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18th JIMFF Reached its Grand Finale on August 16 (Tue)
2022/08/31 15:27

The Largest Music and Film Festival in Korea Enjoying Music and Film,

the 18th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival,

Ended on August 16 with Great Success

 

▲ The festival's main programs took place at Jecheon's iconic venue, the Uirimji Stage, and the Airfield Stage, which was reopened to the public after being used for military purposes

▲ The highest number of films in the history of JIMFF was screened: 139 films from 39 countries, out of 141 screenings, 31 screenings were sold-out online!

▲ Approx. 10,000 visitors came to the concerts of One Summer Night and Special Concert by Justin Hurwitz on the Airfield Stage!

▲ In the Official Competition: International, the Grand Prize was awarded to Sirens, while Poser received a Special Jury Mention

▲ In the Official Competition: Korean, Best Short Film was awarded to Remember Our Sister, and Best Feature Film was awarded to Withstanding and Existing

▲ Jecheon Music Film Project Promotion 2022 (JPP) selected 404 still remain and Looking For as promotion winners

  

▲ Opening Ceremony of 18th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival (Photos Courtesy of JIMFF)

 

 

The 18th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival (JIMFF) successfully concluded its six-day journey, which began on August 11 (Thu) at the Uirimji Stage and reached its grand finale on August 16 (Tue) with the Closing Ceremony at the Uirimji Stage. In this year's edition, the festival invited its audience to share the joy of the festival by strengthening its identity with the highest number of films—139 films from 39 countries—in its history, the representative music program One Summer Night and newly presented programs such as Films in Live and the special concert by Justin Hurwitz.

 

 

With 139 Films Invited from 39 Countries, 141 Screenings Took Place, and 31 Screenings were Sold Out Online Due to High Audience Interest

Q&As with the Audience, Remembering the Artist Bang Jun-seok, and Master Class were Conducted Safely in Compliance with COVID-19 Quarantine Regulations

   

 ▲ Scenes from the Film Programs of the 18th JIMFF

(From top left) Q&A for the Opening Film Sonata, Master Class for Elvira Madigan, Talk program for The Book of Fish in Remembering the Artist Bang Jun-seok section, Master Class for Get Carter (Photos Courtesy of JIMFF)

 

The 18th JIMFF featured a total of 141 screenings at five venues, including the two main theaters Megabox Jecheon and CGV Jecheon, the program venue Haso Living Culture Center Walk, Uirimji Stage and Airfield Stage. In online ticket sales, 31 screenings were sold out; of these, 10 screenings were simultaneously sold out offline due to high audience interest. The sold-out screenings included the Opening Film Sonata, Calendar Girls, Poser from Official Competition: International section, Elvira Madigan from Figgis' Picks section, Who Are U? from Remembering the Artist Bang Jun-seok section, and Decision to Leave from Curator of the Year: Cho Young-wuk section.

 

This year's festival featured a series of colorful Q&A sessions, with the participation of various international guests who made a splash around the world: the team behind the Opening Film Sonata, director Bartosz Blaschke, actor Michał Sikorski and musician Grzegorz Płonka; the co-directors of the Special Jury Mention film Poser, Noah Dixon and Ori Segev, and many more. The program advisor of the 18th JIMFF, Mike Figgis, also held a Master Class program and had an extensive conversation with the audience while explaining the film he personally selected.

 

The participation of Korean guests was also noteworthy. The program event for the Remembering Artist Bang Jun-seok section was attended by Lee Joonik, Ryoo Seung-wan, Kim Yong-hwa, Shim Bo-kyoung, and James Junwon Bang, and the film screening was followed by a conversation with the audience about the late music director Bang Jun-seok. Bek Hyunjin, who had formed the duo ‘Bangbaek’ with director Bang Jun-seok, gave a memorial performance that added significance to the program. Music director Cho Young-wuk, who was named Curator of the Year, met with the audience at the Master Class after the screenings of Decision to Leave and Get Carter.

