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Chung-ang University Feminists Unite with Queers Film Festival

A reader informed me of an upcoming "Feminists Unite with Queers" film festival at Chung-ang University running from Tuesday, October 27th to Friday, October 30th. The films and times can be seen below.

Queer films include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Brokeback Mountain, and In The Turn. For more info, check out the event's Facebook Page.

Korea Queer Film Festival Day 3: Saturday

Registerectomy: Part of the Boundaries of Queer Film series playing at 1:30

2015's Korea Queer Film Festival Opening Film: Do I Sound Gay?

Korea's Queer Film Festival starts this Thursday, June 18th, and runs until Sunday. With a range of international queer films and Korean short queer collections and a nice collection of gay, lesbian, and transgender films, it should be a nice weekend activity.

Korea's Queer Revolution! 2015 Pride in Seoul

Pride is right around the corner! Korea usually celebrates with their annual Korea Queer Festival and Korea Queer Film Festival. Although very few specifics are available, dates have been announced so you can mark your calendars for Korea's Queer Revolution.

The Festival opens on the 9th of June in the Seoul City Hall with the parade on the 13th of June. The film festival will run from 6/18 to 6/21.

Viva the queer revolution!

Traveling Seoul LGBT Film Festival Back in Seoul

Argh! I didn't have time to write about queer happenings this weekend, which means I forgot to write about the fact that the Seoul LGBT film festival is back in town. Such a bad blogger... However, you can still make it to the second day. KU Cinema will be screening five films on Sunday, November 9th. 

Here is a quick line up of the movies: 

Another Queer Weekend: This Is Halloween and the Queer Film Festival in Jeonju

Seoul has a lot going on this weekend for gay Christmas and it starts tomorrow! If you want to join Gay Friends in Seoul for a screening of Young Frankenstein, join us tomorrow, Thursday, November 30th, at The Hidden Cellar in HBC at 7 pm.

Although I haven't noticed any specific parties lined up for this Friday (Halloween), Homo Hill is likely to be full of people. If you see a purple-haired Glinda the Gay with a handsome Wicked Bitch of the East, say hi to the Kimchi Queen and his boyfriend.

Andrew Ahn's Upcoming Film: Spa Night

Korean-American director Andrew Ahn (do you remember Dol?) is crowdfunding for a new film about a Korean-American teenager who discovers an 'underground culture of  gay sex' at his new workplace: a Korean spa.

Very Queer at Indie Plus

For those who haven't had a chance to see this season's gay films, Indie Plus is screening The Gays Are Coming Volume 3 Some, Night Flight, First Dance, and Stranger By the Lake over the weekend of October 10th through October 12th. While there won't be English subtitles, First Dance looks like it has English subtitles for the parts in Korean and Korean subtitles for the parts in English and Stranger by the Lake is in French.

The Gays Are Coming: Volume 3 Some

The third volume of the Gays are Coming (check out Volume I and Volume II) will be screened on the 13th, 17th, and 20th of September in Seoul and on the 27th in Busan. This year's volume is titled 3Some and has quite a sexy poster.

Night Flight Screening with English Subtitles!

Good news for Seoulites! Leesong Hee-il's new queer film Night Flight (야간비행) is being screened with English subtitles over the Chuseok weekend at Indie Space Theater.

New Release: One Night Only

Kim Jho Gwang Su and Kim Tae-yong's new omnibus film is now playing in theaters in Korea. I haven't seen any showings with English subtitles, but it my viewers are interested in seeing the film, they can check out Naver Movie's page with showtimes and theaters (Korean). If your Korean isn't good enough to get through the website but you still want to try to make a showing, write a comment below telling me what city you live in in Korea or what neighborhood in Seoul and I can find the closest theater and showtimes.

Korea Queer Film Festival 2014

I'm at the airpot heading to Korea and realized that the Korean Queer Film Festival is going on right now! I'm the worst gay blogger in Korea :-(
The festival will continue until Sunday, June 15th. English information can be found at The only Korean films are short films, unfortunately, but there are a handful of films in English or with English subtitles. 

Queerean Town Film Screening

Queerean Town, an LGBTQ group for Koreans in the Toronto area, is presenting their first event on June 14th: a Queer Korean Film Screening.

