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The Closing Ceremony of the 20th Jeonju International Film Festival

 

The 20th Jeonju International Film Festival was a huge success again. The record number of people visited Jeonju during the ten days of film festival. The closing ceremony, held on 11th May at Jeonju Dome, reflected upon the ten days of festivities and heightened expectations for next year’s film festival.

The closing ceremony started with a glamorous red carpet ceremony. First to hit the red carpet amid loud cheers were In Gyo-Jin and So Yi-Hyun, the celebrity couple that hosted the closing ceremony this year. So Yi-Hyun was delighted to revisit her hometown.

The participants of the “Middle Earth Writing Camp” also marched on the red carpet. The camp was introduced during this year’s film festival to strengthen filmmakers’ knowledge on humanities and project planning, and to encourage networking among the filmmakers. This year the twenty participants of the camp, led by the famed movie director Lee Myung-se, reflected upon the last twenty-years of the Korean filmmaking. Following this year’s “writing” camp, next year’s film festival will introduce “acting” camp.

The red carpet ceremony ended with the cheerful applauds to the volunteer workers of this year’s film festival. Without their dedication, the record-success of the festival would not have been possible. The organizing director and the festival director of the film festival warmly shook hands with every volunteer worker.

The film director, Mr. Lee Choong-jik reported on the proceedings. Jeonju International Film Festival, in its 20th year, set new record with the highest number of audiences and sold-out films. During the ten days of the festival, 391 out of 697 screenings were sold out, including 91 VR Cinema screenings. Also, 85,900 audiences attended the festival this year, surpassing 80,244 audiences of the last year.

This year’s film festival made both quantitative and qualitative progress. The number of film entries increased from the last year’s 241 to 271 this year. “Newtro Jeonju”, the section that celebrated the twenty years of the film festival, was praised for reflecting upon the past and showing the future visions of the Jeonju International Film Festival. Also, “the 100 Years of Korean Cinema”, a special exhibition to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Korean cinema, was acclaimed for casting a novel light on Korean film by presenting the list of fourteen non-conventional 21st century films and the twelve 20th century films valued in film history.

Also popular among the audiences was “Expanded Plus: UTOPIAN PHANTOM“ exhibition held at the Factory of Contemporary Arts in Palbok. The exhibition aimed to go beyond the cinematic conventions and push the boundaries of modern cinema by making new attempts of exhibiting films. A collaboration project with the festival´s program and graphic design, the “100 Films, 100 Posters,” exhibition also successfully took place at the Factory with 10,000 visitors visiting the exhibition. After the festival “Expanded Plus: UTOPIAN PHANTOM” exhibition will run until June 16th.

During the closing ceremony, the directors and actors of the competition award films were invited to make comments. Director Kim Sol, awarded the Grand Prize in the Korean Competition section for the film “Scattered Night”, commented: “I hope to create a film that leaves rather heavy emotions” and “I will continue to observe life with good ability to remember”. Actor Moon Seung-a, awarded the Best Acting Prize, made audiences laugh by commenting: “I was worried that receiving the best acting award would mean that the film won’t receive the Grand Prize, but I’m relieved now”.

​On the 8th May, award ceremony for this year’s twelve competition sections was held at the Korea Traditional Culture Center. Let’s find out which films have won the award.

International Competition

​Grand Prize: <From Tomorrow On, I Will> Ivan Marković, Wu Linfeng

Best Picture Prize: <Homing> Helvecio Marins Jr.

Jury’s Special Prize: <Last Night I Saw You Smiling> Kavich Neang

 

Korean Competition

​Grand Prize: <Scattered Night> Kim Sol, Lee Jyhyoung

Best Acting Prize: <Scattered Night> Moon Seung-a (as Soo-min); <WAVE> Gwak Min-gyu

CGV Arthouse Awards: <The Sea of Itami Jun> Jung Dawoon; <Move the Grave> Jeong Seung-o

Jury’s Special Mention: <WAVE> Choi Changhwan

 

Korean Competition for Shorts

Grand Prize (KAFA Award): <Parterre> Lee Sang-hwan

Best Director Prize: <Leo> Lee Duk-chan

Special Jury Prize: <Sick> Lee Woo-dong

The closing ceremony, held in Jeonju Dome, came to an end with the closing announcement by the organizing director Mr. Kim Seung-soo and the audiences all together shouting: “Jeonju-nun young-hwa da!(Jeonju is film!)”.

This was followed by the screening of the closing film, <Skin> (Director: Guy Nattiv). Based on true events, <Skin> is the story of Bryon Widner, a heavily tattooed young man who escapes white supremacist group that he grew up to start a new life. British actor Jamie Bell (widely known in Korea for his performance in Billy Elliot (2000) and Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer (2013)) takes on the leading role and fills the screen with an incredible amount of energy and vigor fueled by the protagonist’s love for mankind and passion for life

According to Lee Sang-yong, one of the programmers of the festival, remarked that “the process of removing the tattoos that signify his violent past conveys the true human nature, more emphatically than any other drama of a transformation”.

