Big Screen Symposium

So Yong Kim is an award-winning Korean American filmmaker.  Kim received the Special Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival for her debut feature, IN BETWEEN DAYS. Inspired by her youth, the film was shot in Toronto, mostly improvised by its teenage cast members, whose awkward, raw romance and alienation from their surroundings were expressed through intimate digital photography.  The film was released by Kino Films.

Her critically acclaimed second feature TREELESS MOUNTAIN, filmed in Kim’s home town in South Korea, follows the intimate story of two young girls who are abandoned by their mother and must find their own resilience to continue.  The film was released by Oscilloscope Laboratories, and distributed worldwide.

Kim’s third feature, FOR ELLEN, stars Paul Dano and Jon Heder, and is often cited as Dano’s best work. The film premiered at Sundance and was theatrically released by Tribeca Films in 2012. In 2014 Kim released SPARK AND LIGHT, a short film starring Riley Keough commissioned by fashion house Miu Miu as part of their ongoing series Women’s Tales.

Kim premiered her fourth feature, LOVESONG, at Sundance Film Festival in 2016 starring Riley Keough and Jena Malone. LOVESONG was released in 2017 by Strand Releasing and is currently available on Netflix.

Kim recently directed episodes of TRANSPARENT for Amazon, AMERICAN CRIME for ABC, THE GOOD FIGHT for CBS and ROOM 104 for HBO.

See So Yong in the following sessions:

Keynote Addresses: Authenticity & Pretence – Saturday 30 September, 10.10am.

Directing with So Yong Kim – Sunday 1 October, 11.10am.