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Home > How to Operate a Polaroid Camera
How to Operate a Polaroid Camera
2004, DV 6mm, color, 6'20
Dir: KIM Jong-kwan
Keyword: Drama,Romance
Korean Glow, 38th Tampere Int’l Short Film Festival (2008, Finland)
3rd Hong Kong Asian Film Festival (2005, Hong Kong)
6th Jeonju Int’l Film Festival (2005, Korea)
Korean Short Section, 4th Anchorage Int’l Film Festival (2004, USA)
Resfest Choice Award/Audience Award, Resfest Digital Film Festival (2004, Korea)
Jury’s Special Prize, 3rd Jeju Tmong Film Festival (2004, Korea)
4th Gwangju Int’l Film Festival (2004, Korea)
Competition, 30th Seoul Independent Film Festival (2004, Korea)
1st CJ Asia Independent Film Festival (2004, Korea)
8th Puchon Int’l Fantastic Film Festival (2004, Korea)
5th Persons with Disabilities Film Festival (2004, Korea)
Jury’s Special Prize, 3rd Misen-en-scène’s Genre Film Festival (2004, Korea)
Competition, Busan Asian Short Film Festival (2004, Korea)
On-line Competition, 5th Seoul Net Festival (2004, Korea)
Like someone. Flushed face. Can’t hear anything.
Helpless. Sad. Learned how to operate a polaroid camera.
A Polaroid camera is cheap, durable, scarce, but the film is quite expensive. That’s why we tend to take pictures very carefully and precisely with it. It produces a realistic fascination from its limited focus and as well gives us the joy of the instant development.
The Polaroid is good for so many reasons.
By the way, I prefer a digital camera to the Polaroid. I’d love to buy a digital camera.

KIM Jong-kwan

 Born in  Dae-jeon
Graduated from Seoul Institute of Arts, Dept. of Film

2000  [Street Story] DV 6mm, color, 15min.
2002  [Wind Story] 16mm, color, 10min.
          [Wounded..] DV 6mm, color, 3min.
          5th Misen-en-scène’s Genres Film Festival (2006, Korea)
          Competition, Jeju Tmong Film Festival (2004, Korea)
          Puchon Int’l Fantastic Film Festival (2004, Korea)
          Korean Shorts: Critic’s Week, 5th Jeonju Int’l Film Festival (2004, Korea)
          16th Broke in Seoul Video Festival (2003, Korea)
          Indie Video Festival (2002, Korea)
          Bremen City Zooms Festival (2003, Germany)
          Busan Asia Short Film Festival (2003, Korea)
          4th Seoul Net & Film Festival (2003, Korea)
2003  [Tell Her I Love Her] DV 6mm, color, 19'50"
           2nd CJ Asian Independent Film Festival (2005, Korea)
           Competition, 3rd Jeju Tmong Film Festival (2004, Korea)
           8th Puchon Int’l Fantastic Film Festival (2004, Korea)
           Korean Shorts: Critic’s Week, 5th Jeonju Int’l Film Festival (2004, Korea)
           Competition, 29th Seoul Independent Film Festival (2003, Korea) 
           Indie Video Festival (2003, Korea)
2004  [How to Operate a Polaroid Camera] DV 6mm, color, 6'20"
           38th Tampere Int’l Short Film Festival (2008, Finland)
           Special Program, 6th New York Asian Film Festival (2007, USA)
           Hong Kong Asian Film Festival (2005, Hong Kong)
           6th Jeonju Int’l Film Festival (2005, Korea)
           Korean Short Section, 4th Anchorage Int’l Film Festival (2004, USA)
           Jury’s Special Prize, 3rd Tmong Film Festival (2004, Korea)
           5th Gwangju Int’l Film Festival (2004, Korea)
           Competition, 30th Seoul Independent Film Festival (2004, Korea)
           1st CJ Asia Indie Film Festival (2004, Korea)
           Resfest Choice Award/Audience Award, Resfest, Digital Film Festival (2004, Korea)
           8th Puchon Int’l Fantastic Film Festival (2004, Korea)
           5th Persons with Disabilities Film Festival (2004, Korea)
           Jury’s Special Prize, 3rd Misen-en-scène’s Genres Film Festival (2004, Korea)
           Competition, Busan Asian Short Film Festival (2004, Korea)
           On-line Competition, 5th Seoul Net Festival (2004, Korea)
2005  [One Shining Day, “Good-bye”] DV 6mm, color, 135min.(41’ 40”)
          Cinema Korea 2006 (2006, Japan)
          Resfest Digital Film Festival (2005, Korea)
          CJ Asia Independent Film Festival (2005, Korea)
          Wide Angle, 10th Pusan Int’l Film Festival (2005, Korea)
          [Waiting for Youngjae] DV 6mm, color, 4'50''
          6th Jeonju Int’l Film Festival (2005, Korea)
          [Slowly] DV 6mm, color, 14min.
          Shorts Competition, 4th Seoul Christianity Film Festival (2006, Korea)
          5th Jeju Film Festival (2006, Korea)
          Competition, 5th Mise-en-scène’s Genre Film Festival (2006, Korea)
          CJ CGV Prize (First Prize), 31st Seoul Independent Film Festival (2005, Korea)
2006  [Monologe #1] DV 6mm, color, 10'4"
           Shorts Competition, 36th Int’l Film Festival Rotterdam (2007, Netherlands)
           KIM Jong-kwan Collection, 32nd Seoul Independent Film Festival (2006, Korea)
          [A Lonely Season] DV 6mm, b&w, 3'40"
           EuroAsia Shorts Int'l Festival (2011, USA)
          1st Asian Connection Film Festival (2010, France)
           Int'l Competition, 3rd China Mobile Film Festival (2009, China)
           14th Lyon Asian Film Festival (2008, France)
           KIM Jong-kwan Collection, 32nd Seoul Independent Film Festival (2006, Korea)
           [Dialogue of Silence] DV 6mm, color, 11min.
           KIM Jong-kwan Collection, 32nd Seoul Independent Film Festival (2006, Korea)
           [Screw-driver] DV 6mm, color, 11min.
           Competition, 6th Mise-en-scène’s Genre Film Festival (2007, Korea)
           KIM Jong-kwan Collection, 32nd Seoul Independent Film Festival (2006, Korea)
2007   [Waiting] DV 6mm, color, 22min
           Short: As Long As It Takes, 37th Int’l Film Festival Rotterdam (2008, The Netherlands)
           Short!Short!Short!, 8th Jeonju Int’l Film Festival (2007, Korea)
2008   [Memories] DV 6mm, color, 4min.
           [Hey Tom] DV 6mm, color, 9min.
           [Trend of This Fall] DV 6mm, color, 9min.
2010   [Whispers in the Wind] HD, color, 40min.
          11th Jeonju Int'l Film Festival (2010, Korea)
           [Come, Closer] HD, color, 108min.
           6th Festival Franco Coreen du Film (2011, France)
          15th Pusan Int'l Film Festival (2010, Korea)


Directing/screenplay/editing/cinematography/art: KIM Jong-kwan
Lighting: HA Jin-soo
Recording: PARK Juno

JEONG You-mi as Sun-a
LEE Jeong-min as the guy