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Korean festivals see a surge in film submissions, Yoon Min-sik reviews Hong Sang-soo's latest ("On the Beach at Night Alone") for the Korea Herald, find out more about Jeong Da-hee's award-winning animated short film, and Pierce Conran explores the rise of prison dramas.

"How Many Submissions This Time?: Record-breaking Number of Entries for Film Festivals in Korea"

Korea's various film festivals are on the rise, according to KoBiz and their latest infographic: from the Jeonju International Film Festival to DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, film submissions are up across the board. One of greatest increases came from the Busan International Short Film Festival, the 34th edition of the festival, which kicks off late April, which has received more than double the 2,076 submissions it received last year, 4,278. Catch them if you can!


"[Herald Review] Life inspires fiction for accidental masterpiece"

Yoon Min-sik's reviews Hong Sang-soo's 2017 drama "On the Beach at Night Alone" (Kim Min-hee) for the Korea Herald. "Hong returns to his often-used theme of what love means in life, with his trademark style of improvised directing that ends up meshing beautifully in the final product", writes Yoon. The film hits cinemas in Korea on March 23.


"The Empty"

Jeong Da-hee's short animation "The Empty" was named the best film at the 10th edition of the Tehran International Animation Festival recently, and you can discover more about this award-winning short on Jeong Da-hee's official website. Jeong's short uses 2D painting combined with 2D computing and questions "humans' being and loss as time flows, by reflecting on the traces left in a room and its elements ranging from space, walls, door, windows, stuffs and so on".

...READ ON Jeong Da-hee

"Korea's Unique and Popular Jail-Set Dramas: Prison Films Crowd 2017 Release Calendar"

In this feature for KoBiz, Pierce Conran explores the success of Korea's 'jail' dramas and then looks ahead at some of the unique jail-set dramas viewers can expect in 2017. "Set within limited locations with a finite number of characters engaging in mostly unambiguous relationships", writes Pierce, "stories of convicts have stood the test of time as a popular mode of storytelling in cinema".


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