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  • Jeonju Film Festival Mourns Sewol Victims
  • by Pierce Conran /  May 02, 2014
  • 3D Omnibus MAD SAD BAD Opens 15th JIFF
    Last night (May 1st), the Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) opened its doors for the 15th time. In the wake of the Sewol Ferry Disaster, many cultural events across Korea have cut back on festivities in a sign of respect for the victims in the aftermath of the tragedy, and JIFF has followed suit by cancelling all its red carpet events, converts, reception and parties.
    The opening film Mad Sad Bad, an omnibus of three 3D shorts, was screened on Thursday evening at the Sori Arts Center Jeollabuk-do. The films were made by noted filmmakers RYOO Seung-wan, HAN Ji-seung and KIM Tae-yong, and dealt with ghosts, zombies and fantasy, respectively. Each presented a unique take on the 3D format in the film that was produced by the Korean Academy of Film Arts. The directors were all present, along with actors LEE Da-wit, PARK Jung-min, SON Su-hyeon and KIM Soo-an.
    Festival organizers stated that instead of the various events and fanfare that typically adorns the Jeonju Film Festival, this year’s JIFF would concentrate on screening the 181 experimental and arthouse works from 44 countries that feature on this year’s program. A message of condolence for the victims of the Sewol ferry sinking was projected during the festival’s opening.
    JIFF, which also features the Jeonju Project Market, will announce its award winners on May 7th and continue to screen films until the 10th.
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