First-time seller M&FC shows off films

Company has invested in titles 'M,' 'Cyborg'

The slump in Korean film exports in the past couple of years has shaken up local sales companies, but also arguably opened up opportunities for firms that wish to enter the business.

Among these is M&FC, participating in its first international market this week with a lineup of upcoming titles by high-profile directors.

Company was founded in 1999 by well-known composer Cho Sung-woo as a film music production company, but has become an active investor in recent years in such titles as “M,” “Happiness” and “I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK.”

This summer, it teamed up with production house Chungeorahm to launch a local distribution arm.

In addition to its first completed title, horror pic “Someone Behind You,” company holds international rights to numerous projects in development.

These include former PPP project “Hwa Jang” by director Hur Jin-ho, whose fourth feature, “Happiness,” is No. 1 at the Korean box office this week; fantasy-romance “Vanished” by Kim Tae-yong, who was widely praised for his 2006 film “Family Ties”; martial arts pic “A Sword of Zen” by Park Heung-shik (“My Mother the Mermaid”); sequel “Art of Seduction 2” with director Oh Kihwan; teen romance “Hello Schoolgirl” by Ryu Jang-ha (“When Spring Comes”); and “Partners” featuring popular TV star Ryu Shi-won.

International business division is being repped in Busan by general manager Choi Bo-yun and acquisitions/film division manager Jang Sooyon.