Saturday, July 13, 2013

Seoul int'l animation fest kicks off this month

By Chung Ah-young
of The Korea Times
The 17th Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival (SICAF) will be held from July 23 to 28 in Myeong-dong and on Mt. Namsan in central Seoul.

SICAF, one of the largest international cartoon and animation festivals in Korea, will hold a special exhibition featuring cartoonist Yoon Seung-un who won the comic award last year for his “Maengkkongi Seodang” which was serially posted in a comic magazine “Bomulseom (Treasure Island) and other experience events for children and adults.

The opening film is “The Apostle,” a Spanish mystery animation thriller, by Fernando Cortizo, which is set in a remote village on the road to Santiago de Compostela. This film features the memorable music score by American composer Philip Glass, known for his music in “The Truman Show” and “The Hours.”

The Seoul Animation Center will host on exhibitions of artwork by SICAF award-winning authors and other fun activities in which children can participate, including “Yocheol the Master Inventor” and “Nostalgia Animation Show Screening.” Artist Kim Sori will be invited to the festival for the “Gundam Art Exhibition.”

Namsan Arts Center and the Literature House will hold diverse exhibitions including Canadian works in celebration of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Canada. In Myeongdong, aspiring authors’ individual exhibitions will take place at coffee shops and restaurants to gain more access from the audience.

Some 300 animated films including “Pororo: The Racing Adventure” from 33 countries will be screened at CGV Myeong-dong and Seoul AniCinema. The short mobile films of web cartoonist Yoon Tae-ho, a popular work of “Misaeng” will be screened there.

For SICAF Kids, a competition category, which will be set up this year, various animations for children will compete through SICAF Choice and Asia’s Light to discover new creative works.

On the sidelines, SICAF Promotion Plan, the trade market, will take place in Millennium Hilton Hotel in Seoul from July 23 to 25. The market allows the Asian cartoon and animation specialized industry sphere to connect with investors, buyers and Asian cartoon animation projects.

Hello Venus, a six-member K-pop girl group, has been named as promotional ambassadors.

Since its inception in 1995, SICAF’s animated film festival has served to introduce a wide range of world animation and provide an opportunity for promising films to debut.

More than 1,500 films a year are submitted to the festival for its competition and non-competition categories. The festival also provides prize money to the winners in competition categories to financially support filmmakers and artists.

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