Film Festival

20 Short Films you cannot miss at the Seoul International Youth Film Festival 2016


We present a list of 20 Short Films you can’t miss at the Seoul International Youth Film Festival (SIYFF) that is taking place from September 29th – October 4th in Seoul, South Korea.


0000 by Lee Bo-ri – South Korea | 2015 – 19 min.
Dream Theater Section – World Premiere

A random text message from ‘0000’. For some reasons, Ji-hee can tell who ‘0000’ would be and sends a revenge text. But she gets driven into a corner. Her lies, that were initially made in order to cover her fault up, grow bigger and bigger.


Alex & Sylvia by Christian Lachel – US | 2015 – 9 min.
Family Section – Asian Premiere

When Sylvia, a successful scientist, must take over her grandmother’s small town bakery, she discovers that life sometimes has different plans for you.


Damm Girl by Kira Richards Hansen – Denmark | 2014 – 13 min.
Romance Section – Korean Premiere

“Damn Girl” is a coming-of-age story about 12-year-old girl, who has a hard time dealing with being female. She has built her own boyish universe in which she paints graffiti and roams around with her male friends. Aggressively she struggles to keep her emotions and her budding sexuality at a distance. Her best friend challenges her and that makes her go to even further extremes in order to keep her emotions at bay. She fights hard to sustain her position in the hierarchy amongst her homies.


Dear My Sister by Cha Hyn-jun – South Korea | 2015 – 15 min.
Competition +19 Section

Sister needs a pen. And brother would like to have some snack. But the money they have is not enough.


Deer Flower by Kim Kang-min – South Korea | 2015 – 7 min.
Mania Section

In the summer of 1992, Du-jung, an elementary student, goes to a farm in the suburbs with his parents. While his parents believe that expensive and rare specialty from the farm will strengthen their son’s body, Du-jung suffers from its side effects.


Hey deer! by Ors Barczy – Hungary | 2016 – 7 min.
Play Section – Korean Premiere

Short animated film about an adorable, cocoa-drinking deer who is eager to tidy and shoveling in front of his house every day. However, there is a suspicious earthquake all night which causes the mess day by day and make unbearable our fella’s life. Between two cups of cocoa the amazing truth comes out which change the deer’s life forever…


How to Pick a Lock by Kim Kwang-bin – South Korea | 2016 – 20 min.
Competition +19 Section

A 11-year-old Myung-jin asks his uncle to teach him how to pick a lock. Grownups around him scold him about it. But Myung-jin doesn’t care about it and goes ahead.


Inertia by Kim Sol – South Korea | 2016 – 7 min.
Competition +19 Section – World Premiere

To Ji-eun, who is in the boredom of everyday life, everything is bothersome including mother’s message and a phone call with father. One day, she notices something after a phone call with her mother.


Leave With Me by Mel Wong – Hong Kong, US | 2016 – 4 min.
Competition +19 Section – International Premiere

Leave with me is an animation about a little schoolgirl whose imagination has taken over her world. Mocked by her classmates and belittled by her teachers, her world becomes twisted and the people in it turn into alien beings. Something is amiss in her surroundings however, and she must find it and confront it.


Lili by Siri Melchior – Denmark, UK | 2015 – 10 min.
Play Section – Korean Premiere

Lili loves food Ketchup’s got a great colour and potato stamps make excellent pictures. But nothing beats dessert! After dinner, Lili brushes her teeth: a little water on the bristles, add toothpaste and then it’s back and forth, back and forth. Right after that, her friend Molly comes over for a visit! Molly likes exactly the same things as Lili.


Looks by Susann Hoffman – Germany | 2014 – 3 min.
Family Section – Korean Premiere

LOOKS tells the story of a gray lynx that doesn’t quite fit into a world of colourful animals. He’s being excluded and bullied by the coloured animals. The film deals with social exclusion and bullying and aims at children from 4 to 10, showing them how important it is to stand up for victims of bullying.


Oh, My Sweet Sixteen! by Lee Ha-yun – South Korea | 2015 – 9 min.
Competition 13 Section

Cheerful sixteen-year-old teenage girls enjoy their lives by laughing and chatting with their friends at school. However, the most unfitting captions evoking despair and pain suddenly appear on the screen. When people get confused, the screen is shown in black and white with darker meanings of captions. Finally, intention of this movie comes out into the open.


Sudam by Kim Eun-kyung – South Korea | 2016 – 15 min.
Competition +13 Section

One day, So-young joins Yoo-jee’s Go club. Yoon-jee, who is social and friendly learns how to play Go from So-young who is quiet and introvert. They slowly open up to each other.


The Persimmon Tree by Chao-chun Yeh – Taiwan | 2016 – 5 min.
Family Section – World Premiere

Little mouse tries to raise the persimmon higher and climb higher too. He wants to get closer to the sky but anyhow he can’t touch it. Whether it stands quickly growing bamboo or climb animals’ back. Even the little mouse climbs the highest tree in the forest but it still can’t reach or touch the sky.


Unfamiliar Family by Kim Dae-cheol – South Korea | 2015 – 24 min.
Dream Theater Section

Ah-hae’s mother died a long time ago. One day, her father brings home a stepmother. She is from Cambodia, with a daughter of her own. Ah-hae suddenly gets a stepmother and sister from Cambodia. Her father goes on a business trip. The three left behind spend their first day together.


We Can Call It Love by Min Ge-o – South Korea | 2015 – 10 min.
Competition +13 Section

Is there a definite border between friendship and love that people feel? Friends at school talk affectionately to each other, walking down the hall in hand or arm-in-arm, and they also never mind giving a sweet hug to each other. As long as they value each other, sometimes they feel jealous of him or her, as more than just friends…


Whisper by Kim Eun-kyung – South Korea | 2015 – 3 min.
Dream Theater Section

Byul, who is scared of being neglected by her friends, one day, overhears her friends talking gossip about her by accident. The gossip went on and on and seemed endless, so Byul decides to leave the spot. Suddenly, her friend calls Byul.


Yeonji by Oh Jung-min – South Korea | 2016 – 22 min.
Friends Section

Today is birthday of 15-year-old girl, Yeon-ji. She is busy preparing to go to the beach with her friends and her mother is also busy making Gimbap for them. While doing it, Yeon-ji receives a call from her friend saying that they would go there first to arrange her birthday party. She leaves alone with big expectations.

Your Little Sister

Your Little Secret by Park Yun-soo – South Korea | 2016 – 12 min.
Competition +13 Section

A member of the school athletic club, Woo-hyun has a secret that he cannot tell anyone. It is the fact that he is an ‘otaku’ (mania) for cute teddy bears, Rilakkuma. His desk mate, Ye-ju found out his secret and the two become best otaku-friends.


Yuna’s Today by Park Yoon-woo & Woo Jin – South Korea | 2016 – 18 min.
Dream Theater Section

In order to get over Yu-na’s broken heart, she decides to get plastic surgery. Because she is afraid of seeing a surgeon alone, she suggests her friend Soo-young to go with her. A day with Yu-na who is not ready for the surgery and Soo-young who leaves school earlier without even knowing the reason.

To know more about the festival you can see the FESTIVAL PROFILE or go to the official website HERE.

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