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Competition

This year, Operation Kino is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The project has been run by the Busan International Short Film Festival (BISFF) and the Jung-gu Busan Metropolitan City to cultivate local film majors by giving them an opportunity to create a short documentary film. At the 38th Busan International Short Film Festival, a total of 6 teams were chosen for The 10th Operation Kino. Each team won 1.7 million Korean won and created a 15-minute documentary film in two months, which will be shown at the competition screening.

Operation Kino This program's film rating is for ages 12 and older
Inheritance

Park Chanho

Korea2021Documentary15'30"DCPColor12

When a man's wrinkled hand comes into contact with a rough piece of iron, it blooms elegiacally into a lovely butterfly. The man, a Duseokjang (a master of metal craft and designated as Korea's 64th National Intangible Cultural Heritage) works on feldspar with his son in a small workshop of only about 9m². The silence of the workshop, which used to be filled with the noise of a number of busy craftsmen, is now only punctuated with the father and son's occasional hammering and filing. 
Always

Choi Soyoon, Lee Goeun

Korea2021Documentary12'02"DCPColor12

“As the grandmother next door, I'll work as long and as hard as I can.” Grandma Kim Kwangsoon has been greeting her neighbors from the same place for over 20 years. Her small stationery store of about 16m² is where children and adults of all ages come to bask in her love. 
Nowhere to Go

Lee Minho

Korea2021Documentary, Experimental14'12"DCPColor12

The film imagines the different voices of each house in an abandoned village that is being demolished. 
Recites a Life

Kim Younghyo

Korea2021Documentary15'30"DCPColor12

After serving 20 years in prison for his involvement in North Korean partisan activity during the Korean War in 1950, a man in his nineties is suffering his own unresolved war. What is it that he is battling against in society? The film depicts his recollections of the war. 
Sixteen

Jeong Yeongung

Korea2021Documentary15'20"DCPColor12

Sixteen is the number of delivery workers who died of overwork in 2020 in Korea. The film attempts to find out what caused their death and why the delivery workers decided to organize a labor union.
Pro-ana

Gwak Garim

Korea2021Documentary14'34"DCPB&W, Color12

Have you ever had the feeling that your body isn't yours? Jiwon, who is struggling to maintain a normal life, has not been freed from “it”. The disease that has been ruining her life and gnawing on her sense of “me”. Will she be able to avoid the smell of regurgitation? Jiwon tries to let go of her indescribable longing for a slender body and completely embrace herself. Fragmented and broken bodies become completely one.