Launched for the first time this year, 'Linkage: Director × Critic' engages in a discursive and critical examination of 7 selected works by women filmmakers produced or released in 2019/2020. The festival thereby actively accepts and embraces the overall social and ideological transition known as 'feminism reboot,' while at the same time considering how to deliver further in-depth analyses of works by women filmmakers. Moreover, this new section seeks to broaden the discourse of women's cinema and ensure that the festival does not limit its role to a short-term celebration with one-off screenings. SIWFF aims to serve as a platform for discussion and deliberation for the purpose of maintaining the vitality of women's cinema. In addition to reconsidering the meaning of each of the four key elements—women, film, criticism, and discourse—we must think about ways in which they can be connected. SIWFF is searching for answers in 'linkage' by exploring works by contemporary women filmmakers in the context of the history of Korean cinema and inviting renowned critics, novelists, poets, researchers and activists from various fields to add depth to the discussion. This is closely linked to the message of this year's slogan 'Mutual Gaze' and the funding program 'Mutual Gaze: Women Filmmakers Support Fund,' which is that we are all connected to one another.
'Linkage: Director × Critic' starts off with KyungSoon's Patriot Game 2 – To Call a Deer a Horse (2019), which is then followed by SHIN Suwon's Light for the Youth (2019), YOON Gaeun's The House of Us (2018), KIM Chohee's Lucky Chan-sil (2019), KIM Doyoung's Kim Ji-Young, Born 1982 (2019), PARK Nuri's Money (2018), and LEE Jongun's Birthday (2018). These works by no means represent a certain trend in Korean women's films, nor is the list designed to that end. Rather, they are more like specific examples that look into different production conditions facing filmmakers and discuss the questions and cinematic issues that they raise. When various cases of women's films expand the dimensions of interpretation and discussion, women's films will bring about more stories and be re-read. 'Linkage: Director × Critic' starts off this year by focusing on women directors, but it will continue to highlight works and achievements by women filmmakers in various fields. In addition to screenings, there will be discussions among directors, film critics, and others from the arts and culture sector, which will then be made available on the festival's Naver TV and YouTube channels. JEONG Jihye / Programmer