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2021 Programs
Discovery

This competition presents female filmmakers' first or second feature-length films. The world depicted by female directors is as dynamic as their diverse nationalities and portfolio. They tend to focus on individuals rather than groups and intimate relationships instead of colossal issues in their own defiant ways. SIWFF Best Feature, SIWFF Special Jury Award, and SIWFF Best Director are awarded to a film each out of 12 films in total.

Asian Shorts

This competition presents films made by Asian female directors in 2020 and 2021, and selects a few outstanding films to be awarded. Out of a total of 19 films from diverse Asian countries that will be screened, Grand Prize, Second Prize, and Audience Award will be awarded to encourage the future of the film and its director.

I-Teens

This official competition presents films made by female teenage directors of Korea. Pay attention to the world that only the teens can see and hear. SAMJINPHARM Grand Award and SAMJINPHARM Award are awarded to a film each.

New Currents

Films from all around the world made by female directors or films about women-related topics. In the era of digital media, online platform, and pandemic, these films observe women's life and paint new possibilities and perspectives about the world.

The Landscape of Here in Now: A Place of Her Own 

A new section that takes a close look into recent films made by Korean filmmakers with a more intimate feminist perspective. It presents 5 films that embody extremely personal and vivid landscape of life that each individual faces. This year, we focus on the placeness where the women in film stay or wander around.

Polemics: Revisiting the Radical

Every year, SIWFF's Polemics section selects the most urgent female agenda and holds film screenings and intensive discussion about it. This year, under the theme of "Revisiting the Radical," it presents films across United States, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea that have recorded the second-wave feminism, which was the most controversial period in the modern feminist movement, as well as the history of feminist movement within the radical movement in the early contemporary history.

Queer Rainbow

This section introduces new queer films around the world. From a feminist-queer perspective, it rethinks social customs, tolerance, and human rights, and introduces LGBTQIA issues and the latest trends in the aesthetics of queer films.

Feminist Collective: Women's Filmmaking in Asia

This section explores and revisits the history of female films. This year, it presents films made by female directors from Feminist Video Activism wom, a female video collective that celebrates its 20th year anniversary; ZOOMANET, a femalecentered culture and arts planning platform that also celebrates its 20th year anniversary; Yangon Film School in Myanmar; and Japanese Labor Union Films.

SWAGGIN' LIKE DOONA

A special section for the irreplaceable actor Bae Doona. Through 7 carefully selected films, we revisit the path she has walked at her own pace, indifferently crossing the boundaries of genre, time, space, and characters. A journey of adventure and love.​

The 20th Anniversary of Take Care of My Cat

Jeong Jae-eun's landmark debut film, a digitally remastered version of Take Care of My Cat (2001) will be released for the first time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its release. This film about the friendship and growth of women in their 20s resonates with the female narratives here and now to the extent that the age gap is insignificant. Exquisite decalcomania of the times of IMF crisis and post-COVID. 

Australian Women's Filmmaking

A special exhibition of Australian female films to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Australia- Korea diplomatic relations. Enjoy silent films of the 1920s to radical feminist experimental films, post-colonial Aboriginal films, and commercial genre films, as well as films by Australia's leading female directors such as the McDonagh Sisters, Gillian Armstrong, Sue Brooks, Jane Campion, and Jennifer Kent.

Film x Gender

Sponsored by the Korean Institute for Gender Equality Promotion and Education and hosted by SIWFF, Film x Gender is a short film production fund. Every year, it selects and funds two shorts that solve genderized daily issues from a female filmmaker's perspective. The 23rd SIWFF will screen the winners of 2021, Unknown Legendary Girls by Terry Kim and Chuz me! by Jo Yeseul on online platform as well as offline screens.

Barrier Free Screening

Reduced barrier for watching films with audio commentary explaining the scene and captions that inform the audience about people, dialogue, and music. The screening for this year will be Radiance (2017) by Kawase Naomi, which weaves the process of making a barrier-free movie into a life's challenging journey.
Directed by Jang Kun-jae, who has already participated in the production of several barrier-free versions of films and narrated by actor Choi Yu-hwa.