"JEONJU Cinema Project" began in 2000 as “Jeonju Digital Project” with a focus on the future of digital films. The project underwent a dramatic change in 2014 with a new direction and vision for the production of feature-length films instead of short films. As part of the efforts to establish a long-term direction with an emphasis on the identity and style of Jeonju, the project was renamed to “JEONJU Cinema Project.” Thus, JEONJU Cinema Project was born.
JEONJU Cinema Project is financed by Jeonju International Film Festival. Jeonju International Film Festival invests about KRW 100 million in the production of JEONJU Cinema Project films, and it is also in charge of production and distribution of the films. This system places a huge responsibility on the film festival and emphasizes its function that goes beyond simple provision of grants for the production of films. This is a highly adventurous project that is unprecedented in any other film festival in the world. Through JEONJU Cinema Project, Jeonju International Film Festival aims to do more than being a platform for experimental films and filmmakers and strives to provide a full range of support from film production to distribution.
Past Jeonju Cinema Project films have received meaningful awards from a number of international film festivals around the world and were also released in Korean theaters, garnering both commercial and critical acclaim.
In 2018, the Jeonju International Film Festival launched "JEONJU Next Edition", a pitching program to select foreign film projects for JEONJU Cinema Project through 10th JEONJU Project Market. Through this program, Jeonju International Film Festival aims to discover and support quality film projects from outside of Korea that are yet in the planning stages and strengthen the influence of JEONJU Cinema Project beyond Korea.
JEONJU Cinema Project 2020
JEONJU Cinema Project 2020, which celebrates its seventh year after transitioning into a feature film financing and production program in 2014, presents two new films and three films from past projects, which have been newly edited after the initial release. Here are the new films our critics are waiting for: PARK Kunyoung, director of A Distant Place and LEE Seungwon, director of Three Sisters. Both newcomers are received JEONJU IFF’s attention for their various expressions of independent films. They have been selected in the Korean Competition showing various aspects of independent films. Three sisters is a family drama composed of unique characters and unpredictable situations, and depicts the life journey of those living with wounds. The trauma of their family and society is revealed through three actors of distinct personality ? MOON Sori, KIM Sunyoung, and JANG Yoonju. AFTERWATER is a story about a couple, who goes on a lake trip to observe insects, fish, plants and trees, suddenly connects to other characters’ walk by the lake. The film expresses the sense of space and time rather than the logical narrative using impressionism. A Distant Place describes the cracks in life caused by his lover and family who come to visit the protagonist that left for tranquil Gangwon-do to escape from people. The film displays the painful moment that he faces and wants to avoid at the intersection of life with a choice and life without a choice. Nevertheless, it shows the warmth of life that lasts with the power of life and care.
Thankfully, the films of JEONJU Cinema Project have been invited to numerous international film festivals and received constant attention. Among them, films that are completely refurbished from the initial editing and films with final versions that have never been released to the Korean audience will make public at JEONJU Cinema Project 2020. Isadora’s Children by Damien MANIVEL is a story about four women unfolding through the medium of Mother, a solo dance created by legendary dancer Isadora DUNCAN after losing her two children from an accident. This film conveys a touch of comfort based on subtle dialogue and events. In addition to the Best Direction Award in the International Competition section at the 2019 Locarno International Film Festival, the film continued its honor at various film festivals such as the San Sebastian International Film Festival and Mar del Plata International Film Festival. Moreover, when the film premiered in France, the film received great reviews.
After the release at the JEONJU IFF, Nona. If they soak me, I’ll burn them. by Camila Jose DONOSO presented its newly edited version at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, and Tribeca Film Festival. This is a story of a 66-year-old female warrior Nona, who does not bend herself to anyone, committing arson and entering the twilight of her life. The film goes back and forth between the boundary of documentary and fiction. The screenplay was written based on the story of the director’s grandmother, and Nona, who made a personal appearance, passed away in a small seaside town where she lived this year. The Play by Alejandro Fernandez ALMENDRAS is a story of a theater director adapting the Greek tragedy Phaedra. It focuses on the portrait of the artist who is struggling to overcome his messy personal life which has turned into like the play. After additional editing work for the past two years, the director’s edition will make public for the first time in JEONJU IFF 2020.
We deeply apologize for the situation of not being able to release the foreign films of JEONJU Cinema Project due to the difficultly in production and distribution caused by COVID-19. We hope that all films will get through this tough situation and safely meet the audience in the future.
Programmer Sung MOON
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