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  • 2nd Wildflower Film Awards Korea Nominations Announced
  • by Pierce Conran /  Mar 26, 2015

    The Wildflower Film Awards Korea announced the nominees today for its 2nd edition, which is due to take place in Central Seoul on April 9th. 21 films are nominated in 10 categories, with July JUNG’s A Girl at My Door leading the pack with seven nominations. Not far behind are LEE Su-jin’s Han Gong-ju and WOO Moon-gi’s The King of Jokgu with five, and HONG Sangsoo’s Hill of Freedom, ZHANG Lu’s Gyeong-ju and LEE Yong-seung’s 10 Minutes with four a piece.
    This year’s categories include: the Grand Prize, Best Director - Narrative Films, Best Director - Documentaries, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best New Director,Best New Actor, Best New Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography. The Best Director for Narrative Film and Documentary section include seven films each, with the Grand Prize to be decided among them. All other categories feature five nominees. Eligible films were made on budgetslower thenone billion won (~USD 900,000) and werereleased theatrically in Korea during 2014.Over 60 fiction and almost 30 documentary features were up for consideration.
    The festival is led by Director Darcy Paquet, a local film critic and international film festival consultant, and Organizing Director OH Dong-jin, another local film critic who formerly served as festival director for the Jecheon International Film and Music Festival (JIMFF). A selection committee of 25 frequent Korean independent film watchers, including film professionals and general viewers, met often to view and discuss new releases. This committee generated the nominations list while invited critics and programmers were also invited to participate in the final voting stage.
    In addition to the ceremony, six of the nominees will screen in the three days leading up to the awards (April 6-8) in the Seoul Theater. The awards also launched the first volume of its Wildflower Film Awards Annual, with features essays and interviews on 11 independent Korean films, each accompanied by specially commissioned illustrations by local artists.
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