Jeonju Int. Film Festival Unveils ‘Korean Short Film Competition’ Finalists

The 16th Jeonju Int. Film Festival

The 16th Jeonju Int. Film Festival

The 16th edition of the Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) has unveiled the finalists for the ‘Korean Competition for Shorts.’

The 20 films have been selected from a staggering 609 entries, with a focus on originality, experimentalism, and controversial themes. The finalists will compete against each other for a selection of prizes, including the Grand Prize, Best Director Award, and Special Jury Award, respectively.

JIFF’s ‘competition for shorts’ program serves as a launching pad for new talent, with films often finding success on the international stage. Director Na Young-kil’s Hosanna, which premiered at JIFF last year, went on to receive the Golden Bear for Short Film at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival. Premiering at JIFF 2013, director Han Eun-young’s Breathe Me later appeared at the Cannes Film Festival – Critics Week in the same year.

For the full line-up of short films within the competition, as well as select stills that have been released, please see below.

1) The Emotional Society on Stage (Directors Kim Sookhyun, Jo Hyejeong) [2014 / 23min]

2) A Lonely Bird (Director Seojeong Shinwoo) [2015 / 18min]

3) Mind Control (Director Lee Nakyung) [2015 / 16min]

4) The Messenger (Director Son Kyungsoo) [2014 / 13min]

Heels over Head

Heels over Head

5) Heels over Head (Director Shim Hyejeong) [2015 / 26min]

6) Uninvited Guest (Director Kang Minseok) [2014 / 31min]

7) Super-critical Flow (Directors Shin Booyeon, Yoon Sangjeong) [2015 / 28min]

Ah Ah Ah

Ah Ah Ah

8) STAY! (Director Shin Jemin) [2015 / 15min]

9) Mirror in Mind (Director Kim Seunghee) [2014 / 2min]

10) Ah Ah Ah (Director Noh Youngmi) [2015 / 15min]

11) The Haze of Summer (Director Park Jiyoon) [2015 / 25min]

Summer's Tale

Summer’s Tale

12) Summer‘s Tale (Directors Kwak Saemi, Park Yongjae) [2015 / 39min]

13) Open Society and Its Enemies (Director Kwon Hyukjoon) [2014 / 33min]

14) Beneath the Wheel (Director Kwak Eun-mi) [2015 / 21min]

Beneath the Wheel

Beneath the Wheel

15) This Planet What We Chose (Director Kim Jeongeun) [2014 / 27min]

16) The Fruits of the Earth (Director Kim Hwara) [2015 / 15min]

17) Emergency Leave (Director Kang Jinyeop) [2014 / 15min]

18) The Exploration (Director Park Yongseok) [2014 / 11min]

19) Blossom (Director Han In-mi) [2015 / 27min]

20) A Crevice of Violence (Director Lim Chul) [2015 / 27min]

The 16th Jeonju International Film Festival runs from April 30th to May 9th.

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Breathe Me (울게 하소서)

JIFF 2013: Quick Fire Reviews 4

Further quick fire reviews from the 14th Jeonju International Film Festival.

Breathe Me (울게 하소서)

Breathe Me (울게 하소서)

Breathe Me (울게 하소서) – ★★★★☆

Far too often, scandalous headlines of teen pregnancy and mothers abandoning their children in horrific ways fill Korean media. It’s therefore quite brave of director Han Eun-young (한은영) to produce a film about both issues in this 20 minute short, particularly as it is staged from the perspective of the teens themselves. The result is an incredibly engaging and compelling film, one that is so enthralling that it feels more like 5 minutes than the actual running time. As high school girl A-young has her baby in secret, director Han effectively uses the dim lighting and locations very well in constructing the loneliness and isolation of the situation, contrasted well with the panic and adrenaline-induced scenes of her boyfriend as he attempts to find her. Rather than provide excuses, director Han conveys how the fear of the situation leads the teens to make illogical choices that jeopardize them all. While more information about the central protagonists, and a longer running time, would have made Breathe Me a stronger short, the film is a powerful piece and one that is timely.

Dear Dolphin (환상속의 그대)

Dear Dolphin (환상속의 그대)

Dear Dolphin (환상속의 그대) – ★★★☆☆

Director Kang Ji-na’s (강진아) Dear Dolphin examines the grief, and the illogical sense of guilt, that follows the death of a loved one. Such weighty subject matter is given a sense of surrealism with the inclusion of water symbolism and hallucinations brought on by insomnia, as the narrative conveys how loving memories and emotions can become poison through the refusal of acceptance. For the most part director Kang succeeds in capturing the psychological devastation and the difficulty in moving on, yet the narrative structure is also responsible for lessening the poignancy of the message. As the story often jumps between time frames without much notice, as well as the stylistic changes and the picking up and dropping of subplots at whim, it becomes difficult to fully connect with the central protagonists and to feel their trauma. Perhaps this is intentional in order to keep the film ‘light’ despite the complex subject matter, but the result is one that distances audiences from the raw emotional power that the film attempts yet never fully manages to conceive. A thought-provoking film.

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