The KBS Independent Film Award is given to support Korean independent films. One Korean film will be selected among Korean Cinema Today - Vision and New Currents section to receive KRW 10,000,000 (approx. USD 7,600). This cash prize is sponsored by KBS.
House of the Seasons
The juries of the KBS Independent Film Award—Director Kim Chohee, Producer Lee Jinsook, and Film Critic Ju Sungchul—unanimously decided to award director Oh Jung-min's House of the Seasons. Invited to the 'Korean Cinema Today - Vision', House of the Seasons delicately explores the intimate relationships within a three-generational family, portraying them with both dryness and occasional intensity. While numerous works, such as Im Kwon-Taek's Festival (1996) and Park Chul-soo's Farewell My Darling (1996), satirically depict the intertwining of funerals and extended families, House of the Seasons expansively broadens the landscape of family stories in our society, whether one likes to accept the changes or not. The narrative and imagery undoubtedly make this film a standout discovery of the year.