Jeonju International Film Festival kicks off next month with 232 works from 43 countries

KUALA LUMPUR, April 19 (Bernama): The 25th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) will return next month in Jeonju, the most Korean city, with 232 independent, short, and alternative films from 43 countries.

Running from May 1 to 10, 162 feature and 70 short films will be screened, all chosen through competitive processes, in which this selection boasts 10 films each in the international competition, Korean competition, and a special category for barrier-free films.

The Film Festival Organising Committee Chairman, Woo Beom-ki said the Jeonju International Film Festival has grown to be a cornerstone cultural event in Asia.

"We aim to be a catalyst for the global film industry's growth, further solidifying Jeonju's position as a major player on the international film scene," he said.

According to a statement, JIFF is a beloved annual tradition in Jeonju, a major Asian tourist destination celebrated for its rich history and gastronomy, will present an enhanced programme this year to mark its 25th anniversary.

Themed "Beyond the Frame", this slogan captures the festival's commitment to pushing boundaries and exploring new avenues. Curating diverse programmes, venues, and events, JIFF fosters a network between independent filmmakers and the local film industry as well as upholds its unique spirit of exploration and innovation.

The opening film of the festival is Japanese director Miyake Sho’s "All the Long Nights" and will conclude with "Matt and Mara" by Canadian director Kazik Radwanski.

A special exhibition titled "See Again: 25+50" co-hosted with the Korean Film Archive, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is a highlight this year.

The exhibition showcases the early works of renowned Korean directors such as Ryu Seung-wan, Bong Joon-ho, Jeong Ji-woo, and Hong Sang-soo, alongside the latest digital restorations of classic Korean films, including "The Widow" (1955) by Korea's pioneering female director Park Nam-ok, and "Mist" (1967) by Kim Su-yong. - Bernama

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Jeonju Film Festival , Kicks Off , May 1-10


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