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Jeonju International Film Festival – Awards 2016

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We present the winners 17th Jeonju International Film Festival.

The Awards Ceremony took place on May 5th at the Jeonju IFF Stage where Lee Seungjoon and Kim Jiyu were the host of the night. In the International Competition the Grand Prize was awarded to Sand Storm (Israel) by Elite Zexer. In the Korean Competition the Grand Prize was awarded to Our Love Story by Lee Hyunju and Delta Boys by Ko Bongsoo. In the Korean Shorts Competition the Grand Prize was awarded to Summer Night by Lee Jiwon.

International Competition
Grand Prize

SandStormSand Storm by Elite Zexer – Israel | 2016 – 87 min.

As wedding festivities get underway in a Bedouin village in Israel, Jalila finds herself in the awkward position of hosting her husband Suliman’s marriage to a second, much younger wife.

Best Picture Prize

Short StayShort Stay by Tedd Fendt – USA | 2016 – 61 min.

Mike accepts to operate his friend’s walking tour company in Philadelphia. Once there, Mike finds himself drifting through a world of willful disinterest and open hostility.

Special Jury Prize

The Wounded AngelThe Wounded Angel by Emir Baigazin – Kazakhstan, France, Germany | 2015 – 112 min.

A time of economical crisis. Zharas carries bags of flour to feed his family. Chick prepares a singing contest. Toad collects metal scraps to resell. Aslan finds out that his girlfriend got pregnant.

Special Mention Award

A004_C036_0105F2Dead Slow Ahead by Mauro Herce – Spain, France | 2015 – 74 min.

A freighter crosses the ocean. The hypnotic rhythm of its pace reveals the continuous movement of the machinery devouring its workers.

Korean Competition
Grand Prize

Our Love StoryOur Love Story by Lee Hyunju – South Korea | 2015 – 99 min.

Yoonju, who studies art, is preparing for her graduation exhibit. She encounters Jisu at the junk dealer’s where she went to buy materials and is attracted by the sight of her not fitting in with the surroundings. A warm, observational drama about the love between two women.

Delta Boys

Delta Boys by Ko Bongsoo – South Korea | 2016 – 120 min.

Four men who live at the bottom of the social ladder prepare to enter a quartet contest. The circumstances are far from favorable for them who each lack in something. A brilliant, humorous film about the trials and tribulations of young men.

Special Mention Award

Breathing Underwater

Breathing Underwater by Koh Heeyoung – South Korea | 2016 – 77 min.

There are women on Jeju Island who hold their breath as they live. They are the women divers who dive for 7 to 8 hours a day without even taking a sip of water. An in-depth documentary that affectionately documents them for 7 years.

CGV Arthouse Award Distribution Support Prize

Breathing Underwater

Breathing Underwater by Koh Heeyoung – South Korea | 2016 – 77 min.

Upcoming Project Prize

Delta Boys

Delta Boys by Ko Bongsoo – South Korea | 2016 – 120 min.

Korean Competition for Shorts
Grand Prize

Summer NightSummer Night by Lee Jiwon – South Korea | 2016 – 29 min.

Soyoung is busy juggling part-time jobs and trying to get a full-time job when a friend recommends tutoring Minjeong who is a high school senior. One day, Minjeong asks Soyoung if she can change the time for their tutoring session.

Best Director Prize

Cyclical NightCyclical Night by Paik Jongkwan – South Korea | 2016 – 16 min.

The ghost appears again in the dark of the night. Time is out of joint.

Special Jury Prize

Deer Flower

Deer Flower by Kim Kangmin – South Korea, USA | 2015 – 8 min.

Summer of 1992. Dujung, an elementary student, goes to a farm in the suburbs with his parents. Unlike the wishes of his parents who believe the expensive and rare health food from the farm will make their son healthy, Dujung experiences its side effects.

NETPAC Award

SpyNationSpy Nation by Choi Seungho – South Korea | 2016 – 90 min.

Yu Wooseong who had been working as a civil servant is on trial for espionage following his sibling’s confession. A reporter who has been laid off begins following the traces of a spy story manipulated by a government agency. The clues lead to a confession and false evidence that society and the press have turned their back on.

Documentary Award

SpyNationSpy Nation by Choi Seungho – South Korea | 2016 – 90 min.

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