Sino-Korean short film fes­ti­val en­ters sec­ond year

China Daily (Canada) - - TORONTO - ByWANG KAIHAO wangkai­hao@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Afes­ti­val of short films byChi­nese and South Korean film­mak­ers on the theme “share your dreams” kicked off in Dachang county, He­bei province, last week.

It is the an­nual show’s sec­ond edi­tion that is co-hosted by South Korean en­ter­tain­ment gi­ant CJ E&Mand the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s As­so­ci­a­tion for Friend­ship with For­eign Coun­tries.

Forty-two films made it to the com­pe­ti­tion sec­tion from an en­try list of about 570 films, each not more than 30 min­utes in du­ra­tion. The win­ners, to be an­nounced at the end of the fes­ti­val on Satur­day, will get a cash award of up to 20,000 yuan ($3,130) and train­ing in a few film stu­dios of South Korea.

“I didn’t ex­pect short films to cover so many so­cial is­sues,” says Kang Je-gyu, a vet­eran Korean di­rec­tor, who is on this year’s fes­ti­val jury.

He is glob­ally renowned for di­rect­ing the Korean wartime epic Taegukgi: The Brother­hood ofWar.

Huang Jianxin, a di­rec­tor and deputy head of the China Film As­so­ci­a­tion, con­sid­ers short films the “nec­es­sary” step to be­com­ing a good film­maker.

“Within 30 min­utes, you can only fo­cus on one theme, which is the pro­to­type of genre films. To­day’s film­mak­ers of­ten want to in­clude too many things into their works, but cin­e­matic clas­sics are al­ways genre films,” says Huang, en­cour­ag­ing young film­mak­ers to stay fo­cused on one idea at one time.

Nev­er­the­less, the fes­ti­val is more than a new­bie’s party. It is also an oc­ca­sion for es­tab­lished Chi­nese and Korean film­mak­ers to get to­gether to ex­change notes and find po­ten­tial projects.

Kang, for in­stance, has two on­go­ing projects with Chi­nese stu­dios, but he doesn’t re­veal de­tails at the fes­ti­val. He also says that no mat­ter how much film in­dus­tries in Asia learn about Hol­ly­wood’s ad­vanced film­mak­ing, the “spirit” of their re­spec­tive coun­tries is usu­ally there and ought to be re­flected in their films.

Ac­cord­ing to Kim Dong-ho, for­mer pres­i­dent of the well-known Pu­san In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, China and South Korea are likely to co­pro­duce more films in the fu­ture. Euro­pean and Amer­i­can film­mak­ers have helped them­selves to co­pro­duc­tion ven­tures with the re­sult that their mar­kets have widely ex­panded.

China has many cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal sto­ries to tell, which are suit­able for adap­ta­tion into cin­ema, he says, adding that South Korea’s smart post­pro­duc­tion in­fra­struc­ture could help.

The fes­ti­val fol­lows a 2014 agree­ment be­tween the two coun­tries to en­hance cul­tural ties.

CHINA DAILY PRO­VIDED TO

Kang Je-gyu, South Korean di­rec­tor.

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