Celebrating a decade of Korean cinema at the Korean Film Festival in Australia


Celebrating a decade of Korean cinema at the Korean Film Festival in Australia

In celebration of ten years of Korean cinema screenings down under, the Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) is bringing an unbeatable collection of their best films from a number of popular genres.

Presented by the Korean Cultural Centre, the festival is hoping to showcase the best of Korean culture to Aussie audiences of all tastes, ages and cultural backgrounds from August 22, 2019.

KOFFIA Artistic Director David Park explained the power of film by saying it can create a cultural understanding unlike any other creative format.

“We want to show diverse facets of our culture and way of life,” David stated.

We want to see how relatable we can be in the things we laugh, cry and cheer for through an inclusive cinematic experience.

David explained the incidents and interactions that happen as a result of the nation’s larger population inspire the creation of an abundance of unique films.

“In comparison to six films being produced in 1919 [in Korea], we now have a projected estimate of 600 films slated for production in 2019,” David stated.

This means films need to be fresh, dynamic and different if they are to survive in this market.


Romantic comedies are definitely a stand-out genre in the sense that these films were the staples that initially attracted the global audience to Korean cinema.

Romantic films from Korea tend to touch on a quirky emotional spectrum that is hard to find in films from other countries.

That being said, each year the organisers of KOFFIA are surprised to find that sold-out sessions are constantly shifting from genre to genre which shows how culturally adaptive and literate their audiences are.

Korean Film FestivalFor David Park, the festival’s opening film ‘A Resistance’ is his favoured screening as it pays respect to the sentiments of two occasions – the establishment of the provisional government of Korea and it also marks the 100th anniversary of Korean cinema.

“’A Resistance’ is a period drama based on the last days of resistance fighter Yu Gwan-sun,” David added.

“Another film that I’m really excited to be screening in Australia through the festival is ‘Underdog’ as it’s been a while since we’ve programmed an animation at the festival.

It would be great to see families come out to enjoy it!

David also said KOFFIA are putting together a forum at the Museum of Contemporary Arts, working alongside the Sydney Film Festival to co-present a special Bong Joon-ho retrospective.

Get more information about KOFFIA HERE

2019 KOFFIA screening dates and locations:

  • Sydney:August 22 – 31 | Dendy Opera Quays
  • Canberra:August 22 – 25 | Palace Electric Cinema
  • Brisbane:September 5 – 8 | Elizabeth Picture Theatre
  • Melbourne:September 5 – 12 | Capitol Theatre

Noor Rizk

Noor Rizk is a Western Sydney University student and in her third year of a Bachelor of Communication. She likes to stay updated with the latest books and enjoys writing anything that grabs her interest. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: editor@culturalpulse.com.au