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The first "Mountain Film Festival" will be held in Ulsan.
There is one month left until the day of opening of the first "Ulju Mountain Film Festival."
It is expected to be a valuable opportunity to see various mountain movies from 21 different countries.
Jang Young-eun has more.
A press conference was held to announce the plans for the first "Ulju Mountain Film Festival," which is about a month away now.
The festival will be held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4 at the Yeongnam Alps Complex Welcome Center in Sangbuk-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan-si.
A total of 78 films from 21 countries will be screened.
For the opening film, the festival’s organizing committee selected "Meru," an American film.
It is a special work, having received the Best Climbing Film at the "Slovenia Mountain Film Festival 2016."
<Choi Sun-hee / Programmer at 'Ulju Mountain Film Festival'> "The moment I saw 'Meru,' I felt that it should be our opening film. The process of climbing the gigantic mountain and trying again despite a life-threatening accident, and the camaraderie between the climbers greatly moved me."
The festival introduced for the first time an international category.
It also has planned four major sections of alpinism, climbing, adventure and exploration, and nature and men.
Films made by the public will also be available.
In addition, Reinhold Messner, who is the first climber to go up all 14 peaks over 8,000 meters in the Himalayas without supplementary oxygen, will be visiting Korea for the first time to attend the festival.
<Shi Jang-yeol / President of Organizing Committee of Ulju Mountain Film Festival (Governor of Ulju-gun, Ulsan-si)> "We will successfully host the first Mountain Film Festival to help it become one of the world’s top three mountain film festivals, and also revitalize the cultural tourism industry in Ulsan along with it."
The "Ulju Mountain Film Festival" plans to try something new every year in order to grow into the world's top 3 mountain film festivals along with the festivals in Banff, Canada, and Trento, Italy.
Jang Young-eun reporting for Yonhap News.
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