'Oldboy' Director Park Chan-wook to Chair South Korean Short Film Fest Jury

Park Chan-wook

He will lead the Asiana International Short Film Festival jury, saying shorts are sometimes wrongly seen as "boring"

The 12th Asiana International Short Film Festival, one of South Korea's major events for the genre, will kick off next month under the auspices of filmmaker Park Chan-wook, who will serve as jury chair.

"I probably made the most number of short films out of all those directors out there," Park told reporters in Seoul. Though best known for directing the original Oldboy and Stoker, starring Nicole Kidman, Park most recently presented shorts made in collaboration with Italian fashion-house Zegna and Korean brand Kolon Sport. He also won the 2011 Berlin Golden Bear for the best short film with his iPhone short Night Fishing.

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"When people thinks of short films, avant-gardism usually comes to mind," he said. "And yet the genre is also often stereotyped as being boring. I believe short films are a great way to showcase your own language and voice, and I will be looking for creativity and individuality when judging these films."

This year's festival, set to run Nov. 6-11 at Cinecube Gwanghwamun and Indiespace, Seoul, attracted a record 4,215 submissions from 109 countries. A majority of entries, some 3,500, were from overseas. A total of 56 have been selected to vie for cash prizes amounting to about $25,000. The grand prize, awarded to a contestant in the domestic competition, will be $8,000.

This year's star-studded jury also includes Japanese producer Takashige Ichise (The Grudge), Korean actor Jung Woo Sung and Kang Hye-jung, producer and founder of production company Filmmaker R&K. Veteran Korean actor Ahn Sung-ki (Revivre) has served as the fest director.

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In addition to works by up-and-coming filmmakers in the competition sections, fest-goers can also look forward to a Mexican short film showcase featuring 11 works and a collection of titles that were shown in Japan's Short Shorts Film Festival.

In 2012, Busan International Film Festival founder Kim Dong-ho created his first film, Jury, for Asiana's 10th anniversary. The film went on to be shown at Berlin, Busan, Udine and other international film events. Last year, the festival began streaming winning works on Asiana Airlines' in-flight entertainment service and through the country's top portal Naver.

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