Kofic declares Lee’s ‘War’ a winner

Korean Film Council honors American director

SEOUL — Korean American helmer Danny Lee has won the 2008 Filmmakers Development Lab hosted by the Korean Film Council (Kofic).

The Los Angeles native receives $15,000 for his feature script “Winter War,” a thriller about a commodities trader who gets in trouble with a European drug syndicate.

Lee debuted in 2004 with “Rock Fresh,” a documentary about graffiti artists that premiered at the AFI Fest and was acquired by Showtime television.

FDL is Kofic’s annual program to connect five industry professionals from the U.S. and Korea with five Korean and Korean diaspora filmmakers to help bring their English-language features up to a marketable standard.

This year, FDL was held from June 22-29 on Korea’s Jeju Island. Mentors included ex-Warner Bros. executive Lauren Craniotes and Hollywood agent Brant Rose among others.