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UMFF is Always with Nature

Held at the foot of the beautiful Yeongnam Alps for 7 years already, Ulju Mountain Film Festival (UMFF) is Korea’s only mountain film festival that screens films from all around the globe about mountains, extreme boldness and adventure, and diversity of life.

UMFF is making every effort to become a film festival that “is always with nature,” minimizing our ecological footprint by creating a celebratory event while partnering with our beautiful natural environment.

Rebirth of Construction Equipment

For the first time in 2018, we built temporary theaters and promotional structures using reusable scaffolding. Vinyl tents and wooden structures used by most festivals create much garbage and waste once the event is finished, but UMFF continues to use the scaffolding first used back in 2018. Even though the same material is being used again in 2022, new design and composition will create a totally different film festival space.

In 2019, we began using unique materials such as IBC water tanks to build a film festival with creative areas, including the rest area and lighting. We continue to develop innovative ideas to reuse our materials every year.

UMFF and “Musosoklab,” who first proposed and designed the eco-friendly methods such as the scaffolding and IBC water tanks, were recognized for the eco-friendly festival and received the Grand Prize in the Project Section at the 2020 Korean Public Design Awards.

Upcycling and Pre-cycling

We began to brainstorm ideas on how to minimize the tons of waste created by the promotional material that couldn’t be reused like the scaffolding.

The first step was the upcycling project, where we would create something new with used promotional material. We upcycled the holographic film paper used in 2018 to create items like keyrings and bags in partnership with Patagonia and Ramadang. We have since been using materials better suited for upcycling like mesh and tarpaulin to create more upcycled items for promotion. Ulsan’s youth designer brand “Don’t Ask My Plan” has worked with UMFF to design and create upcycled souvenir bags and pouches every year.

Along with upcycling to make use of spent materials, we are working on a pre-cycling project to produce promotional material created to last and not be thrown away. These pre-cycled items have a future purpose planned from the get-go, and will add to the enjoyment of the film festival to return next year as a product with renewed value.

At the 7th UMFF, you’ll see bags made from the Tyvek banners and mesh fences used at the 6th UMFF. In addition, last year’s information signs will be used as rest area flat benches this year.

Zero Waste

In 2022, we want to create a festival that truly minimizes waste.

Disposable plastic containers, plastic bags, and paper containers used in our eating areas remain there even after the festival is over. The pandemic has caused decreased eating and drinking during the festival, but also created an increase in disposable products impacting our environment.

To minimize disposable products ruining our natural environment, UMFF is working with Trashbusters, a company that rents and collects reusable containers. Rather than using disposable containers and cups, please use the supplied tableware at food stations during the film festival. You may also bring your own tumblers or containers.

In addition to food stations, there will be many other ways to reduce waste during the film festival. Working to save the earth, “Jigumalgeum” will host a 21% Party, a project to donate unused hiking outfits to those in need, and Sangbuk-myeon residents will work to create zero food waste through “Suppermarket” (compound word mixing “forest” and market”), by selling produce in small quantities.

A Film Festival that Understands the Value of Our Environment

UMFF offers a variety of experience programs. In preparing festival programs in nature to let the audience experience mountain sports for themselves, UMFF has stepped up, thinking about our environment and creating an eco-friendly festival.

The audience can enjoy Forest Walks and astronomical observation to experience firsthand the clear skies and green forest, and take upcycling classes to learn how to upcycle in real life.

Souvenirs reborn through upcycling and pre-cycling projects, upcycled rest areas using milk cartons, various eco-friendly programs hosted by an eco-friendly festival, beautiful nature from all around the world projected on the screens. We aspire to become a film festival with programs to let our visitors feel the value of our environment.

UMFF Partners Helping Nature Together

#ecofriendlyplanning #sustainableart #precycling #pre-cycling #coexistence

Musosoklab unites cities and regions, and creates social connections through art. We create moments that convey concepts through visual expressions such as exhibitions, art education, and space design. All the projects at Musosoklab pursue designs with minimal waste, from their planning stages to post-completion. We explore the best ways of coexistence between “regions and art” and “cities and art.”

To fight against festival waste, we use 100% reusable materials in new locations to express the divergence of festival space. We respond to user feedback, and continue to experiment with creating variable structures that evolve into new forms. We begin from the planning stage to calculate precisely the quantity and size of the raw material, then apply the “pre-cycling” concept to plan ahead for future reuse, to minimize material waste during the recycling stage while producing promotional items filled with the festival spirit and values.

2020 Korean Public Design Awards, Project Section Grand Prize (Minister’s Award, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism)
2018 Korean Public Design Awards, Eco-friendly/Sustainable Project Section Grand Prize


#울산제로웨이스(Ulsan Zero Waste) #지구맑음(Jigumalgeum) #제로웨이스트(Zero Waste)

We believe that we are creating a more sustainable and impartial world by using less in a better way and by completing inconvenient tasks with joy. We hope for a future without trash, a future with more people using less disposable items and plastic waste, a future when such an earth-friendly life is the norm for everyone.


#reusetheereused #multiuseoverdisposable #systemchanger #creatingreuseculture #itsnotabigdeal #paradigmshiftfordisposable

Changing the System

Is it hard and inconvenient to use disposable products? Once there is a system in place, it’s not a big deal! For example, Trashbusters rents out reusable tableware, collects them after use, washes them, then rents them out again, creating a system to help people reuse products without changing their lifestyle.

We create a culture.

Trashbusters is taking the lead in creating a delightful and tasteful “reuse culture,” helping people appreciate the movement to minimize the use of disposable products. Through this new environmental culture, we strive to solidify in our culture a lifestyle of “not throwing it out.”

Try at home

1. Bring your own mugs to the coffee shop
2. Pack food in reusable containers
3. Refuse straws
4. Raise your air conditioner temperature by 2 degrees
5. Refuse plastic bags
6. Use a handkerchief instead of paper towels
7. Lights out for 1 hour a day
8. Don’t waste food
9. Use both sides of paper
10. Use public transportation