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Jeonju film festival puts indie films before global blockbusters

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Jeonju film festival puts indie films before global blockbusters

'We wanted to focus on interacting with indie film fans and providing films that they have been wanting to see but couldn't access in Korea'. - Jinna Lee, festival manager

Jeonju, a city best known for its bibimbap (mixed vegetables and rice), will be abuzz for a different reason starting Thursday, with indie film fans, directors and stars visiting for the 13th Jeonju International Film Festival.

Steadily growing in scale and recognition alongside bigger rivals including the Busan International Film Festival, online tickets for more than 70 screenings have already sold out, though some can still be purchased at the event.

This year, the Jeonju festival will feature 184 films from 42 countries. Among this selection of films, there are 36 world premieres, one international premiere and 47 Asian premieres. However, organizers say that as a smaller event catering to a relatively specialized indie fan base, their goals go beyond featuring more world premieres, which is often how film festivals gain influence.

"This year's theme is 'Sympathize and Change'. Under this theme, we wanted to focus on interacting with indie film fans and providing films that they have been wanting to see but couldn't access in Korea", said Jinna Lee, the programming team manager at JIFF. "Having a lot of world premieres is not the end-all for quality of a festival. Especially for a smaller festival like JIFF, it is often more important to pay attention to great films that may not have gained attention at other festivals".

A scene from "Sister", the opening film of this year's Jeonju International Film Festival. Provided by the festival

The opening film this year is "Sister", the second feature film by French-Swiss director Ursula Meier that is a coming-of-age story of a brother and sister who live in a poor valley near a beautiful ski resort in the Alps.

As a partially competitive film festival, JIFF has three competition sections: the international competition with 10 feature-length films in the running; the Korean film competition with 13 films; and the Korean short film competition with 17 shorts. The international competition features films by first- or second-time directors from around the world. Since last year, this competition has included Korean films, as the organizers say that the quality of Korean indie films has risen vastly in recent years so that they can now compete at an international level.

"This year, we selected 'Padak', the debut animation film by Korean director Lee Dae-hee, for the international competition section. Korean indie films have been really strong since a couple of years ago", Lee said.

First-place winners of the competitive sections will get a prize of $15,000 - $10,000 from Woosuk University and an additional $5,000 from the festival.

Another movie selected for the international competition is "Ex Press", directed by Filipino Jet B. Leyco, a lyrical film centering on a dream about trains and the sinister events surrounding it. The Korean film competition includes "Comedy", about an ex-comedian who struggles to find work, and "Early Spring, Gyeongju", about a divorcee who leaves Seoul for Gyeongju, where her mother lives.

One of the highlights of the film festival has always been the "Midnight Obsession" screenings with back-to-back showings of films starting from late in the evening. The first night will include screenings of two music documentaries: "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" by Martin Scorsese and "Marley", by director Kevin McDonald, about the life of the legendary Jamaican singer.

There will also be screenings of new Korean and international films as a part of the Cinemascape section. Besides three feature films by Japanese filmmaker Tomita Katsuya, Cinemascape includes "Glorious Accidents", an Argentinian film which tells nine different stories regarding personal transformation and death, "Remembrance of MB", a political documentary by Kim Jae-hwan which reflects on the years of the Lee Myung-bak administration, and "The Color Wheel" by Alex Ross Perry, about an aspiring news anchor's road trip with her younger brother.

There will also be events focusing on filmmakers' careers, including one for Japanese filmmaker Uchida Tomu that will screen seven of his movies including "Sweat" and "The Police Officer", and one for Korean director Lee Jang-ho, with screenings of films "Eoudong", "Good Windy Day" and "The Man with Three Coffins".

*For more information about the festival, visit or call (02) 2285-0562.

SHAWOLs Have fun As SHINee Is The primary Staff To Stay All In their Usual Contributors Beneath SM For 8 Years

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Turning eight this year supposed SHINee used to bethe primary idol workforcebeneath SM Entertainment to have reached the milestone with the usual line-up. Netizens have in comparison them to Shinhwa’s achievements that regardless of staying in the industry longer with the original members, the community was not in a position to continue selling under SM ENtertainment’s management. Girls’ Generation, at the other hand, are set to celebrate their 9th debut, however, this time, with a missing member. Jessica Jung left the organization just months after celebrating their 7th anniversary.

