"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 (JCP) 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 "the JCP: 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 2018
Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the Jeonju Cinema Project welcomed a change to its program in 2018, increasing the number of productions from three to five, backed by the program’s remarkable growth in 2017.
The films selected for the Jeonju Cinema Project 2018 are new works of Korean directors who came to fame in the Korean film scene through the Jeonju International Film Festival and the works of foreign directors who have continued to visit Jeonju throughout the years in appreciation of the Jeonju International Film Festival’s aesthetic pursuit. The list of directors participating in the 2018 Jeonju Cinema Project shows the festival’s bond with and pride in those who can link the past, present, and the future of the festival.
The Korean films selected for the Jeonju Cinema Project 2018 are JANG Woo-jin’s Winter’s Night , which sheds light on life that cannot be defined by delicately crafted words; LIM Taegue’s The Land on the Waves , which tells the story of forgiveness and reconciliation by shedding a light on the scars of modern history; and LEE Hark-joon’s A Good Business , which came into existence through the director’s four years of persistent efforts to record the movement for the rights of North Korean defectors and ultimately presents ethical problems related to money, survival, and human dignity.
The two selected foreign films are: Alejandro Fernandez ALMENDRAS’s The Best We Can , an interesting black comedy that takes a serious look at art and life; and Camila Jose DONOSO’s NONA. If You Soak Me, I Will Burn You , a powerfully mysterious feminist drama.
Winter’s Night received domestic and international acclaim, sweeping the Prix de Jury Jeune at the Three Continents Festival as well as the awards for Best Director and Best Actress at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. NONA. If You Soak Me, I Will Burn You and Winter’s Night were also invited to the 2019 International Film Festival Rotterdam, which helped increase the brand awareness of the Jeonju Cinema Project.
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