The 13th Seoul International Youth Film Festival (SIYFF) closed last week with the Grand Prize going to KIM Hye-bin for directing <Bit by Bit>.
This year, the festival presented 140 films from 37 countries with accompanying programs such as Guest Visits, Cine Talk Talk, Midsummer Night’s concerts and Reading Movie events. For instance, the popular Cine Talk Talk, directors such as LEE Jun-ik, PANG Eun-jin, and SHIN Tae-ra and actors such as LIM Sung-min, MYUNG Se-bin and JI Dae-han watched films with audiences and discussed them afterwards.
Jury head BAE Chang-ho said about the Stimulating View 1 competition finalists, “They lack the creative sides as teenagers' works, but succeed in showing us universality captured in everyday life, thematic consciousness of their own, and entertaining aspects.”
He also commented, “The finalists in Stimulating View 2 vary in terms of their scale; from a blockbuster to an episode piece.We the jury preferred simple and honest works rather than glamorous works. And, the final winners are the ones that portray the problems teenagers experience in reality from a warm point of view.”
(See below for competition award-winners list.)
For the SIYFF Eyes Awards (Audience Awards), a film per section is selected from 5 invitation sections: Life, Above All by Oliver SCHMITZ in ‘Beautiful Youth’, A Thousand Time Stronger by Peter SCHILDT in ‘Children of Heaven’, Project Happiness by John C. Sorensen in ‘It’s OK to Be Different’, Du-re Sori Story by CHO Jung-rae in ‘Discovery of Korean Coming-of-Age Film’, The Cursed by HUH Jung in ‘Brilliant Moments’ section.
SIYFF Eyes of Youth Award which is given to the “picture of the year’ chosen by SIYFF Youth Audience Jury, went to <Little Pepper Story> by KIM Soo-rang from Stimulating View 1, and <Bad Education> by KOH Soo-kyung from Stimulating View 2
The 13th SIYFF ended with a closing ceremony at Arirang Cine&Media Center on July 13.
Competition award-winners list
Stimulating View 1
- SIYFF Grand Prize
<Bit by Bit> by KIM Hye-bin (Korea)
- Artistic Experiment Award
<Balloon> by YUEN Kwan-Tin (China)
- Challenging Reality Award
<Little Pepper Story> by KIM Soo-rang (Korea)
Stimulating View 2
- SIYFF Vision Award
<Guest> by YOON Ga-eun (Korea)
- Jury's Special Award
<The Lunch> by Julio Hern n CONTRERAS (Colombia)
- Jury's Special Mention
<Be There> by Silvia GONZÁLEZ LAÁ (Spain).