"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 2021
JEONJU Cinema Project is a signature program of the JEONJU IFF that supports investment and feature film production with a new perspective. It is an active attempt to meet the spirit of the times and a program that reveals the identity of the JEONJU IFF to present a new vision within the dynamics of the film industry and aesthetics. This year, three new films will be introduced ? HUG by Im Heung-soon, Outside Noise by Ted Fendt, and The Man with High Hopes by Min Hwan-ki.
HUG by Im Heung-soon is a project that starts with the question of how filmmakers are doing in this pandemic situation. Director Im, an artist and known for documentaries such as Factory Complex and Things That Do Us Part, listens to the stories of the filmmakers on how they are spending this period. Images filmed by various filmmakers around the world, personal stories, and their dreams were reconstructed into a single film. It is a work that allows one to see the reality and unconsciousness of filmmakers during the pandemic situation. We hope that by the time this film is released, we will be able to meet face-to-face and greet them with a hug.
Outside Noise by Ted Fendt is a film depicting the random relationships of young people who live in the city like a nomad in the digital age. Although Fendt is a young artist, he is a director with professional artisanship. He completed most of his work by hand using a 16mm camera and film. His films occupy a niche of their own as he only employs a small number of staff and creates their own small world during the production. From the perspective of continuing alternative and independent work, it can be said that this director aligns with the identity of JEONJU IFF.
The Man with High Hopes by Min Hwan-ki is a documentary about the beliefs and philosophy consistently pursued by the late politician Roh Hoechan, who never gave up his dream and devoted his life to progressive politics. This film highlights the unique viewpoint of Director Min, who established his presence with his camera that observed the creative worldview and the power onset in the history of Korean independent films through various documentaries and experimental films. We hope that this film will provide a small hope and a sign in this age of uncertainty.
JEONJU Cinema Project has supported independent and alternative films, and films with artistic ambition despite their low budgets. We will continue to discover more diverse voices through active attempts to meet the spirit of the times.
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