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Korean film pairs up with France

Oct 04, 2012
  • Writerby KIM Hyun-min
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KOFIC holds an event in Paris to support co-production 

Ko-production in Paris 2012, a French local event to support Korean-French co-production, was successfully held on September 18th and lasted for 3 days. KOFIC signed for the partnership with CNC, a French national image center, to host the event, where they selected 5 Korean-French co-production projects to help with 1 on 1 scenario mentoring support and business meeting to have the producers meet representatives from French film production companies and distribution companies.
The 5 projects selected for the event include Promise, a new project by so-called ‘queer director’ KIMJHO Gwang-soo, Monsters directed by KIM Baek-jun, who was highlighted when he made Farewell, Mobius Strip by MIN Byung-kook, the producer of Possible Changes and Black Stone by ROH Gyeong-tae, who is well renowned in France with Land Of Scarecrows.
The 5 mentors to instruct them are Marianne SLOT, a French producer from Denmark who has constantly worked with Lars Von TRIER, Laurent LAVOLE, French producer of A Brand New Life (directed by Ounie LECOMTE, Korean-French co-production), Guillaume de SEILLE, a producer with a lot of experience of co-production with many countires such as Korea and Turkey, Manuel CHICHE, president of ‘Wild Side Films’, a distribution company that has broght films of PARK Chan-wook, IM Sang-soo and NA Hong-jin to France and Philippe LUX, who distributed Asian films in France while working for ‘Pretty Pictures’ and ‘Le Pacte distribution’ for a long time and is currently working as a selection committee member of the Directors Fortnight of the Cannes International Film Festival.
Representatives of various French motion picture companies such as ‘Wild Side’ and ‘Haut et Court’ participated in 1 on 1 project meeting. About 50 business matches including 10 meetings were made for each project at average. A French daily newspaper ‘Le Monde’ covered news at the meeting scene, which reflects how high the interest of French film industry is in co-production with Korea. ‘Le Monde’ is planning to give major coverage to the Ko-Production in Paris event and the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) as soon as the festival ends.
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