By Mikhaela Javier
A collaboration between Korean Cultural Center (KCC), Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and Seoul International Architecture Film Festival, the first ever Korean Architectural Film Festival kicked off last June 1-3 at Cinematheque Center Manila.
Series of Korean and Filipino architectural documentaries were prepared for screening and forums wherein the audience can throw questions about architecture and film was held. Films screened were as follows: Ecology in concrete, City: Hall, The Architecture of Time, Korean Architecture Today: The house and Master Builders.
During the opening ceremony, Director Lee Jin Cheol of KCC gave his welcoming remarks to the audience. As an architect himself, he’s glad that KCC in the Philippine is the first one to conduct this kind of film festival overseas. Also, it is the first architectural film festival in the Philippines.
For this event, forums regarding the topics “Architecture, Urbanism and Film; Another mode of Living” paneled by Yun Jae Seon from Seoul International Film Festival, Kim Young Woo from Busan International Film Festival and Kim Jeong In from Seongsil University. On the second day, the topic “Modern Condition in Korea and the Philippines: City Architecture and Film” is the focus. Additional Filipino panelists joined the program including Architect Gerry Torres and Director Joey Reyes, both from De La Salle College of St. Benilde.
The aim of the film festival is to familiarize Filipinos to the smallest details of our community, particularly architecture in our daily lives and how it could help us progress as a society. Through film as a tool, Ms. Liza Diño, chairperson of FDCP, wishes that the festival could educate more students and citizens in understand and appreciate this topic.
For this event, an additional photo exhibit is simultaneously displayed outside the screening venue.