South Korea's Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) has made a call for entries for its 13th edition, to be held April 26 – May 4, 2012. With a focus on introducing independent and experimental films from around the world, JIFF presents feature and short films including fiction films, documentaries, animation, and experimental films.The entry deadline is Jan. 27, 2012.
The festival has an International Competition and an Asian Feature Film Competition in addition to domestic feature and short film competitions. JIFF's awards which are accompanied by cash prizes include the Woosuk Award and JB Bank Award.
The highlight of the festival, theInternational Competition, is for newcomers from all over the world who can show the potential of new aesthetics in cinema. The section presents fiction films and documentaries of more than 60 minutes in length.
Held in a city famous for its traditional food and culture, the Jeonju festival is perhaps best known for its digital shorts omnibus films. JIFF commissions a trio of directors from a different continent each year to create an omnibus of shorts that is screened during the festival. The "Jeonju Digital Project" omnibus films in different years have travelled extensively, to festivals such as Venice, Toronto, Locarno, and Hong Kong. Directors have included Hong Sang-soo, Lav Diaz, Pedro COSTA and Harun FAROCKI.
JIFF also runs the Jeonju Project Market (JPM) which includes industry screenings and pitching sessions for filmmakers who can be awarded grantsduring the festival.
No fees are required for entry. For entry forms, regulations and other information, visit the JIFF website at www.jiff.or.kr or contact the festival's Program Department at [email protected].
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