12th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival.
|Official Title||12th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival|
|Characteristic||International film festival with competitive section|
|Vision||Becoming the leading documentary film festival in Asia with the theme of peace, communication, and life|
|Dates||September 17(THU) - 24(THU), 2020 (8 days)|
|Scale||122 films from 33 countries|
|Screening Venues||Goyang Megabox Baekseok, Megabox Pajubookcity|
|Hosted by||Organizing Committee of DMZ International Documentary Film Festival|
|Managed by||Executive Committee of DMZ International Documentary Film Festival|
|Sponsored by||Gyeonggi-do, Goyang City, Paju City, Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, Korean Film Council|
The Korean Demilitarized Zone, DMZ, is the only demilitarized zone in the world. After the settlement
of the armistice in 1953, the Demilitarized Zone has been created. The area is 4km wide and 248km long
and has the military demarcation line in the middle. And it represents the failure of achieving the dream
of unification. Although the land is full of memories with great pain, it is also a treasure trove of beautiful
and phenomenal natural ecosystems that have been hidden.
Although DMZ was where violence and tragedy began, the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival hopes that it could become the place for the festival. So, people around the world could gather and celebrate the messages of peace, communication, and life with documentaries. Documentaries are windows reflecting earnest introspections of the world which convey fresh enlightenment to understand the world. And they genuinely touch our hearts because they are original and honest.
This is the value that DMZ Docs wants to share with the audience and is the indicator that DMZ Docs should follow while making progress. Now, DMZ Docs opens the window to the world, from where people would unite as one with documentaries.
The DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, as one of the leading international documentary film festivals in Asia, aims to provide opportunities for growing to Korean and Asian documentary filmmakers and to give a field that cineastes and audience together celebrate the festival through the documentary
Snow Goose, the rare migratory bird visiting the DMZ. They live primarily on the West Coast and East Coast of North America and we can find the records that they have passed the winter in some areas of Korea. But only a tiny number, about ten of them, visits Korea. The DMZ, in which we could see Snow Goose, is a treasure trove of wildlife naturally-preserved and there inhabit several species of endangered animal and plant as well. Snow Geese visit the DMZ every year and freely cross over the border on the long-divided peninsula, which men are forbidden to cross at will. The DMZ International Documentary Film Festival names Snow Goose ‘Baekrogi’, symbolizing the spirit of creative freedom, and makes it a symbol having the value of the Festival: peace, communication and hope for life. The ‘Snow Goose Trophy’ will be presented to the award-winning directors in the competitions of the Festival