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Free Online Screenings - Korean Film Festival 2020 (October 29th to November 5th) @ KOFFIA

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The Korean Film Festival 2020
OCT 29 to NOV 5

Welcome to our online film festival! For the first time ever, our full program is available to stream to anyone, anywhere in Australia for free. So sit back, relax and enjoy the best from our festival all from the comfort of your couch.

Need to make an account. - But the link isn't open yet, it'll be up and running around 29/10.

Important - Like irl you need to be on time-ish but there's a 30min window before lock out. "Rented films are available to watch during festival set hours, remember your screening times and begin streaming your film within the allotted time frame! Films are open to stream within 30minutes from its scheduled time."

Update 26/10 - Just wanted to add there's a panel/chat thing that normally happens on launch night (before opening night). This is happening on Wed 28/10.

'The Korean Film Festival in Australia (KOFFIA) will sit down with KOFFIA Artistic Director David Park, art and film critic John McDonald, UNSW film lecturer Greg Dolgopolov and KOFFIA Chairwoman Sojeong Park to chat about all things KOFFIA 2020!
The panel will discuss the 2020 festival program as well as the effects that COVID-9 has had on film festivals in Australia and the Korean film industry.
Come join us for this pre-opening live stream event as we celebrate Hallyuwood down under!'

https://www.facebook.com/events/347782413172167/

————————————————————————————-Update 3/11

2hrs ago·
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:
It is with a heavy heart that we relay that there has been a security issue with our streaming platform. We are currently working with all relevant parties to ensure that this is rectified as soon as possible. In light of this current situation, we have made the hard decision to postpone all future screenings for KOFFIA 2020 until further notice. Your support is valuable to us, it is the reason we continue our festival year after year and we can only ask for your understanding in this matter as we try our best to resolve this situation and will endeavour to get back to you soon with further updates as they develop.

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Comments

  • -2 votes

    Seriously, they tie you to a specific watching time with a streaming system?? ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    • I personally love it as someone who has organizing issues lol, like I save things but then never watch them. This way with a deadline I will.

    • Just like going to a Film Festival!
      All seeing at same time & discussing afterwards is an important part of film festivals.

      Attended PIFF in Busan. Stayed with international film critics so scored lots of free tickets as a "critic". Got to meet directors & actors. Had a great time.

        • Film Festivals are about the Film experience. It's a collective, not an individual experience.

          Film Festivals are generally to create interest in the films shown, to sell to distributors.
          Making them widely available usually goes against the interests of the makers of the films. There will be contracts between the Festival & the owners of the Film, of what can & can't be done with the Film.

          You're talking about the experience for you, what & when you want. Films will probably be paid for streaming services later.

          This attempts to recreate that film festival experience. Plus it would likely be far cheaper & easier to achieve - at set times.

          It builds anticipation & participation, that streaming can't.

          If you've been to large film festivals - you would have experienced the buzz that creates. Individual viewing is a totally different experience, but that's the limitation at the moment.

          BIFF (previously PIFF) is the largest Asian film festival. Accommodation is booked a year ahead, due to the anticipation of the Film event. (I slept on the balcony of an apartment!)

          It's like looking forward to a treat, rather than having it available all the time. People appreciate the special occasion much more. Making anything too available lowers it's value & attractiveness.

      • -9 votes

        Being there in person it makes a lot of sense for after movie discussions at a specific time.

        In the online world we have something that offers asynchronous discussions which called a discussion board, like .. OzBargain! Also pretty awesome!

        • Try commenting on a thread/deal that's several days old…you may find that there's nobody would reply or even care.

    • @bono … This is in line with industry practice. It is to do with DRM (digital rights Management) and the distribution of the underlying licence for each title… Sorry, no conspiracy here.

      • -4 votes

        Ah thanks for explaining it's tied into the licensing.

        The thing I'm pointing out it that it's regressive .. it's reducing functionality and utility to create fake scarcity in a throwback to a different physical medium.

        It's not adapted to work optimally in the new medium.

        I don't like artificial restrictions, that principle is used against us consumers in so many ways and I avoid it whenever I can.

        But obviously many people feel otherwise, at least on this issue.

        • Risk a few million & years of your life on a quality Film project, then come back & tell us how you feel about giving it away for almost nothing to people who complain.

          • -10 votes

            @the INFIDEL: This is OzBargain - a site about for getting good deals for the consumer!

            Stop telling me to accept artificial restrictions and pretend to like it.

            • @bono: Obviously you don't have to accept it - just don't watch the Films! That's your choice.

              This popular Deal is offering free access to films most of us might otherwise never see, but you just complain.

  • Seems like a good line up but as bono says tied to a specific time for streaming? If you can watch any film at any time during the FF period it would seem like a better option.

  • That’s VOD but on a whole new level.

    Imagine Netflix doing it. Yikes!

    • @Putin

      Film Festivals operate under completely different licencing arrangements than that available to commercial movie theatres, Netflix,television networks etc.

      Simply stated, the festivals are usually one-off single events rather than an on going commercial arrangement.

