Korean Film Council opens U.S. unit

Kofic USA headed by Sun-young Moo

The Korean Film Council’s first overseas branch, located on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, is now open for business.

Kofic USA is headed by Sun-young Moon and will be primarily engaged with promoting Korean cinema in North America and facilitating the crossover of Korean stars and directors into the U.S. market.

Initial projects include providing logistical assistance to film festival programmers, organizing screening tours of Korean films, carrying out research on the North American market, and providing information about Korean cinema.

An official opening was held June 29 with Kofic chair An Cheong-sook playing host to more 100 guests from the major Hollywood studios, Korean film companies, the Hawaii and Los Angeles film festivals, the Korean Cultural Center in L.A. and the American Film Institute.

Meanwhile, Kofic announced the names of five fellows who will take part in the annual Filmmakers Development Lab for overseas Koreans.

Held at the U. of Hawaii in association with the Center for Asian American Media and the New York-based Independent Film Project, the program pairs fellows with five veteran producers from South Korea and the U.S. in developing feature-length screenplays.

This year’s fellows include UCLA grad Nathan Adolfson with his script “Model American,” documentary filmmaker Christina Choe with “Guess Who’s Coming for Kimchee?,” Jeyun Choi of Vertigo Entertainment with “Grand Island,” Ontario-based Samuel Kiehoon Lee with “The Pleonsastic” and USC graduate Gene Rhee with “The Outsider.”

Mentors for the 2007 lab include producers Jonathan Kim (“Silmido”), Lee Joo-ick (“Battle of Wits”), Peggy Rajski (“Bee Season”), and Brant Rose of UTA.

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