The Mise-en-scène Short Film Festival (MSFF), with its tagline ‘Beyond the Barrier of Genres’, is the only film festival in Korea that provides audiences the opportunity to view short films, with a focus on genre. Reflecting both genre-based tastes and a general cinematic eye, the programme is divided into five sections, distinctively named ‘A City of Sadness – Comments on Society’, ‘A Short Film about Love – Focus on Relationships’, ‘The King of Comedy – From Chaplin to Steven Chow’, ‘The Extreme Nightmare – World of Horror & Fantasy’, ‘The 40000 Blows – Action & Thriller on Mean Streets’, from which an overall winner, as well as the best title from each section, are decided. Rather than choosing safe titles with a mass appeal, the mission of the MSFF – based on the individual tastes of the film directors on the selection committee – is to discover titles with their own unique personality, and support those works which, through novel perspectives and fresh ideas, distort genres and transcend their boundaries.
The 19th Mise-en-scène Short Film Festival received a total of 1,197 entries – the highest to date. Amongst these 57 of the most outstanding works were selected for screenings in Seoul. The 8 films that overcame fierce competition to become prize-winners will be presented at the [15th] London Korean Film Festival (LKFF). Through the LKFF screenings, where audiences can encounter section award-winners, as well as winners of the selection committee’s special prize, we hope that you will enjoy the powerful energy and bold creativity unique to short films, whose vibrancy is condensed into a small space of time.