A warm welcome to the 12th Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA).

This year marks a meaningful point in time between Korea and Australia, the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The last 60 years have given us an opportunity to share our cultures with one another and we’re proud that for the last 11 years, KOFFIA has played a vital role in strengthening this cultural bond through the films we program each year.

KOFFIA provides an opportunity for Australian audiences to discover cutting-edge filmmaking by some of Korea’s greatest cinematic storytellers.

Our 2021 program features 22 exquisite new Korean films, from across all genres. From haunting arthouse dramas, heart-pumping action, animations, thrillers and more, this stellar program of films promises to surprise and delight in equal measure.

It’s such an exciting time for Korean cinema right now. In recent years with films like Parasite and Minari sweeping major awards across the globe, global audiences have developed a growing appreciation for the incredible artistry of Korean cinema.

Minari, the Golden Globe winning film by director Lee Isaac Chung captured hearts the world over with its stunning cinematography and powerful acting. It really exemplified the creative power of Korean filmmaking, so of course we had to include it in this year’s program. I’m sure many audiences, whether seeing it for the first time or the fifth will come away from the screening having connected with the heart and humour at the centre of the film’s story.

Of course, there are many more film discoveries to be had with our entire Festival program. I invite you to explore what’s on offer for KOFFIA this year and join us in celebrating some incredible Korean films.

On behalf of the team, I would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all our sponsors, our supporters and contributors.

And to our beloved KOFFIA audiences – I hope you enjoy this year’s program.

Jihee Kim

Director | Korean Cultural Centre Australia