Faculty Supports Korean Film Festival

25 August 2011

The University of Sydney Arts Faculty will this year be represented by three distinguished staff members at the second annual Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA).

Dr Bruce Isaacs, Dr Jane Park and Dr Leonid Petrov will each be featured speakers during the popular festival, which opened last night at Dendy Opera Quays Cinema.

Dr Isaacs, of the Department of Art History and Film Studies, will also be introducing the first cinema-standard short film to be shot entirely using an iPhone, renowned director Park Chan-wook's Night Fishing.

Night Fishing was awarded the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2010, and completes a line-up of widely acclaimed short- and feature-length films within KOFFIA.

The Festival will also include the award for Young Korean Filmmakers in Australia (YKFA), to be presented by Dr Isaacs, and which this year features Sydney College of the Arts student Tae Ho Yun as one of its five nominees.

"Sydney University is pleased to be supporting the Korean Film Festival, with contributions from Film Studies academics and the prize contribution for the YKFA award," Dr Isaacs said.

"Korean cinema continues to astonish the world with its sophistication, ingenuity and daring."

The Festival concludes on 29 August.

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