about

heejoo GWEN KIM

Heejoo Gwen Kim works as an experimental animated filmmaker, new media arts, and educator currently creating projects focusing on social issues, such as microaggressions, feminism, elder abuse, and human trafficking in experimental narrative film structures. She holds MFA degrees from The School of Art Institute of Chicago (MFA in Film, Video, New Media and Animation) and The University of Illinois at Chicago (New Media Arts) and BFA degrees from The School of Art Institute of Chicago (Art and Technology Studies) and Hongik University (Painting and Drawing).

Her films and installations have been internationally presented at festivals and galleries in Germany, UK, Lebanon, Mexico, Bulgaria, Turkey, France, Philippine, India, Latvia, Canada, Korea, Italy, Ecuador, and throughout the United States. Her films have received awards including Best Animation, Best Experimental Film, and Best of Show at several international film festivals. She had been a director, curator, an adjudicator for International Animation + New Media Art festivals, conferences, and shows.

Currently she is teaching at University of Connecticut. She previously taught at The University of Montana in Media Arts, The School of Art Institute of Chicago in Art and Technology Studies, Bowling Green State University in Digital Art, and Columbia College Chicago in Interactive Arts and Media.

heejoo.kim@uconn.edu

Professional honors of creative accomplishments: Awards, Interviews, & Presentation

2020 Invited Presentation “Online Guest Lecture at The University of Wisconsin – Madison” Film/Motion Graphic/Typo graphics. Madison, Wisconsin, USA

2020 Invited Presentation “IDMAA(International digital media arts association)”, Suum : Virtual Reality Art Game, MN, USA

2019 Interview with Dario Rutigliano and Melisssa C. Hilborn, Curator in Art Habens Magazine, London, UK

2019 Hidden Awarded “Short film award” South Film and Arts Academy Festival, O’Higgins, Chile

2019 Hidden Awarded “Best Social Short” Open Window International Film Challenge, Bengal, India

2019 Hidden Selected “Semi Finalist” FESTPRO Film Festival, Moscow, Russia

2019 Hidden Selected “Semi Finalist” Los Angeles CineFest, Los Angeles, USA

2019 Invited Presentation “Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture Seminar”

Suum Virtual Reality Art Game, University of Connecticut

2019 Invited Presentation “ISEA(International Symposium on Electronic Art)” Suum : Virtual Reality Art Game, Kwangju, Korea

2019 Invited Presentation “IEEE GEM USA” Suum : Virtual Reality Art Game, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

2019 Invited Presentation “SECAC(The Southeastern College Art Conference)”, Suum : Virtual Reality Art Game, Chattanooga, TN USA

2018 Invited Presentation “Alliance of Women in Media Arts and Technology Conference,” University of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California USA

2017 Flossenbürg Awarded “Best Experimental” Woodengate Flilm Festival, Baia Mare, Romania

2017 Flossenbürg Selected “Finalist” Alternative Film Festival, Toronto, Canada

2017 Flossenbürg Selected “Finalist” Wollongong Film Festival, Wollongong, Australia

2017 Flossenbürg Selected “Semi Finalist” So Limitless and Free Film Festival, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

2017 Flossenbürg Selected “Semi Finalist” Al Film Fest, Tehran Alternative Film Festival, Toronto, Canada

2017 Flossenbürg Selected “Semi Finalist” Los Angeles CineFest, Los Angeles, USA

2017 Unwearable Functional: Akinetic Mutism Selected “Finalist” Sarajevo Fashion Film Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

2017 Invited Presentation “Virtual Reality/Environment/Game/Animation” China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China

2016Interview with Kirk Baird, Toledo Blade, 04/01/2016

http://www.toledoblade.com/KirkBaird/2016/04/01/Oculus-Rift-welcomes-the-future.html

2015 “Best of the show” award, International Digital Art Association Exhibition, Tennessee, USA

2015 “School of Arts Grant,” Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, USA

2015 “Speed Grant,” Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, USA

2015 “Medici Circle Grant,” Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, USA

2015 “Faculty Development Fund,” Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, USA

