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Jecheon Hands Grand Prize to COOL CATS
Aug 26, 2016
- Writerby Pierce Conran
32,000 Spectators Visit 12th Jecheon Intl. Music & Film Festival
The 12th edition of the Jecheon International Music & Film Festival (JIMFF) came to a close on August 16th. The festival handed out its top prize to Janus Køster-Rasmussen’s documentary Cool Cats of Denmark. In addition, the Jury Special Prize also went to a documentary, Mother, I've Pretty Much Forgotten Your Face by Japanese filmmaker Endo Michiro.
Surpassing last year’s 103 titles from 25 countries, this year’s JIMFF screened 105 titles hailing from 36 countries around the world. 32,000 visitors attended events in JIMFF for its 12th edition, which kicked off on August 11th with a screening of Brazilian film The Violent Teacher, affording the festival an impressive 83% seat occupancy rate. As usual, the outdoor music events were particularly popular, with the One Summer Night stage welcoming 7,000 revelers and the Uirim Summer Night accommodating 4,600.
Meanwhile, at the Cheongpungho Lake Resort, the Director’s Cut awards also took place, staged by the Korean Directors' Association. The event handed out its top prizes for Best Director (NA Hong-jin, THE WAILING), Best Actress (KIM Min-hee, The Handmaiden), Best Actor (LEE Byung-hun, Inside Men), Best New Director (JANG Jae-hyun, The Priests), Best New Actor and Best New Actress (KIM Tae-ri, The Handmaiden). The Best Producer prize was given to SHIN Yeon-shick for DONGJU; The Portrait of A Poet and AHN Gooc-jin took the Best Independent Film Director award for Alice In Earnestland.