Berlin competition film KT, a Japanese-Korean co-production about the 1973 political abduction of current South Korean president Kim Dae Jung, will open South Korea's Jeonju International Film Festival, the event announced this week.

Special retrospectives at the festival, which runs from April 26 to May 2, will highlight the work of US independent producer Christine Vachon and Pier Paolo Pasolini. The festival, noted for its strong focus on digital film and Asian independent cinema, has chosen War And Film as this year's theme.

Presided over by festival director Choi Min, the event will feature 250 films. Sections are devoted to areas such as Asian independent film, video diaries, digital documentaries, new Korean cinema and Czech animation.

The event's third edition will continue the festival's tradition of commissioning 30-minute digital films by three leading independent filmmakers. Korea's Moon Seung-wook (The Butterfly), Japan's Suwa Nobuhiro (M/Other), and China's Wang Xiaoshuai (Beijing Bicycle) are taking part this year.