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The Fifth Meeting of JIFF and KoBiz Online Screening

May 02, 2017
  • Writerby Shin-young PARK (International Promotion Team, KOFIC)
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JIFF 2017 KoBiz Online Screening Opens May 8th

The Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) has been focusing on selecting directors’ debut or second films in order to discover creative filmmakers and spotlight hidden works. The motto of the 18th JIFF is ‘Outlet for Cinematic Expression’, which reveals its will to embrace challenging and controversial films beyond the political, economic and aesthetic boundaries. This led to the selection of a lot of documentary films in this year’s edition. 

What films are in the Discovery of the Year for JIFF? The line-up includes HWANG Kyu-il’s comedy Saem, which depicts handicapped lovers with jokes and WOO Kwang-hoon and David Redman’s documentary Dancing with Jikji which demonstrates the story about the world’s first metal types through foreigner’s eyes. In addition, JUNG In-bong’s The Way gained attention for its star KIM Hye-ja, heroin of BONG Joon-ho’s Mother (2009).

Last year’s JIFF-KoBiz Online Screening featured films such as KIM Jong-kwan’s Worst Woman, LEE Hyun-ju’s Our Love Story and Jero YUN’s Mrs.B., A North Korean Woman. They proved JIFF’s selection is also highly regarded overseas as they were invited to the Moscow International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Warsaw Film Festival, Tokyo FILMeX, Zurich Film Festival and more. 

This year, the KoBiz Festival Screening: JIFF 2017 will screen 20 features and 23 shorts among films of the Korean Competition and Korea Cinemascape sections. It is the widest selection ever. The online links to the programming will be available for three months from May 8th at KoBiz Online Screening site(screening.koreanfilm.or.kr).
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