May 31 (Thu) - June 7 (Thu), 2018. 8 days
Opening ceremony - Oil Tank Culture Park (Seongsan-dong, Seoul)
Screening - Megabox Sinchon
147 films from 36 countries, international forums and side events
See the World through Women's Eyes!
SEOUL International Women's Film Festival
The 20-year History of Leading the Development of Women's Films
Since 1997, SIWFF has tried to live up to its slogan, "See the World through Women's Eyes," by focusing on the discovery of female cineastes and secured its position as a hub of women's film network as well as one of renowned international women's film festivals. In the 20th edition, SIWFF provides an opportunity to see the 20-year progress of women's films in terms of diverse themes and genres. This year, SIWFF newly adds International Feature Competition section to speak for women through films that deliver values of gender equality in a critical mind. To celebrate its 20-year history, SIWFF highlights renowned women's films via the 20th Anniversary Retrospective screenings, regardless of border and genre, to recognize their contribution to the history of women's films.
In particular, the 20th SIWFF boasts its program with world's acclaimed female directors who have shown their remarkable performances. First of all, this year's opening film is Faces Places, a new documentary of Agn챔s VARDA, a female director representative of the French Nouvelle Vague, known for her films Gleaners and I and Happiness. The Feminist Film Classics section includes Sweetie, the debut feature of director Jane CAMPION, famous for her film Piano. SIWFF also presents a retrospective on the works of Monika TREUT, a German filmmaker of queer cinema, famous for Virgin Machine and Gendernauts.
Women Talk about the Culture of Gender Equality :
From Feminism Conference to Anita SARKEESIAN's Special Lecture
The 20th SIWFF offers a number of exciting programs on the value of gender equality and feminist issues. Instead of forums, SIWFF presents two international conferences - "Film Feminism's New Challenge: From Stare to Body and to the Joy of Difference" and "Policies and Strategies for Gender Equality in Film Industry" in order to examine the combination of film and feminism from new perspectives and discuss hot topics such as online hashtag campaigns and gender politics with film feminists from countries including France, Taiwan, and South Korea.
This year, the Polemics section presents special talks on feminist issues in the age of social media, especially hashtag #MeToo movement and digital sexual assault after screening films such as The Rape of Recy Taylor, Anita Hill, and Rust. With regards to digital sexual assault, Anita SARKEESIAN, a Canadian-American feminist media critic, offers a special lecture on feminist issues in the popular culture and game industry. Her lecture will allow the audience to discuss and reflect various issues such as misogynistic elements and male-centric culture in Korean games, online harassment and sexual harassment, and the feminists' use of online media platforms.
The Special Talk 2: Seoul + Young + Feminists consists of a screening of five films made as part of the Seoul Women's Walk: Filmmaking Project and a discussion led by young female filmmakers who joined the project. Panels will review the films completed with clear purpose of raising the awareness of women's issues, and then discuss the issues of young female adults, solutions to those problems, and the possibility of similar film projects. Responding to new feminist movement led by next generation, the 20th SIWFF seeks to provide important venues for public debate by linking screens with the real world.
Highlight of the Past and Future of Korea's Female Filmmakers
The 20th SIWFF adds two competition sections-International Feature Competition and Korean Feature Competition to the existing sections of Asian Short Competition and I-Teens in order to discover and support future female filmmakers in a broader manner. This year, SIWFF had the most number of submissions, 957 films from 61 countries. The SIWFF has been at the forefront of strengthening the network between many parts of Korea's film industry and female cineastes who had often been neglected in the industry. With that in mind, the festival presents Pitch & Catch, an open pitching program designed to support talented filmmakers. The pitch program has supported many works including features such as Bluebeard and Chinatown and documentaries such as For Vagina's Sake and The Knitting Club. These films had created new sensation and satisfied the audience's hunger for more feminist films. The winner of last year's Documentary Ok Rang Award, Face, the Other Side will be screened as World Premiere this year.
The SIWFF also presents mentoring programs to nurture teenage female filmmakers. Since the 18th SIWFF, the festival has provided a workshop program called I-Teens Training Ground where teenage female filmmakers who were selected in the competition and the audience juries come together to discuss the future of women's films and hear filmmaking experiences from senior female filmmakers. This year, YOON Ga-eun, a filmmaker famous for The World of Us will join the program.
The SIWFF is not only a festival that fosters future female filmmakers, but is also one that celebrates and remembers female filmmakers in history. This past April, both SIWFF and Korea's film industry grieved the loss of an actress and filmmaker CHOI Eun-hee. To commemorate her achievement, SIWFF presents a retrospective entitled In memory of versatile Choi Eun-hee : Choi behind the camera and showcases films she directed, The Girl Raised as a Future Daughter-In-Law and One-sided Love of Princess. The retrospective will be a great chance for audiences to meet the works of CHOI who was the third female filmmaker in Korea after PARK Nam-ok and HONG Eun-won.
A Festival where Audiences Join Together
Following previous Feministas, KIM A-joong and HAN Ye-ri, the 20th SIWFF appointed actress LEE Young-jin as the 3rd Feminista SIWFF Ambassador. LEE will meet the audience and female cineastes as an emcee at the historic 20th opening ceremony of SIWFF.
The outdoor plaza in front of Megabox Sinchon will become the center where SIWFF and audiences meet together. An outdoor event, SIWFF Talk-busking (Occupy the Agora) is a podium for women to share their stories and ideas, which represents the festival's unique identity. Last year, the talk event created a sensation from the participation of diverse female opinion leaders such as SIM Sang-jung, a lawmaker of Justice Party and AHN Hee-kyung, the author of Across Feminism. To celebrate the 20th history, SIWFF also presents SIWFF Live-busking with various performances of female artists who will showcase music, dance and mime based on films. Market F is where visitors can check feminist books, publications, goods and products. Various exhibitions, booths, and giveaway events will give audiences unforgettable memories.