Greetings to everyone. I am Do Jong-hwan, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea.

I would like to congratulate all of you on the opening of the Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival (SICAF) 2018, the platform for cartoon and animation creators to present their works and enjoy festival of cultural convergence. Also I would like to express my gratitude to the members of SICAF organizing committee who put this event together, cartoon and animation creators, all the audiences and many others for their dedication and support for this event.

SICAF is commemorating the 22nd event this year and it has provided many wonderful and impressive programs for audience, while supporting exchange and collaboration among those in carton and animation sectors in many nations and introducing great cartoons and animations through exhibition and film festival. This year ‘SICAF 2018’ has come again to meet the audience with many new and innovative themes and diverse works of arts that are more creative than ever before.

At this year’s exhibition with the theme of LIFE: Full of Possibilities, the sessions of ‘Yearning and Longing, Watching Again’, ‘Long Expected and Much Exciting, Watching Now’ and ‘Little by Little, Watching in Advance’ guide us into the space where we can look back at the past, resonate with the present and meet the future of us. Especially, the special exhibition on the late Shin Dong-heon will be a great opportunity to feel the power of our animation. At this year’s film festival, 72 animated films from 27 nations, selected from more than 2,700 entries in thorough selection process, are waiting for the audience. I hope it should be a wonderful event for the audience, as well as many cartoon and animation creators, to enjoy and be touched and inspired by many wonderful animations.

Based on the initiative of ‘Culture Vision 2030- Culture to Care for People’ the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will also save no efforts to build environments where those in the field of culture and arts can unleash their creativity to the fullest and build a nation full of culture to put people and life always the first, culture to value cooperation and diversity and life with the place and moment to rest.

Once again, I would like to congratulate all of you for the opening of the event and hope to see SICAF grow into an event to represent Korea and go global as one of the major cartoon and animation festivals to represent.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Jong Hwan, Do