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20 Short Films you shouldn’t miss at the 47th Seoul Independent Film Festival

These are twenty short films you shouldn’t miss at the 47th Seoul Independent Film Festival which will take place from November 25th until December 3rd, 2021 in CGV ARTHOUSE Apgujeong and CGV Apgujeong, Seoul.

About the festival:
SIFF(Seoul Independent Film Festival) is a domestic competition festival encompassing varied independent films of the year. Regardless of theme, format and genre, the films are contested and awarded. Through the festival, SIFF ends the year with the discovery of new independent films as well as the introduction of diverse trends in the invitation sections.

– Selected Films –

A Winter Glove by Lee Hyeonju – Korea | 2021 – 29 minutes
Section: Short Competition

In-kyung, a piano teacher at a private academy, is informed by her longtime boyfriend Sang-hyun that he will be taking a job in Japan. She decides to start taking Japanese classes without his knowledge; when asked why she’s learning Japanese, In-kyung finds herself unable to answer. In the class, she meets Young-kyun, a young man who wants to learn piano.

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Battery Daddy by Jeon Seung-bae – Korea | 2021 – 6 minutes
Section: Short Competition

Battery Daddy is in charge of every corner of the house, such as children’s toys, remote controls, and door locks. One day, Battery Daddy goes on a trip to a valley with others. While having fun, a sudden downpour caused the valley to flood, and everyone was stranded. Battery Daddy tries to power the flashlight with all his might so that people can be safely rescued. But the constant rain is putting him in danger.

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Break the Silence by Moon Chang-hyeon – Korea | 2021 – 12 minutes
Section: New SHorts

Sparked by the tragedy of Gangnam Station Murder Case in 2016, the Korean Me-Too movement spread far and wide riding the waves of solidarity. The movement broke the silence left by the deletion of women’s voice, and sprouted many seeds of change along the way. Unfortunately, the movement was concentrated around Seoul and did not reach many women who are active members of culture and art communities outside the capital, leaving them to fend for themselves during those dark times. In this film, we are introduced to artists who break the silence to change things, make statements about the realities of women in local art communities, and express those realities through art.

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Cicada by Yoon Dae-woen – Korea | 2021 – 17 minutes
Section: Short Competition

Chang-hyeon, a transgender prostitute encounters a visitor who seems both familiar and alienated to him.

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CITI-100 by Hwang Sun-young – Korea | 2021 – 30 minutes
Section: Short Competition

In the fall when I turned eighteen, I received the news of my friend Kihyeon’s passing. He got into a traffic accident while working part-time at a fried chicken restaurant as a delivery boy. Without getting any protection as a teenager or a worker, he was quickly erased from the world. I re-encounter Kihyeon’s accident in 2009 while reminiscing the time we shared. I linger around the time facing the motorcycle culture and the friend who vanished like a ghost, and all the “Kihyeons” who are still floating around road in the present.

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Fingertip by Jung Su Yeon – Korea | 2021 – 14 minutes
Section: New Shorts

Sumin, who was suddenly fired from a part-time job at a bakery, has reported the owner of the bakery to the Labor Administration. Then the owner has been holding out without paying for three months. Manager Jin-hee, who reported with Sumin, will be reinstated after reaching an agreement with the owner without consulting with Sumin. Sumin goes to a bakery late at night to meet her manager.

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Gold Dragon Mountain by King Mooyoung – Korea | 2021 – 19 minutes
Section: Short Competition

The film depicts the massacre of civilians in Geum-jeong-gul Cave in Gyeonggi-do in October 1950. This massacre, in which more than 153 people were killed in a village by South Korean military and police, was compensated by South Korean government in 1993 when it became known to the world through the efforts of the victims’ bereaved families, but there is still no place for their remains in their home town.

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HappyHappy Divorceparty by Nam Soon-a – Korea | 2021 – 24 minutes
Section: Short Showcase

Why is there a wedding anniversary, but no divorce anniversary? My parents divorced after 15 years of marriage. 2020 marks the 15th year of their divorce. My sister and I want to give a great party to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Mom’s divorce.