Selected Screening / Exhibition / Presentation

2020 Roma Cinema DOC, Rome, Italy

2020 SENSUS Film Festival, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2019 American Documentary and Animation Film Festival and Film Fund, Palm Springs, CA, USA

2019 Athens ANIMFEST, Athens, Greece

2019 Dumbo Film Festival, NYC, NY, USA

2019 Docademia’s 3rd Short Documentary Contest

2019 AI FILM FEST, Tehran

2019 The Lift-Off Sessions, UK

2019 Santiago Independent Film Awards, Santiago, Chile

2019 Los Angeles CineFest, Los Angeles, USA

2019 FESTPRO Film Festival, Moscow, Russia

2019 South Film and Arts Academy Festival, O’Higgins, Chile

2019 Open Window International Film Challenge, Bengal, India

2019 UK monthly film fest, UK

2019 Beyond the Wall Festival, Manchester, UK

2019 The Lift-Off Session, Iver, UK

2019 Open Window International Film Challenge, West Bengal, India

2019 Docademia’s 3rd Short Documentary Contest, Chicago, IL

2019 Enfoque International Film Festival, Cobo Rojo, Puerto Rico

2019 14th Athens Animfest, Athens, Greece

2019 Kyiv Film Festival, Kyiv, Uklaine

2019 AI Film Festival, Tehran

2018 Contemporary Venice, Venice, Italy

2018 Indie Capital Awards, Camp Springs, MD, USA

2018 The Columbus Moving Image Art Review, Columbus, OH, USA

2018 13th Athens Animfest, Athens, Greece

2018 Al-Nahj International Film Festival, Karbala, Iraq

2018 Emerge Film Festival of Maine, Maine, USA

2018 SPE Media Festival, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA

2018 Alliance of Women in Media Arts and Technology Conference, Santa Barbara, California USA

2017 Alternative Film Festival, Toronto, Canada

2017 Burcharest ShortCut CineFest, Burcharest, Romania

2017 Largo Film Awards, Switzerland

2017 FIFF-Filmstrip International Film Festival, Lasi, Romania

2017 Move Me Productions Belgium – Short Film Festival, Belgium

2017 Roma Cinema DOC, Rome, Italy

2017 FROSTBITE International Indie Fest, Colorado, USA

2017 Feel The Reel International Film Festival, Glasgow, United Kingdom

2017 Los Angeles CineFest, CA, USA

2017 So Limitless and Free Film Festival, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

2017 Wollongong Film Festival, Wollongong, Australia

2017 Woodengate Flilm Festival, Baia Mare, Romania

2017 Sarajevo Fashion Film Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

2017 eviMus, Saarbrücken, Germany

2016 South London Shorts, London, UK

2016 AGHE Conference, Miami, FL, USA

2016 Yego Show, Illinois, USA

2016 FIVA, Festival Internacional De Videoarte, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Palma de Mallorca, Spain

2016 Yewon Show, Seoul, Korea

2016 Allucinema Fest, Puebla City, Mexico

2016 Moving Pictures Festival, Kalmthout, Belgium

2016 Better than Art, Cincinnati, OH

2016 FIVA, Festival Internacional De Videoarte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2016 SHORT to the Point, Bucharest, Romania

2016 Festival de Cortometrajes “Jose Francisco Rosado” PACAS, Pedro Muñoz, Spain

2016 IndieWise Virtual Festival, Miami, FL, USA

2016 The Sit & Tell Project, Collingwood Art Center, Toledo, OH, USA

2016 3rd Women’s Voices Now Online Film Festival, Rolling Hills Estates, CA, USA

2016 Animation Day in Cannes, France

2016 Filmideo, 11th Annual Film and Video Screenings, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ, USA

2016 Los Angeles CineFest Online, Los Angeles, USA

2016 11th Athens Animfest, Athens, Greece

2016 IT’S LIQUID EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA AND VIDEO ART FESTIVAL, The Underground Cinema, Kent, UK

2016 Artists in Motion, Artists Lovers Extravaganza Conference, The University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas

2016 Barcelona Erotic & Bizarre Art Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain

2016 SEAMUS (Society of Electro-Acoustic Music US) Conference, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia, USA