Jeonju film fest kicks off

South Korean event will unspool 190 pics in 10 days

JEONJU, Korea — South Korea’s Jeonju Film Festival, second only to the Busan event, kicked off Thursday with a screening of Asghar Farhadi’s “Nader and Simin, a Separation,” which won Berlin’s Golden Bear for film in February.

Some 1,152 films from 69 countries were submitted for consideration, slightly up on last year’s 1,036.

However, the fest cut its slate by 9% compared to 2010 — it will unspool 190 films, including 11 world premieres, from 38 countries.

This year’s event includes a Korean title in the international competition for the first time, to promote and support the growth of local films. Fest will screen the winner of the Korean film competition as the closer.

There are more documentaries in the sections, particularly in the Korean feature competition, which includes Ahn Kearn-hyung’s “Out of the Cave” and Lee Kang-hyun’s “The Color of Pain” among five due to unspool.

In a first for any fest, Jeonju is publishing its daily guide as an iPad magazine, called “Jiff On,” complete with interactive content including trailers, highlight clips, Internet links, a film database and video interviews among other things.

The Jeonju Project Market, aimed at revitalizing Korea’s independent films and documentaries, will run until May 5.

The mart holds three pitching and grant-offering programs for producers, documakers and low-budget filmmakers.

Headed by Indonesian helmer Garin Nugroho, the international competition jury includes multihyphenate Thom Andersen and Emerson College film professor John Gianvito among others.

Fest wraps May 6.

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