2018 Korean Film Festival takes historical “time travel” in its Manila opening

The highly anticipated 2018 Korean Film Festival has finally kicked off with a vibrant opening event held by the Korean Cultural Centre at SM Megamall last August 29.

The ceremony was officially opened by KCC Director Kim Jin Cheol. Present was Lee Seok Hoon, director of “The Pirates,” one of the five movies being showcased in the festival and also premiered on the opening day. He encouraged the Filipino audience to watch his movie and the rest of the four movies.

L-R: “The Pirates” Director Lee Seok Hoon, FDCP Chairperson Liza Diño, KCC Director Kim Jin Cheol

One of the guests, Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chairperson Liza Diño, did not only encourage Filipinos to watch the movies, but also excitingly announce that the Philippines, with the help of KCC, is partnering with the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), which she said will focus on the theme “Philippines”.

Korean songs dances were performed to celebrate the kickstart of this year’s film festival which held the theme “Time Travel.”

The 2018 Korea Film Festival will run throughout September. The Manila leg which opened on August 29 will continue on September 1-2, followed by Baguio (September 5, 8-9), Davao (September 12, 15-16), Iloilo (September 19, 22-23), and Cebu (September 26, 29-30).


Photos by Elaine Lim

Aya Ople
Aya is a self-proclaimed funny person (she is). She also writes for a living and translates whenever the need calls. Aya also believes in the saying “if you’re in a bad situation today, the next one will be good for sure.”

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