The members of Women in Film Korea, an organization of filmmakers, critics, professors, and technicians devoted to representing women professionals in the Korean film industry, held its annual awards ceremony on December 17 at the Art Sonje Center in Seoul.
The recipient of the Woman Filmmaker of the Year award for 2008 was director Yim Soon-rye
for her critical and commercial hit "Forever the Moment
". The film, which was released in January, is based on the real-life experiences of the Korean women's handball team that competed at the 2004 Athens Olympics. More than 4 million viewers lined up to watch the film, providing one of the most noteworthy commercial success stories of 2008.
The organization also presented a best acting prize to Gong Hyo-jin
for her gutsy performance in the film "Crush and Blush
". Her portrayal of the manic, slightly unhinged middle school teacher YANG Mi-sook earned her widespread plaudits throughout the industry. The film's debut director, Lee Kyoung-mi
, also received the award for best director or screenwriter.
Other awards included best producer to KIM Soo-jin, who was responsible for the other major hit film of early 2008, "The Chaser"
; the prize for the best short or documentary to Kim Il-rhan
's documentary "3xFTM
"; and a lifetime achievement award to director LEE Mi-rye, who directed six films in the 1980s and early 1990s.