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This year marks a new beginning for the Korean Film Festival DC. A brief hiatus gave us a chance to reimagine the festival, coming up with fresh ways to welcome back our loyal audiences and reach out to new ones.

Our revamped festival is both local and global. We have new partners nearby and overseas, and we are more engaged with Korean culture than ever before. To emphasize our collaborative efforts, we kick off with Korea Day at the Freer and Sackler Galleries. This family event features a wonderful animated film, cooking demonstrations, traditional dance performances, and other activities, many of them brought to us by members of the Washington area’s Korean-American community.

On the global front, our new Busan Selections section features three films that debuted at Korea’s Busan International Film Festival, perhaps the world’s premier showcase for new Asian cinema and now a festival partner. We also join forces with Film Comment magazine to celebrate the Korean Film Archive’s impressive digital initiative, which has added English-subtitled versions of some ninety classic Korean films to its YouTube channel.

But the most important partnership we can hope for is the one we have with you, our audience. Along with taking advantage of our plentiful offerings, please consider supporting Korean programs at the Freer|Sackler so we can continue to bring you free events and exhibitions. Contact AsiaDevelopment@si.edu to get involved.

Finally, I would like to thank our sponsors who have made this year’s festival possible: The Korea Foundation, and Dr. Yang-Ro Yoon and Professor Klaus Nehring.

Tom Vick
Curator of Film
Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution

Korean Film Festival

Dates & Venues
Film Descriptions
Korea Day: A Family Festival
A Weekend with Jang Jin
Explore Korea Year-Round

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The Freer is closed for renovation and reopening in 2017. The Sackler remains open, with a full lineup of exhibitions and events both in the museum and around DC.