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  • Introduction of KOFIC

  • About KOFIC
    Established in 1973, the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) is a special organization entrusted to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism sector of Republic of Korea.
    KOFIC aims to support and promote Korean films through various means. The organization is composed of nine commissioners, including one full-time chairman and 8 committee members appointed by the Ministry of Culture in order to discuss and decide on the main policies related to Korean films.
  • Relocation of KOFIC
    Following the Balanced Development Plan policies by the Korean Government, public sector are to relocate for distribution of balanced regional development. In accordance with this act, KOFIC’s headquarters relocated to Busan at the end of 2013 to 1466-4, U-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan, located right next to the Busan Cinema Center.
  • Relocation of KOFIC
    KOFIC will temporally use the 13th and 14th floors in the Centum Industry Academy Campus while the new headquarters will be built in Centum City by 2015. The building site is spread over 6,235 square meters and its total f loor space will be 21,668 square meters. The 12-story building with two basement f loors is currently on the drawing boards. The building will be home to KOFIC and the Korean Film Academy and will support in further cementing Centum City as the mecca of Korea’s film industry.
    Moreover, KOFIC will build the Busan Cinema Studio in Gijang-gun of Busan, as a global base for Korean films. The Global Studio, to be built in the Busan Cinema Studio, will be Korea’s biggest with state-of-the-art filming facilities. Six Global Studio buildings, outdoor sets, and production support facilities will be completed by 2015, while a theme park and culture and sports facilities will be built through the inducement of private capital after 2016.
  • KOFIC’s Business Plan for 2014
    The Korean Film Council (Chairman: KIM Eui-suk, KOFIC) has announced their business plan for the year 2014. The organization continues to strive to provide the best support in areas that saw success in previous years, but also came up with new items to further improve the environment for Korean films. Please note that all grant amounts are converted approximately into USD.
  • Domestic Production Support Programs
    KOFIC takes pride in supporting the production of indie films. KOFIC believes that with financial support, more unique and experimental films can be produced, diversifying the pool of films in the industry. Funds amounting to USD 1.1 million are available for filmmakers making shorts, features and documentaries.
    In terms of support for films that have already screened at theaters, there is a grant which domestic filmmakers can apply to in order to get started for their next film. However, it will depend on the box office success of their previous feature. KOFIC will choose approximately 60 titles that will each be provided with up to USD 70,000.
    The Korean Scenario Database (scenariomarket.or.kr) is a hub that collects and provides scripts online. Scriptwriters are encouraged to upload their works on the market for sale and to open up possibilities for international co-productions. Every month, as many as four outstanding scripts will be chosen and will have a chance to apply for three months of mentoring sessions to improve their writing. Once the scripts have taken shape, the chosen entries will have a pitching session where ten films will be selected from this group to acquire the funding to create their scripts into reality. The prizes range from USD 5,000 to 50,000.
    For production companies, there is also a support program for the planning and development of Korean films. About USD 900,000 will be distributed among 50 scripts, which will also be selected from the scenario market’s entries. In order to allow investment funds to continuously flow in the local film industry, KOFIC puts aside USD 10 million in a venture capital fund, for which their stake does not exceed 50%. The investment group will decide on which films to support and the amount for each investment.
  • Supporting Korean Film Production Supporting R&D for Korean Films Supporting Independent Productions and Art House Theaters
  • Distribution and Exhibition Support
    Most indie and art films have difficulty securing theatrical releases. In order to change this, KOFIC operates and funds arthouse theaters. The theaters that will be supported by KOFIC include Artplus Cinema Network, Indieplus, Cine Arirang, KOFA, Indiespace, and the Cinematheque Seoul Art Cinema. Provided benefits range from covering fees for theater maintenance, help in producing marketing materials, programming films, and funds going towards translations and subtitling for easier distribution. There is also a grant that is set aside for assisting the distribution of art, indie, and documentary films. 15 films per year will be allowed USD 30,000 each, which will go towards making prints, digital packaging, shipping and receiving, marketing and P&A.
  • Alternative Market Outreach: KOME
    KOFIC’s Korean Open Movie Exchange/Eco-System (KOME) provides a safe marketplace where film contents providers and service providers can come together to register films and make legal downloading services easy. By creating the ‘good downloader’ campaign, KOFIC markets and promotes the use of KOME and a safe downloading system to protect indie films and provide a safe place for digital contents.
  • International Promotion and Marketing
    Moving over to the international promotion department, international film festival participation and international marketing is the main area of focus. KOFIC searches for new markets unfamiliar with Korean cinema and holds events such as retrospectives or cinematheque screenings to expose Korean films and filmmakers. KOFIC assists with the flight and/or accommodation fees for filmmakers and/or cast attending major film festivals or film markets. Alternatively, invited films can apply to get help with subtitling or making DCPs. Features can get up to USD 3,000 and shorts up to USD 600 for technical support. Sales companies attending these major festivals and markets can also get assistance from KOFIC by applying for help with producing screeners, setting up booths, printing and prepping marketing materials, and more. KOFIC also organizes networking events like ‘Korean Film Nights’ to provide a space for networking and offers legal consulting for signing with international companies. The amount of each grant and application requirements vary.
    International Korean film festivals or events that are planning to screen Korean films can apply to ask KOFIC for support to put on their events.
    The most extensive way that KOFIC reaches out to international film industries is through the Korean Film Biz Zone (KoBiz), a website that comprises the latest news in Korean cinema, a large database of filmmakers, actors and companies, and an online screening service where film festivals or buyers can preview films. News is updated on a daily basis and a monthly digital magazine is also available. Other valuable information such as co-production information, shooting locations, box office reports, and statistics can all be found there.
  • Co-Production Promotions and International Offices
    KOFIC encourages co-productions between the Korean film industry and foreign industries, especially with China, USA, Japan and France. With offices set-up in China and USA and local representatives in Japan and France, KOFIC looks forward to broadening and developing more co-productions in the upcoming years through various programs and events.
    In terms of support for planning and developing co-productions, there are year-round programs to help connect Korean filmmakers with USA and Japan industries and create opportunities for one on one meetings, provide consulting, translating, and business matching. As for China, KOFIC’s Korean Film Business Center in Beijing stands its ground to provide even more intensive support locally. The business center is where producers and filmmakers can apply for long term (three months) or short term (one month) stays in China, where KOFIC provides hospitality, mentoring, doctoring, networking, consulting, and teaches participants about the Chinese film industry.

