Sonje Award

The 27th Busan International Film FestivalSonje Award

The Sonje Award is given to the best Korean and Asian short films in the Wide Angle section, providing 10,000,000 KRW to each director.

Southern Afternoon

LAN Tian China

Jury Comment
Southern Afternoon, directed by Lan Tian, was a pleasantly surprising film that blends in the issues that ethnic minorities in China face within what seems like a story of an ordinary family. It was particularly impressive how the film carefully illustrated the sensitive social issues through the typical genre of drama. The raw acting shown by the actors and mise-en-scènes in the film were also outstanding. There is great joy in finding a film that succeeds in telling a story that suits the short film genre perfectly.

I’m Here

JEONG Eunuk Korea

Jury Comment
Jeong Eunuk’s I’m Here fearlessly selected and honestly depicted important themes such as the elderly, nursing care, and gender issues within families. The film deserves great appreciation for its achievement in taking a thorough look at characters who cannot afford an ordinary day in their lives and simultaneously portraying their lives in a cinematic way.

The 27th Busan International Film FestivalSonje Award Special Mention

Other Life

ROH Dohyeon Korea

Jury Comment
For special mention, Roh Dohyeon’s Other Life was an interesting film to be discussed. This film demonstrated the charm of short films as it carries the story from start to end with minimal settings and characters. The delicate performances of the actors were joyful to watch as they presented various elements of humanity.