The Feature Competition section—divided into Kids Vision and Kids Focus for international and domestic distribution until last year—has been integrated under the name "International Feature Competition" from this year. Considering the recent rise in the stature of Korean films worldwide, this year's competition section includes highly acclaimed works from both inside and outside Korea. A notable trend in this year's competition section, comprised of 2 Korean films and 9 foreign films, is that they deal with the stories of marginalized children. The protagonists of A House Made of Splinters, Inner Child, Totem, and Sisters are characters alienated from both their families and society. Sea Sparkle and The Ripple tell stories of children who have to accept changed lives after experiencing heart-wrenching loss. The keywords "loss" or "alienation" remind us of the plight of children as a minority suffering more in a social and economic crisis. The path still seems steep and narrow for children living in a current rampant war, violence, national egoism, and religious conflict.