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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 11, 2016 ~ Aug 16, 2016
    - 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
     
    Lee Nan-young, who is famous for ‘Tears in Mokpo,’ made her debut at OK Records in 1930s, and married Kim Hae-song, an acclaimed, genius composer at that time. In those years of liberation at 1945, 'KPK Musical Troupe' won popularity with duo of Lee Nan-young and Kim Hae-song, but Kim got kidnapped to North Korea. During the Korean War, Lee made Korea’s first girls vocal group ‘Kim Sisters’ with her daughters Suk-ja, Ae-ja and her niece Min-ja who inherited their parents’ musical talent. For Lee’s desperate effort and intense training, ‘Kim Sisters’ caught popularity at the American 8th Army base. They also got through to Las Vegas, USA for the first time as Asians, making strong appeal to American public. Min-ja of Kim Sister is still working as a singer at Budapest, Hungary. Audience can meet three shy girls who fluently sang songs in English without even knowing the language, through the remembrance of Min-ja in the film.
     
    World Music Film Today (International Competition)
     
    World Music Film Today introduces latest films across all genres in which music plays a central role. The jury of five international members will select two films to receive the Grand Award and the Special Jury Award, which are accompanied by $10,000 and $5,000 prizes. This year’s competition is marked by high-quality drama films such as < Beatles > from Norway, < Kara-Orchestra > from Taiwan, < Max & Lenny > and < The Bélier Family > from France, < Whisper If I Forget > from Turkey, and < The Trumpet > from China. In addition to the six drama films, < Keep on Keepin’on >, an American documentary film about a blind yet genius young jazz pianist, will be screened. Through various films of all subjects and genres that feature music as a means of communication, this section provides a snapshot of the latest trends 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 presents a number of films that captivate audiences with both cinematic pleasure and touching music. < Jimi: All Is by My Side > features Jimi Hendrix’s life and music, and < I'm Dead But I Have Friends > portrays the delightful friendship of middle-aged Belgian band members. < Do Not Disturb > a French comedy, depicts a jazz fanatic who cannot enjoy the rare jazz album he obtained because one thing after another intervenes in his day. < Dessau Dancers > staged in 1985 East Germany, portrays young dancers fascinated by breakdancing, and < Mix Tape > tells a story surrounding a music tape recorded in the memory of past love.
      
    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. < The Piano > tells the story of a blind girl who finds her genius as a pianist, and < Incheon Waltz, the Community Musical > illustrates the production process of a musical theatre that was led by public participants from planning to performance. < Summer of Ibaraki > features third generation Korean Japanese learning Korean traditional music and dance to participate in a Japanese folk music festival. Besides < Black Gospel 2 > a sequel to < Black Gospel > that attracted significant attention in the 9th Film Festival, 10 short music films are in the list for screening.
     
    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 latest and preexisting 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. This year’s special focus is on ballet, an elegant and beautiful dance form inseparable from music. Presenting Agnès Letestu, the famed ballerina of Paris Opera Ballet, and Ulyana Lopatkina, the prima ballerina of Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, < Agnes Letestu - A Shining Star > and < Ulyana Lopatkina, A Russian Star > captivate the audience in awe-inspiring beauty and excite even the most sophisticated connoisseur. < Mao's Last Dancer > a drama film on a Chinese ballerina, and < Maiko: Dancing Child > a portrayal of a Japanese ballerina Maiko dancing in the Norwegian National Ballet, are also scheduled for screening. In addition, < Nutcracker > and < Giselle > produced by Seoul Arts Center which has an MOU with Jecheon, will be screened free for Jecheon citizens.
     
     
     
    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 2016: Korean Film Line Up
     
    No.
    Title
    Director
    Country
    Year
    Min
     World Music Film Today (International competition)
    1
    Korea
    2016
    69
     KOREAN MUSIC FILM NOW : FEATURE
    1
    Korea
    2016
    100
    2
    Korea
    2016
    67
    3
    Korea
    2016
    81
    4
    Korea
    2016
    93
    5
    Korea
    2016
    96
    6
    Korea
    2016
    100
    7
    Korea
    2016
    102
    8
    Korea
    2016
    95
    9
    Korea
    2016
    106
     KOREAN MUSIC FILM NOW : SHORT 
    1
    Korea
    2016
    32
    2
    Korea
    2016
    40
    3
    Korea
    2016
    18
    4
    Korea
    2016
    17
    5
    Korea
    2016
    30
    6
    Korea
    2016
    23
    7
    Korea
    2016
    45
    8
    Korea
    2016
    6
    9
    Korea
    2016
    22
    10
    Korea
    2016
    11
    11
    Korea
    2016
    25
    total  
    269