JEONJU Conference 2023
Better Tomorrow Than Yesterday,
Dreaming of Expanding Cinema!

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought huge changes to all areas of the film industry, from investment to production, distribution, and screening. Although the disaster affected everyone, the extent of the affect was not the same, putting independent and art films in greater trouble compared to commercial films. For this reason, this year’s JEONJU Conference aims to examine the possibilities of Korean independent and art films from a new perspective under the theme of ‘Better Tomorrow Than Yesterday, Dreaming of Expanding Cinema.’ Through ‘Public Fund and Independent Cinema,’ we examine the public support policies that have had a decisive influence on the investment and production of Korean independent and art films, and analyze what needs to be improved in line with changes in the film industry. The ‘Public Fund and Film School’ session looks back on the history of the Korea Academy of Film Arts (KAFA), which was founded in 1984 and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and reexamines the role of public institutions in the field of film education. In particular, we hope to examine the reason for the loosened link between the academy and the industry, unlike in the past when the academy produced leading filmmakers in the Korean film industry, and discuss possible improvement measures in cooperation with the outside world, such as industry-university cooperation programs. The third session ‘Cinema Dives into the IP Universe’ discusses intellectual property, the source of creation. With experts in the IP field, this session is a case study with lectures and Q&As, providing an in-depth look into the possibility of independent films as creative sources, the importance of creative worlds in the IP industry, and the methods of commercializing IPs that creators and producers should be aware of.

The program for the second day of the JEONJU Conference was designed to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the JEONJU Cinema Project (JCP). The first session, ‘Ten Years of the JEONJU Cinema Project: Time to Change’ looks at the history of the JCP and seeks improvement measures to further develop the project as JEONJU IFF’s representative program. Taking this 10th year as a turning point for the JCP, this session aims to discuss the next ten years for the JCP and touch on the changes and improvements to be made. In the following roundtable session, Korean and non-Korean filmmakers who have taken part in the JCP to share the joys and sorrows of making independent and art films. This will provide an opportunity to hear about the difficulties of making films, which can be called the ‘art of money,’ independently, artistically, and experimentally, as well as the appeal of filmmaking that attracts creators despite such difficulties. Lastly, in the ‘The Role of Film Festivals in the Endemic Era’ session, the participants will discuss film festivals’ role for the independent, art, and experimental films which are in a crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from film festivals’ role as platforms to introduce new films, professionals working for film festivals in Korea and around the world will come together to explore the roles that film festivals can play for film investments and productions, training of film professionals, production support, and film distribution.

We hope that JEONJU Conference 2023 will be a platform where independent and art film creators, producers, film festival staffers, policy makers, and other professionals in the film industry dream of and hope for the future and the expansion of independent and art films.

April 30 (Sun) ~ May 1 (Mon)
Jeonju Jungbu Vision Center 5F
(34, Jeonjugaeksa 3-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do)
April 30 (Sun)
Time Program
11:00 ~ 11:55 Session 1 Public Fund and Independent Cinema CHANG Young-youp (Cine21 CEO, Film Junalist)
PARK Ki-yong (Korean Film Council Chairperson)
Sey MIN (Gyeonggi Content Agency President)
MIN Sungwook (JEONJU IFF Festival Co-Director)
12:30 ~ 13:20 Session 2 Public Fund and Film School: KAFA 40th Anniversary Conference
(Co-host: KAFA)
HONG Jiyoung (Director)
JOH Geun-shik (KAFA Executive Director)
KIM Heejeon (Barunson C&C Producer)
HAN Ka ram (Director)
16:00 ~ 17:30 Session 3 Cinema Dives into the IP Universe CHO Yeongwook (The Silent Sea Producer)
Sunny KIM (Canneseries Korea Consultant)
LEE Chanho (Studio Wavve CEO)
May 1 (Mon)
Time Program
13:00 ~ 14:00 Session 4 Ten Years of the JEONJU Cinema Project: Time to Change TJ PARK (JEONJU Project Executive Producer)
KIM Ok-young (StoryOn CEO)
JANG Byungwon (DMZ Docs Chief Programmer)
JANG Woojin (Director, Producer)
15:00 ~ 16:00 Session 5 Roundtable: Joys and Sorrows of Making Independent and Art Films KIM Daehwan (Director)
JANG Woojin (Director)
Damien MANIVEL (Director)
Lois PATIÑO (Director)
Ted FENDT (Director)
17:00 ~ 18:00 Session 6 The Role of Film Festivals in the Endemic Era Sung MOON (JEONJU IFF Programmer)
Ash HOYLE (Sundance Film Festival Programmer)
KUBOTA Yuri (Pia Film Festival International International Affair)
Stefan IVANČIĆ (Locarno Film Festival Selection Committee)
Victor IRIARTE (San Sebastian International Film Festival Selection Committee)
  • Each session is followed by Q&A.
