UMFF 2023. 10. 20 - 10. 29

UMFF 2023 본문




UMFF 2023  /  Awards   /   Awards + Jury

International Competition

Grand Prize

Trophy, 10,000,000 KRW

Best Film

Trophy, 5,000,000 KRW

Best Director

Trophy, 5,000,000 KRW

Best Cinematography

Trophy, 5,000,000 KRW

Special Jury Prize

Trophy, 3,000,000 KRW

Preliminary Jury

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H. Jay

H. Jay worked at a university institute of film in Seoul after a doctoral course of film aesthetics. He had an interest in an unique ways to create meaning of film, so that studied to establish the principle of its signification using conceptual blending theory from the cognitive linguistics while working at the institute. However, all of a sudden, he left to Himalaya so as to pursue his old dream as a film creator. After coming back to Korea, he is still trying for it.

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Oh Young-Hoon

Oh Young-Hoon is anthropologist, mountaineer, and administator. He has climbed extensively, from rocks and ice in South Korea to Everest in Nepal, and now serves at both of the Management Committees for Korea Alpine Federation and for International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation. He is currently a researcher in the Institute of Social Science at Seoul National University.

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Han Song-yi

A film critic, Han Song-yi has completed a PhD degree in film studies and has created films and instructed scenario writing for a while and is still teaching filmmaking in Seoul. She takes a part in preliminary jury based on her personal experience of climbing club years ago.

International Competition Jury

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Piotr Turkot

Co-founder of the Krakow Mountain Festival, from the beginning responsible for the festival program and the selection of competition films. Co-founder and publisher of wspinanie.pl, Poland's most popular medium dedicated to climbing and mountaineering. Co-publisher of the magazine for outdoor enthusiasts "Outdoor Magazyn" and the first b2b magazine of the outdoor industry "4outdoor Biznes Magazyn". President of the Polish Outdoor Group association.

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Oscar Gogorza de Carlos

Oscar Gogorza de Carlos is a journalist and an IFMGA certificate mountain guide. He had been the editor-in-chief of the Spanish mountain magazine Campo Base and wrote for the Spanish newspaper El País since 1998. He guided mainly in the Pyrenees and the Alps.

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Kim Tae-min

Joined KBS in 1985 as a producer in the 11th open recruitment. Produced programs including “World’s Famous Mountains,” “Video Album: Mountains,” “Human Theater,” “The World Today,” Sunday Special,” “Environmental Special, "Oh Eun-sun, Project Himalayas 14 8-Thousanders," and "Um Hong-gil, Climbing Andes 8000km.” He was the Director of Daegu KBS Headquarters from 2015 and is presently retired.

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Lee Mi-yeon

Lee Mi-yeon graduated from Dongduk Women’s University with a major in Korean language and literature. After studying directing for film & video at ESEC in Paris, LEE returned to Korea to work in film. She start her film career as a scripter for Green Fish (1997) and worked as a producer for The Quiet Family (1998) and Foul King (2000). She made her directorial debut with L’abri (2002). In 2006, she directed a segment Between You and Me in If You Were Me 3. From 2004 to 2018, LEE worked as a director of the Women in Korean Filmmaking and served as a committee member to KOFIC committee and as a vice president of the Directors Guild of Korea. From 2016 to 2018, she was appointed as a visiting professor at the Korean Academy of Film Arts. She also was the former chairperson of the Korea Media Rating Board from 2018 to 2021.

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Mara Matta

Mara Matta is Associate Professor of South Asian Studies at the University of Rome 'Sapienza', where she is also the President of the new BA Degree in Global Humanities. She works on Tibetan and South Asian literatures, theatre and cinemas, focusing on marginalized communities, ethnic and religious 'minorities', politics of representation, and diasporic narratives. She is a member of the AMM, Rome, GHL, and the NETPAC, actively working with refugees, migrant and diasporic artists and filmmakers both in South Asia and Italy. She has been part of many international film festival juries.

Asian Competition

NETPAC Award

NETPAC Certificate, A prize gift

Youth Jury Award

UMFF Certificate, A prize gift

Asian Competition - NETPAC Jury

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Crystal Kwok

Dr. Crystal holds a PhD in Performance Studies and Women's Studies Advanced Graduate Certificate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is an award winning filmmaker who established her career in Hong Kong as an actress, writer, director, and provocative talk show host.
Her debut feature film, The Mistress, won the Audience Choice Awards at the Deauville Asian FF and Blurring the Color Line has already won multiple awards including Best Documentary at the Georgia FF, DisOrient FF and the Harlem IFF. Through both creative and scholarly work, Crystal is committed to breaking boundaries and amplifying voices of women and marginal communities.

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Ricardo Íscar

Ricardo Íscar holds a degree in law from the University of Salamanca. He studied audiovisual communication in Madrid and graduated from the prestigious Berlin film school DFFB. Apart from being a director and cameraman, he is also a renowned lecturer at the universities in Spain and Latin American. He has been a jury at festivals such as Nyon, Malaga, Docs Barcelona, Inedit, the Alternative and in Dresden. He has experience with filming in difficult areas such as coal mines, the sea, the desert or in the jungle. His films have been selected for competitions at international festivals such as Berlinale, Rotterdam Film Festival, BAFICI or Viennale and have been broadcast by TVE, Canal Plus, TV3, WDR, SFB or ART. In 2016 he founded the production company EL REFUGIO PRODUCCIONES.

