Busan Film Commission appoints new head

Oh Seok-geun will replace Park Kwang-su

Seoul– Helmer Oh Seok-geun will take up his post as director of the Busan Film Commission on Tuesday.

He replaces helmer Park Kwang-su, who has lead the commission since its launch in 1999.

Park is moving on to become director of the School of Film, TV & Multimedia at Korea’s National U. of Arts, and the artistic director of the Yeosu World Expo 2012.

He introduced the concept of local government support for location shooting in Korea for the first time and paved the way to set up the infrastructure for film production in Busan city, including Busan Film Studio and Busan post-production facilities.

Park also launched industry showcase Bifcom, the Asian Film Commission Network and Asia-Pacific Film Policy Forum.

Oh has directed three features, including 2004’s “Love Is a Crazy Thing” (2004), and served as general manager of the Pusan Film Festival from 1996 to 2000.

The Pusan fest, which uses an archaic spelling, unspools in the city of Busan.

He is also CEO of Busan-based Balcon Inc., whose recent films include omnibus project “Camellia,” which gathers together three shorts by Jang Joon-hwan, Wisit Sasanatieng and Yukisada Isao.

This year’s Bifcom will run Oct. 9-11, under the theme of “All That 3D.”