Jeonju fest announces market competitors

Prizes in 3 categories aim to support low-budget filmmakers

Jeonju film festival announces lineup

SEOUL -- The Jeonju International Film Festival on Tuesday unveiled a final lineup of films that will compete at the first Jeonju Project Market.

The Korean fest, which runs May 1-7, will give out production grants of as much as 5 million won ($3,800) for directors and producers of low-budget commercial feature films and documentaries.

The awards will be divided into three categories.

The top winners in "producer pitching" and "documentary pitching" will receive $3,800 in cash. An additional one or two films will be chosen from the two categories to receive extra prizes and grants.

In "work in progress," juries will select two films still in production, one Korean and one international, which also will receive $3,800.

The lineup this year includes "The Well," a horror film by producer Kim Tae-hoon, and "So Far From the Bamboo Grove," a historical documentary from director-producer Kim Eung-su.

"JIFF looks forward to the first Jeonju Project Market as a new way to make a breakthrough for low-budget, art house and independent Korean films while they actively promote the production of diverse, creative films in advance," festival organizers said.

Tickets to the festival opener, "Short! Short! Short! 2009," an omnibus film by 10 emerging Korean directors, sold out in two minutes, according to the festival.

Jeonju launched in 2000 and has gained a niche following of local cinephiles of digital alternative cinema.
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