The 2022 edition of the Korea Independent Animation Festival will run online from May 18th to the 22nd.
The festival will host a collection of around 20 films and three talk sessions, all of which will be screened online. The films consist of two programmes, one dedicated to Korean animated shorts and the other a programme of shorts from creators based in countries in Asia. The Asian shorts programmes clocks in at an hour for the five films on offer while the Korean indie animation comes to two hours worth of titles.
There’s a real variety to the techniques used in the animation from stop-motion with puppets, paper, and clay, to 2D in various artistic styles such as painting on glass, pointilism, 3D CG, and rotoscoping. The stories cover a madcap musical involving feline astronauts, a young girl with low self-esteem running for student president, and a monster that gives thrill-seekers just what they are looking for, and one short based on the testimonies of children who survived the Jeju Massacre.
As well as the films, there will be three talk sessions involving Japanese and Korean animators. Named include Academy Award-winner Koji Yamamura (Mount Head) and Mirai Mizue. These will be held via Zoom and are free to attend but no English translation is available.
Here’s a trailer for the festival:
As previously mentioned, this year’s edition is totally online and viewers can watch films via the festival’s online venue on the Vimeo video streaming platform. This festival is only available in Japan and prices break down like this:
A Ticket for One Film: 150yen,
Festival Pass: 2,000yen
Tickets can be purchased from 12:00 noon on May 18th (Wednesday) to
midnight on May 22nd (Sunday), and viewers will be able to watch the films as many times as they like for up to one week after purchasing tickets.
Here are the details of the programmes:
Korean Short Programme (15 films/120mins):
A Blue Giant – Dir: NOH Gyeongmu
Stars on the Sea – Dir: JANG Seung-wook
Scales – Dir: OH Leeseul
The Crow Took It. – Dir: JEONG Ha-ra
BATTERY DADDY – Dir: JEON Seung-bae
RIPPLE – Dir: OH Se-mi
Stereotype – Dir: BEAK Nahyun, BEAK Dahyun
OolangOolang – Dir: JO Yeseul
Carnivorous Bean Sprout – Dir: seO
Relay<Inbetween> – Dir: 9 Directors including SHIN Hosokawa
The Playground – Dir: Grace Nayoon RHEE →remote talk guest
Floating Memories – Dir: OK Se-young
Boriya – Dir: MIN Sung-ah
May•JEJU•Day – Dir: Jude KANG →remote talk guest
RED TABLE – Dir: KIM Hakhyun
Asia Shorts Programme (5 films/69 mins approx.):
A Bite of Bone – Dir: Honami YANO – guest
Meow or Never – Dir: Neeraja RAJ
We Were a Sterile Bomb – Dir: Dotan MORENO
Dayfly – Dir: Baoxingchen YI
Night Bus – Dir: Joe HEISH
Online Talk Session by ZOOM for free (without English translation)
The Online Talk Sessions will be shown via YouTube live streaming. The link for each session will be announce by Hanakori’s official website and SNS.
Director’s talk 01
May 20th (Fri) 19:00 (JP time)
Dir: Grace Nayoon RHEE (The Playground) and Mirai MIZUE (Director)
Director’s talk 02
May 21st (Sat) 14:00 (JP time)
Dir: Jude KANG (May•JEJU•Day) and Hiromi ITO
Director’s talk 03
May 21st (Sat) 16:00 (JP time)
Honami YANO (A Bite of Bone) and Koji YAMAMURA (as PD of “A Bite of Bone”)
The Hanakori Korean Animation screenings have been taking place since 2008 and are usually held at venues in Osaka, Tokyo, and Nagoya. In line with concerns over Covid-19, the festival was held online last year. This is the second year it has gone online.
To find out more about this year’s festival, please head to the following links.
Main Website: https://anikr.com