Magazine article Screen International

Ko Suk-Man to Head Jeonju International Film Festival

Magazine article Screen International

Ko Suk-Man to Head Jeonju International Film Festival

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South Korea's Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) has named Ko Suk-man its new festival director.

Ko was previously president of the Educational Broadcasting System (EBS), head of the Korea Creative Contents Agency (KOCCA) and executive director of the Yeosu Expo 2012.

JIFF is perhaps best known for its annual Digital Project omnibuses comprised of three directors' films. Controversial Chinese filmmaker Ying Liang won Locarno's best director prize this year for politically-hued film When Night Falls, his part of Jeonju Digital Project 2012.

Ko's appointment follows the resignation of his predecessor Min Byung-lock last month. This year's JIFF, which ran April 26-May 4, saw more controversy than that surrounding Ying's film. Long-time programmer Yoo Un-seong engaged in a battle with regional media over the role of the film festival, which ended in his dismissal in June. …

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