NYAFF audiences might remember Yeun Sang-Ho for his animated short “Love is a Protein” that was part of our MSFF short films program back in 2009. It was the touching story of a giant chicken who works as a delivery bird for a fried chicken restaurant, who sells his son as a delicious meal to make some money. Born in Seoul in 1978, Yeun was addicted to Japanese anime and Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, but it wasn’t until he was 15 and saw films by Hayao Miyazaki that he realized he could become an animator himself. After attending a Western arts school in Seoul, Yeun began making animated shorts, and he won his first award in 2003 when his “The Hell” won at a festival in Japan. His following films began playing more and more festivals, and The King of Pigs is his first feature film. One of Korea’s few independent animators, Yeun financed Pigs himself, at a budget of $150,000 with the assistance of a few arts foundation grants. His next film will be “even more cruel” he says, and will explore issues of faith.