Korean Films Draw Over 100 Million Viewers This Year 2012/11/20, Source,
Korean movies have drawn over 100 million viewers in 2012. The Korean Film Council on Monday said the number of people watching Korean films this year totaled 99.61 million as of Sunday. "Since at least 200,000 people on average watch Korean movies on a weekday, the 100-million mark will be reached on Tuesday", a council spokesman said. The 100-million mark is a milestone in the 93-year history of Korea's movie industry -- although there is still some controversy, the first Korean-made film is considered to be "Loyal Revenge" released in 1919,...More
In-depth Coverage on Korean Film Industry 2012/10/02, Source,
The spotlight of Asia's largest film festival will shine down on Busan Thursday for the start of the 10-day Busan International Film Festival. This year's event will focus on Asia with the aim of offering a window into the region's cinema landscape. Korea's film industry has been booming. Box office hit "The Thieves" recently broke box office records to become the most-watched Korean film to date with more than 13 million tickets so far. And Kim Ki-duk's critically-acclaimed "Pieta" recently won the Golden Lion award for best film at the 69th Venice Film Festival. But what are the challenges ahead for Korea's film industry[Reporter : ] On the surface, the industry's performance has been impressive, however, it faces a string of other challenges if it hopes to continue being competitive in the future,...More
Korean films' renaissance with box office success 2012/09/01, Source,
The Korean film industry is having a renaissance recently, with renewed success at the domestic box office. Local films topped the country's top-ten box office chart last weekend, with Korean movies taking up all first four places in ticket sales. According to statistics provided by the Korean Film Council on August 27, nearly eight out of ten moviegoers watched Korean films last weekend. The four Korean blockbuster films - "Neighbors", "The Grand Heist", "The Thieves", and "R2B: Return to Base" in that order - made up 77 percent of ticket sales over the weekend from August 24 through 26. It can be almost called a resurgence of Korean films as they are taking away ticket sales from recent Hollywood blockbusters such as Total Recall, Step Up Revolution, and The Dark Night Rises. Such success comes for the first time in three years since 2009 when two Korean films - "Take Off" and "Haeundae" - swept the Korean box office,...More
KOFIC and Arirang TV sign MOU 2012/01/10, Source,
The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with English-language broadcaster Arirang TV to cooperate on broadcasting Korean films abroad as well as producing film programs. The MOU was signed by KOFIC Chairman Kim Eui-suk and Arirang CEO Jie-Ae Sohn on Jan. 5 in Seoul.
The MOU states that KOFIC will endeavor to acquire overseas broadcasting rights to Korean films to supply to Arirang TV and that the broadcaster will then program the films actively. KOFIC will also cooperate on overseas events held by Arirang,...More
Daniel D.H. Park, Director of International Promotion Center 2011/12/19, Source,
Director of the International Promotion Center at the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), Daniel D.H. Park is looking at his 20th anniversary with the governmental organization. He took some time out from his busy year-end schedule to meet with KoBiz and talk about his work supporting and promoting Korean cinema and the Korean film industry and how that is changing,...More
Korean crews in China 2011/11/21, Source,
Films from Greater China increasingly employ technical specialists from Korea - KIM Seong-hoon reports
For a long time, the film industry has evolved according to emergences of new technology and this has meant new opportunities for those working in the field. We all know how when "talkies" were invented, many silent movie actors lost their jobs and at the same time, many other people found work as synchronized sound technicians and post-sync supervisors. When things went digital from film, jobs were created in the field of digital intermediate and color calibration. In a similar vein, when 3D films became the trend, new kinds of specialists came to be in demand in post-production. We could perhaps begin to understand the emergence of Korean film makers in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan in a same vein - technicians of VFX, special effects, and stunts who hail from Korea,...More
Korean Movies Go Global 2011/10/28, Source, On October 21st, a meaningful gathering among members of the Korean movie industry took place.
[SOV] [Interview : ] "I hereby declare the launch of the Council for Development of Korean Movies, which will create ideal conditions needed to develop Korean cinema".
High-ranking officials from the government and the industry gathered to launch a council to further promote Korean movies around the world,...More
KOFIC's 3-year plan to grow Korean film market to $1.3bn 2011/10/24, Source,
The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced a plan to expand the Korean film industry from its current size of KW 1.2 trillion(US$1.04billion) to KW1.5 trillion($1.3billion) by 2013. The plan aims to achieve its goal by overcoming the limits of Korean films' domestic market, advancing into global andactively developing future markets.
