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Korea's Jeonju fest unveils trio for Digital Project 2013

The 14th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) has announced Kobayashi Masahiro, Zhang Lu and Edwin as its directors for Jeonju Digital Project 2013.

The Korean fest’s trademark annual triptych this year goes to Asian directors again with each making a 30-minute short on a budget of KW50m ($47,300).

Director of films such as Japan’s Tragedy and Closing Time, Kobayashi Masahiro will contribute a short called Strangers When We Met, described as something of a sequel to his 2007 film The Rebirth.

Ethnic Korean-Chinese director and novelist Zhang Lu, whose films include Dooman River and Grain In Ear, is contributing a short called Scenery, his first documentary.

Young Indonesian director Edwin, whose films include Postcards From The Zoo and Blind Pig Who Wants To Fly, will contribute Someone’s Wife On A Boat Of Someone’s Husband.

The omnibus will makes its world premiere at the fest which will run April 25-May 3, 2013.

JIFF saw an organisational shake-up last year, with former festival director Min Byung-lock and programmers Yoo Un-seong and Jo Ji-hoon leaving the fest. Min was replaced by Ko Suk-man.  

Well-respected local critic Kim Young-jin has taken the position of executive programmer at JIFF. Kim’s background includes writing and editing for film magazines Cine21 and Film2.0 as well as several books including ones on Robert Bresson, Park Chan-wook and Hollywood and Asian cinema. Kim also holds a professorship at Myongji University.

He has been joined as a programmer by fellow critic Lee Sang-yong, who left his position at the Busan International Film Festival as one of its World Cinema section programmers.

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