Korean films have had remarkable success both at home and abroad in recent years. They have gained widespread recognition and appreciation from the international community
at the forefront of the Korean wave, to the point where the term "K-movie" has been coined. This success was only possible because of the growing interest in short films and
the development of the short film industry, as short films are the film industry's backbone. BISFF has created a new section called “Korean Shorts” in order to continue to support
the growth and development of Korean short films. I hope that this will be a platform for audiences to see where Korean short films stand today by watching short films
with deep thematic consciousness and new experimental formats, as well as by meeting with various filmmakers.
The reality of Korea as a “divided nation”, which is in “A State of Exception”, is explored in "Ceasefire Chronicles." In this category, films that portray the reality of a divided country,
the prejudiced views of the North-South relationship, and the ideological conflict on the Korean peninsula will be screened in a balanced and honest manner.
These films explain how this exceptional state has become normalized in a variety of fields, including society, economy, and culture, and raise the question of whether the two countries
will be able to shift their paradigms in order to coexist and build a peaceful relationship in a normalized state of exception.