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  • Jecheon International Music & Film Festival (JIMFF)
    Jecheon International Music & Film Festival (JIMFF)
    - Official Website : http://www.jimff.org/en/index/
    - Dates : Aug 10, 2017 ~ Aug 15, 2017
    - Category : Competitive
    - Tel : 82-2-925-2242
    - Fax : 82-2-925-2243
    - E-mail : publicity@jimff.org
    - Office : [Seoul] 4F, Great Bldg 366-22 Hapjeong-dong Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea 121-897
  • Launched in 2005, Jecheon International Music & Film Festival (JIMFF) strives to be both a celebration of film set in the beautiful landscapes of Jecheon City and exhilarating music shared and enjoyed by everyone of all generations and musical tastes.
    The cozy and scenic host city, Jecheon, is located in Chungcheongbuk province in central Korea. Jecheon is most famous for Cheongpung-ho, a lake that captivates tourists with natural beauty that is reminiscent of traditional Korean landscape paintings. "World Music Film Today", JIMFF's sole competition section, will present eight films from around the world this year. The jury members will award two outstanding films with the Grand Prize and Special Jury Prize among the most contemporary selections related to music regardless of genre.
    Other sections will introduce the various aspects of music cinema and a number of musical performances staged outdoors on the shores of Cheongpung Lake. The Jecheon Film Music Award honors film musicians who have had significant influence on Korean film and music culture and the Jecheon Film Music Academy is a program designed for specialized education about film music.
     
      
    City 
    Jecheon
     
     
    Program
     
      
    Opening Film
     
    France in 1943 during the German occupation. Every night, guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt delights Parisian audiences with his witty, life-affirming ‘gypsy swing’ music. Whilst many other Romany people are finding themselves as the target of racist persecution and victims of concentration camps, Django believes himself to be safe due to his popularity ― until agents of the Nazi propaganda machine demand that he go on a tour to Germany in order to counteract the influence of ‘negro music’ from the USA. Django refuses. One of his Parisian admirers helps him, his pregnant wife and his mother to hide out in a village close to the Swiss border; here he meets members of his large extended family who are also on the run. But when he tries to cross Lake Geneva into Switzerland with his wife and his mother, the Nazis are hot on his heels. Étienne Comar portrays an unconventional artist and free spirit whose life is as improvised as his music. Faced with the question of whether or not to allow his art to be misused for politcal purposes, he has to make a decision of vital significance.
     
     
    World Music Film Today (International Competition)
     
    World Music Film Today introduces latest films across all genres in which music plays a central role. A jury of five international members will select one film to receive the LOTTE Award, which is accompanied by $20,000 prizes. The selection of 2017 includes 2 feature films and 5 documentaries. The 2 feature films are < The Golden Wing > , a biopic of legendary Indian folk singer Pratima, and < Hotel Rock ’n ’Roll > , a comedy film that depicts how a rock star wannabe who inherited a hotel from his uncle rebuilds the hotel. Also 5 documentaries are presented: < El Viaje - A Road Trip into Chiles Musical Heritage > which highlights Chilean music circle, < Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary > which is about the saxophone player John Coltrane’s art and life, Far Western which reflects country music in Japan through the eye of an American, < Ode to Time > which is dedicated to folk song movement in Taiwan, and < My Umma > which follows an American adoptee Luke who performs on the street, looking for his mom. Through various films of all subjects and genres that feature music as means of communication,this section provides a snapshot of the latest trend in world music films. 
     
      
    CINE SYMPHONY
     
    This section introduces musical films, films of various genres that feature music or musicians, and contemporary drama films in which music has been used crucially for the development of the drama. This year JIMFF presents a number of films that captivate the audience with both cinematic pleasure and touching music. In Cine Symphony, music films of various genres and themes await the audience, including two biopics: < Elis > which is about the famous Brazilian singer Elis Regina, and < The Singing Shoes > which is about the Bulgarian singer Lia Ivanova. And four musical films are showing: two Spanish films < At Your Doorstep > and < Frogs >, a French film < Julie and the Shoe Factory >, and an American film < Hello Again >.​
     
