The 12th Women’s Film Festival in Seoul will kick off its eight-day run on April 8 at Artreon Theater in Sinchon, Seoul, featuring 102 movies from 27 countries under the theme of “See the World through Women’s Eyes.” The film festival specializes in women’s perspectives and related issues.
“This year, the festival’s focus is friendship and welcome, both of which are meant to encourage women to embrace the world as well as others with self-confidence,” said Lee Hyae-kyoung, festival director of WFFIS, at a press conference in Seoul on Tuesday.
Festival opener = German-French joint project “The Day Will Come.” Directed by Susanne Schneider
“Vision” by Margarethe von Trotta, a world-renowned female director.
“White Material” by Claire Denis
“Plemics,” a program designed to help cinema-goers understand key women-related issues through movies. “Maternity in Question,” in response to the fast-changing definition of maternity across the world, including Korea where the low birthrate and the role of mothers attract keen public attention.
“Blessed” by Ana Kokkinos from Australia
“A Blind River” by Ahn Sun-kyong from Korea;
“Google Baby” by Zippi Brand Frank from Israel;
“Later We Care” by Claire Pijman and Piet Oomes from the Netherlands;
“The Unloved” by Samantha Morton from Britain.
It has only one competition section. In the Asian Short Film competition section, 19 applicants are competing for the award. Foreign contenders in the section are “December 25” by Noa Erenberg from Israel; “Diploma” by Yaelle Kayam from Israel; “Turn Around” by Prathana Mohan from India; and “Taana Baana” by Priyanka Chhabra from India.
WFFIS, which has carved out a niche in the increasingly crowded film festival market in Korea, is attempting to extend its reach by launching the Network of Asian Women’s Film Festivals, linking four regional festivals in Korea, Taiwan, Tokyo and India.
The ticket price for opening, closing and nightly movies is set at 12,000 won
Other films are available at 5,000 won.
For further information and ticket reservations, visit www.wffis.or.kr