We present the list of winners of the 1st Korea International Expat Film Festival that took place from September 9th – 11th in Seoul, South Korea.
Best International Expat Feature
Midori In Hawaii by John Hill – US | 2016 – 76 min.
Midori is a struggling wedding photographer in Kona, Hawaii. Her small world in thrown off balance when Seiko, her judgmental sister comes to visit from Japan. As the sisters travel the island together the reason for Seiko’s visit gradually becomes and old grudges and mistrust begin to surface.
Best International No-Budget Feature
Ditches by Francisco Papparella – Argentina | 2015 – 75 min.
A portrait of Zamora, a rural worker exiled in Patagonia in a town that suffers feminicides of teenagers thrown into ditches once dead. Through hard work, Zamora intends to expiate his guilt.
Best International Expat Short
Karouma by Boubaker Boukhari – UAE | 12 min.
Karouma is a unique gift striving to break through and to leave his parent’s nest to live pursue his dreams and live his life in its full potential
Best International No Budget Short
Klei by Ruud Matthijssen & Thijs Gilbert – Netherlands | 27 min.
Using various tableaus to explore life in an artificial environment, Klei reflects upon coming to terms with being an ordinary and mortal person. It portrays everyday people trying to connect with themselves, each other and their surroundings.
Best Local Expat Short (Jury Award)
The Bridge by Yana Lekarska – Bulgaria | 18:33 min.
It is one of those days when everything seems hopeless. Just then a stranger enters So-Ri’s life and he seems to know all her secret fears, doubts and hopes. Unable to stop herself So-Ri follows him to a place from which there might be no coming back…
Best Local Expat Short (Audience Award)
Family by Seung-hyun Chong – South Korea | 22:34 min.
Kim, a man in his late seventies, lives alone in an apartment in the outskirts of Seoul. His life changes dramatically, when he’s offered a chance to see his North Korean brother after more than sixty years.