Original Title: 심심 

English Title: The Realm of Deepest Knowing


Animated Short / 2017 / 3 min 30 sec /  Color / 1.85:1 / Diverse Techniques / No Dialogue /  5.1 surround


Director, Producer, Animation, DOP and Music: Seunghee Kim

Hands Performance: Pyeongsun Kim, Jongsuk Lee

Synopsis (En)

One digs beneath the surface of the other to reach the deepest place of his heart during struggles.

It lightens up the darkness.  They fulfill one another within the sense of oneness.

시놉시스 (Kor)

역경 가운데서 한 사람이 다른 사람의 내면 가장 깊은 곳에 닿고자 한다. 이것은 어둠을 밝힌다.

그들은 일체감안에서 서로가 서로를 채워줌을 느낀다. 

Director's Note

Everyone goes through hard times at some points in their life. They sometimes allow sorrow and grief

which eat them up from the inside. They get weighed down and don't have the strength to get back up

on their own. At that time the people who know and understand them on a deep level can save their souls.

They walk hand in hand, stumble, pick each other up and walk hand in hand over and over again on the path of life. 'SimSim' visualizes the process of deep spiritual connection in love by implication.

연출의도 (Kor)

우리 모두 각자의 인생에서 힘든 시간들을 마주하게 된다. 때때로 슬픔과 비탄에 젖어 헤어나오지 못하고 스스로 일어날 힘도 없게 되는 경우도 있다. 그때에 우리를 깊게 알고 이해하는 사람들이 우리의 마음을 깨어나게 해준다. 그래서 우리는 사랑하는 사람과 함께 손을 잡고 걸어가다 넘어지고,  서로 일으켜 세워주고 다시 손을 잡고 걷는 것을 인생 길 내내 반복한다. <심심>은 이러한 사랑 안에서 깊은 관계의 과정을 함축적으로 보여주고자 했다

Film Stills

Grants and Sponsorship

2016  Production Support Grant Recipient - Korea Creative Content Agency

2016  DCP Sponsorship from POST FIN 

2017  Film Submission Support Grant Recipient - Busan Center For Creative Economy & Innovation


2018 Nov  Silver Prize, Digicon6 Regional competition, Japan and South Korea

2018 Apr  Best Experimental, Boomtown Film and Music Festival, USA

2017 Nov  Jury's Choice Award, Black Maria Film Festival, USA

2017 Nov  Best Short-short, St. Cloud Film Festival, USA

2017 Nov  Cinecube Award for creative film, Asiana International Short Film Festival, South Korea

2017 Sep  Special Mention, Experimental art film section, Girona Film Festival, Spain

2017 Sep  Prize for Independent Walk, Indie-AniFest, South Korea

2017 July Honorable mention in Stop Motion category, Florida Animation Festival, USA

Official Selections

2018 Dec Leuven Short Film Festival (Leuven, Belgium)

2018 Nov New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival (Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan)

2018 Nov San Diego Asian Film Festival (San Diego, CA, USA)

2018 Sep Seoul International Extreme-Short Image & Film Festival (Seoul, Korea)

2018 Aug Sakhalin International Film Festival (Sakhalin, Russia)

2018 Aug Mosaic World Film Festival (Rockford, IL, USA)

2018 May Bogota Experimental Film Festival-CineAutopsia (Bogota, Columbia)

2018 May Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival (Scotland, UK)

2018 May Golden Kuker - Sofia International Animation Festival (Sofia, Bulgaria)

2018 May Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival (Victoria, Canada)

2018 Apr Cellu l’art Short Film Festival (Jena, Germany)

2018 Apr BoomTown Film Festival (Beaumont, TX, USA)

2018 Apr International Changing Perspectives Film Festival (Istanbul, Turkey)

2018 Apr Animacom Fest (Bilbao, Spain)

2018 Apr Skepto International Film Festival (Cagliari, Italy)

2018 Apr Flatpack Film Festival(Birmingham, UK)

2018 Apr Independent Days International Film Festival (Karlsruhe, Germany)

2018 Mar Boston Underground Film Festival(Boston, MA, USA)

2018 Mar Athens Animfest (Athens, Greece)

2018 Mar IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival (New Delhi, India)

2018 Mar Florence Korea Film Fest (Firenze, Italy )

2018 Mar Albany Film Festival (Albany, CA, USA)

2018 Feb Love Your Shorts Film Festival (Sanford, Fl, USA)
2018 Feb SF Indie Film Fest (San Francisco, C, USA)
2018 Feb Oxford Film Festival (Oxford, MS, USA)
2018 Jan Slamdance (Parkcity, UT, USA)

