The third Muju Film Festival (MJFF) takes place over five days from June 4th to 8th in the North Jeolla province.
MJFF is one of the more unique cinematic events in Korea, combining nature and film through a selection of outdoor screenings in the stunning mountainous region. Festival-goers can camp at Deokyudae Camping Ground in Deokyu Mountain National Park – which is usually a ski resort during the winter season – or stay at the local hotels or guesthouses and relax with Korean and international films at their leisure coupled with the fresh air and warm June weather.
For those seeking indoor screenings, movies will also be shown at nearby theaters including the Muju Firefly Traditional Market – so-called as the area is renowned as a natural habitat of the attractive insects – as well as Muju Yechae Cultural Center.
To celebrate and promote MJFF 2015, this year’s ‘festival friend’ is model and actress Jeon Hye-bin, who is known for starring in TV dramas such as The Joseon Shooter and The Queen of Office, and also on the big screen in Wet Dreams 2 and Dead Friend.
Featuring the slogan of ‘Exciting, Sympathy, Harmony,’ MJFF endeavours to create a relaxing environment for audiences, expressed through the less-competitive and more family-orientated nature of the films chosen. Fifty-three films from 23 countries have been divided into five programs – Window of Cinema, Picnic Cinema, Shouting Cinema, Camping Cinema and Town Cinema, respectively – and contain an array of independent, classic, and contemporary gems. Richard Linklater’s much-celebrated trilogy Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight will screen alongside more recent offerings including Whiplash, Two Days One Night, Locke, Selma, Under the Skin, Ida, to name a few. Representing Korea are a host of indie films including A Matter of Interpretation, A Midsummer’s Fantasia, Late Autumn, Im Kwon-Taek’s 102nd film Revivre, and Jeonju Film Festival winner Alice in Earnestland, amongst others. A highlight of MJFF will be a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s 1928 silent classic The Circus alongside live music from The Lee Young Hoon Band.
Aside from catering to film aficionados, the festival will also host a series of events ranging from music concerts and dance performances through to more cultural offerings specific to the local environment and Muju region. The festival hosts film favorites suitable for families of all ages on both indoor and outdoor screens.
Where: Muju County, North Jeolla Province
When: June 4th ~ 9th, 2015
Tickets: All films will be screened free of charge