  • The JEONJU Conference is a free event on a first come, first served basis. Priority for the badge holders.
  • The session on May 1 (Mon) provides simultaneous interpretation in Korean and English.
JUNG Junho | JEONJU IFF Festival Co-Director
Made his debut as the MBC actor in open recruitment in 1995. He continues to act in a wide range of films, including The Anarchist (2000), The Siren (2000), A Perfect Match (2002), Marring the Mafia series, and My Boss My Hero series. In 2023, he was appointed as the Festival Co-Director of JEONJU IFF.
Session 1 Public Fund and Independent Cinema
Moderator CHANG Young-youp | Cine21 CEO, Film Journalist
The current CEO and former editor-in-chief of the film magazine Cine21. She has been a jury at film festivals, such as JEONJU IFF and Busan International Film Festival, and a member of the content evaluation committee for the Korea Creative Content Agency and the Gyeonggi Content Agency. She co-authored What Filmmakers Say About Filmmakers and What Will Be Of Cinema.
Panel PARK Ki-yong | Korean Film Council Chairperson
Majored in Film at Seoul Institute of the Arts and studied at KAFA (3rd graduate class). He made his directorial debut with the film Motel Cactus (1997). He served as both a head professor (2001-2003) and a director (2003-2009) at KAFA, as well as the vice principal at the Asian Film Academy (AFA, 2005-2009). Since 2012, he has been a faculty member at Dankook University Graduate School of Cinematic Content. In 2022, he was appointed as the 9th Chairperson of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC).
Panel Sey Min | Gyeonggi Content Agency President
After majoring in Interactive Arts Concentration at the Pratt Institute in New York, she served as a researcher at MIT Senseable City Lab and a TED Senior Fellow. She has actively worked as a media content expert, taking on roles such as the general director of Seoul Light, an AI/data artist with Google Art & Culture, and the founder and creative director of Randomwalks. In recognition of her accomplishments, she was appointed as the president of the Gyeonggi Content Agency in 2021.
Panel MIN Sungwook | JEONJU IFF Festival Co-Director
He has worked as a member of JEONJU IFF’s organizing committee since its creation in 2000 and was a former Secretary Director and Vice Festival Director. In 2023, he became a Co-Director of JEONJU IFF. Also, he is a professor at the Department of Broadcasting and Performing Arts, Paekche Institute of the Arts.
Session 2Public Fund and Film School: KAFA 40th Anniversary Conference
(Co-host: KAFA)
Moderator HONG Jiyoung | Director
She graduated from KAFA (14th graduate class) in 1999 and made her debut with Kitchen (2009). Her directorial works include Marriage Blue (2013), Will You Be There? (2016), and New Year Blues (2021). She is active in the film industry as a professor of KAFA and Chairman of the Gangwon Film Commission, contributing to various fields within the industry.
