For the International Competition section of the 16th Asiana International Short Film Festival, 5,822 films from 123 countries around the world have been submitted, breaking the previous year’s record yet again. In accordance with the regulation on Korean premiere status, 48 short films from 32 countries have finally been selected.

Issues that have become universal concerns in recent years including refugees, sexual minorities, abortion, domestic violence, aging society, unemployment rate and negative effects of social media were still popular subjects among the submitted films, and the final selection will convey the actual conflicts that are taking place in every corner of the world.

Eastern European and South American films have been particularly noticeable this year. Films dealing with women’s issues and awareness on gender equality grew in number, perhaps due to the globalized #Me Too movement.

Full of diversity and color, short films from all around the world selected through a formidable competition will be introduced in the International Competition section.