Korea’s Jeonju Film Festival to Go Ahead Without a Public Audience
South Korea’s Jeonju International Film Festival (Jeonju IFF) has announced that its previously postponed 21st edition will be held without a public audience, centred on competition screenings for jury members and filmmakers, due to concerns over the Covid-19 coronavirus.
The festival announced on 11 March that it was pushing back its 21st edition from its originally scheduled 30 April – 9 May slot to 28 May -6 June in the interest of public health and safety.
Festival director Lee Joondong yesterday sent out an apologetic open letter saying organisers had looked into various different methods of dealing with the ongoing coronavirus situation. “But as quarantine authorities are in a state of extreme tension in the face of the upcoming long holiday in May, the Jeonju International Film Festival has also had to think about the best way not to put a burden on the safety of the public,” he said.
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