PanelJOH Geun-shik | Korean Academy of Film Arts(KAFA) Executive Director
After graduating from the film department of Seoul Institute of the Arts and KAFA (13th graduate class). He debuted with Conduct Zero (2002) and directed films such as Once in a Summer (2006) and My New Sassy Girl (2015). He has been a professor of KAFA since 2018 and became its Executive Director in 2021.
PanelKIM Heejeon |Barunson C&C Producer
Started a career on JoongAng Media Q Channel and worked on international film festivals, marketing, promotion, and sales in CJ Entertainment. She served as the distribution team leader at CJ E&M America and is currently a producer at Barunson C&C.
PanelHAN Ka ram | Director
She majored in directing at KAFA (33rd graduate class). She received the City of Sadness at the Mise-en-scène Short FIlm Festival for her short Tombstone Refugee. In 2018, she made her feature debut with Our Body and directed Blind, a part of Wavve’s original omnibus film, SF8 (2020).
Session 3 Cinema Dives into the IP Universe
Presenter CHO Yeongwook | The Silent Sea Producer
He has participated in films like Save the Green Planet (2003), I'm a Cyborg, but that's Ok (2006), Mother (2009), and The Good, the Bad, and the Weird (2008), among others. As a producer, his credits include films like Remember You (2016) and Trade Your Love (2019). He has produced the Netflix original series The Silent Sea (2021), based on director Choi Hang-yong's short film of the same name, as well. After working at Artist Studio, he is currently engaged in producing various projects with the story creation group, Storage.
PresenterSunny KIM | Canneseries Korea Consultant
She has managed various aspects of the music industry, including record licensing, marketing, and music copyright for commercials and dramas. She has played a significant role in the global expansion of multiple Korean record companies by organizing a wide range of K-POP performances that showcase traditional Korean music and indie bands. Additionally, she has been involved in importing animations such as Crayon Shin-chan, implementing character licensing businesses, and exporting Korean dramas. Since 1998, she has served as the Korean representative for Miptv and Mipcom in international content market events. Since 2019, she has also represented Korea in the world-renowned festival SXSW. In 2022, as a Korean Consultant for Canneseries, she has been planning and executing the Korean Focus program.
PresenterLEE Chanho | Studio Wavve CEO
He has worked on content planning and production at CJ Media and Studio Dragon. He has produced series such as Weak Hero Class 1 (2022), Tracer (2022), and Desperate Mr. X (2022) since he became the Studio Wavve CEO in 2020. He is currently preparing for releases of films like Dead Man, Yonggamhan simin and series like Park Ha-Kyung’s Travels, and Transaction.
Session 4 Ten Years of the JEONJU Cinema Project: Time to Change
ModeratorTJ PARK | JEONJU Project Executive Producer
He worked as a producer of The Beauty Inside (2015), Snowpiercer (2013), and Mother (2009), and participated in the production of The Target (2013). He served as the 6th and 7th Co-Vice President of the Producers Guild of Korea (PGK). He is the former Vice President of Yong Film and is now the CEO of Buddy Film. He has been appointed as Executive Producer of the JEONJU Project, the industrial program of JEONJU IFF 2023.
PanelKIM Ok-young | StoryOn CEO
In 2010, she founded StoryOn Pictures, a production company specializing in documentaries, and produced a number of films including Spacechild (2017), Crossing Beyond (2018), and Soft Revolution (2019), and co-produced Vanished (2019). She has received awards for her work and has been honored with the 3rd Order of Cultural Merit, called Bogwan. She is the author of Techniques of Documentary (2020).
PanelJANG Byungwon | DMZ International Documentary Film Festival Chief Programmer
He worked as a chief editor of the weekly film magazine Fim 2.0 and programmer of the JEONJU IFF. He is currently teaching at Chung-Ang University and Myongji University while serving as a chief programmer at the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival.
PanelJANG Woojin | Director, Producer
His debut film A Fresh Start (2014) received the Grand Prize at the Korean Competition of the JEONJU IFF 2014. He also directed Autumn, Autumn (2016) and Winter's Night (2018). He founded Bomnae Films based on Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, Korea and produced The First Lap (2017) and A Distant Place.
