"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 2022
The JEONJU Cinema Project is a feature film production program that champions independent films by the JEONJU IFF directly investing in art-house films. Starting with the slogan “Innovation” in 2000, the JEONJU IFF presents a short film omnibus project “Jeonju Digital Project” every year and has released a total of 42 films, serving as a window to express the spirit of a new era of cinema. Since 2014, we shifted the direction of the project toward supporting the production of feature films to help artists achieve greater freedom of expression in both content and form. This was a turning point in which the film festival presented a new vision, showing another role it could play in the film industry. The JEONJU Cinema Project, which marks its 9th anniversary this year, has introduced a total of 27 films thus far. Under the paralyzing influence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the JEONJU Cinema Project has provided full support to ensure that the films could be produced in safe environments and screened in permitted places to meet an audience. Accordingly, this year, four films of various genres, including feature films, documentaries, and experimental films, will be introduced. Girl who dreams about time is the story of Sujin, a shaman who sees the fate of others, and tries new actions while thinking about her own future. It is a new documentary directed by Park Hyuckjee, who showed the power of characters in his previous films, With or Without You (2015) and Speed of Happiness (2021). His latest film asks how far humans can choose to live life with their given destinies. Eric Baudelaire´s A Flower in the Mouth observes the world´s largest flower market at the beginning of the film, then shifts the focus to a conversation where a man with an incurable disease accidentally has a conversation with a stranger in a cafe in Paris. Inspired by a Luigi Pirandello play, this film makes us think about how different people´s perceptions of time and life can be. Afterwater by Dane Komljen consists of three chapters of fiction, documentary, and experimental film, in a freely mixed format. Through a time unit that may be the present, past or the future, the film studies lakes around the world and the treasures hidden there of which images express a failed utopia, a collective dream, the remains of the past, and the future. Via Negativa expresses the desire of an artist, who wants to escape from reality into fantasy through experimental film language, leaving his country in a ruthless financial crisis. Set in a city that seems to carry the pain of this era, it depicts the fantasy of an uncertain future and the hopes of young people for anarchism. This is the feature debut of Alan Martin Segal, an Argentine artist.
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