    

 ▲ Scenes from the Film Programs of the 18th JIMFF

(Left) Malo and Im Ingun and Malo from the Hidden Track for Diva Janus (Right) Bang Minah from the Hidden Track for How Have You Been (Photos Courtesy of JIMFF)

 

In the program event 'Hidden Track', the directors and actors of the Official Competition: Korean section and Dynamics section presented conversations and performances that were well received by the audience. Participating in the 'Hidden Track' event were director Haru Lev and musicians Billy Carter and Ine Kim for Planet A, director Lee Eunjeong, actor Bang Minah and actor Lee Gasub for How Have You Been, director Gwon Churl and musicians Choi Gonne, Choo Soyung for Withstanding and Existing, and director Jo Eunsung, jazz critic Hwang Deokho, jazz singer Malo and pianist Im Ingun for Diva Janus.

 

The Opening Ceremony of the 18th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival was held on the 11th (Thu), by the two hosts, actors Lee Chung-ju and Jin Ji-hee, and was attended and well received by many Jecheon citizens and spectators despite the rainy weather. The ceremony began with the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to the late music director Bang Jun-seok. This was followed by the opening declaration by the JIMFF Organizing Committee Chairperson Kim Chang-gyu, the opening speech of Festival Director Cho Sungwoo, the award presentation to Justin Hurwitz and the ceremonial presentation of the Jecheon Film Music Honorary Award 2022, the introduction of the international and Korean competition jury, the ceremonial performance by the musician of the Opening Film Sonata, and the screening of Sonata.

 

The Jecheon Film Music Honorary Award 2022 was presented at the Opening Ceremony to film music composer Justin Hurwitz, who said in his acceptance speech, “Thank you for having me, I’m honored to be here. Korea really has some of the best musicians. It really means so much to me to be able to perform for the Korean people. Thank you and I’ll see you at the concert.”

 

JIMFF Presented Music Programs with a Strengthened Festive Identity 
Approx. 10,000 Audience Flocked to the One Summer Night concert, which was Held for Two Days; All 5,000 seats for Mellow Night on Aug. 15 (Mon) were sold out Films in Live Drew 
Approx. 2,000 Audience, with the Exception of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, which Had to be Canceled Due to Heavy Rain 
Special Concert by Justin Hurwitz with an Ensemble that Filled Midsummer Night was Attended by Approx. 2,000 Audience

     

▲ Scenes from the Music Programs of the 18th JIMFF

(From top left) One Summer Night - Groovy Night, One Summer Night - Mellow Night, Films in Live of One Fine Spring Day, Special Concert by Justin Hurwitz (Photos Courtesy of JIMFF)

 

One Summer Night, the representative music program of JIMFF, took place for two days on the Airfield Stage, which returned to the arms of the citizens, and was successfully completed with approximately 10,000 visitors. Especially for Mellow Night which was held on Monday, August 15, all 5,000 seats were sold out due to high audience interest. The One Summer Night - Groovy Night featured hip-hop musicians Simon Dominic, Loco, LILBOI and Leellamarz on stage, and Look at Me: XXXTentacion directed by Sabaah Folayan was screened. For One Summer Night - Mellow Night, performances by artists 10CM, SUNWOOJUNGA, LEE SEOKHOON, PAUL KIM, JANNABI, LEE MUJIN and the screening of Love it (then) Dump it (LIDI) directed by Chung Jinsoo (VISUALSFROM.) gave the audience an unforgettable midsummer night.

 

The Films in Live concerts, held at the Uirimji Stage and the Airfield Stage, were attended by approximately 2,000 people, with the exception of the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial concert, which was canceled during the performance due to heavy rain. The film concert for One Fine Spring Day and Leafie, a Hen into the Wild was conducted by Han Juheon, while that for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was conducted by Jessica Gethin. In addition, leading Korean orchestras such as the Seoul Grand Philharmonic Orchestra, the Korea Coop Orchestra, and the Prime Philharmonic Orchestra participated in the film concerts and displayed enchanting harmony.

 

The Special Concert by Justin Hurwitz, composer of Korean fans’ beloved films Whiplash and La La Land, was attended by approximately 2,000 people despite the bad weather. On this day, Justin Hurwitz took the stage as conductor and pianist, not music director, and formed a wonderful ensemble with the Seoul Grand Philharmonic Orchestra and Jazz Big Band.

