuro, Taehung Pictures and Hommage: SHIN Su-won and Korean Women Directors. On Children’s Day, there will be a special free showing of the restored film, The Little Dinosaur Dooly - The Adventure of Ice Planet at JEONJU Dome. Also, JEONJU IFF will showcase films from “Seoul Independent Film Festival: 2022 Shorts Omnibus Challenge” in collaboration with the Seoul Independent Film Festival. We tried our best to offer more various cultures to the audience through cooperation with embassies, cultural centers, and related organizations.
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