By sector, the plan will expand the size of the local film production market - through such means as international co-productions and foreign productions' location shoots in Korea - to KW400 billion, and the exports of completed films and technical services to KW100 billion,...More
Largest ever Korean Film Night at Busan 2011/10/10, Source,
The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) held a booming Korean Film Night reception at the 16th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) on Sunday night (Oct 9) at the Paradise Hotel in Haeundae. The governmental organization estimates about 700 guests came to the reception, making it the largest it has thrown yet,...More
KOFIC attends 2011 Shanghai International Film Festival 2011/06/10, Source, by PARK Hee-sung / Jun 10, 2011
Korean Film Council (KOFIC, Chairman Kim Eui-suk) opens Korean Film Center at 2011 SIFF Film Mart (June 13-15) to promote Korean films and support international sales for Korean films and Korean post-production company's advancing to the Chinese market. 2011 Shanghai Film Mart
KOFIC opens Korean Film Center at 2011 SIFF Film Mart to intensively promote Korean films, support sales business, and build a network by attending Shanghai International Film Festival and CO-FPC,...More
KOFIC promotes LOCATION KOREA at AFCI 2011/06/02, Source, by Soojin HWANG / Jun 02, 2011
Korean Film Council (KOFIC, Chairperson: Kim Eui-suk) has announced its plan to actively promote location shoot in Korea, with its participation at AFCI Locations 2011 at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA, from June 3 to 5. Several major Korean film commissions will also participate in this event under the guidance of KOFIC,...More
Korean Film Night lights up Cannes 2011/05/18, Source, by KOFIC
The Korean Film Council in joint with the Busan International Film Festival, Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival and Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism opened a "Korean Film Night" on May 16 at 9pm during the 64th Cannes Film Festival.
The three-hour event was much more vibrant than previous years, with a total 540 guests including directors, actors, programmers of major international film festivals and film distributors, including director Bong Joon-ho, the president of Camera d'Or jury and director Lee Chang-dong, the co-president of Critic's Week jury at Cannes this year,...More
Kim Eui-suk, New Chairman of Korean Film Council 2011/05/08, Source, By HAN Sunhee
KCT: You have previously been to Cannes as a director, when your film "Sword in the Moon" was invited to 'Un Certain Regard' section. Your shoulders must feel much heavier returning to Cannes this time.Kim Eui-suk:Going to the Cannes for "Sword in the Moon" in 2003 was my first time at the festival, and this will be my second visit. It's been about 8 years and it is still the best to be at a film festival as a director. Back then Korea cinema was on the rise with "Old Boy" and "Woman is the Future of Man" competing, so I was relatively out of the spotlight. As a director I had nothing to worry about, but since I am going as a different position it feels quite different. In all, I must introduce Korean cinema and make many formal exchanges with the industry people from around the world,...More
Did you know movie staffs receive 850,000 won a month? [Kim Kyung-min's Fair and Square] 2011/05/03, Source,
A statistics report by the National Tax Service at the beginning of this year surprised the public. It was that a entertainer's average income was less than that of an average office worker's.
The National Tax Office announced the average yearly income of a entertainer in 2009. The result was 24,990,000 won with actors and actresses in first place, then singers then models.,...More
Korean Film Industry Seeks Revival 2011/04/26, Source, It was only a few years ago that the Korean movie industry was seen as one of the fastest growing in the world with the country's filmmakers receiving international recognition and awards.
Although it currently ranks tenth overall, it makes up less than two percent of the international market.
KIM Ui-suk, the newly appointed chairman of the Korean Film Council 2011/03/31, Source,
by KOFIC International Promotion Center
Kim Eui-suk, a movie director and the acting chairman of the Korean Film Council, was elected as the newly appointed chairman of the Korean Film Council at 30th March, 2011.On the morning of this day, JUNG Beong-guk, the minister of the Ministry Of Culture, Sports And Tourism, presented chairman Kim Eui-suk with the letter of appointmen requested that he create a turning point for the takeoff of the Korean film industry,...More
Kim Eui-suk Appointed Chairman of Korean Film Council 2011/03/31, Source,
Director Kim Eui-suk has been named chairman of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC). He had been serving as acting chairman since last November, when the former chairman Cho Hee-moon stepped down. Kim's three-year term runs to March 29, 2014. Announcement was made by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism,...More
'Old Boy', 'Woman' Get Ready to Vie at Cannes 2004/05/13, Source, By Paolo Bertolin
CANNES, France - The gala opening of the 57th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which took place on Wednesday, put the spotlight for the first time on a Spanish film, Pedro Almodą³var's already controversial "La Mala Educacią³n (Bad Education)", a semi-a,...More
Korean Films Strike Cannes 2004/05/11, Source, Will Korean movies strike the 2004 Cannes Film Festival with a new wave?
Opening the festival with Pedro Almodovar's "Bad Education" on Wednesday, the event announces this year's award winning films and directors at its close on May 23. A distinguishing fact of this year's 57th Cannes Film Festiva,...More
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