Veteran Korean producer Choi Yong-bae has been appointed as director of the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan), Asia’s largest fantasy film festival. His three year term will start Jan. 1, 2016, in time for the festival’s twentieth anniversary edition in July.
Current BiFan director Kim Young-bin steps down after six editions of the fantastic film festival.
Choi, the former CEO of Chungeorahm Film, is one of Korea’s leading executive producers, investors and distributors with more than 40 features under his belt. Best-known for producing Bong Joon-ho’s 2006 smash hit “The Host” and backing and distributing Kim Jee-woon’s family horror, “A Tale of Two Sisters,” his signature work include arthouse classics such as Kim Ki-duk’s “3-Iron,” Hong Sang-soo’s “Tale of Cinema” and “Night and Day.”
Most recently, Choi spearheaded the launch of Little Big Pictures, a distribution firm formed by a group of indie companies in response to the vertically integrated entertainment conglomerates’ oligopoly in local film distribution. He is currently teaching film production at The Korean National University of Arts.