Second Life: The Gays are Coming 2

If you missed the screening of these short films in November, you have a second chance to see a series of queer Korean short films.

There are three screenings:

On Wednesday (2/26), you can see the films starting at 7 pm near Chungmuro Station at Oh! Zemidong Theater. (The theater is in the station).

Queer Film Release: 20

The new queer short film 20 (produced by 99) has posted screening times for the premier.

Filming a Documentary with Arirang TV

A couple months ago we were asked to participate in a documentary Arirang TV was making about safety in Korea. It is a topic we’ve been wanting to cover for a long time, so we agreed to be a part of it. We get a lot of safety related questions, and it’s always seemed to a be topic we could cover over the span of 3 or 4 videos. This Arirang TV documentary will focus on safety of students in school, and also cover women’s safety services in Seoul.


So, long October! My last full month in certainly kept me busy.

Rock Piles on Jirisan

I climbed the biggest mountain peak in Korea, Jirisan. We did a little miscalculation with the amount of daylight that we had left and nearly had to finish it in the dark. This was made even scarier by the fact that there were 'Beware of the Bear' signs up all over the forest. Check out the link if you want to see some good mountainside fashion...or not!

2013 Seoul LGBT Film Festival Tours the Country

Missed out on the 2013 Seoul LGBT Film Festival in June?? No worries!

The festival is traveling around Korea in the upcoming month.

Queer Short Film Crowdfunding: 20 (이십)

I love this new initiative by directors to crowdfunding their films in order to start film production. One films that is being advertised on IvanCity is a Korean queer short film called 20.

Directed by 백인규 (In-gyu Baek), it looks like funding has already been realized so we can hopefully see this film later this fall. Here's the trailer.

Busan International Film Festival 2013

This week has been Busan's International Film Festival. A week long celebration of film. We'd tried to get tickets but they all sold out really quickly, so we have managed to get our hands on a couple of cancellations.

To be honest, the most enjoyable part has been just hanging around the square and soaking up the atmosphere, particularly over the weekend when the typhoon was supposed to hit and was causing mischief by blowing empty chairs and cups everywhere. We also paid a visit to the Cinema Museum.

The museum was pretty bizarre. It was a collection of busts of famous characters from Hollywood films that a Korean music composer has collected to 'decorate his man cave' as it was worded on the information. Some of it was pretty terrifying to look around, and I wasn't surprised to see one little Korean boy crying his eyes out due to pure horror!

Film Event: Transnational Korea in Queer Cinema

Great event coming up in October organized by my friend and Fulbright scholar Todd Henry. The day will focus on queer history through film from the 1950s to present.

BIFF Newsletter - Official Trailer and Audience Services


Reading List: My Queer Korea: Identity, Space, and the 1998 Seoul Queer Film & Video Festival

PIFAN Queer Offerings

The 17th Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (PIFAN) is right around the corner. As in starting on Thursday.

Queer Short: You Used to Smile That Way (그렇게 웃어주던 니가)

Available on Youtube is 2009's You Used to Smile That Way. The short isn't fantastic, but it isn't awful either. 그냥 그래.

Closing Ceremony of the 2013 Seoul LGBT Film Festival

Tonight, Sunday June 16th, is the closing ceremony of the 2013 Seoul LGBT Film Fesitavl. Honestly, I didn't go to any of the filmsl. Mostly because I had to work, but also because a lot of the films looked boring or I had already seen them. The last film is playing tonight at 19:00. It is called Sex of the Angels.

2013 Seoul LGBT Film Festival Day 10, Saturday June 15th

Two Weddings and a Funeral starts at 10:30 today. Korean with English subtitles.

2013 Seoul LGBT Film Festival Day 9, Friday June 14th

The festival starts out at 12:30 with the Hong Kong film 아비정전 Korean subtitles. 

2013 Seoul LGBT Film Festival Day 8, Thursday June 13th

2013 Seoul LGBT Film Festival Day 7, Wednesday June 12th

The film festival starts out on Wednesday with a collection of shorts at 12:30. 

This is followed by Facing Mirrors at 14:30. Rana has chosen a path in order to support her family, while Adineh (Eddie) has fled his home and city to escape his complicated situation as a transsexual man prevented from living as his true self by his family. They find themselves on the same journey and caused to know each other in a better way. Farsi with English and Korean subtitles. 

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