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Freeman talks up scripts at Busan fest

Workshop fetes Kim Souk-young's 'Nurse'

BUSAN — Novelist and film scribe David Freeman was at the Busan Film Festival to provide a masterclass on script writing for emerging Korean filmmakers.

The workshop, jointly organized by the Motion Picture Assn. Asia Pacific, the Korean Academy of Fine Arts, the Korean Film Council and Dongseo U., was held at the Dongseo U. Film Center.

As well as Freeman, it featured presentations by Korean filmmakers and screenwriting professors, including Hanna Lee, Jang Min-suk, Kim Dae-seung and Choi Ik-hwan.

Fifteen filmmakers pitched their projects to the judges, and were given useful feedback.

Kim Souk-young’s “The Nurse” took first prize, with her feature-length screenplay adapted from her short, “Anesthesia,” which played in the shorts competition at Berlin.

She will receive a trip to Hollywood to participate in a comprehensive film immersion program, including introductions to film industry execs and further opportunities to develop her projects.

“Using Busan as a springboard, the MPA gathered a hand-picked group of filmmaking students from across the country, and exposed them to a hot-house feature film pitching program. I’m delighted with the success of the entire event,” said Freeman.

Mike Ellis, topper of the MPA’s Asia Pacific unit and co-host of the film workshop, announced a President’s Special Recognition Prize for Jo Young-joon, who presented serial-killer thriller, “Interview.” and will be invited as a special guest at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane, Australia.

Busan ends on Saturday.

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