The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) is planning to open an office in Los Angeles, as part of a string of measures to support cultural exchanges and boost the profile of Korean cinema in the U.S.
The office, skedded to open in the next six months, will be headed by Sun-young Moon, who is KOFIC’s current representative in L.A.
Among the activities scheduled for this year is the second edition of the Hawaii-based Filmmakers Development Lab, which was overseen last year by Moon and San Francisco-based producer/programmer Roger Garcia.
The program supports ethnic Korean directors who are developing English-language screenplays targeted at international audiences. From this year, the projects will be presented at the IFP Market in New York as well as at the Pusan International Film Festival.
KOFIC has also reached an agreement with the Sundance Institute to support the participation of two Korean producers in the annual Independent Producers Conference, held in August.
Other projects include the creation of Korean cinema libraries in partnership with two university libraries in the US; the hosting of “Business R&D Campuses” in the US and Japan, in which Korean filmmakers meet with local industry figures (last year’s campus was held in Beijing); the sponsoring of Korean cinema retrospectives at the South by Southwest festival and the San Francisco Asian American Film Festival; and increased support for other academic programs and seminars.