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UMFF 2019

UMFF Chairman
LEE Sun-ho

Welcome to you lovers of mountains! Welcome to you lovers of mountain films!It’s a pleasure to have you visit us at Yeongnam Alps,where nature and mountain films meet and can be experienced together!
Welcome and thank you for joining us from around the world.
We give special thanks and a sincere welcome to the “Cameraman of 8,000 meters”, Kurt DIEMBERGER, who visits Korea for the first time to attend the film festival.

Ulju Mountain Film Festival’s slogan this year is “The Road Together”.
We are determined to become a film festival for everyone.
Just as it is true for mountains and nature, being together adds meaning to life. We hopethe experiences, scenery and events you see within our selection of mountain films will become good memories for you.

Our film festival is already in its 4th year.
Every year, the number of entries and countries in the competition are increasing. Last year saw a big increase in the number of visitors staying overnight for the festival.
It fills me with joy to see that the film festival is becoming increasingly popular.

Ulju Mountain Film Festival is like a mountaineer, always challenging himself. We will continue to strive to distinguish the festival as fundamentally a mountain film festival, by strengthening the network for mountaineers and providing special programs and events geared towards the mountain. Above all, we will continue to develop programs for people who love mountains, to become a well-loved mountain film festival around the world.We will also provide more and more programs for the locals to help celebrate the local region and grow the festival’s popularity.

Please continue to support Ulju Mountain Film Festival as it grows to become the top Asian mountain film festival, and ultimately one of the top mountain film festivals in the world.
Once again, thank you for visiting Ulju Mountain Film Festival. We hope that you will make beautiful memories with the mountain films you view at our beautiful Yeongnam Alps. Thank you.

UMFF Festival Director
BAE Chang-ho

Since I’ve become festival director for Ulju Mountain Film Festival (UMFF), many people have asked me what type of films are screened at mountain film festivals. I always answer that just like we escape the city with its polluted air into the mountain to enjoy clean air and quiet nature, our films allow for escape from films full of meaningless stimulation and fantasies with films filled with mountains and nature.

I had the chance to attend the IAMF general assembly last year at Bilbao, Spain. Representatives of mountain film festivals from some 20 different countries were full of passion for their mountain film festivals and showed much interest in the size and characteristic of UMFF. It is imperative that we add to this international attention more understanding and interest from filmmakers, mountaineers, media and audience within Korea.

Our 4th slogan is “The Road Together.” Be it the road in life or the road we climb, we can’t make it well without the cooperation of companions. I ask that you become a companion to UMFF, so we can walk the road to becoming a film festival essential to Korea’s film and mountain communities. Be that companion that pushes us to climb further. Thank you.