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Festivals of the Month – June 2021

We present a list of the Asian film festivals that will take place on June 2021. We also included Asian festivals from around the world.

June 2021

Seoul Eco Film Festival
Dates: June 3rd – 9th, 2021
Type: Online Festival
Place: Seoul, South Korea
Websitehttp://www.seff.kr/en

About:
Seoul Eco Film Festival (SEFF) is the first and biggest film festival in Korea focusing on environmental issues. Established in 2004 by Korea Green Foundation, SEFF is a festival that 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.

Opening Film – Who We Were by Marc Bauder

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia
Dates: June 11th – 21st, 2021
Type: Online Festival
Place: Tokyo, Japan
Websitehttps://www.shortshorts.org

About:
The Short Shorts Film Festival (SSFF) started in 1999 and became an Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences accredited festival in 2004, where the winner of the Short Shorts Grand Prix is eligible to receive an Academy Awards® nomination. SSFF has now become one of the largest short film festivals in Asia. In 2004, SSFF received a request from the Governor of Tokyo to develop film programs showcasing Asian short films. This led to the establishment of the Short Shorts Film Festival Asia. Now, these two festivals take place in Harajuku and Omotesando, Tokyo simultaneously in June as the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia.

PyeongChang International Peace Film Festival
Dates: June 17th – 22nd, 2021
Type: On Site
Place: PyeongChang, South Korea
Website: http://pipff.org/eng

About:
The PyeongChang International Peace Film Festival aims to create a peace mood in Korean Peninsula through cultural exchange and encourage to make films with themes of peace, coexistence and prosperity by supporting competitive sections.

Opening Film – The Shaman Sorceress by Ahn Jae-huun

Taipei Film Festival
Dates: June 24th – July 10th, 2021
Type: On Site
Place
: Taipei, Taiwan
Websitehttps://www.taipeiff.taipei/index.aspx

About:
The inaugural Taipei Film Festival was held in 1998, with the awards portion of the Festival founded in 1988 as the “China Times Express Film Awards” and renamed the “Taipei Film Awards” in 1994. Originally, nominations and awards were separated into commercial and non-commercial film categories to highlight the spirit of independent, non-mainstream cinema and to uncover a diverse range of films. Taipei City Government came on board in 1998, creating the festival by hosting the Taipei Film Awards and adding its NT$1 million “Grand Prize,” and facilitating the screening of international films. In so doing, Taipei Film Festival became the first film festival in Taiwan to be funded by a city government. The Taipei Film Festival became a permanent office under the Taipei Culture Foundation beginning in 2007. Held annually in the summer, the Festival also conducts numerous film-related activities in addition to the awards competition and film screenings to increase public participation.

Korea Queer Film Festival
Dates: June 26th – July 18th, 2021
Type: Online Festival
Place: Seoul, South Korea
Websitehttps://kqff.co.kr

About:
Since our founding in 2001, Korea Queer Film Festival (KQFF) is an annual event held in Seoul, Korea, as part of the Seoul Queer Culture Festival (SQCF)—the largest LGBTQ+ festival in Korea visited by more than 150,000 people. Starting from a small screening event, KQFF has achieved significant growth, programming more than 70 films last year and marking its 20th anniversary next year. As a non-profit organization run by volunteers, the mission of KQFF is to celebrate diversity and develop cultural resources for the LGBTQ+ community, bringing the queer’s voices on screen. KQFF works as the public sphere for cultural/political agendas, including anti-discrimination law and its legislation, the possibility of identity politics, and irregularities in social structures.

Outside Asia

Japanese Film Festival Nippon Connection
Dates: June 1st – 6th, 2021
Type: Online Festival
Place: Frankfurt, Germany
Websitehttps://nipponconnection.com/

About:
The Nippon Connection Film Festival is the largest showcase of Japanese film worldwide and takes place in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The festival’s aim is to contribute to the development and promotion of Japanese film culture and it presents the whole range of innovative Japanese film art: blockbusters, dramas, animation and experimental films, documentaries as well as short films. Nippon Connection gives special attention to young and innovative talents and independent productions.

15 Films you shouldn’t miss

Programme 2021

Austin Asian American Film Festival
Dates: June 4th – 20th, 2021
Type: Online Festival
Place: Austin, TX, USA
Websitehttps://www.aaafilmfest.org

About:
The Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF) promotes Asian and Asian American cultures and experiences through the media arts by showcasing top quality cinema and supporting the creative talents of Asian American artists.

Opening Film – Fan Girl by Antoinette Jadaone (Philippines)

London Indian Film Festival
Dates: June 17th – July 4th, 2021
Type: Online Festival
Place: London, UK
Websitehttps://londonindianfilmfestival.co.uk

About:
The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) is the UK’s and Europe’s largest annual South Asian Film Festival. It showcases a rich assortment of entertaining and thought provoking Indian and South Asian independent new cinema along with outstanding masterclasses, panel discussions and industry events. It is supported by the Bagri Foundation and British Film Institute.

Far East Film Festival
Dates: June 24th – July 2nd, 2021
Type: Online Festival
Place: Udine, Italy
Websitehttps://www.fareastfilm.com

About:
Far East Film Festival is an annual film festival held in Udine, Italy. It is one of the most important events promoting Asian Cinema in Europe. It focuses mainly on the films from East Asia.

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