Following the success of last year’s festival, they are delighted to organize the 7th edition of the FFCC for the year 2020. Due to the current health crisis, all festival events will take place virtually on our website: koreanfilm.ca from October 29 until November 2, 2020. Access to films will remain available online until November 30.
This year, the Korean Film Festival in Canada focuses on the theme “Narrative Beyond Borders: Korean Cinema of the New Wave by Female Directors (1950-2020), Series I” and showcases rarely shown works, especially in North America. We present these films in solidarity with female filmmakers and directors around the world, who have been ignored, disenfranchised or silenced. In particular, the voices of women of color, who deserve to be heard by a wider audience and on larger platforms. In this context, the festival will present 13 feature and short films, as well as documentaries directed by Korean and Canadian women of Korean origin. Series II of the above mentioned theme will continue next year.
In fact, the first part of this two-year theme will be explored in more detail during the “Korean Film & Media Conference in North America” which will take place in parallel with the festival, in Montreal. Our aim is to applaud, discuss and shine a light on the perspectives of women filmmakers, thereby illuminating their achievements and sharing their stories.
To encourage active public participation and strengthen engagement with the FFCC, this year they are launching the “Challenge! DIY-Poster Contest”. The FFCC 2020 poster will be chosen from works of art produced by entrants 13 years of age and over, residing in Canada or South Korea. To participate, you must use the theme of the festival, namely: “Story beyond borders: The cinema of the directors of the Korean New Wave (1950-2020), Series 1”. The best poster will be chosen by a jury and the winner will receive a prize of $ 600 (CAD). This jury is made up of three artists, namely: Jinny Yu, art professor at the University of Ottawa; Sébastien Worsnip, visual arts and design teacher at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf; and the painter Yechel Gagnon. For more details, please click here.
The FFCC 2020 is also pleased to announce its new partnership with the Jeonju International Film Festival (Jeonju_IFF), which is dedicated to the discovery and screening of alternative, independent and experimental films. Indeed, Jeonju_IFF is one of Korea’s largest film festivals whose mission is similar to that of the FFCC in many ways. Through the exchange of ideas and resources, our organizations foster diverse cultural and cinematic relations between South Korea and Canada. In doing so, they will help motivate emerging filmmakers from Canada and Korea, as well as future artists in the media arts in general.
Also, they are once again honored to partner with the Center for Asian Studies of the University of Montreal (CETASE) for the support and unwavering interest in Asian cultural studies. The 2020 edition of the Korean Film Festival in Canada is funded by the City of Montreal, the “Korea Foundation” and is supported by the “Panorama Cinema” and many Korean community partners from Montreal and across Canada.
Tickets for the FFCC 2020 will be sold online. All proceeds will be donated to charities that help those heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.