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12th PIFF to Have Two Heads
- Writerby Nigel D’Sa (KOFIC)
The 12th Pusan International Film Festival held its annual plenary session announcing important changes in its organization. Director KIM Dong-ho, who has headed the festival since its very first edition, will now share responsibilities with newly appointed co-festival director LEE Yong-kwan – formerly deputy director. KIM will primarily handle international relations, while LEE will be in charge of domestic affairs.
PIFF will now also have three deputy directors. Veteran actor AHN Sung-ki who has held the position since 2005 will now share it with Jay JEON who is also programmer of PIFF’s World Cinema section, and AHN Byung-yul, GM of MBC broadcasting company.
Korean cinema programmer HUH Moon-yung, who resigned, will be replaced by CHO Young-jung, coordinator of the Korean Retrospective, and LEE Sang-yong, one of the nation’s top film critics. Other programmers include HONG Hyo-sook for Wide Angle, PAK Do-sin for Midnight Passion, LEE Soue-won for Special Programs in Focus and KIM Ji-seok as Program Director for the Asian Cinema section.
The budget for 2007 was drawn up with US$ 8 million including $1.5 million from the national expenditure, and $ 3 million from Busan municipal expenditure. The main plans for the upcoming PIFF are the initiation of an Asian Actor Festival (tentative title), building on last year’s Asian Star Summit, creating a more audience-friendly environment, and constructing what will become the exclusive media center for PIFF.
The 12th Pusan International Film Festival will be held from October 4th to 12th and the Asian Film Market will run from Oct 8th to 11th.
Nigel D’Sa (KOFIC)