On Friday, November 1, ASEAN Cinema Week – ASEAN Cinema NOW! will open at Seoul CGV Myeongdong Station Cine Library.
The film festival is being run by the ASEAN Culture House (ACH), an organization operated by the Korea Foundation (KF, President Lee Geun).
Festival ambassador Oh ChangSeok will emcee the opening ceremony, which will be attended by KF President Lee Geun, Chairman of the Korean Film Council Oh Seok Geun, the ambassadors of the 10 ASEAN countries, and other key figures from ASEAN and the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The opening film, Friend Zone, is from Thailand, the country that is serving as the Chair of ASEAN for 2019. Director Chayanop Boonprakob and lead actor Naphat Siangsomboon will join. In addition, the event will feature a celebratory performance by acapella group Maytree and a preview of highlights of all films to be screened.
In attendance at the events in Seoul and Busan will be 10 special guests including: Harlif Mohamad, a director from Brunei Darussalam who has won awards at various ASEAN film festivals; Nik Ahmad Rasyidi Bin Nik Othman and Mohamad Zaki Bin Ishak, animation director and sound/music director from the beloved Malaysian animated series Upin & Ipin; Veronica Ngo, a renowned actress who has previously promoted Vietnamese films at international film festivals; and Myanmar’s Na Gyi, director of Mi. Guest Visit sessions (GV) with the invitees will give audiences a chance to interact with these famous directors and actors from each of the ASEAN countries.
ASEAN Cinema Week is a touring event that will take place from November 1–December 13 in Seoul, Busan, Jeju, and Gwangju. Tickets to film screenings and GV sessions can be pre-booked free of charge via the ACH website at www.ach.or.kr.
KF President Lee Geun said, “Through this film festival celebrating the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit and the 30th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN-ROK dialogue relations, it is my sincere hope that we will come to better understand the diversity of ASEAN culture by way of films that we may not have had access to previously.”