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2009/09/16 15:33 KST
State-run S. Korean film contest announces lineup

SEOUL, Sept. 16 (Yonhap) -- Organizers of the Daejong Film Awards, South Korea's only state-funded film contest, announced 54 candidates Wednesday including the Cannes-invited "Mother" and box-office smash "Haeundae."

   The 46th Daejong awards ceremony, one of the oldest and the most prestigious in Korea, will be held on Nov. 6 after a 10-member jury chooses winners in 28 categories including best film, director, actor and actress, the event's organizing committee said.

   Fifty people, chosen among applicants aged 18 and older, will be taking part in choosing the awards for leading and supporting actors and actresses.

   Established in 1961, the first Daejong awards ceremony was held in 1962. The state-run Motion Pictures Association of Korea currently organizes the event.

   Last year's top honor, the Grand Bell Award, went to director Na Hong-jin's thriller "The Chaser."


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