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Introduction of PARK Nam-ok Award
PARK Nam-ok Award commemorates the first Korean female filmmaker Park Nam-ok and the realities, perspectives, and desires Korean women face as portrayed in Park’s 1955 film, The Widow. Jury members deliberate on new films created by women between the end of the last SIWFF and this year’s festival as well as the filmmaker’s life and works in coming to a decision. The winner is awarded a 10 million KRW in prize money and a trophy.

Award

with monetary award of KRW 10,000,000 and a trophy

Winners of PARK Nam-ok Award
  • A Table for Two

    KIM Boram
    South Korea | 2022 | 89min | Color

  • Director KIM Boram

    Studied literature in college. Her documentary debut, For Vagina's Sake (2017), won the New Perspective Award at the 2017 Seoul Independent Film Festival(SIFF) and the Dandelion Award at the 2019 Wildflower Film Awards Korea. Her film, A Silent Night (2020), won the Grand Prize for Junior Director at 2022 Seoul Intl. Senior Film Festival, and was screened at Daegu Independent Film Festival, SIFF, and etc.

Acceptance Speech

“On a hot summer day around noon, as I cleaned up the chestnuts and corn cobs my baby dropped in the living room, I thought, “Kneeling down to clean is good for my back.” After finishing the cleaning, I lay down on the sofa, and then received a phone call informing me that I was selected as the recipient of the PARK Nam-ok Award at this year’s SIWFF. I was delighted and felt a rush of excitement as I had never expected it. A little later, I received a text message introducing PARK Nam-ok Award from the programmer: it says, “With this award, SIWFF tries to remember women’s reality, perspective, and desire.” Reality, perspective, and desire. These words struck me as essential elements for creating good stories. I receive this award with gratitude, seeing it as support and encouragement to continue creating films, always remembering women’s reality, perspective, and desire. Thank you.” (KIM Boram)

Commentary

Since her feature debut Chronicles of Blood, Kim Boram has consistently explored stories of women surrounding the female body. In A Table for Two, she meticulously portrays the story of a daughter and mother suffering eating disorders. Commencing from women’s body, the film delves into the mother-daughter relationship, the mother’s past as a female activist, and narrates the journey of a woman’s life, expanding on the themes of her previous film. Therefore, The PARK Nam-ok Award selection committee has selected Kim Boram’s A Table for Two as this year’s winner. The selection committee also sends big applause and encouragement to all female filmmakers who, under challenging conditions, continue to make films from a feminist perspective.

2023 PARK Nam-Ok Award Selection Committee
  • BYUN Jairan

    Professor at Department of Film & Theater, Soonchunhyang University, Film Critic

  • BAE Juyeon

    Research Professor at Critical Global Studies Institute, Sogang University

  • SHIN Su-won

    Director

  • LEE Soojung

    Director

  • JE Jeonju

    CEO, ATO Inc.

Previous Winners of PARK Nam-ok Award
1st (2008) Director YIM Soon-rye
She created Forever the Moment in 2008, which revitalized the Korean film industry which was in a downward slump at that time. The film was acclaimed for its beautiful portrayal of the female athletes’ friendship and solidarity, and Korean female filmmaker’s confidence and pride.
2nd (2007) Director KIM Mi-jeong 
She directed Shadows in the Palace (2007) and wrote the screenplay for movies such as The Concubine (2012).
3rd (2018) Director PARK Chan-ok
Her film To Be (1996) won the Second Place Prize and the Audience Award at the 1st Seoul International Women’s Film Festival and Heavy (1998) won the Seonjae Award at the 3rd Pusan International Film Festival. With her feature debut film, Jealousy Is My Middle Name, she won the Tiger Award at the 2003 International Film Festival Rotterdam and the New Current Award at the 2002 Pusan International Film Festival.
4th (2019) Director JANG Hye-yeong
A Proportional Representative of Justice Party at the 21st National Assembly Member She created her documentary film, Grown Up in 2018 and is currently running a Youtube channel titled “Serious_Sister2,” whose contents focus on women’s issues, welfare, care and labor. She is also a writer and a singer.
5th (2020) Director IM Sun-ae
She worked as a storyboard artist for over 50 films over the span of two decades before creating her own feature debut film, An Old Lady in 2020. This film portrays social prejudice toward senior women in Korea and their suffering, which drew empathy from the audience.
6th (2021) Director JANG Yun-mi
Her feature documentary Flag, Blue Sky, Party (2019), which screened at the 22nd SIWFF, features a lively fight and exciting daily life of the “KEC Democratic Union,” a minority of the unions in a semiconductor manufacturing company in Gumi area and the union that created the first female branch chief in 30 years.
7th (2022) Director SHIN Su-won
Since her feature debut with Passerby #3 (2009), Pluto (2012) was invited to Berlinale, Madonna (2014) to the Cannes Film Festival, andGlass Garden (2016) was the opening film of Busan IFF. Hommage (2022) premiered in Tokyo IFF.