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June 3, 2008 (Los Angeles) - Now in its third year, the Korean Film Council's Filmmakers' Development Lab confirmed today the appointment of this year's Mentors, and also announced the five successful finalists who are this year's Fellows.

The Filmmakers' Development Lab (FDL) is an initiative of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) to pair industry professionals and emerging filmmakers from Korea and the Korean diaspora to help realize their English language projects. The Fellows are chosen from open application and project submission process.

The program begins with one-on-one mentoring at an intensive one-week script development Lab which will be held in late June in Jeju Island, Korea.

The Fellows and their projects are then brought to Independent Film Week (previously IFP Market) in New York in September, and to the Co-Production Forum at the Pusan International Film Festival and Asian Film Market in Korea in October.

Throughout, Fellows are given opportunities to network and pitch their projects to producers and production companies in both New York and Korea.

The Mentors for this year's Filmmakers' Development Lab are Warner Bros. executive Lauren Craniotes who helped develop projects such as THE DEPARTED and IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH; Lee Joo-ik, noted Korean producer of many pan-Asian co-productions ("A Battle of Wits", SEVEN SWORDS); Oh Jeong-wan, producer who works with some of Korea's best directors including Kim Jee-woon ("The Foul King", "A Bittersweet Life") and Hong Sang-soo ("Woman on the Beach", "Night and Day"); Brant Rose whose agency in Hollywood represents writers and directors and whose clients have included Bill Condon (CHICAGO), Jessica Yu (BREATHING LESSONS), and Miguel Arteta (CHUCK AND BUCK); and Barry Sabath previously an executive with Robin Williams, Paul Schiff and at Columbia Pictures and currently Senior Lecturer and Mentor at the American Film Institute. (Detailed Mentors' bios below.)

The Fellows this year are Danny Lee ("WINTER WAR"), Helen Lee ("BEAUTIFUL WORLDS"), Steven Hahn ("LEO OF ST. GEORGE"), Josephe Shim ("LETTUCE IN LIFE"), and Christine Shin ("MY FAKE HUSBAND").

"In addition to the individual mentoring of scripts, we try to develop and broaden the Fellows' skills and knowledge", explained Roger Garcia, Director of the Filmmakers' Development Lab. "We run a pitch coaching workshop for each Fellow, and hold discussions on filmmaking in both the US and Korea drawing on the vast personal industry experience of our Mentors. We also offer insight and information into the international filmmaking community and industry in which young filmmakers today increasingly operate".

The FDL is held in association with the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawaii, the Center for Asia American Media in San Francisco, and the Independent Film Project in New York.

The Korean Film Council is based in Seoul, Korea with a satellite office in Los Angeles. Its mission is to raise the standard of Korean films, and to promote the Korean film industry at home and abroad. KOFIC provides and supports programs to develop creative filmmakers, improve the production of low-budget films, raise the profile of Korean cinema, and create a network between filmmakers in the Korean, overseas Korean and international communities.

The Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawaii emphasizes digital cinema, computer animation and videogame design, and critical studies. Its student films have been screened at major national and international festivals. It is developing a Center for Indigenous Filmmaking, which will embrace story-tellers from Hawaii, the Pacific and Asia.

The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. CAAM does this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media.

IFP is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building the community for a full range of independent film. Headquartered in New York City, its year-round and annual programs offer education, mentorship and worldwide industry access to members and the independent film community at large including The Independent Film Week which connects projects with financiers, producers and programmers before they're completed and on the festival circuit.

CONTACT: Sun-young Moon 323-932-7033 for Korean Film Council

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LAUREN CRANIOTES, executive (USA) Lauren has spent several years at executive level at Warner Bros. Theatrical productions where she helped developed projects such as THE DEPARTED, NORTH COUNTRY, THE VISITING, MUST LOVE DOGS. As Vice President Production at Warner Independent Pictures since 2006, Lauren developed IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH and the documentary DARFUR NOW among others. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Harvard Business School.

JOOICK LEE (Lee Joo-ik"), producer (Korea) Jooick is CEO of Boram Entertainment, Inc., a production company and an artist management agency in Korea. Lee Jooick is well known in Asia for international co-productions including " A Battle of Wits" starring Andy Lau and Ahn Sung-ki; SEVEN SWORDS directed by Tsui Hark, and most recently "LAUNDRY WARRIOR" starring Jang Dong-gun among other US and Asian co-production projects. He attended schools in Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the USA.

JUNGWAN OH (Oh Jeong-wan), producer (Korea) Jungwan is CEO of b.o.m. productions, a major Korean film production company responsible for successes such as Kim Jee-woon's "The Foul King" and "A Bittersweet Life", E.J. Yong (Lee Jae-yong")'s "Untold Scandal", and Hong Sang-soo's "Woman on the Beach" and "Night and Day". She was named Producer of the Year in 2005 and 2006. She is a graduate of Yonsei University.

BRANT ROSE, agent (USA) - Brant has run his own Brant Rose Agency since 2000, after beginning his career at UTA in 1994. His agency represents writers, directors and producers for film and tv. He has shaped the careers of a number of Academy Award, Golden Globe, WGA and Independent Spirit Award winners and nominees. His clients have included Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down), Bill Condon (Oscar winning writer/director Gods & Monsters, Chicago), Jessica Yu (oscar winner for docu Breathing Lessons), and Miguel Arteta (Starmaps, Chuck & Buck). He graduated from Darmouth College with a degree in Government.

BARRY SABATH (USA) is Senior Lecturer and Senior Mentor at the American Film Institute. He teaches development to producers and directors, and mentored the winning Student Academy Award for Short Film in 2005. As executive, Barry ran the film division of Marsha and Robin Williams' Blue Wolf Productions, (MRS. DOUBTFIRE, PATCH ADAMS and JAKOB THE LIAR); he was Senior Vice President of Production for Paul Schiff Productions at Twentieth Century Fox (MY COUSIN VINNY, GHOST IN THE MACHINE); and was Executive Story Editor and Vice President of Production at Columbia Pictures (FLATLINERS, IMMEDIATE FAMILY). He is currently producing a horror film project at MGM.


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