After a successful start of Project K in 2012, the annual film festival of 2013 with the motto “4 Days in Seoul” took place for 4 days for the first time. The festival strated on the 17th of October and ended on the 23rd of October 2013 at the University campus Bockenheim, just like the year before. Similar to the korean capital Seoul the building was namely divided into 4 districts, Gangnam, Itaewon, Myeong-Dong and Insa-Dong to introduce the visitors to the korean world within Frankfurt. Alongside the 22 movies in different genres, the modern as well as traditional culture of Korea was presented to the visitors. A special thank you goes to the directors Jae-Hee Hong and Jong-Hong Lee, as well as to the CEO of the largest indie festival in Korea Kak-Cho Young, who held a Q&A session in honor to the independent movies.
The festival started off Thursday afternoon with a performance of the leader of the group KoPAS (Korean Performance Art Spirit) Baek-Ki Kim a renowned artist in Korea. With his performance “The River” he enchanted the audience using various colors and symbolic objects transporting them into the world within humanity, and evoked their inherent lyricism through love, passion and happiness. After the opening movie, the highlight of the festival was presented: the German-Korean rapper JongsN performed a free concert and promoted his new album “Back to Square One” and ended the day with relaxing hip hop beats.
A new concept of 2013 was the cultural themed program. In honor to the 130th anniversary of the German-Korean trade treaty, several German-Koreans relayed their personal stories of their migration to Germany in the 1960s. Additionally, an exhibition with personal pictures of said contemporary witnesses was established. Furthermore, several presentations of “Korean film history “and “Korean Wave International” took place on Thursday and Friday to enable the visitors a taste of modern Korean culture and its international impact.
The annual film festival of 2013 concluded with a workshop of the “Korean Martial Art Yoga”, a changed form of Yoga presented by a Korean school of yoga, as well as dance workshops on popular dance similar to “Gangnam Style” and a photo competition where the winner could win a flight to Seoul.
The Thieves, A Reason to Live, Seoul Independent Film: The Girl Lives in Haeundae, My Father’s Email, The Berlin File, Love 911, Love Clinique, Nobody’s Daughter Haewon, How to Use Guys with Secret Tips, Moebius, All About My Wife, Korean Independent Animation: Noodle Fish, The House, The Bull and The Goblin, The Closing, Color, Alex, Greenie’s Abenteuer, A Werewolf Boy, A Company Man, Secretly Greatly, New World, Miracle in Cell No. 7, Confession of Murder, Juvenile Offender, Blind, Masquerade, The Housemaid
Generalkonsulat der Republik Korea in Frankfurt, Korea Foundation, Samsung Electronics GmbH, Hyundai Motor Deutschland GmbH, Asiana Airlines
Kumho Tire Europe GmbH, Frankfurt RheinMain GmbH, Koreanische Zentrale für Tourismus, Hankook Reifen Deutschland GmbH, KGN
CJ Europe GmbH, AStA, TS Entertainment, Lotte Entertainment, Korea Film Council, Ewha Women’s University (The Graduate School of International Studies), re[mark]able, Korean- Studies Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main