Asian Film Market head Park Kwang-su is to step down from his position before the next edition.
Press officer Janice Chung confirmed, 'Mr. Park has always said he would only stay a couple years to start the market up. We haven't fixed an exit date yet. He still has to get back from his trip to Rome ' - where his latest film, made after a long hiatus, Meet Mr. Daddy won the Young Audience award.
Park was also working on the film in tandem to preparing the Asian Film Market in its inaugural year, and has always made it clear he wants to continue making films.
In this, its second year, the market was held Oct 8-11 comprising a range of events including the Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP), the newly started Co-production PRO market, and the BIFCOM locations and post-production market.
Park will continue to head the latter as he has done since its inception in 1999.
PIFF organizers are in discussions regarding a replacement for Park although they still have at least until the end of the year. 'It is most likely the announcement will be made by February when the Busan City council meets. PIFF's accounting year starts in March,' says Chung.
Also a professor at the Korean National University of Arts film school, Park is a veteran director of politically-tinged films such as A Single Sparkand Chilsu and Mansu.