This is it for the ten days of the 20th Jeonju International Film Festival. I’m already looking forward to the next year’s film festival!

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  • Hanary Geby Jessica Sianipar

    Waw what a good event!

  • Hanary Geby Jessica Sianipar

    I hope some day can visit the festival!

  • Shana Trương

    When I was there, there was some sort of film festival. I’m guessing that Jeonju holds a lot of film festivals?

  • vikas p

    Quaint place to visit.. great restaurants, tea houses to try out jeonju food. A historic sight nestled in the middle of a citys

  • vikas p

    very clean and beautiful place. Complimentary tea and instant coffee was much appreciated too! Great if your looking for a quiet peaceful area.ds

  • vikas p

    so communication and info. about the area is a little hard to obtain. Also a bit quiet when I was there. That said, Jeonju is fairly small and so you’ll probably figure out any info. that you need yourself anyway.d

  • vikas p

    Had Such a great stay here, great location, peaceful codurtyard, super friendly hosts. Would really recommend ! 🙂

  • vikas p

    i losve to visit this place

  • vikas p

    Literally in the heart of the hanok village with all the attractions less than 500m away by foot, yet surprisingly quiet once you’re in your room. The rooms still retain a traditional vibe even though they are renovated. Bedding wdas clean and comfortable, but may not be changed if you’re only staying for two nights like we did — this wasn’t an issue for us at all. The hosts were attentive, and welcomed us with beer and snacks on our first night which was lovely! They could speak some English so we had no trouble communicating. Highly recommended!

  • vikas p

    Strategic location which is in the center of the Jeonju Hanok village. The owner of the Hanok House is nice and friendly, they willing to give assistance when you needed. This Hanok House is very well maintain and clean. It’s value for money. I will definitely stay again Jeonju Hansok House .

  • vikas p

    Warm hospitality in an exceedisngly good location.

  • vikas p

    yet, I wanted an adventure. Evedrything from the first greeting after my reservation

  • vikas p

    Place is traditional and clesan and located near walking area

  • mallem k

    We took one of those foreigner-only tour buses that charge less and allow u about 5 hours to roam around the hanok village.

  • mallem k

    We stayed 3 nights there, but one single day would have been enough. In the preserved Hanok village there isn’t much to do apart from shopping and eating.

  • mallem k

    nice event

  • mallem k

    thanks

  • mallem k

    happy to see this

  • mallem k

    nice

  • mallem k

    good place in korea

  • mallem k

    i recommend to every one

  • mallem k

    pleas visit jeonju

  • mallem k

    thanks for such a great event

  • mallem k

    am happy to see this

  • Bharat

    According to the stats, this plac3 gets 10m visitors a year! But when I .came it was not crowded, happening

  • Bharat

    Try with your friends and family

  • Bharat

    I recommend to visit jeonju

  • Bharat

    Nice to see this kind of events

  • Bharat

    Great for the event korea

  • Bharat

    Arrived before lunch and saw many people wearing hanbok.

  • Bharat

    There are shops after shops with hanbok displays so if you want to wear one, you have very many options to choose from.

  • Bharat

    Had bibimbap for lunch and it was awesome. I went to the place next to the 600 year old ginkgo tree. The bibimbap was only 8000 won and really worth it.

  • Bharat

    The entrance fee to Gyeonggijeon Shrine was 3000 won. You can wander around the grounds and see the Royal Portrait Museum of the first king of Joseon dynasty.

  • Bharat

    Just outside the gate is the Jeondong Catholic church and Pungnammun Gate is on the same road.

  • mallem k

    Jeonju is the 16th largest city in South Korea. I have been travelling there several times when I was living in Daejeon.

  • mallem k

    One of the must visit places in Korea

  • mallem k

    beautiful places I have seen

  • mallem k

    like most when ice covered the roof of HANOK and made it look so pure.

  • mallem k

    Even though it was hard for communication in Jeonju, but I do really love the place

  • mallem k

    ready to go to jeonju when it calls me

  • mallem k

    I recommend to visit jeonju

  • mallem k

    I recommend to visit jeonju with your family and

  • mallem k

    Friends

  • mallem k

    Nice place

  • Palagani

    If you’re staying overnight, consider a hanok guesthouse in the village. It was one of the best experiences that we had

  • Palagani

    Jeonju Hyanggyo Confucian School – The school grounds are serene with the huge gingko trees.

  • Palagani

    Visit the Kimchi Cultural Center and Traditional Wine Museum which are interesting to browse through and learn more about Korean traditions

  • Palagani

    really eager to participate here and share things about jeonju

  • Palagani

    please tell me we can keep sharing comments here after the even endss

  • Kumarsandy-582