Sunday, May 27, 2012

Toronto Korean Film Festival

For the first time ever, Korean films will be showcased in Toronto and celebrated as a part of the Toronto  Korean Film Festival. Taking place at the University of Toronto's Innis Town Hall theatre from June 22 - July 1, this festival aims to give Torontonians a taste of Korean cinema, and to expose the public to Korean culture.

Here is a video they put together, as evidence that people generally don't know a lot about Korea:

On May 26, I attended the press conference for this festival, where the official films and schedules were announced. There are different themed days during the festival, where a variety of film genres will be highlighted. "Failan," "Old Boy," and "A Tale of Two Sisters" are just a few of the great films chosen. I've never seen any Korean films before, so this press conference definitely opened my eyes to some really interesting films (they showed the trailers and I can't wait to watch a few of them!). Following the Q&A with its organizers, they showed a special screening of Kimchi Chronicles, a television series focusing on the wonders - and deliciousness - of Korean food.  Check it out:

Not only did the event show us tons of Korean food on screen, but they also gave us authentic Korean food to enjoy before and after the screening! From trying different types of kimchi to learning about bibimbap and watching Korean movie trailers, I definitely left the event satisfied - full of Korean cultural knowledge as well as tasty food.

Here are some photos from the event:


They looked great!
Cooking demonstration
For more info on the Toronto Korean Film Festival, visit

- Christina
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