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  • Gwangju International Film Festival (GIFF)
    Gwangju International Film Festival (GIFF)
    - Official Website :
    - Dates : Jun 30, 2016 ~ Jul 04, 2016
    - Category : Competitive
    - Tel : +82-62-228-9968
    - Fax : +82-62-228-9972
    - E-mail :
    - Office : 3F,Mirae Bldg.,130,Jebong-ro,Dong-gu,Gwangju,S.Korea
  • The 15th Asia’s Light and Peace
    A meaningful meeting between culture loving citizens and film artists takes place in Gwangju. GIFF is Asia’s first peace film festival for the world. Since 2001, GIFF has shown international films by masters and introduced promising new directors’ works. Besides those films are the special films by citizens that help expand Gwangju’s cultural foundation. Let’s take a happy trip to Gwangju where the Gwangju International Film Festival is unfurling. There you will meet with laughter and fun that will cool down the season’s heat and deeply touch you.
    GIFF Choices
    Selections of movies like Two Homelands, One Love – Lee Jung-seop’s Wife by Japanese director Atsuko Sakai, the German film Fiddlesticks by Veit Helmer that communicates instructive and satiric values, and the French film Gemma Bovery by Anne Fontaine, a leading female director in Europe, will reveal the identity and the symbolism of the Gwangju International Film Festival.

    Humanity’s Vision
    Japanese director Ota Shingo’s Fragile that was a finalist in the Asia Pacific Youth Film Festival, Morning Boy! by Chinese Director Wei Xiao Jun, Mandala by Taiwanese rising female director Yang Elsa, Children’s Show by Filipino director Roderick Cabrido, and Chronicle of a Blood Merchant by Korean director Ha Jung-woo are all either the first or second films by new directors in the Asia Pacific region. Through Humanity’s Vision, GIFF intends to discover and promote new film artists in the Asian Pacific region who will become leaders in the world’s film industry.
    Korean Movies
    In this section representative Korean films by artistic directors will be screened. Lee Chang-jae’s second documentary The Hospice can be considered as a present giving to us by four hospice patients who offered us their precious time before they passed on from this world. It will make us rethink what life is all about. Ceylon Serendipity by Kweon Jung-mok is about people who react intuitively to human sensitivity. In this film we can experience the director’s wish for people to stride towards happiness.
    Cinema Silkroad
    Ten films by Chinese directors who are expected to lead the Chinese film industry will be shown for the first time in Korea. The representative ones are Song Jie’s Shangri-la Folk Songs, a film that focuses on the people living in Shangri-la and Genuine Love by Xierzhati Yahefu that has a husband and wife taking care of 19 orphans will bring us a hopeful message about humanity.
    Family Cinema
    This section will show simple but heart-warming films that will gain the sympathy and love of everyone. The Way to School by directors Lee Kyung Muk and Gu Jung-hoe is a documentary about children going to school following a path formed on a frozen river once a year and who won’t be able to see their families for a year until the river freezes over again.
    Paddington by Paul King is a cheerful film that has a bear as the main character living in the forest in Chile but who comes to London where he gets into comical situations.
    Hector and the Search for Happiness by Peter Chelsom is a film that asks us what is happiness and that helps us to re-define happiness.
    European Specials
    The 15th GIFF will introduce European films that are distinctive with their own styles and narratives and that are incontrast to Hollywood popular films. They are the ones that were acclaimed by the media and critics and the ones that were spotlighted on the world stage, such a satthe Cannes Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, and Venice International Film Festival.

    Laurent Cantet Specials
    Laurent Cantet graduated from the prestigious film school IDHEC and was an assistant director for Marcel Ophuls in the documentary movie which dealt with the Yugoslav crisis. In the late 1990s a new movement that delved into individuals’ private lives appeared in French movies. Regardless of this mainstream film fad, some movies highlighted political and social issues and Laurent Cantet, along with Alain GUIRAUDIE and Robert GUEDIGUIAN, is the leading figure here after making his late debut at 38 in 1999. His first feature film, Human Resources, dealt with the political issue of whether France would introduce a 35-hour work week or not and the union’s struggle. In this film the director casted non-professional actors, didn’t use any music, restricted the setting to a factory and workers’ houses, and focused on the story itself, entitling him to becoming a spotlighted director. It has been a long time since a movie dealt with labor issues and naturally made the viewers recall the English director Ken LOACH, who incessantly dealt with the very theme. But Cantet’s view is cold – he didn’t leave room as did Ken LOACH for hope.
    Human Resources ends without any clear solution for the union strike. One thing clear in the movie is the disappearance of the possibility of an alternative class and the labor class becoming the losers. The reason that this movie was well accepted by the critics was its reality, depicted almost cruelly. In general, in his labor films his tone is cold when he talks about the labor class and their dream.
    His second feature film, , kept his reputation for realism intact. It is about a man who is about to lose his job and who is contemplating his existence as a jobless worker. (2005) is a film revision of ‘La Chair du maître’ by Dany LAFERRIERE, a Haitian immigrant novelist living in Montreal. With Charlotte RAMPLING playing its main character and not like his other films, it deals with female eroticism and was invited to the competing section at the Venice International Film Festival.
    Gwangju International Citizen Media Festival
    Gwangju Citizen Media Festival, which broke ground in 2009 in order to enhance the area’s film&TV culture and to boost citizens’ creativity, is reborn this year as the Gwangju International Citizen Media Festival via the Gwangju International Film Festival. Five films among 14 from Daegu, Daejeon, Seoul, and Gangwon Province were selected for this section. And the Thai film Coofie And Sexy Dress and the Myanmar film This Land Is Our Land will add an international flavor to this section.

    Short Films
    27 short films out of 148 will be screened during this year’s film festival. They are not just short versions of feature films but ones with unique views and expressions of their own. Wheelchair depicts a college student’s struggle caring for his sick father and Poor Fighter deals with the unemployment issue of youth and people in their prime cheerfully but with serious intent.

    Animation Specials
    This year’s Animation Specials includes feature films to expand its base and diversity. Clearer Than You Think offers hope to the Korean animation industry which has been in the doldrums and Zebra is outstanding with it creativity.

    Kids Theater
    It’s not the kind of theater where kids must remain silent while viewing. Here they can participate with the characters in the movie and have adventures while chasing the bad characters. Let’s start an adventure into the future with Jiso who’s chasing a dog in How to Steal A Dog and with Jingu in Stand By Me Doraemon.

    World Cinema
    WORLD CINEMA is a section which introduces to domestic audience the films verified on international stages, focusing on favored or awarded movies at worldly renowned film festivals.
    This year,10 films from 9countries will guide you to the noble movie world.
    Kim Dae-Jung Nobel Peace Film Award & Humanity Vision Award

    The Grand Prize : Award for the best young filmmaker Prize of 5 million KRW and trophy will be given.
    The Second Prize : Award for the excellent young filmmaker Trophy will be given.
    The Third Prize : Award for encouragement young filmmaker Trophy will be given.