The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has appointed filmmaker and professor Park Ki-yong as the next president to lead the policy of promoting and supporting the Korean film industry at home and abroad.
His term of office runs until January 8, 2024.
Park is currently a professor at Dankook University Graduate School of Cinematic Content, one of the producers of a series of student feature films selected by international film festivals in recent years. He is also known as a producer of films such as veteran director Park Kwang-su’s historic war drama. To the starry island (1993).
As a director, his films include the winner of the Busan New Currents Award Motel Cactus (1997), on which Christopher Doyle was cinematographer and Bong Joon Ho was screenwriter, and Camel (s) which won the 2002 Grand Prix at the Friborg International Film Festival in addition to being screened at festivals such as Toronto and Berlin.
He was also director of the Korean Academy of Film Arts (2003-2009) and director of the Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival (2006-2009 and 2012).
South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism recently appointed six new members to the nine-person KOFIC steering committee. Today (January 7), they elected Park president and Kim Seonah vice-president.
While Park began her term as a committee member on January 8, 2021, her term as chair will end on January 8, 2024. Kim was appointed to the committee on January 4, 2022, her term as vice chair will therefore run until January 3, 2025..
A fellow Park professor at Dankook University, Kim has also been a producer on Motel Cactus as well as many other notable Korean films including Hur Jin-ho A beautiful spring day and Jang Joon-hwan Save the green planet !.
During his appointment, Park emphasized communication with the film industry to make KOFIC an entity they could trust. He said: “I will move forward with the film industry and the nine-member committee to overcome the Covid-19 crisis and adapt to the changing environment.”