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Birth of Korea’s Only Competition Independent Film Festival

The Seoul Independent Film Festival is the only independent film festival with competition showcase in Korea. It wraps up the total independent films of the year. The entry is open to any film without distinction of themes, forms and length, and the festival awards best films. Succeeding to the tradition of Korean Youth Film Festival in 1975, the SIFF set about establishing the system of competition film festival since 1999 after having gone through Keumgwan Short Film Festival and Korean Independent Short Film Festival. The Association of Korean Independent Film & Video and the Korean Film Council have co-hosted this festival since 2001.

History of Seoul Independent Film Festival
Period Title of Festival Host Features
1975-1988 Korean Youth Film Festival Korean Film Corporation (former Korean Film Council) & Korean Broadcasting System (aka KBS) - It was a one-day festival that held in a projection room of the Korean Film Corporation.
- It was a kind of festival encouraging young filmmakers with the award ceremony instead of screening.
1989-1993 Keumgwansang Film Festival
(Youth Section)
Korean Film Corporation - This festival aimed for promoting culture, publicity film and film production by teenagers. It also had the intent of discovering excellent personnel.
- This section was incorporated into Keumgwansang Film Festival and continued the tradition of Korean Youth Film Festival.
- The festival preferred the films describing sound lifestyles of teenagers.
1994-1995 Keumgwan Short Film Festival Korean Film Corporation - This festival got independent from Keumgwansang Film Festival.
1996-1997 Keumgwan Youth Short Film Festival Korean Film Corporation - The festival increased the prize money from 10 million KRW to 20 million KRW.
1998 Korean Youth Short Film Festival Korean Film Corporation - The festival increased the prize money from 10 million KRW to 20 million KRW.
1999-2001 Korean Independent Short Film Festival Korean Film Corporation - The Korean Film Council was established.
- The executive committee was formed so as to operate the film festival effectively along with the foundation of the Association of Korean Independent Film & Video.
- The festival started the system of competition film festival.
- The Association of Korean Independent Film & Video began to participate into co-hosting the festival in 2001.
- For the entry, the age restriction for applicants was abolished.
2002-Present Seoul Independent Film Festival The Korean Film Council & the Association of Korean Independent Film & Video - It strengthened the position of the Korean only competition independent film festival.
Slogan of Seoul Independent Film Festival

A festival slogan contains the festival’s direction and ideal to pursue. Every year, the Seoul Independent Film Festival suggests a slogan encompassing the spirit of the times with earnest ideas on independent cinema.
We also would like to make our festival appropriate for the slogan.

1999
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2000
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2001
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2002
Conflict,
2003
RESOLUTE
2004
NEVER MIND
2005
Daily progress and monthly advance
2006
Dig into it
2007
Possible is to be different films!
2008
Storm of Imagination
2009
HIT & RUN
2010
Taster the Poison (Dok:毒) of Independent Films
2011
Infinite Re-twit: Shoot Myself
2012
Light My Fire
2013
Why Not?
2014
True Color of Independence
2015
Independent cider
2016
LUCKY DRAW
2017
MADE IN NOW