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Seoul International Youth Film Festival announces 2012 competitors

Jul 18, 2012
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The 14th Seoul International Youth Film Festival (SIYFF), which will take place August 23-29, 2012, has announced the 39 short films that will make up its two competitive sections, Stimulating View 1 (films made by youths aged 13-18) and Stimulating View 2 (ages 18 and over). Of the 39 films competing, 21 are Korean productions.
 
Under the slogan of “Jump Up!,” SIYFF accepted a record 1,110 submissions from 65 different countries during its three-month acceptance period this spring. With over 250 more submissions than its 2011 edition, worldwide interest in SIYFF appears to be growing. A record 170 of the submissions were also from Korean filmmakers. From this pool, 21 films will appear in Stimulating View 1, while 18 were selected for Stimulating View 2.
 
Within Stimulating View 1, many of the shorts focus on the challenges and dramas that paint the lives of many youth worldwide – high school graduation, stress about college entrance exams, relationships, friendship and the generation gap. However, the selection committee noted that many of these themes are repeated across the section, the tone and style in which they are delivered varies greatly. The committee was overall impressed with what they saw as independent, thoughtful and creative filmmaking on par with many experienced directors.
 
New to SIYFF 2012 is the removal of an upper age-limit for the Stimulating View 2 section. With this, the focus of the section has shifted away from youth filmmakers and towards general themes of youth, childhood, family and coming-of-age regardless of a director’s age. By including more experienced directors, the section will provide models of professional execution, distinctive style and masterful storytelling for the fest’s youth participant.
 
Within Stimulating View 1, a Grand Prize, Artistic Experiment Award and Challenging Reality Award will be handed out. Within Stimulating View 2, a Vision Award and Jury Special Award will be offered. Additionally, an Audience Award will be given in each of the festival’s sections, competitive or not.
 
SIYFF began in 1999 with the platform of increasing youth participation in media culture and fostering intercultural communication through film. A complete list of 2012’s competing films follows.
 
Stimulating View 1 (13-18)
 
No.
 
Title
 
Director
 
Country
 
Institute/Organization
 
1
 
GoBbiRi
 
Yun Sung-kwon
 
Korea
 
Korea Animation High School
 
2
 
Game On
 
Ko Hea-rin
 
Korea
 
Shanghai American School
 
3
 
Nellafantasia
 
Kim Young-bum
 
Korea
 
Yeongju Jeil High School
 
4
 
Purpose of Conversation
 
Shin Ju-hee
 
Korea
 
Gangwon Ani High School
 
5
 
Excuse
 
Sung Yeon-jin
 
Korea
 
Mangpo High School
 
6
 
The Distance between You and I
 
Lee So-yeong
 
Korea
 
Space Mindle
 
7
 
World of Reverse
 
Woo Mi-rae
 
Korea
 
Hanlim Multi Art School
 
8
 
Bit by Bit
 
Kim Hye-bin
 
Korea
 
Gyeonggi Art High School
 
9
 
Complete Calculation
 
Kim Hong-rae
 
Korea
 
School of Performing Arts, Seoul
 
10
 
Sight of Child
 
Kim Kyung-yeon
 
Korea
 
Kaywon High School of Arts
 
11
 
Little Pepper Story
 
Kim Soo-rang
 
Korea
 
Gyeyang High School
 
12
 
Alone
 
Park Jun-hong
 
Korea
 
Sungnam High School
 
13
 
4:27 AM
 
Sean Murphy
 
Ireland
 
Fresh Film Festival
 
14
 
Balloon
 
Kwan Tin Yuen
 
China
 
Shun Tak Fraternal Association (STFA) Yun Yau College
 
15
 
Breaking Expectations
 
Kevin Tran
 
USA
 
Reel Voices of San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF)
 
16
 
Love Emily
 
Sean O’Carroll
 
Ireland
 
North West Film School
 
17
 
Paths, Silences, and Smiles
 
Bordils School students
 
Spain
 
Bordils School
 
18
 
Steve the Robot
 
James Dolan
 
Ireland
 
North West Film School
 
19
 
Street Urchin
 
Judith Atieno
 
Kenya
 
The MWELU Foundation
 
20
 
The Seed
 
Calvin Ha
 
USA
 
Reel Voices of San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF)
 
21
 
The Visit
 
Johannes Andersen
 
Denmark
 
Reel Voices of San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF)
 
 
 
Stimulating View 2 (18+)
 
No.
 
Title
 
Director
 
Country
 
1
 
36.5
 
Kwon Oh-seung
 
Korea
 
2
 
Thank You
 
Moon Ha-yan
 
Korea
 
3
 
Bad Education
 
Koh Soo-kyung
 
Korea
 
4
 
Bus
 
Jang Jae-hyun
 
Korea
 
5
 
Guest
 
Yoon Ga-eun
 
Korea
 
6
 
Beautiful
 
Jang Se-jung
 
Korea
 
7
 
Cussing Granny
 
Koh Eun-sul
 
Korea
 
8
 
The First Home
 
Kim Won-yeong
 
Korea
 
9
 
The Lucky Gumboy
 
Choi Shin-choon
 
Korea
 
10
 
3 Hours
 
Regan Hall
 
UK, Jordan
 
11
 
Be There
 
Estqr Qauí
 
Spain
 
12
 
The Lost Explorer
 
Tim WALKER
 
UK
 
13
 
Manolo
 
Robert Bohrer
 
Germany
 
14
 
Mokhtar
 
Halima Ouardiri
 
Canada
 
15
 
Mosquito
 
Jeremy Engle
 
USA
 
16
 
Pig
 
Tom Mckeith
 
Austraillia
 
17
 
The Lunch
 
Julio Contreras
 
Colombia
 
18
 
Turning
 
Saul Freed, Karni Arieli
 
UK
 
 
 
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