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10th Jeonju Film Fest Wraps with Awards

2009/05/15 | 400 views | Permalink | Source

The 10th anniversary edition of the Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF), wrapped up May 8, with record attendance and awards for a slew of exciting new films. Ticket sales were up 5,500 from the previous year with total admissions at 70,762, averaging a 77.6% seat occupancy rate.

This year 200 films from 42 countries were screened, including world premieres of a dozen new Korean features. JIFF's top prize, the Woosuk Award, went to Philippine director Sherad Anthony Sanchez's Imburnal, worth US$10,000. It also won the NETPAC award.

In the Korean feature film competition, director Lee Seo's debut "Missing Person", an independent thriller, won the JJ-Star award for best film. Special mentions went to Sim Sang-kook's "Where is Ronny.... and Min Hwan-ki's "Sogyumo Acacia Band's Story".

Acclaimed director Sin Dong-il drew much attention with the premiere of his third feature "Bandhobi", which won the audience award and CJ CGV Korean film distribution support award which guarantees the film at least two weeks of theatrical release and marketing support from CGV.

This anniversary year at JIFF saw the release of a commemorative DVD box-set of all the former Jeonju Digital Project omnibus films. It also saw the successful launch of the Jeonju Projects Market (JPM) with 80 companies and 250 participants attending the project pitching sessions and industry screenings during the festival.

Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)

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