Puchon to host Development Lab

Event to take place July 16 to 22

SEOUL — The Korean Film Council’s 4th Filmmakers’ Development Lab will take place July 16 to 22 during the Puchon Fantastic Film Festival.

Five films have been selected for the Lab, which will be part of the fest’s Network of Asian Fantastic Films industry program.

The Lab offers emerging Korean filmmakers mentoring with industryites, such as Warner Bros. executive Lauren Craniotes and American Film Institute professor Barry Sabath, who help them develop their projects.

This year, the projects include three Korean films and two U.S.-Korean collaborations.

Helmers from U.S. are Ted Chung with “Red Lines,” a story of a Korean family in the States set against the world of auto-racing; and Lee Kyung-jan with “The Calling,” about a female shaman.

Korean projects are “Papa,” a family and music story helmed by Han Ji-seung; Kim Ji-whan and Ahn Min-jeong’s horror film “Soul Mate”; and “The Tricky Happenings of Wonder,” a mystery about a corpse and an abandoned baby, from Sim Sou-yun.

It’s the Lab’s first year at Puchon. It has been held twice in Hawaii and once on Korea’s Jeju island.

Many of the previous Lab attendees have been Korean Americans who have developed projects independently.

Among them, 2006 Lab members Philip Chung and Young-il Kim were invited to Tribeca All Access, a year-round program of the Tribeca Film Institute that fosters relationships between industry executives and filmmakers from under-represented communities.

The Lab’s 2007 students Gene Rhee, Samuel Kiehoon Lee, Christina Choe, Jeyun Choi and Nathan Adolfson went on to pitch their pics at the Independent Feature Project in New York and at the Pusan Film Festival’s Asian Film Market.