Magazine article Screen International

Korean Film Council Proposes Arthouse Film Quota

Magazine article Screen International

Korean Film Council Proposes Arthouse Film Quota

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Korean Film Council (KOFIC) chairman Kim Sae-hoon has revealed a three-year plan to promote and support the national film industry that includes a proposal for a screen quota for local "diversity films" - a.k.a. arthouse or non-mainstream films.

The country's current screen quota is for local films of any stripe to be screened 73 days of the year, an obligation that tends to be easily fulfilled by screening mainstream commercial fare.

Unable to solve the controversial issue of large-scale commercial films dominating conglomerate-owned multiplex screens, KOFIC is opting to go down the route of modifying the screen quota to support diverse programming.

However, Kim said the quota would not be a blanket decree for all theatres and that the proposal would undergo industry discussion first.

KOFIC's other strategic proposals for 2016-2018 included the following:

* Supporting animation, CGI and VFX development through funds and infrastructure

* KOFIC playing the matchmaker between investors, producers and scripts

* Creating a film fund of $41. …

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