The Urban Film Festival, an annual event held by UOS is in its 18th year in Nov. 4 to 6. It is arranged by the Department of Sociology, and the films are produced completely by students. They are required to follow the general format of a non-fiction documentary, with the topics related to urbanism. This event is special because UOS students prepare every steps of the festival. Students make their own films, devise detailed exhibits in the festival, and select which films to screen.
The 25 teams of participating students – an exceptionally large number for a student-led festival – started making their films during summer vacation. Students from various departments participate in the festival. Su-min Nam (Dept. of Urban Sociology, ’15), one of the participants, said that she saw last year’s prize-winning films and joined the festival because she “wanted to make that kind of documentary.”
Since there are many students with little experience in film-making, workshops in cinematography, film journalism, and documentary film-making was led by professionals in the relevant fields.
Nine student films will be prized and unspooled at Cheongnyangni Lotte Cinema in November, along with several short films produced by professionals. In addition, many discussions and exhibits are planned, including meetings with professional film directors, making this festival well worth time and effort.