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Korean Shorts

Korean films have had remarkable success both at home and abroad in recent years. They have gained widespread recognition and appreciation from the international community 

at the forefront of the Korean wave, to the point where the term "K-movie" has been coined. This success was only possible because of the growing interest in short films and 

the development of the short film industry, as short films are the film industry's backbone. BISFF has created a new section called “Korean Shorts” in order to continue to support 

the growth and development of Korean short films. I hope that this will be a platform for audiences to see where Korean short films stand today by watching short films 

with deep thematic consciousness and new experimental formats, as well as by meeting with various filmmakers.

 

The “Exceptional Perspectives” category features films that explore and experiment with new film formats. Some of the films tell stories using digital devices, while others use computer 

programs to make images. Some films adopt game-like elements to help viewers feel more immersed in the film. 

These approaches are actively used as storytelling tools to effectively convey the film's subject.

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Exceptional Perspectives This program's film rating is for ages 15 and older
Solitary Survivor Sarah

Choe Jinsol

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Sarah sets out to “farming” in a world overrun by infected people in order to obtain food and resources for her survival. She searches abandoned areas for tools to fight the infected and uses filming equipment to record her survival log, something she seems very familiar with. Through first-person and third-person videos recorded on an action cam, the film emulates a combination of survival game and vlog. This provides a vibrant sense of realism which lets the audience experience the energy and excitement as though they were really in the scene. 
Defragmentation

Hwangbo Saebyul

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The hard disk is fragmented, and the speed of data processing decreases as the frequency of data recording and deleting increases. In this case, the “disk defragmentation” process can be performed to rearrange and collect scattered data to improve the efficiency of the hard disk. In the film, the “disk defragmentation” process is a metaphor for how we select and structure our own memories and feelings. Unhappy and traumatic memories are erased during this process, and existing memories fill in the gaps, reorganizing our memories. The film effectively conveys the subject through computer-generated compositions, unique images, and colors with both strong contrast and harmony. 
How to Get Lost in Your Own Room

Park Jaehyun

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The film begins in a strange, foggy place. The viewer soon realizes they are watching a scene from a VR game. The film follows a woman in the game who is trying to find her way home with the audience inevitably joining her on her journey. The film’s unique format makes viewers feel as if they are playing a VR game with VR equipment and raises concerns about the increasingly blurred boundary between reality and virtual reality. 
Digital Video Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro: The Real-World Guide to Set Up and Workflow

Hong Seongyoon

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In order to remove a woman who appears in every scene of a film, a filmmaker hires an editor who is known for her ability to turn a bad film into a good one. As the filmmaker and editor negotiate the changes, the film's genre shifts, and the film's future becomes unpredictable. This film is an example of metacinema, a form that tells a story set in an editing room while also posing as a desktop film, with editing program screens serving as the camera lens. The film utilizes lively imagination and humor to depict the director's desire to keep the final cut under any circumstances.