By Feature Editor Song Na-ra
The 23rd Jeonju International Film Festival starts on April 23 this year, and continues till May 7.
According to the schedule of the Opening-Closing Ceremonies and Award Ceremony, preview screenings for Opening and Closing Films and five press conferences will be held during the festival.
Launched in 2000, Jeonju IFF is now recognized as Mecca of independent film festival of Asia and the widest window of avant-garde cinema around the world.
While the visitors can find latest waves of Korean independent scene in Korean Film Competition, International Competition introduces new talents across the world and showing the potential of new cinematic aesthetics.
A number of new, rising filmmakers have been introduced to the world stage by Jeonju IFF and it resulted in that the awardees of Jeonju IFF have been critically acclaimed by international film festivals scene.
The directors with the Grand Prize include Suwa Nobuhiro, Apichatpong Weerasrtakul, LiuJia-yin , Denis Cote, Ying Liang, Matías Piñeiro and Sherad Anthony Sanchez.
--International Competition: A first or second feature film of an emerging filmmaker(s).
--Korean Competition: A first or second feature film of an emerging filmmaker(s) that reveals the present Korean society.
--Korean Competition for Shorts: A section dedicated to showing short films with aesthetic challenges.
--JEONJU Cinema Project (JCP): The feature films financed and produced by JEONJU IFF.
--Frontline: A collection of unique and imaginative films with issues raising questions and innovative arguments.
--World Cinema: An introduction to the most significant fiction films and documentaries of the year that represent contemporary trends.
--Masters: A showcase of new films of influential and celebrated directors.
--Korean Cinema: A showcase of films of well-known Korean filmmakers.
--Expanded Cinema: The trend of experimental films with innovative and original cinema language.
--Cinema Fest: A collection of films offering both popular and artistic aspects.
--Midnight Cinema: Genre films with radical imagination.
--Special Focus (Special program or Retrospective): A special program focused on the specific artist, the country, or the subject newly projected on a yearly basis.
--J Special: Programmer of the Year: A section designed by the guest programmer(s) with their own cinematic perspectives.
The official events for press coverage run on a pre-registration basis.
Pre-Registration Timeline: Apr 18 (Mon) - Apr 25 (Mon) (KST)
Pre-Registration Form for the 23rd JEONJU IFF’s Official Events
Schedule of the official events follows:
Opening Ceremony: 19:00-22:00, JEONJU Dome
Lee Chang-dong: The Truth of the Invisible Apr 29 (Fri) 11:00-12:00 Jungbu Vision Center 2F
Special: Programmer of the Year, Yeob Sang-ho, May 1 (Sun) 13:00-14:00 Jungbu Vision Center 2F
Award Ceremony May 4 (Wed), 17:30-TBD, Jeonju Dome
Venue and Date: Jeonju Dome 19:00-22:00 (KST)
Host: Jang Hyusung, Yoo Inna