2017 Dec Amarcort Film Festival (Rimini, Italy)
2017 Dec As Film Festival (Rome, Italy)
2017 Dec Lublin Film Festival (Lublin, Poland)
2017 Dec Anchorage International Film Festival (Anchorage, Alaska, USA)
2017 Dec Seoul Independent Film Festival (Seoul, Korea)

2017 Nov Tindirindis Animation Festival (Vilnius, Lithuania)
2017 Nov Animasivo (Mexico City, Mexico)
2017 Nov CutOut Fest-International Animation and Digital Art Festival (Querétaro, Mexico)
2017 Nov Animage-VII International Animation Festival of Pernambuco (Recife, Brazil)
2017 Nov Multivision -The International Festival of Animation Arts (St.Petersburg, Russia)
2017 Nov St. Louis International Film Festival (St. Louis, MO, USA)
2017 Nov St. Cloud Film Festival(St Cloud, MN, USA)
2017 Nov FilmBath (Bath, UK)
2017 Nov L'Alternativa-Barcelona Independent Film Festival (Barcelona, Spain)
2017 Nov Crystal Palace International Film Festival (London, UK)

2017 Nov Asiana International Short Film Festival (Seoul, Korea)
2017 Nov Edinburgh Short Film Festival (Edinburgh, UK)
2017 Nov Leeds International Film Festival (Leeds, UK)

2017 Oct Locomocion-Experimental Animation Festival (Mexico City, Mexico)
2017 Oct Film Front International short film festival (Novi Sad, Serbia)
2017 Oct PiGrecoZen Film Fest (Marche, Italy)
2017 Oct Northern Wave International Film Festival (Rif, Iceland)
2017 Oct Byron Bay International Film Festival (Byron Bay, NSW, Australia)
2017 Oct BANJALUKA International Animated Film Festival (Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
2017 Oct Woodstock Film Festival (Woodstock NY, USA)
2017 Oct Anim'est International Animation Festival(Bucharest, Romania)
2017 Oct SEDICICORTO International Film Festival (Forlì, Italy)
2017 Oct Festival du Film Coréen à Paris (Paris, France)

2017 Sep Cartón International Short Animation Festival (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

2017 Sep Indie-AniFest (Seoul, Korea)

2017 Sep International Film Festival of Asian Pacific Countries “Pacific Meridian” (Vladivostok, Russia) 
2017 Sep KROK International Animated Film Festival (Russia) 
2017 Sep International Video Festival VIDEOMEDEJA (Novi Sad, Serbia)
2017 Sep Girona Film Festival (Girona, Spain)
2017 Sep Kraljevski Filmski Festival (Kraljevo, Serbia)
2017 Aug Two Riversides Film and Art Festival (Warsaw, Poland)
2017 Aug Busho-Budapest Short Film Festival (Budapest, Hungary)
2017 July Animation Block Party (New York NY, USA)
2017 July Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (Bucheon, Korea)
2017 July Insomnia International Animation Festival (Moscow, Russia)
2017 Jun Florida Animation Festival (Tallahassee, USA)
2017 May INDIE FORUM (Seoul, Korea)
2017 Apr Arizona International Film Festival (Tucson, AZ, USA)
2017 Apr Busan International Short Film Festival (Busan, Korea)
2017 Apr Florida Film Festival (Maitland, FL, USA)

Special Screenings

2018 Jun  Spain Moving Images Festival, Animation (Madrid, Spain)

2018 Jun  Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2018, Asiana International Short Film Festival Program from Korea (Tokyo, Japan)

2018 Jun  Ani Salon, Ignition -  Female Body and Soul (Seoul, South Korea)

2018 Apr  Daegu Social Welfare Film Festival (Daegu, South Korea)

2017 Sep Korean Film Archive, Culture day - A Film and A Guest (Seoul, South Korea)


2018 Oct 11 Broadcasted on TV -  SBS Ani-gallery (South Korea)

Articles, Interview and Reviews

Michael Coulombe. "Boston Underground Short Film Review: THE REALM OF DEEPEST KNOWING(ENG)" NightmarishConjurings.com. 2 Apr.2018. Web


Carlos Aguilar. “2018 Sundance And Slamdance Review: Animation Infiltrates The Festivals(ENG)” Cartoon Brew. 9 Feb. 2018. Web.


Pierce, Conran. "Korean Shorts Head to Slamdance Film Festival(ENG)" Korean Film News. 29 Dec. 2017. Web.


Jack, Gray. "Edinburgh Short Films Festival Day 6: Overcoming at FilmHouse(ENG)" FreshAir.org.uk. 14 Nov. 2017. Web.


Beyond your soul depicted with stop-motion: Dir. Seunghee Kim broadcasted on TV, TV Interview, SBS Ani-gallery 437th episode, 3 Aug. 2017.

The Images in the Early Development

© 2018  Seunghee Kim