The annual Korea Queer Film Festival (KQFF) in Seoul has a mission to increase the diversity of Korean films and promote the human rights and culture of the LGBTIQ community.

Image source – KQFF

The 18th annual Korea Queer Film Festival (KQFF) has worked to make a space for queer creators to tell divergent narratives that disrupt longstanding depiction of the LGBTIQ community on screen.

Notably, this venue of representation was established alongside Korea Queer Culture Festival in 2001. Further, as one of the cornerstone LGBTIQ events in South Korea, where general awareness and acceptance of sexual minorities remains low, it plays a critical role in providing and supporting a wide range of queer content.

Image source – KQFF
Image source – KQFF

This year, the film festival will begin on July 7 and last for a reported three days, ending on July 10. Moreover, the current theme of the festival, “Dear Queer Lives” has taken an intimate tone with a letter that directly addresses the individual.

In a fantastic poem (link in Korean) titled “Dear Queers,” the KQFF write that “it’s (the film festival) a declaration to call out the beings that have been erased from society” and “the name we call each other, Queer/ We remember that name,” “we remember you.” While intimate, the festival’s thematic poem is also direct and unapologetic.

As of the writing of this article, KQFF has not yet announced the venue’s location nor ticket prices and date of sale. In the meantime, take a look at KQFF’s official 2017 trailer below.




By O.C