Minji Kang (South Korea)

South Korean filmmaker Minji Kang is passionate about following trails of curiosity and serendipity. Her feature project in financing, Illicit, was chosen for the BIFAN Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) Project Market in 2019, Busan Link of Cine-Asia in 2019, and the Fantastic 7 of the Marché du Film—Festival de Cannes in 2020. She has also helmed an immersive/interactive project, The Horizon (2022), set to be released across the VR platforms. Her new project, Cry Like Huskies, is deeply rooted in the South Korean soil and her childhood memories, and it received the 2021 Story Development Fund award from the Korean Film Council. Minji is an alumna of BIFAN Fantastic Film School, Berlinale Talents Tokyo, Reykjavik Transatlantic Talent Lab, Let’s CEE (Central Eastern Europe) Talent Academy in Vienna, and the Busan Asian Film School (AFiS). She earned her B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and holds an M.F.A. in Film Directing from Columbia University in New York City.

Cry Like Huskies As her pregnant mother is about to give birth to a baby boy, 10-year-old trouble-maker Woo-joo struggles with anxiety and the fear of abandonment. After being sent to her grandmother’s Husky Ranch, she encounters a mysterious loner of her same age, and they turn to each other to overcome their difficult emotions.