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High Jump by Chung Su-jin – Korea | 2021 – 24 minutes
Section: New Choice Shorts

In 1988, Jin-joo, a fifth-grade student, tries to prepare expensive gifts to make up with her PE teacher who gets angry at her because of a minor misunderstanding in a high jump class.

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May Jeju Day by Jude Kang – Korea | 2021 – 14 minutes
Section: Short Competition

In Jeju Island, known as the Hawaii of Korea, an incident called “April 3” killed about one-tenth of whole inhabitant at that time, under control of the U.S. military government, shortly after liberation from Japanese colonial rule. After 70 years, the children who survived the massacre testify the memory of those days.

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Melody by Kim Youn-jeong – Korea | 2021 – 12 minutes
Section: Short Competition

Trapped in a room and suffering from unknown noise and horror, I meet and talk with “GoYuHan Sun” and “Violet J”, a person with a mental disorder who is suffering from the same thing as me. The two were swimming in this world at their own pace and method. Our stories, which were drifting with each note, meet each other and are completed with a single melody.

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Never Watch Your Watch by Ko Dong-sun – Korea | 2021 – 14 minutes
Section: New Shorts

The factory manufactures safes in which people store valuable things. Keunsu mainly assists others and works with a senior for various parts. Keunsu becomes accustomed to the mindless tasks, and he forgets about the time. However, as the tasks continue, he looks up at a clock and becomes aware of the time.

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Noses On the Run by Kim Boram – Korea | 2021 – 20 minutes
Section: Short Showcase

In the near future, remote healthcare services have become prevalent. Bohyung, who suffers from chronic allergic rhinitis, receives a very unique treatment in the form of a nose on the run.

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Paraffin Dream by Kwon Soon-hyeon – Korea | 2021 – 40 minutes
Section: Short Competition

For me, candles were seduction. I thought the world was coming to an end. The people in the square laughed, cried, and shouted. Thanks to the small heat in my hand, I could imagine a new world that would come after the end. But, I did not recall those who could not afford candles, those who could not have a square.

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Peace is Walking Through the People by Hahm You-seon – Korea | 2021 – 24 minutes
Section: Short Showcase

The naval base has been constructed in Gangjeong Village, Jeju. The village seems troubled as it’s always been for years due to coexistence of two different forms of peace. Can Gangjeong maintain its peace with the opposing beliefs of peace clashing unceasingly?

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Pick Up by Oh Do-e – Korea | 2021 – 10 minutes
Section: New Shorts

Han Jin-mo won the Music Director Award at the White Dragon Film Awards. Subong and Jongtae, who visit Jin-mo’s home to congratulate him, bring up the story of the old days when they started music together. Jin-mo recalled that time of being passionate, and realized he has been filling the void for a long time by falling in mannerism. Then, Subong and Jong-tae suggest to go outside with audio equipment recklessly like the time when they started music together. They collect street sounds and surrounding noises one by one, and the music edited in Jin-mo’s way flows out with subtitles in the ending credit.

Stars on the Sea by Jang Seung-wook– Korea | 2021 – 6 minutes
Section: Short Showcase

It is just another ordinary day. The house is filling up with water.

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Wasteland by Lee Tack – Korea | 2021 – 34 minutes
Section: Short Competition

Hwacheon asks to bury her husband’s dead body who did suicide, on the Seeoam’s backyard.

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WRYD by Shin Ji-su – Korea | 2021 – 12 minutes
Section: New Choice Shorts

On a Saturday afternoon, Yu-mi’s schedule is called off when she is just about to leave. She tries to find an alternative but it doesn’t go as she wishes.

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ZOEA by Yu Chae – Korea | 2021 – 38 minutes
Section: Short Competition

Zoea: A larval form of crabs, next stage from the egg. Young woman arrives at a fish farm through a broker. News reports about a mysterious boat found near the coastal area of Taean, South Chungcheong. Yun-soo and Yeon-gyo’s mundane routine continues as they clean the water tanks.

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To know more about this festival please go to: http://siff.kr/en

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