[News] Jeonju Film Fest to Support 3 Rising Korean Directors to Make Short Films.
The 14th festival has picked three independent film directors Lee Sang-woo, Lee Jin-woo and brothers Park Jin-seong and Jin-seok to each take the microphone for one of its main programs “Short! Short! Short! 2013,” JIFF announced on January 22.
“Short! Short! Short! 2013” is JIFF’s program which enables talented directors to each make short films under one theme or each other’s themes. The resulting films are screened at the festival. This year’s all three short films are to adapt novelist Kim Young-ha’s short stories to the big screen.
“We not only support young filmmakers but also promote outstanding short stories abroad. The synergy between literature and cinema is expected to create something very exciting beynd the field of filmmaking,"JIFF officials said, expressing their high expectation of the program.
Directorial pair Park Jin-seong and Park Jin-seok co-wrote the original screenplay of 2007 period horror “Epitah” and co-wrote and directed a horror chronicle “VIY” after adapting Russian novelist Gogol’s novel of the same title.
Kim Young-ha is one of the handful of novelists in Korea who succeeded in grabbing both popularity from the public and praises from the critics. Many of his works were published abroad including “The Empire of Light,” “The Quiz Show” and “Your Republic Is Calling You.”
The festival experienced turbulent times last year with the dismissal of its programmers prompting concerns about the future of the event.
JIFF is one of Korea`s major film festivals which showcases alternative and independent films in the city of Jeonju. The festival, which will also feature short films and various cultural events, is to open from April 25 to May 3 this year.