      
    KOREAN MUSIC FILM NOW
     
    The sudden taste for music films that struck the Korean film industry in the mid-2000s has now become a firm trend. Korean Music Film Now presents a number of documentaries on music and musicians. Many films are expected to meet with the audiences, such as < Singing with Angry Bird > which captures a Korean classical music singer who fights alone to teach choir songs to the children in an Indian slum, < Song of a Hundred Year > which shows Indie musician Danpyunsun moving to Jeju island, interacting with locals, then learning about their culture through singing songs about the island, < Hologram Universe > which is a music story of the folk duo brothers, ‘16 years age gap’ who made their debut in 1991, and < I Want Zero.G > looking at glam metal culture through the best Korean glam metal group ‘Zero.G’.  ​
     
     
    FAMILY FEST
     
    Featuring popular films that possess broad appeals across the generations, Family Fest is representative of JIMFF, which aims towards a family-centered, recreational film festival. Lively and unique short films are showing, such as < Heart Beat >, a Dutch animation which is about love between a pop star and an aspiring singer, < Good Night >, an animation which is originated from Schubert’s ‘Winter Journey’, and < Flip the Record > which is about a girl who initiates hip hop thorugh her older brother’s LP. A special screening of < okja > with the director Bong Joon-ho and the music composer Jung Jae-il will be also held in Jecheon City Cultural Center.​  
     
    THEME & VARIATIONS
     
    Inspired by variation, a creative process in classical music in which the composer modifies an original theme according to his or her imagination, the Theme & Variations section brings together both the latest and pre-existing works dealing with a particular topic, such as a musical genre or a region, in order to achieve an in-depth understanding of that topic. The topic of 2017 is ‘Portraits of the Musicians’ that reminisces many recently passed away musicians through their music. The selection introduces 5 documentaries and 1 feature film. < WHITNEY ‘Can I Be Me ’ > is a documentary about the best diva Whitney Houston, and two documentaries about the greatest troubadour Leonard Cohen capture the Europe tour in 1972 and the tribute concert by other musicians. A documentary about Joe Cocker and a documentary about Edgar Froese who was the leader of ‘Tangerine Dream’ are also showing. A feature film < Merry Christmas >, Mr. Lawrence which was directed by Oshima Nagisa and starred by David Bowie is screened 
     
     
    CINEMA CONCERT
     
    Cinema Concert, which has become a representative program of JIMFF since 2006, resurrects the most primitive form of film music by simultaneous screening and live music performance. At the 13th JIMFF, < Our Hospitality >, a silent comedy by the famous classic comedy actor Buster Keaton and < Why Worry? > starring Harold Lloyd will be screened for two days accompanied by the live performance of Stephen Horne, a UK silent film accompanist
     
     
     
    Awards
     
    World Music Film Today (International Competition)
    The official competition at JIMFF for the featured film
    The International Jury is obliged to award the following prized at "World Music Film Today"
     
    1) Grand Prize: 10,000 USD (appx. 11,300,000 KRW)
    2) Jury Special Prize: 5,000 USD (appx. 5,650,000 KRW)
     
     
     
     
      
    JIMFF 2017: Korean Film Line Up
     
    No.
    Title
    Director
    Country
    Year
    Min
     World Music Film Today(International competition)
    1
    Korea
    2017
    93
     KOREAN MUSIC FILM NOW : FEATURE
    1
    Korea
    2017
    72
    2
    Korea
    2017
    78
    3
    Korea
    2017
    78
    4
    Korea
    2017
    107
    5
    Korea
    2017
    89
    6
    Korea
    2017
    82
     KOREAN MUSIC FILM NOW : SHORT 
    1
    Korea
    2017
    14
    2
    Korea
    2017
    21
    3
    Korea
    2017
    13
    4
    Korea
    2017
    33
    5
    Korea
    2017
    31
    6
    Korea
    2017
    30
    7
    Korea
    2017
    24
    8
    Korea
    2017
    16
    9
    Korea
    2017
    29
    10
    Korea
    2017
    24
    11
    Forest-Ian Etsler, Sebastien Simon
    Korea
    2016
    23
     12
    Korea
     2017
     30
     13
     Korea
     2017
     17