International Narrative Feature Competition Awards

The 3rd Gangneung International Film Festival removed the existing restrictions on the submission of original literature and expanded the scope to include 'a feature-length film based on screenplays' to kick off its film competition. A total of 10 films will be selected and awarded in three categories: Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.

CHO Sunhee | Writer

Born in Gangneung in 1960 Cho Sunhee began working as a reporter at Yonhap News Agency in 1982 and since 1995 she has taken on the role of editor of the weekly film magazine <Cine 21>, the director of the Korea Film Archive, and the representative of the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, SFAC. From October 2019 to April 2020, she stayed in Berlin as a visiting scholar at the Free University of Berlin. Her published works include <Addiction to Korean Classic Movie>, a book about classic Korean films, <Three Women>, a novel that tells the story of socialist female revolutionaries during the Japanese colonial period, and <Reconstruction of Common Sense>, which claims to be a ‘Traveler’s Thinking Map for the chaotic Korean Society’.

KIM Taeyong | Director

Kim Taeyong debuted with <Memento Mori> in 1999. <Family Ties> won the Golden Alexander for Best Feature at Thessaloniki IFF. <Late Autumn> screened at the 61st Berlinale. In addition to directing plays, he is also steadily working on combining various genres, such as performances that combine traditional music and movies and directing a silent film version.

Idir SERGHINE | Co-president of ACID

After studying philosophy, Idir Serghine directed several award-winning films in numerous festivals and broadcast on french national channels. He is currently preparing a science fiction feature film. Moreover, co-president of ACID (Association of Independent Cinema for its Diffusion), he has been a programmer for the association for the Cannes Film Festival for 7 years.

GIFF Short Film Fund

GIFF provides support for short film production to help develop the film ecosystem in the community and promote film production. We select three short films and each will receive a grant of up to 10 million KRW along with the opportunity to screen at the 4th GIFF.

Jury for GIFF Short Film Fund
YOON Danbi, Director | Director

Yoon made a splendid debut with her first feature film, <Moving On>, which won her four awards at the 24th Busan International Film Festival. Audiences and critics from around the world have been captivated by her, as evidenced by the awards received from various festivals including the 45th Seoul Independent Film Festival, the 40th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards, the 42nd Nantes Three Continents Festival, the 35th Mar del Plata International Film Festival, the 19th New York Asian Film Festival and the 49th International Film Festival Rotterdam.

CHOI Hana | Director

Choi graduated from the Korea National University of Arts (Filmmaking, School of Film, TV & Multimedia). She made the short film <Gosum The Hedgehog> while in school and it screened at the Great Short Film Festival. <More Than Family> received the Support for Independent Feature Film Production award from the Korean Film Council and was officially invited to the Korean Cinema Today – Panoram Section of the 25th Busan International Film Festival.

Ray L. HONG | Producer

Hong worked as a producer for various films including <Like You Know It All>, <Bleak Night>, <An Ethics Lesson>, <Mai Ratima> and <Real>. She recently received the Producer Award at the 8th Wildflower Film Awards.

Preliminary Jury of GIFF Short Film Fund
Kim Daehwan | Director

Kim made an impressive debut with his film, <End of Winter>, which had him earn the New Director Award at the Busan International Film Festival and a Wildflower Film Award. He began to draw attention from the international community as well as for the film, <The First Lap>, which earned awards at the Locarno International Film Festival and Mar del Plata International Film Festival. As a member of Bomnae Films, he took part in <Autumn, Autumn> and <Winter’s Night> as producer, making himself a renowned movie person in Gangwon province. Most recently he worked on the script adaptation for <Parasite>.

KIM Sungtai | General Manager, Gangwon Film Commission

Kim is a graduate of Lodz Film School in Poland. His work, <With a Girl of Black Soil>, earned him the Cinematography Award at the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival. He has continued his active work of script adaptation and cinematography with films such as <Himalaya>, <Where the Wind Dwells>, <Thuy>, and <Soldier’s Mementos>. He has taken on the role of General Manager of Gangwon Film Commission, spearheading the effort to develop the film industry in Gangwon.