  • Need to make an account. - But the link isn't open yet, it'll be up and running around 29/11.

    Wouldn't that be a month after the start of the film festival?

  • It's like an invitation to watch, but with too many steps

  • Yep can not wait for japanese film festival

  • Quantum physics night adventure looks interesting. Thanks op

  • 30mins..? There must be lagging, waiting for sign up, streaming slow etc since they open only limited time. my internet is pretty slow and not sure I can finish the film in time even if there are no problems from their side. If i have to miss the last 30 mins of a film, what is the point to watch?

  • This is for mrs

  • What's the best way to watch these (or other Korean) movies if I can't make the free screening? For example I want to watch Family Affair but can't make the time. I can't see anywhere online to rent or even buy the film.

    • Message them. Tbh foreign films are very hard to find online (from my exp, and film fest films specifically) and chances of subtitles are slim. Back in the day there were sites like asiandramatv but not anymore.

    • @TheWizardsApprentice

      These are "appointment viewings" and are scheduled in terms of the underlying licensing agreements they have in place for films festivals. These screenings are not the same as those licenced for commercial theatre screenings.

      To watch any time on demand, you would have to wait until the film(s) were officially distributed by a commercial theatre or a VSOD facility (NetFlix, Stan etc).

      The films distributors usually offer film festivals generous terms and in return they receive feedback to gauge what is popular and what are potentially good titles to officially distribute commercially.

    • I subscribed to Rakuten Viki when in law was visiting us, happy in law, happy wife, happy me :)

  • There's some pretty big names this year, it's great that they screen in Australia as well (they actually have been for a decade or so now). Last year had some real gems like Parasite, and although not to the same universal acclaim I enjoyed Extreme Job, and the year before that A Taxi Driver. Almost guaranteed that you'll find at least 1 movie that you enjoy every year, even though they may not be masterpieces like Parasite.

    • Extreme Job is hilarious, I enjoyed it very much.

    • Extreme Job was so good! We actually went to nene before the show. In the past (not sure about this year) they were a sponsor/partner.

    • I can vouch for Extreme Job as well. One of the funniest Korean Movies I've seen in a long time.
      And A Taxi Driver is definitely worth watching as it features the lead actor from Parasite, Song Kang Ho.

  • So how do i watch it on my TV? Does it support Chromecast?

    • @alamodey
      If you were to view it from your PC or Mac, a Chrome web browser (Windows or Mac) has the Chromecast function built into the browser that you can transmit to a Chromecast device attached to your telly. I can't verify, but maybe the new Microsoft Edge browser might have this function also. Firefox does not.

      Other methods include tuning in on your smartphone or pad device and connecting a micro-USB/USB-C to HDMI cable to a HDMI socket on your TV.

      Hope this helps.

  • This should be excellent, thanks OP

  • the only korean titles i liked were Chingu and Busan train. Are there any on the list worth watching?

    • Looking up reviews is the only way to know. Trailers don't tend to give out much.

      The higher rated films are set on the peak hours - Fri/Sat night, also opening/closing night.

  • Not related to this , but wish other festivals also had Virtual Screening as well as in person for instance the Adelaide Film Festival has some international movies premiering which wont be released till mid 2021 . Wish could virtually watch them .

  • Here's my Letterboxd list for people to see ratings of movies that will be shown at the festival :)

    https://boxd.it/92Cpu

  • Nice one. I love a good Korean movie. Especially those revenge films. Makes some Hollywood gangster flicks look like a Disney movie haha

  • Any idea if they’ll have English subtitles?

  • Thanks. Wife will love this event

  • A Heads Up!

    The web-site has been refreshed:
    https://www.koffiaonline.com

    This signup page is now up and running. Remember, the film screenings begin next Thursday, 29th October, 2020 and I believe you need to register a new account before screenings begin. (I am still reading through the T&Cs)

    https://www.koffiaonline.com/signup.html

    FAQs and Help here:
    https://www.koffiaonline.com/page/help/

    Terms and Conditions here:
    https://www.koffiaonline.com/page/terms-and-conditions/

    Some films are also being shown being streamed on SBS On Demand.

    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/576364

    Off to make kim-chi pizza
    (joke)

  • thanks!

  • I'm excited for the fil by quantum physics. A big fan of seo ye ji

  • ooh nice,
    Some other movies I love is a bitter sweet life, the man from nowhere and yellow sea!

  • BAD NEWS:

    Important Notice

    Postponed until further notice:

    It is with a heavy heart that we relay that there has been a security issue to our streaming platform. We are currently working with all relevant parties to ensure that this is rectified as soon as possible. In light of this current situation we have made the hard decision to postpone all future screenings for KOFFIA 2020 until further notice. Your support is valuable to us, it is the reason we continue our festival year after year and we can only ask for your understanding in this matter as we try our best to resolve this situation and will endeavour to get back to you soon with further updates as they develop.

  • yeah annoying as I had 2 films scheduled to watch tonight. Hopefully they will fix the issue and get the last few back up sometime soon.