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UMFF 2018

UMFF Chairman
LEE Sun-ho

I am very pleased to be with you here today at the foot of Yeongnam Alps, which is blessed with natural beauty, and is also home of Ulju Mountain Film Festival (UMFF).

I also warmly welcome all of you who have come from far and wide to join us in our mountain film festival. My deep gratitude goes to everyone who has labored and helped us in preparing the film festival.

UMFF’s slogan this year is “New Journey”. Just as every moment of climbing a steep and dangerous mountain is a new journey, our life is also a new journey into a new tomorrow.

UMFF was newly incorporated in 2018, and comes to you with new films, new locations, and a new program. We have prepared hard for our third journey to show you UMFF’s unique flavor and appeal.

Beginning this year, we have added various, original experience programs through business agreements with organizations such as Korea Forest Service. We also added film genres to become more inviting to not only mountaineers, but also the general public, increasing popular appeal. This will help our film festival play a pivotal role as a mecca in the development of mountain culture.

This is a time to become a world-wide film festival. Having joined the International Alliance for Mountain Film last year, and the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema this year, I believe the international status and awareness of UMFF has been elevated.

“People are the future of Ulju” ? our culture is centered around the people. Ulju-gun will continue to put its best effort to promote the progress of this mountain film festival, and to help it solidify an international footing as a film festival.

Thank you once again for coming. I hope that you can make beautiful memories here. Thank you.

UMFF Festival Director
BAE Chang-ho

I believe that Korea is a country of mountains. Not only because 70% of our land is made up of mountains, but because almost every town, even major cities, are surrounded by mountains, allowing us to hike, breathe fresh air, and eat its produce. We also turn to our mountains to heal. They are not something to conquer, but a part of our lives.

When I became the festival master for Ulju Mountain Film Festival in April, I learned that mountain film is a genre, and that there are about 20 mountain film festivals around the world. This genre encompasses films that deal with mountaineering, including alpinism, rock climbing, mountain itself, and films about the relationship between man and mountain. The main program of the third Ulju Mountain Film Festival is mountain films, and introduces films about nature and adventure. Himalaya-Nepal will be showcased as a special program, and world class climber Sir Chris Bonington from England will attend to tell us about his films and to be awarded the Ulju Mountain Culture Award.

I faintly remember watching The Mountain starring Spencer Tracy as a youth. An airplane crashes in the middle of the Alps in the dead of winter and most of the passengers are presumed dead. Tracy plays the role of a mountain climber with a greedy brother. When this greedy brother decides to find the plane to rob the dead, Tracy’s character reluctantly follows to protect him. The film reminded me of the words of Corporal Um Hong-gil, who holds a record for 16 8,000 meter peaks: “On the mountain, greed is quite useless. The mountain never, and nature also never, allows the greedy.”

Thank you for all who visited and helped our film festival. I hope that mountaineers, filmmakers, and the audience can all enjoy the film festival here under the Yeongnam Alps.