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Chung Il-keun

Chung Il-keun was born in 1958 in Jinhae, Gyeongsannamdo. He was a journalist for Munhwa Ilbo and Kyunghwang Shinmun, and is now a tenured professor at KyungNam University. He debuted as a poet in 1984 with Silcheon Moonhak and Hankook Ilbo’s Annual Spring Literary Contest in 1985. Recently, he published a poetry collection, “The Love of a Ray Flower.” He is an active board member and executive committee member of UMFF and serves as a judge for the Ulsan Ulju Mountain Culture Award.

Asian Competition - Youth Jury - Eonyang High School

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The Youth Jury of the Ulsan Ulju Mountain Film Festival(UMFF) was launched in 2019 to encourage the participation of the Ulsan region’s younger generation. They will watch the films from Asian Competition and select 1 awarded film. The Youth Jury made up of 16 Students from Eonyang High School. Apart from NETPAC Award recipient selected by NETPAC Jury, the Youth Jury selects an award recipient based on their own inspiration and fresh eyes. This provides the Ulsan Youth with an opportunity to experience various Asian cultures and tastes through films, while making UMFF all more bountiful and original.

Audience Award of 'Mountain' section

Audience Award

UMFF Certificate, A prize gift

Ulju Summit Preliminary Jury

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Kim Kwang-tae

Wrote and directed the 2015 film The Piper.

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Kim Young-jo

Kim Young-jo graduated at Paris 8 University in France majoring in film. He founded the independent film production company Monday morning and produced and directed several documentaries. Currently he teaches students at the Digital Content Department of Dong-eui University.

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Lee Ji-yeon

Jiyeon Lee had Studied Film & Theater at Hanyang University and got Master's degree in Media & Film from New School. She was a producer of Two Weddings and a Funeral, Blossom, The Odd Family : Zombie On Sale which are feature films and a Netflix Original Series Move To Heaven. She enjoys working for film festivals.

Ulju Summit Final Jury

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Kwak Yong Soo

Founded and served as the general director of Cinemathéque Cine Seoul lasted from 1992 to 1998. He co-authored Chronicles of Burning Films in 1995, directed The City without a Bird(1996) and wrote for EBS’s program Cinema Paradise as a film writer from 1995 to 2001. Currently, he is the CEO of Indiestory Inc. an independent film production and distribution company.

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Lee Hyuk-sang

LEE Hyuksang, a member of the media activism collective “pinks" since 2003, has debuted with "Miracle on Jongno Street" in 2011 and worked as a creative director on "Two Doors"(2011), before directing its sequel "The Remnants"(2018). In 2021, he produced and edited pinks’ 10th documentary "Coming to You". Currently working as a programmer of Diaspora Film Festival in Incheon and preparing his next next feature project “Blood”.

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Choi Yoon

Choi Yoon was Director of the Busan Film Commission, Director of the Busan Asian Film School, and professor at Dong-Eui University(Department of Film Studies). He has worked as a producer and executive producer in a number of films, and has been a judge at various film festivals and institutions, including the 24th Jeonju International Film Festival. He is currently serving as the CEO of Ubicontent2 and the general director of contents at Barunson Labs.

Uljumentary Mentor

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Kim Young-jo

Kim Young-jo graduated at Paris 8 University in France majoring in film. He founded the independent film production company Monday morning and produced and directed several documentaries. Currently he teaches students at the Digital Content Department of Dong-eui University.

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Kim Do-hee

Began working with films with ISKRA21 in 2005. In 2009, began producing documentaries about Koreans living abroad. Participated as assistant director in Course - Jeju, Joseon, Osaka, and continues to document the lives of overseas Koreans. Directed I Remember the Village of Utoro (2020), and co-directed Discrimination (2023) with director Kim Ji-woon, receiving the Asia Development Foundation Award at the 13th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival.

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Moon Chang-hyeon

Founded the documentary creative community Ozifilm in 2011 at Busan. Identifies himself as a Cine Activist. Main works include Between Me and I, a short biographical documentary about his turbulent 20s, and GIPEUSIL, a documentary about a grandmother’s house that was submerged by the Youngju Dam. Currently directing feature length documentaries, Daughters of GUMI and #with you, while also engaged in various activities such as film screening planning and media education.

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Park Bae-il

Park started the documentary with Just Their Christmas(2006) about the life of his next-door grandmother. His works Sea of Butterfly(2011) and Soseongri(2017) won the BIFF Mecenat Award at the Busan International Film Festival. Cruel Season(2010), Legend of Miryang 2 - Miryang Arirang(2014), After Breaking the Silence(2016) and Last Scene(2018), Sasang:The Town on Sand(2020) were introduced to various domestic film festivals and received a number of awards. He is currently working in Ozifilm and continues his work by expanding topics such as the disabled, workers, females, and culture based in Busan.