 

 ▲ Scenes from the Music Programs of 18th JIMFF

(From top left) Live Music Talk by Jatanpung, Live Music Talk by Gang Aelija, DOCÉ from Summer Stage, BIGONE from Cool Night (Photos Courtesy of JIMFF)

 

Live Music Talk, a music program where the audience can enjoy film, music and talk events in one place, was held for two days at the Uirimji Stage. On the 14th (Sun), Nam Jin talked about his story of how he dreamed of becoming a movie star before becoming a singer, and on the 15th (Mon), the group Jatanpung told the story of the family band A Little Star, the Korean version of The Sound of Music in the 1970s, sharing nostalgia and original experiences. The Summer Stage music program, held in an open space for Jecheon citizens and film festival audiences, featured performances by Holiship, HYUNHEE, Q the trumpet, Catchup, RELOAD, DOCÉ, JahKi, and BLUELK, while the midnight music program Cool Night continued to heat up the atmosphere with performances by Hong Isaac, EZUZ, JUTO, Yonko, BIGONE, and Deepshower.

 

Summer Night Breeze, JIMFF's comprehensive all-inclusive package that provides lodging and access to film screenings or performances, was used by a total of 272 visitors and received a positive response to the Summer Night Breeze package consisting of various sponsored goods.

 

All About Korean Music Film 2022 JIMFF Forum

Jecheon Music Film Project Promotion 2022 Pitching Event

 

  ▲ (Left) 2022 JIMFF Forum (Right) Jecheon Music Film Project Promotion 2022 Pitching Event (Photos Courtesy of JIMFF)

 

The JIMFF 2022 forum was titled "All About Korean Music Film" and was part of a long-term project launched last year to discover and archive Korean music films. This year's forum focused on the 1960s and 1970s, when the Korean pop music and film industries shared a common strategy and sought collaboration. The forum focused on actor and singer Nam Jin as the key to understanding the distinctive features of Korean music film during this period and provided an insightful discussion on the redefinition of Korean music film, which was recognized as a unique academic program that exists only at JIMFF.

 

Jecheon Music Film Project Promotion (JPP), a unique music film fund project to promote Korean music film production and discover and support music filmmakers, held a public Pitching Event at Haso Living Culture Center Walk on the 14th (Sun) and made the final selection. After careful consideration, the three-member selection committee chose Looking for by director Kim Taehee and 404 still remain by director Uhm Ha-neul as the winners and awarded KRW 30 million and KRW 50 million in project funds, respectively.

  

JIMFF Announced the Award Winners at the Closing Ceremony, as an International Film Festival Featuring Competition Sections!

In the Official Competition: International, the Grand Prize was Awarded to Sirens, while Poser Received a Special Jury Mention

In the Official Competition: Korean, Best Short Film was Awarded to Remember Our Sister, and Best Feature Film was Awarded to Withstanding and Existing.

 

 ▲ Closing Ceremony of the 18th JIMFF

(From top left) Director Rita Baghdadi of Sirens, directors Noah Dixon and Ori Segev of Poser,

director Gwon Churl of Withstanding and Existing, director Jo Hayoung of Remember Our Sister (Photos Courtesy of JIMFF)

 

At the Closing Ceremony of the 18th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival, hosted by actors Kang Junkyu and Oh Hani, the award winners of the Official Competition sections were announced.

 

In the Official Competition: International, which features the latest feature-length films of all genres in which music plays a central role, the Grand Prize winner was selected by the jury after a thorough selection process. Sirens, directed by Rita Baghdadi, won the Grand Prize of Official Competition: International and a prize money of KRW 50 million, while Poser by Noah Dixon and Ori Segev received a Special Jury Mention. Grand Prize winner Rita Baghdadi said in her acceptance speech: “I made this film so that Arab women could be the stars of their own story and not the victims of someone else’s. It took incredible bravery for Lilas, Shery, and the band to be so vulnerable on camera. Sirens is also the first documentary film to feature queer women in the Middle East, so I want to thank them for their bravery and for sharing their story. Today with freedom of expression under attack, I believe now more than ever it’s important to stand up for your truth and to let your dreams be louder than your fears. Thank you so much for amplifying this film.” Noah Dixon and Ori Segev, who received the Special Jury Mention, expressed their feelings upon receiving the award: “We made our film with a bunch of friends and very little money, so it’s very surreal for us to be here now. Thank you. It has been really an honor to be here to celebrate films and much amazing music where so many real musicians (and filmmakers) are collaborating together.”

