The 1st edition of the Gangneung International Film Festival (Giff) took place 8 – 14 November 2019, in Gangneung, South Korea. The town itself spreads in the area of the size of Paris with only 220 000 inhabitants.
Gangneung is a seaside town at the Japanese Sea, in the Gangwon Province, and boasts with long beautiful beaches covered in white sand, bordered by pine woods of Jeongdongjin. It is an economic centre of the mountain region of Yeongdong (highest peak 1 563m).
Not far from the seaside, there is a large lake, creating a narrow strip of land with hotels welcoming summer beachgoers and festival-goers of the many cultural events or sports of this dynamic city.
Gangneung Iff, a Film Festival Dedicated to Literary Adaptations
Gangneung is the hometown of literati, such as:
writer Sin Saimdang (1504-1551), neo-Confucianism philosopher