Chairman KIM Eui-suk of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) appointed film director CHOI Equan as the new head of the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA) on Nov. 10 in Seoul.
Established in 1984, KAFA has played a leading role in producing some of contemporary Korean cinema’s major filmmakers. Kim Eui-suk was actually one of the first graduates of KAFA before he directed the seminal hit <Marriage Story (a.k.a. The Marriage Life)>. The school’s alumni also includes directors such as BONG Joon-ho (<The Host>), IM Sang-soo (<The Housemaid>), E J-yong (<Untold Scandal>), and HUR Jin-ho (<One Fine Spring Day>).
Himself a graduate of KAFA as well, Choi Equan made his feature debut in 2005 with <The Voice>, the fourth in the hit Whispering Corridors girls’ high school horror series. The film, which he wrote and directed, went to several festivals including the Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia and the Udine Far East Film Festival.
He went on to write and direct the animated film <Life Is Cool> (2008), one of the shorts in the Jeonju festival’s omnibus film <Short! Short! Short! 2009: Show Me The Money> (2009), and, most recently, <Mama> (2011) starring UHM Jung-hwa, YOO Hae-jin and KIM Hae-sook.
Choi is also a graduate of the linguistics department of Seoul National University. He holds an MFA in filmmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute, and has taught as a professor at KAFA.
Nov. 10, 2011