 

In the Official Competition: Korean, which showcases the new visions of Korean music filmmakers, Withstanding and Existing by Gwon Churl won the Best Feature Film award and prize money of KRW 15 million, while Remember Our Sister by Jo Hayoung won the Best Short Film award and prize money of KRW 5 million. Director Jo Hayoung, who received the award for Best Short Film, said in her acceptance speech, "Thanks to the production support from Jecheon International Music & Film Festival, I have been able to work hard and make films for the past two years. I would like to thank the staff and actors who worked hard together. I would also like to thank everyone around me and programmer Maeng Soojin, who has been very supportive." Director Gwon Churl, who received the award for Best Feature Film award, said, "I was already grateful to be invited, and it is a great honor to win the award as well. I want to use this grateful energy as a drive to make more interesting films in the future."

  

The World’s First Film Music Project Market ‘JIMFF OST Market’

Discovered and Presented Talented Film Music Composers

 

▲ JIMFF OST Market (Photos Courtesy of JIMFF)

 

JIMFF OST Market was launched this year as a brand-new project market to discover talented up-and-coming film musicians and support their debut in the media industry. Five finalists for the JIMFF OST Market were selected in two preliminary rounds by a panel of film industry professionals, and the finalists prepared a showcase stage in a workshop and presented a showcase on Saturday, August 13 in front of about 100 people, including industry representatives, Jecheon International Music & Film Academy (JIMFA) students and the general public. The JIMFF-style showcase event was well received and took a form of public audition where everyone could see and feel the future of film music.

 

Despite the short time allotted for the Business Meeting event, a total of 21 meetings were held with industry representatives from various sectors looking for talented music directors, including film directors and producers, as well as film and animation production companies and broadcast production managers. Follow-up discussions are currently underway between industry representatives and composers, and if a match is reached in the future, JIMFF will support a music production fund with up to KRW 50 million. The OST Market, which JIMFF introduced for the first time this year, has confirmed its future viability in that it is an industry program that not only film musicians but also the film industry has been waiting for, and the festival will continue to make every effort to reach a practical agreement in the future.

 

 

The Best Opportunity for Those Who Dream of Becoming a Film Music Director,

the 17th Jecheon International Music & Film Academy (JIMFA)

The Faculty Consisted of Top-Notch Instructors, including Music Directors Lee Dongjune, Kim Taeseong, Hwang Sangjun, Lee Jisoo, and Kim Dongwook, as well as the Head of Music Business Affairs at Netflix, Young Yu

 

 ▲ The 17th Jecheon International Music & Film Academy (Photos courtesy of JIMFF)

 

The 17th Jecheon International Music & Film Academy (JIMFA), an educational program of JIMFF held from August 11 (Thu) to 17 (Wed), was successfully concluded amid the enthusiasm of the students. The students were taught by top film music directors from Korea and abroad, including music directors Lee Dongjune, Kim Taeseong, Hwang Sangjun, Lee Jisoo, Kim Dongwook, and the head of Netflix's Music Business Affairs, Young Yu. This year, JIMFA experienced an explosion in the number of prospective students and closed registration early due to the high interest from numerous applicants after course registration opened. Students participated in the week-long camp, which consisted of various trainings and exercises, including group exercises and mentoring, and learned a new perspective on film music. Among the 50 graduates, four students with outstanding achievements were given the opportunity to participate in the ‘CHANEL X BIFF Asian Film Academy’ hosted by the Busan International Film Festival.

 

The 18th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival, held in Jecheon for six days from August 11 (Thu) to 16 (Tue), ended with the screening of the Closing Film Sirens, marking the grand finale of the largest film music festival in Korea.

 

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