    Supporting International Co-Productions

    If international funding is over 20% of the total production cost for a co-production project with foreign producers, the film length exceeds 70 minutes, and the budget is more than USD 1 million, it is then eligible to apply for a 25% rebate on production costs, with a maximum cap of USD 300,000.
    There is also a location incentive, even when it is not a co-production. KOFIC offers a cash grant worth up to 30% on production expenses for foreign audiovisual works incurred for goods and services in Korea, with a cap of USD 1.5 million. Feature films and television series produced by foreign production companies in which foreign investment exceeds 80% will be eligible for this grant. The shoot must take place for at least three days in Korea and spend a minimum of USD 100,000 in the country. More information can be found on www.koreanfilm.or.kr.
    Networking is an important element in successfully initiate a co-production. The office in LA and Beijing and the representatives in Japan and France are a crucial part of the fluid networking and communication process. LA office also oversees the pre-agency program, which selects Korean filmmakers and actors that might be suitable to work in Hollywood. Their portfolios are sent to American talent agencies and business meetings are scheduled in order to promote the entry of Korean filmmakers into Hollywood. The Beijing office holds yearly Korean Filmmaker Showcase events, and Ko-production Forums are held in China, USA and Japan. Another major networking event is the KOFIC Industry Forum held during Busan International Film Festival. The program invites key foreign financiers, producers and production companies to Korea. All these networking opportunities will bring together major players in the industry for in-depth discussions, seminars, case studies and ultimately promote and provide a place to initiate new collaborations.
  • Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA)
    KAFA is a film school which centers its teachings on production. Through handson training and research programs, students will produce three feature films and one animated feature every year. The three majors available include Film Directing, Cinematography, and Animation Directing. Supporting individuality and creativity, KAFA insists on small groups to allow freedom of discussion and in-depth training. New for this year, the Asia Film School is the next big project for KAFA. Aiming to start operation in 2015, the Asia Film School’s main goal is to offer a place for Asian filmmakers to learn filmmaking in Korea. It will work alongside the Asian Film Academy (BIFF), and FLY project (Bu san Film Commission) to offer a nurturing program.

    Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA)
  • Korean Film Council
    13/14F, 55 Centum Jungang-ro(U-dong), Haeundae-gu, Busan 612-020,South Korea
    Website : www.koreanfilm.or.kr
    E-mail : kobiz@kofic.or.kr
    Tel : +82 51 720 4700