In selecting the films submitted to the 35th Busan International Short Film Festival, the 20 members of the preliminary jury, 15 people from Korea and 5 from abroad, followed strict guidelines for the past three months. A total of 968 films went through two elimination processes,resulting in 20 films selected for Korean Competition.
Much like in International Competition, there was a clean lean towards fiction with 74% of entries, followed by animation(15%), experimental(7%) and documentary (4%). There was however a notable increase in number ofanimated films compared to previous editions.
Korean short films deal mostly with school life, family or relationship with others, and with difficulties in employment, which are young people’s and Korean society’s nowadays problems. This year, feelings of frustration towards employment and society particularly stand out, as well as various perspectives on feminism. Overall, Korean society as depicted in short films appears to be darker and more desolate than ever; and the films tend to focus on issues that are ignored or forgotten by the public. However, the fact that many submitted films lean towards a repetitive genre shows a lack of concern in questioning for new answers through the films, a task that we actually should all be put to.
The 35th Busan International Short Film Festival's preliminary jury for the Korean Competition followed two standards in order to select the finalists: "Short Filmness" and "Issue Awareness".
Firstly, the notion of "Short Filmness" applies to movies which definetheir own principleswithout comparison with feature films but, instead, by finding their own independence, and their own voice,in the short format. Based on this, the jurypaid greater attention to outstanding aesthetic, philosophical and artistic perspectivesbysingling out examples of mise-en-scène, scriptwriting and cinematography that are specific to short films.
Meanwhile,"Issue Awareness" describes another effective characteristic of short films which isto reflect on contemporary politics, society and economics in order to draw a certain universality out of them. Whether the films would point towards these issues directly or indirectly, this is the second standard that the jury had to consider.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all who have submitted their films. The members of the 35th Busan International Short Film Festival's preliminary jury delightedlyfulfilled the task to review thefilms despite their dramatically increased number, and it was for them an unforgettable and precious experience.
The PreliminaryJury of the 35th Busan International Short Film Festival