Spoiler 'Entertainers' Kang Min-hyuk puts a ring on Hyeri's finger: "Let's date"

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Jo Ha-heul was oncehaving a look at a ring he changed intowearing with him secretly, whilst he was hiding his one-sided love against Jeong Green. Jo Ha-neul left the prevent all of unexpected and Jeong Green went out to discover him as he disappeared.

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GOT7′s Jackson Is Decided To Catch The Member Stealing His Stuff

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GOT7s Jackson Is Made up our minds To Catch The Member Stealing His StuffJiwonYu Would possibly 26, 2016 0 At the latest episode of The Gifted, a guy who loves profiling criminals, and has read over 100 books about psychology and crime on account of it, comes on the display to end up his talent.

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Spoiler 'Lucky Romance' Hwang Jeong-eum and Ryu Jun-yeol get inebriated and kiss each and every other

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Song Hye Kyo Dishes On Lifestyles As A Superstar With Star1 Magazine

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Song Hye Kyo Dishes On Existence equally A Famous person alongside Star1 Mag ehk38 Would possibly 26, 2016 0 In a up to date pictorial and interview with @star1 magazine, Descendants of the Sun star Song Hye Kyo dishes on living life as a celebrity.

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Spoiler 'Master - God of Noodles' Cheon Jeong-myeong unearths out about the father-daughter dating of Jo Jae-hyeon and Gong Seung-yeon

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When the side dish preparer was rummaging rubbish Kim Dahae threw away, she was stunnedto discover a document. She then went to Moo-myeong in its place of Go Kang-sook. Moo-myeong was passed over the report stealthily in a converting room. The document was a result of genetic trying out to end up that Kim Gil-do and Kim Dahae were father and daughter.

EXO Stocks Teaser For New Legit Gentle Stick

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EXO Stocks Teaser For New AuthenticGentle Stickilmare42 Would possibly 26, 2016 0 SM Entertainment has shared a glimpse of a new official light stick for enthusiasts of its hit boy crew EXO!

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EXO maximumcurrently released their special mini album Sing For You ultimate December. They are currently getting ready for a comeback, which the contributors have hinted is planned for this summer.

Tablo Encourages Aspiring Artist With Tale About Yang Hyun Suk

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Tablo Encourages Aspiring Artist With Tale About Yang Hyun Suk

Tablo Encourages Aspiring Artist With Tale around Yang Hyun Sukehk38 Would possibly 26, 2016 0 On Could 26, Epik Prime held a reside Tablos Dreaming Radio special by approach of Naver V App.

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Tablo responds with a story, A bit of after my debut, I were given into YG Entertainment, and Yang Hyun Suk told me that he told off all of theworkers that had listened and now not listened to my demo CD in the past.

I.O.I And “Produce 101″ Trainee Jeon So Yeon Display Give a spice up to For CLC’s Comeback

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I.O.I And bring 101 Trainee Jeon So Yeon DisplayStrengthen For CLCs ComebackJiwonYu Would possibly 26, 2016 0 On May just 26, CLC uploaded videos to its legit social media accounts, appearing I.O.I and trainee Jeon So Yeon from Produce 101 supporting CLCs comeback.

I.O.Is Jeon Somi, Zhou Jieqiong, Lim Nayoung, Kim Sohye, and Choi Yoojung cheer on CLC in the video via saying, We heard that CLC is coming back as a seven-member staff on Can also 30. We are hoping yous give love to CLC and I.O.I as well.

In any other video, Jeon So Yeon cheers on CLC as well. After changing intoabsolute bestbuddies with Kwon Eunbin thru Produce 101, she tells the fans, Kwon Eunbin could be joining CLC after having seemed on Produce 101. Kwon Eunbin, at all timesremainsturdy and I am hoping you get the niceeffects that you worked so demanding for.

TWICE To Be The recent Move Scholars On “Ask Us Anything”

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