Korea's Screen Quota Action Alliance has announced it will hold a silentprotest in the hour before the opening ceremony of the Pusan International FilmFestival (PIFF) tomorrow (Oct12).
The protest - to have the146-day local film screening quota reinstated - will be headed by King And The Clown star Lee Joon-ki andveteran actor Park Joong-hoon (Nowhere ToHide).
An international conferenceentitled UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity, FTA and the Screen Quota willbe held on Oct 15 at the PIFF Pavilion, chaired by President of the Alliance, Ahn Sung-ki. The conference will include two paneldiscussions, a joint statement from the Coalition for Cultural Diversity and apress conference.
Speakers that day will beaward-winning director Patrice Leconte and Coalition of Cultural DiversityFrance president Pascal Rogard. Representatives from Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Taiwan, the US, France and Korea will join TheHost director Bong Joon-ho on the panels.
The Alliance is also hosting a reception on the eve of theconference, to follow the screening of a documentary 146 - 73=Screen Quota + Korea-US FTA, which is in the Wide Anglesection of PIFF.
During the year at festivalsabroad, director Park Chan-wook (SympathyFor Lady Vengeance) held a solo protest in Berlin, and activists organisedthemselves with sympathisers at the Cannes film festival in candlelightprotests and conferences.
The Cannes festival's board of trustees also issued a statementof support for the Screen Quota and cultural diversity in films. At the Venice film festival, director Ryoo Seung-wan was joined byfest head Marco Mueller in a protest before the screening of his film The City Of Violence.
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