BUSAN – CJ Entertainment, CJ Culture Foundation and CGV Movie College are supporting the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA)’s Advanced Programs to the tune of $120,000. In return, CJ Entertainment will acquire local distribution rights to the four feature films that have been produced under the programs.
Three of the first four films of ‘Advanced Programs’ were invited to this year’s PIFF, including “Members of the Funeral” in the New Currents section, “The Room Nearby” at the Korean Cinema Today-vision section, and “The Story of Mr. Sorry” at the Animation Showcase section of Wide Angle, respectively. The fourth film from KAFA is “The Day After.”
As Korea’s leading film school, KAFA has nurtured numerous distinguished talents in contemporary Korean film industry, including helmer Bong Joon-ho (“The Host”) and Choi Dong-hoon (“Tazza”). Operating under the auspices of the Korean Film Council, KAFA provides film production workshops and education programs mainly focusing on short film productions. In the 20 years of its existence, most of KAFA’s students have moved directly into professional film industry after graduation.
The Academy’s ‘Advanced Programs’ were introduced in 2008, in order to offer further education opportunities for producing feature films and projects were selected through open competition, among the students and graduates of KAFA.
“We needed a sort of turning point for the KAFA’s education programs. I thought it will be much useful to introduce feature film production programs, to train both students and graduates directly available to professional film industry,” said helmer Park Ki-yong, who has worked as the executive director of KAFA for more than 8 years.
Each produced with HD formats, the average budget of the four films was $60,000. Coin came from KOFIC, together with support from the CJ companies.
It is not yet confirmed when or how CJ will release the films.