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New York Korean Film Festival

written by: Misty Faucheux•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 9/16/2010

The New York Korean Film Festival features Korean films of all genres. This film festival takes place in New York in the fall. Learn more about this film festival here.

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    About the Film Festival

    The New York Korean Film Festival is dedicated to showing the works of conventional and independent Korean film. The film festival was started in 2001, and it runs for 12 days. The New York Korean Film Festival generally takes place at the end of September through the beginning of November, and the films are shown at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Bam Rose Cinema.

    Films showcased at the festival include comedies, action, science fiction and horror films. It also displays films that do not regularly fit into standard categories. The festival showcases both big box office successes and important Korean films. The festival also features a Classic Movie Night, which features Korean films from the 1960s through the 1990s. Films are shows in Korean with English subtitles.

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    Shorts Competition

    Nearly all the films in the New York Korean Film Festival have to be selected by a jury panel. There is, however, a Short Film Competition. Films in this category must be around 45 minutes. Interested parties must have their films in by the end of May. There is no entry fee to enter this competition. Films will be judged by a panel of judges, and famous guest judges from the Korean film industry will also be on the panel. Winning films will receive cash prizes.

    Films should be submitted to the Korea Society, which hosts the film festival every year. Their address is 950 Third Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, New York 10022. For more information about the competition, filmmakers should call 212-759-7525.

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    Festival Schedule

    The New York Korean Film Festival kicks off with an opening reception, and this event includes guest speakers from directors or actors. There will also be question and answer or discussion sessions with Korean directors and leading figures in the Korean film world throughout the week.

    Ticket prices range from $5 to $10, and all tickets may be purchased at the box office each venue. Individual and corporate memberships can also be purchased. These memberships allow members to obtain additional information about Korean politics, experts and institutions. It also allows members to gain special access to programs, receptions, seminars and networking opportunities.

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    Another New York Korean Film Festival

    While this film festival does allow some chance for filmmakers to gain exposure for their work, it is generally geared towards those who area already established in the industry. If a Korean American filmmaker does not make short films for the Short Film category, they may do better to enter another New York competition like the Korean American Film Festival New York.

    This film festival is very similar to the New York Korean Film Festival, except that it accepts films in the following categories: Feature, Big Screen Project Program, Internet Program, Shorts Program and Shorts Competition. For more information about this festival, email