Professor, Critic and Former Jeonju IFF Head Programmer to Lead KOFIC’s ‘Post-COVID’ Film Policy
Respected film critic, professor and programmer KIM Young-jin has been elected as the new chairperson of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC). He takes over from OH Seok-geun, who stepped down on January 7 after completing his three-year term as chairman.
In his position as one of the vice-chairpersons of KOFIC, a post to which he was appointed in January last year, KIM has played a significant role in the council’s efforts to coordinate the film industry’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of his chief tasks as the new chairman will be to spearhead KOFIC’s ‘Post-COVID’ film policy.
Chairman KIM expressed, "We will seek practical support measures to overcome difficult times due to the aftermath of COVID-19 and other issues, and will concentrate our capabilities on presenting a blueprint that actively responds to the rapidly reorganizing film industry.”
KIM’s term will conclude on January 3, 2022. Previously, chairpersons for the Korean Film Council were selected by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for three-year terms. KOFIC has now returned to its previous system, whereby a chairman is chosen among and by KOFIC’s nine-member committee. As a result, KIM will finish out his current two-year committee term as chairman, at which point his contract is eligible to be renewed for three years.