Oh Seok Geun
Courtesy of KOFIC
Korea (South)


The Busan-born Oh directed 1993’s “The 101st Proposal” in Seoul’s old film capital Chungmuro, but returned to his hometown to become the first general manager of the Busan International Film Festival and then director of the Busan Film Commission, an organization known for being notably proactive in its Asian outreach. Under a new government in 2018, Oh was drafted to heal the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), the state regulator and financier that was badly tarnished by adhering to a previous ministerial policy of blacklisting artistic talent. In 2020, KOFIC established an online ticket-booking system for independent theaters and launched Indie Ground, an initiative operated by the Association of Korean Independent Film & Video to provide distribution and networking support for independent filmmakers. Oh’s term as KOFIC chairman finished in January 2021.


  • Korean Film Council
  • Busan International Film Festival
  • Busan Film Commission

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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