The 13th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival (DMZ Docs / Organizing Committee Chairman: Lee Jae-myung, Festival Director: Jung Sang-jin) will participate as a festival partner at the Cannes Docs.
Cannes Docs, the documentary strand of the Cannes Film Festival, is a platform where all documentary filmmakers and industry decision-makers can come together.
DMZ Docs will also host ‘Doc Talk’, an online panel talk, as part of a more expanded partnership. Representatives from major Asian film festivals, including those from the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival and Taiwan International Documentary Festival, will join the event, and there will be discussions on the trends of Asian documentaries. DMZ Docs will also talk about their key missions to filmmakers around the world. The forum will be broadcast live on the Cannes Docs website and the DMZ Docs YouTube channel.
In addition, DMZ Docs will present one Korean documentary project under the Cannes Docs Spotlighted Projects program, ‘Patriotic Girl’ (dir. Nam Arum), which was unveiled at the 2020 DMZ Industry event and won the Best Pitch Award with favorable reviews from both domestic and foreign guests. It is expected to draw attention from many industry professionals as a unique documentary that deals with the contradictions in patriotism through the director's parents whilst looking further into contemporary Korean history.
"I'm glad that DMZ Docs is expanding its role as one of the major hubs for Asian Documentaries in the global documentary community," said Jung Sang-jin, Festival Director of the DMZ Docs. "We will continue creating further opportunities to promote talented domestic documentary creators and their works overseas."
The 13th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival will be held in Goyang and Paju City, Gyeonggi Province, for 8 days between 9~16th September 2021. DMZ Industry, an industry program, will run alongside the festival for 4 days between 13th~16th September 2021.