KCC summer activities and spotlight on Korean animation
Fantasia Filmfest to present special Korean Animation programs
Montreal’s 26th Fantasia International Film Festival has partnered with the Korean Independent Animation Filmmakers Association (KIAFA) to introduce audiences to the world of Korean independent animation.
From July 16 to 24, 2022, the Korean Animation Spotlight will be presented as part of the Fantasia Festival at cinemas across Montreal.
Sungeun Lee, director of the KCC, says, “Through a long-term partnership with various international film festivals, including Fantasia, the KCC continues to introduce brilliant films from Korea. The KCC aims to provide a platform to familiarize Canadians with various Korean movies and increase their interest in Korean cinema.”
This is not the first time Korean animation has been featured at the Montreal festival. In 2012, ‘The King of Pigs’, a Korean animated psychological drama thriller, received the 1st Satoshi Kon Award, a grand prize for animation, and the Special Mention in the Best First Film Competition at the 16th Fantasia International Film Festival. ‘The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow’ was also awarded Special Mention in 2014.
This year’s unique program includes: ‘Korean Animation @ Fantasia 2016-2021,’ showcasing films presented in the film festival over the years; ‘Korean Fun at My First Fantasia,’ a program catered for families with kids; ‘Kim Kangmin Stop-Motion Masterclass,’ focusing on works of LA-based South Korean stop-motion animator Kim Kangmin; and ‘Korean Animation: Perspectives 2022’ which presents films to watch out for in 2022. Also, look for KIAFA-curated Korean independent animations in the ‘Korean Animation: Carte Blanche’ category.
In addition to animated shorts, the festival will be screening the feature film ‘CHUN TAE-IL: a flame that lives on.’
What: Korean Animation Spotlight
When: July 14 to July 26, 2022
Cost: Some films are free while others require the purchase of a ticket. See the website for details.
Free screening of the documentary Sewing Sisters
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Korean girls aged 12 to 16 were hired to work at sewing factories. The girls were too young to work but also too poor. After young Jeon Tae-il burned himself to death to tell the world about Korea’s cruel labor conditions, laborers began organizing a labor union and teaching the girls about labour standards. But before long, the class was forced to close by the government, who claimed, “The next JEON will be a woman!” Some of the girls were imprisoned after fighting against the government.
On the 50th anniversary of Jeon’s death, we meet the now middle-aged girls who recall the memories of their lives as female laborers.
What: Online screening of Sewing Sisters
When: July 27- August 2, 2022
Registration: Tickets are on a first-come basis until July 31, 2022, at https://forms.gle/vKpyMCLegAXWToHC7
Natural Tie Dye Workshop
The Korean Cultural Centre is hosting a Natural Tie Dye Workshop for kids on Saturday, August 6th, 2022. The in-person workshop will introduce the traditional K-Beauty technique of nail colouring using balsam flowers, followed by a natural tie-dye activity.
What: Tie Dye Workshop for kids
When: August 6, 2022 – 10 am
Registration: First-come basis (25 participants) https://forms.gle/WVMiUtCfciVGYVSW6