We present a list of six Film Festivals you cannot miss this month.
We start the month in Korea for the opening of the 19th Jeonju International Film Festival. Launched in 2000, the JIFF is one of the biggest Asian film festivals and the most important supporter of experimental and adventurous projects in Korea. Recently it was named the Best Korean Festival by the Korean Film Council for the second time. This year the JIFF will open with the screening of Yakiniku Dragon by Chong Wishing (Japan) and close with the screening of Isle of Dogs by Wes Anderson (USA, Germany). We selected 10 Asian Films, 10 Short Films and 15 Korean Films you cannot miss.
At the same time the 2nd Across Asia Youth Film Festival (AAYFF) kick off in Singapore. This festival celebrates creativity and risk taking through independent filmmaking. The aim of the festival is to help emerging filmmakers from schools and instructions across Asia to reach the broadest possible audience and to generate international dialogue through their films. The first day (3rd) there will be an Industry Experience Day and on the 4th there will be the Gala Screening Date where the audience will be able to enjoy the films sent by these talented and young filmmakers.
Some days later we fly to Philippines to attend the 3rd CineFilipino Film Festival. The festival aim is to support and develop new cinematic, audience-friendly works of artistic merit by up-and-coming and established filmmakers to help define the human experience through a Filipino perspective. This year eight feature films will be shown: Delia and Sammy by Theresa Cayaba, The Eternity Between Seconds by Alec Figuracion, Excuse Me Po by Ronald Batallones , Mga Mister Ni Rosario by Alpha Habon, Poon (The Image) by Supangan Benaid, Hitboy by Bor Ocampo, Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus by Dwein Baltazar, and Mata Tapang (Brave) by Rod Marmol. The festival will take place in Gateway, Greenbelt 1 and SM CineLokal Cinemas (that is MOA, North EDSA, Southmall, Fairview, Megamall, Manila branches). The ticket price is only 150 pesos.
Festival Reel (Women’s Reel):
The next festival in the line-up is the 15th Seoul Eco Film Festival (previously named Green Film Festival in Seoul). Established in 2004 by Korea Green Foundation, the festival seeks to share the hope for a better world where all the lives can live in harmony with environment and nature. Through cinema, the festival hopes to promote ideas of environmental protection and life respect to encourage public awareness and action for positive changes. This year the opening documentary will be Genesis 2.0 by Christian Frei and Maxim Arbugaev (Switzerland).
Almost finishing the month we have the 9th KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival. This festival attempts to encourage great visibility of Indian and International queer cinema among both queer and mainstream audiences as a means to foster better understanding of queer thoughts, desires and expressions.
Festival Pitch Video:
Finally we finish the month with the 20th Seoul International Women’s Film Festival. The festival contributes to the development of women’s positive values and plays an essential role establishing a network between Asian and the other countries. SIWFF provides the ways to promote and exhibit Korean women’s films abroad by discovering and supporting women in film industry.