The International Competition, created last year, is SIWFF’s representative competition section that highlights the first and second feature films by female directors from around the world. This year, eight films daring and controversial films will be vying for the Best Film, Best Director, and Special Jury Prizes.
The Korean Competition program is for feature films directed by Korean female filmmakers. Seven finalists, who display the highest cinematic quality in conjunction with the exploration of feminist issues, will be competing for the Best Korean Film Award during SIWFF.
A competitive section for shorts directed by Asian female filmmakers, the Asian shorts Competition will be showcasing original and creative cinematic works that highlight the power of Asian women’s films. This year, sixteen films that qualified for the final round will be competing for the Best Film Award, the Best Director Award and the Audience Award during the festival.
I-Teens is a competition section for shorts films made by Korean teenage female directors. Seven film finalists will be screened during the festival, with the ‘I-Teens’ teenage judge panel actively assessing the productions and selecting the Best Picture winners.
An overview of the new trends in women’s films produced around the world during the past 1-2 years. There will be screenings of films on various aspects of women’s lives and feminist issues, as well as films by female directors who have made outstanding achievements.
Every year, the Polemics section screens films related to feminist issues. This year, we look back at the #metoo movement, digital sex crimes, and female empowerment issues. Polemics presents the stories of women who have dared to open up closed spaces, and raises questions regarding the consolidation of the ‘male cartel’ and the accumulation of power through closed ‘rooms’
Since SIWFF’s inception, it has played a key role in the discovery and introduction of feminist films from all over the world. This year’s festival will showcase Polish women’s films in collaboration with the Adam Mickiecz Institute(AMI) to mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Poland.
This year’s SIWFF will have Memorial Screenings for two great female experimental film pioneers, Agnès VARDA and Barbara HAMMER, who passed away in March 2019. The program will feature their shorts films and unreleased titles, as well as major films from them both.
Queer Rainbow is a section that highlights films that support gender diversity and the lives of LGBTQ individuals. This year, the program features queer movies from Korea, China, Japan, The Philippines and the United States.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Korean cinema, SIWFF shines a light on the faces of pioneering women in Korean films. In the overlapping contradictions of Korean history that include colonization, modernization, the cold war, dictatorship, the beginning of neoliberalism, and so on, the program introduces the faces of women who refused to be confined by patriarchal oppression and masculine narratives and who crossed multiple boundaries over the past 100 years.
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Feminist Film Collective ‘Bariteo,’ the first group that created and supported female film production in Korean film history, there will be a screening of its founding work Even Little Grass Has Its Own Name and a discussion regarding the deeper meanings within.
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Pitch&Catch, SIWFF’s representative support program, there will be special screenings of all the feature films that have debuted via the Pitch&Catch program.
The Documentary Ock Rang Award is a documentary film production support program founded in 2002, and will present its 17th film this year. This year’s SIWFF will host the world premiere of PARKKANG Areum’s Areum Married, which was selected as an Ock Rang Award winner and was supported by the program.
Barrier Free Screening will provide audio descriptions and closed captions for those with visual and hearing disabilities, in order to allow more individuals to overcome physical barriers and obstacles to enjoy cinema. The 21st SIWFF will screen HOSODA Mamoru’s Mirai for the Barrier Free Screening.
CINE Feminist Activism Workshop is a section to showcase films directed by young female filmmakers, which were supported by the project of the Seoul Foundation of Women and Family. It screens four films with a feminism view and different characters.