Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Resfest korea

I nearly forgot to mention this year's Resfest Korea (sorry, RESFEST!), which kicked off tonight at Yonsei University.

Resfest is celebrating its 10th year this year, and its seventh year in Korea. And it is nice to have it back where it belongs, after spending a year up on Mount Namsan. Nothing wrong with Namsan, but it is not a location with a lot of foot traffic in the evenings. Yonsei in Shinchon fits the vibe of Resfest so much better.

Although Korea is full of film festival's, I have long liked Resfest because it attracts such a different crowd than the other festivals. More designers and generally funky people and fewer self-important movie maniacs -- not surprising considering how Resfest is most non-narrative shorts, with an emphasis on technique and style. Bernie and Mad Professor Jay are about as different film festival organizers as you could get, too.

And as usual, Resfest Korea adds several programs of Korean shorts, which is a great way to see what the next generation of filmmakers is up to. Resfest runs until Sunday night, when there will be a closing party at the Shinchon bar Mongwhan. Check it out.

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