The Korean low-budget film "Let Me Out" won the Gold Medal Award at the 57th New York Festivals (NYF) International Television & Film Awards, the Baekdu Daegan Film Company said Friday.
It became the first Korean film to win the top prize in the film category at this festival, after competing with more than 50 international films.
The event, which took place on April 8, is one of the world's top three international advertising fests, along with Clio Awards and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity (Cannes International Advertising Festival.)
"Let Me Out" was released back to back in both Korea and the United States last year, receiving rave reviews from critics and audiences.
The movie is a hilarious indie meta-film about the coming of age of an amateur student director from a film school making his first zombie melodrama.
Written and directed by Jae Soh and Kim Chang-rae from the Seoul Institute of the Arts, and produced by Irene Cho and Min Soh, the film starring Kwon Hyun-sang, the son of veteran director Im Kwon-taek, is a comedy but with a slew of sarcastic portrayals of the harsh realities of the Korean filmmaking industry.
For the documentary section, MBC's "Haena's Miracle" won the Gold Medal Award in human programs and SBS's "Tears of School" received the Silver Medal Award in social issue programs.
To commemorate the honor, the Baekdu Daegan Film Company will hold a special screening event in Arthouse Momo and a Q&A with director Soh on April 21.