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UMFF 2020

UMFF Chairman
LEE Sun-ho

We will be steadfast in our steps toward you.

It's a great pleasure to be with you again here in Yeongnam Alps, where colorful autumn leaves boast a superb scenic beauty. We had hoped to be with you among spring blooms this year, but weren't able to do so because of COVID-19. We ask for your understanding in this postponement.

Preventative measures are carefully in place for your safety. Disinfection will be performed often by teams placed at various locations. We have also changed the way the festival operates to ensure safety for everyone. Please let this mountain film festival be a time of healing for both body and soul, tired out from COVID-19. This year's Ulju Mountain Film Festival slogan is 'One More Step'. It conveys our commitment for open communications and to raise the stature of Korea's only mountain film festival. Now in its fifth year, our festival strengthens its identity as a mountain film festival, and adds popular programs. We hope to provide a special opportunity for you to enjoy the dynamic and diverse mountain films that can only be found at a mountain film festival.

Step by step, give an ear to the stories told by the mountain, nature and people through the films. Fall into the program and enjoy it as it is. Above all, please be safe during the film festival. Thank you.

UMFF Festival Director
BAE Chang-ho

This past January, I had the chance to visit Nepal for a week with Lee In-jung, president of the Union of Asian Alpine Associations. We were able to visit the International Mountain Museum in Pokhara, and take a solemn moment to see the photos and records of the Korean climbers who have reached the top of the Himalayas, including the late Park Young-seok.

Waking up in Pokhara, I could see the golden glow atop the Annapurna peaks shining like an open jewelry box. As I looked upon the tall, lofty mountain, I thought about our mountains. While the Himalayan peaks can only be scaled by professional climbers, the Korean mountains are friendly to everyone.

As we hold our 5th film festival, 'One More Step' has become our slogan. Something that always surprised me during my hikes up the mountains around Seoul is that even the tallest mountains were soon conquered when I took one step at a time. I believe that our lives are like these hikes. They all begin with one step, and each step, despite all difficulties, will bring us closer to bearing fruit. Thank you to all the Ulju residents, film lovers, filmmakers, and mountaineers who have visited this year's Ulju Mountain Film Festival. Share with me the mountaineer spirit of overcoming fear through our festival.