"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 2019
Jeonju Cinema Project, marking the sixth year since it switched to the feature film financing/ production program in 2014, presents four films this year. Among the four films, Shades of the Heart by Kim Jong-kwan, the Breathing of the Fire by Ko Hee-young, and ISADORA’S CHILDREN by Damien Manivel are the new films of the directors who have expanded the world of their films with the Jeonju IFF or who had been found at the Festival. And Somewhere in Between by Jeon Jeehee is the second film produced with the collaboration project of Jeonju IFF and Myungfilms Lab after A Stray Goat (2016). All of these films are the measurable achievements that carry on the tradition of Jeonju Cinema Project, which has contributed to winning a number of awards at international film festivals and to extending the Korean independent film market.
Somewhere in Between, which has been preparing for two years as a collaboration project of the Jeonju IFF and Myungfilms Lab, is a heart-warming human drama about the process of restoring the relationships between people set in one of the forgotten provinces. the Breathing of the Fire is a new documentary by the award-winning director Ko Hee-young at the Jeonju IFF, and it depicts the story of the potter, who is struggling with fire for a lifetime to create a vessel that he has long dreamed of, and the life of his daughter who has shared his passion to learn his craftsmanship for a long time. Shades of the Heart, by Kim Jong-kwan who has preserved his unchallenged position in the field of Korean independent film with Worst Woman (2016) and The Table (2016), is an omnibus film that describes people and spaces of our time with his unique urban sensibility and poetry.
ISADORA’S CHILDREN is a new film by Damien Manivel of The Park (2016) which won the International Competition Award in Jeonju IFF 2017. It is a graceful depiction of the life of four women mediated by the work of legendary dancer Isadora Duncan.
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