Fest topper to share duties

Kim to handle int'l relations, Lee to o'see domestic

The Pusan Intl. Film Festival’s longtime topper Kim Dong-ho will have help at the top for the 2007 edition, running Oct. 4-12.

Former deputy director Lee Yong-kwan has been upped to co-director, the first time Kim has shared his duties in the fest’s 12-year history.

Kim will handle international relations while Lee will oversee domestic issues.

Other decisions made at the event’s annual meeting, held on Friday, include the appointment of Ahn Byung-yul, general manager of pubcaster MBC, and world cinema programmer Jay Jeon as deputy directors. The two will join actor Ahn Sung-ki, who has been deputy director since 2005.

The festival also shuffled its programming team. Following the resignation of programmer Huh Moon-yung, sections devoted to Korean cinema will be programmed by Cho Young-jung — currently program coordinator of the Korean cinema retrospective — and critic Lee Sang-yong.

Professor Lee Soue-won and programmer Pak Dosin will take charge of special programs and the midnight section, respectively.

The 2007 budget of $7.9 million is broadly in line with last year’s and includes $1.4 million from the government and $3 million from the city of Busan, of which $1.1 million will support the second Asian Film Market.

New initiatives for 2007 include an Asian Actors Festival, a dedicated media center and efforts to create a more audience-friendly environment.

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