The 2020 Pyeongchang International Peace Film Festival(PIPFF) aims to build on the spirit of peace, which stood out at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, through a variety of programs involving the art of cinema. Successfully inaugurated last year, PIPFF now functions as a crucial platform for the creation of cultural value in the city synonymous with peace and harmony.
For its second edition, efforts were focused on planning events that fully take advantage of the unique, natural landscape surrounding Pyeongchang. Outdoor screenings have been significantly expanded, with some not-to-be-missed viewing opportunities at Woljeongsa Temple(Cineconcert) and the striking Rock Park. Further adjustments made in light of the covid-19 pandemic include an "alternative" theater in downtown Hoenggye-ri and an emphasis on following social distancing guidelines. PIPFF Festival program also centers around events and activities to help festival-goers relax and recharge.
The opening ceremony will be held at Olympic Medal Plaza instead of last year's Olympic Stadium. With international travel not being an option, many directors and actors have shared video messages of healing and hope to be streamed at the scene. Indeed, this one-of-a-kind midsummer film festival in the panoramic Daegwallyeong might as well be a perfect occasion for cinephiles around the world to reflect on the true meaning of peace.