Session 5 Roundtable: Joys and Sorrows of Making Independent and Art Films
ModeratorKIM Daehwan | Director
His filmography includes End of Winter (2014) and Autumn, Autumn (2016, Producer). He has won the Filmmakers of the Present at the Locarno Film Festival, Young Critic Award Special Mention, Silver Astor Best Screenplay at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival, and more.
ModeratorJANG Woojin | Director
His debut film A Fresh Start (2014) received the Grand Prize at the Korean Competition of the JEONJU IFF 2014. He also directed Autumn, Autumn (2016) and Winter's Night (2018). He founded Bomnae Films based on Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, Korea and produced The First Lap (2017) and A Distant Place.
PanelDamien MANIVEL | Director
In the past ten years, he directed five awarded features such as A Young Poet (2014), The Park (2016), The Night I Swam (2017) and Magdala (2022). One of JEONJU Cinema Project 2019, Isadora’s Children won the Best Director Award at the Locarno Film Festival 2019.
PanelLois PATIÑO | Director
His films, including Coast of Death (2013), Red Moon Tide (2020), and The Sower of Stars (2022), were noted at the Cannes, Berlinale, Vienale, and more. His latest feature, Samsara, premiered in the Encounters section and won the Special Jury Prize at the Berlinale 2023.
PanelTed FENDT | Director
He has directed six films including Short Stay (2016) and Classical Period (2018) shown at Berlinale Forum. in 2018, he made Outside Noise with funding from JEONJU Cinema Project: NEXT Edition and won the Special Mention at the International Film Festival Marseille. He is currently editing two short films.
Session 6 The Role of Film Festivals in the Endemic Era
ModeratorSung MOON | JEONJU IFF Programmer
She has been a programmer for the JEONJU IFF since 2019. Also, she is a curator of the Bildrausch Filmfest Basel.
PanelAsh HOYLE | Sundance Film Festival Programmer
He is a featured Programmer at the Sundance Film Festival. He focuses on both fiction, nonfiction, and Midnight. Ash has also worked as the Director of Programming of Damn These Heels Film Festival, run by the Utah Film Center, as well as a Senior Programmer at Outfest Los Angeles and a Programmer at Palm Springs ShortsFest. Ash is a 2021 Project Involve Fellow with Film Independent and has been involved in programming NewFest, Sun Valley Film Festival, Overlook Film Festival, and AFI Fest and worked in production at ABC, Mssng Peces, and The Annoyance Theater.
PanelKUBOTA Yuri | Pia Film Festival International Affair
She has been a freelance festival coordinator at various international film festivals, including the San Sebastian International Film Festival, Fribourg International Film Festival, etc. She also worked for organizations such as UNIJAPAN and the Japan Foundation to promote Japanese films abroad. In 2019, she joined the Pia Film Festival, where she is in charge of introducing films from the PFF Award Competition to foreign festivals. In 2020, she launched, a website to support retrospective projects of Japanese films.
PanelStefan IVANČIĆ | Locarno Film Festival Selection Committee
He is a film director, producer and programmer. He graduated directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade. He is the producer of the feature The Load (2018) by Ognjen Glavonić, premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, and a co-producer of You Have the Night (2018) by Ivan Salatić and Have You Seen This Woman? (2022) by Dušan Zorić and Matija Gluščević. He is a member of the selection committee of the Locarno Film Festival and a member of the European Film Academy.
PanelVictor IRIARTE | San Sebastian international Film Festival Selection Committee
He has directed numerous shorts and features, including Invisible (2012), and worked as cinematographer and assistant director. He began as a programmer at the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum Cinematheque. Currently, he is Head of Audiovisual Programmes at San Sebastian's Tabakalera Centre for Contemporary Culture, having belonged to the coordinating team of the International Film Students Meeting since 2013.