Korea Independent Animation Festival 2022 in Japan

The 2022 edition of the Korea Independent Animation Festival will run online from May 18th to the 22nd.

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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.

Directors talk 01

May 20th (Fri) 19:00 (JP time)

Dir: Grace Nayoon RHEE (The Playground) and Mirai MIZUE (Director)

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Directors talk 02

May 21st (Sat) 14:00 (JP time)

Dir: Jude KANG (May•JEJU•Day) and Hiromi ITO

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Directors 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)

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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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/koreanimation/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hanakoriJP

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