In an early announcement on the project, JIFF announced Hong's short film Disappointment completed production last month and is now in post-production.
The film is set in Jeonju (a city south of Seoul known for its cuisine and traditional houses), and tells the story of four men and women.
Disappointment brings together veteran actor Moon Sung-geun, who worked with Hong on Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors and Woman On The Beach; Lee Sun-gyun, who starred in Hong's Night And Day, and Jung Yu-mi, who was in Family Ties and is working with Hong on his upcoming feature You Don't Even Know (working title).
Jeonju Digital Project 2009 will make its world premiere at the JIFF's tenth anniversary edition, April 30 - May 8, 2009.
Launched in 2000, JIFF's yearly omnibus project picks three international directors, giving them each KW50m (about $5,000) and use of digital cameras and other technical equipment to make short films of about 30 minutes each in length. The festival world premieres the films and holds distribution rights as well.
Previous Jeonju Digital Projects saw a retrospective at the 2007 Locarno International Film Festival which also gave the special jury prize to that year's omnibus, directed by Harun Faroki, Pedro Costa and Eugene Green.
Jeonju Digital Project 2008 (a.k.a. The Return) is also invited to the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival.
The other two directors for Jeonju Digital Project 2009 will be announced at a press conference Jan 13.
The festival is still taking submissions. (For more details, see http://eng.jiff.or.kr/02_program/02_entry.aspx.)