With the goal of supporting the ailing Korean film industry, the KPIF will showcase producers and their projects,in comparison with PPP's director-driven projects. The event offers cash awards, a pitching event Oct 3, and opportunities for business meetings with investment companies Oct 4 -5.
Organizers selectedfive projects out of a total of 45 for their originality, business outlook, and producers' capacity.
The finalists include indie producers Jin-eun Lee with hip-hip band love triangle Reality Bites and Kyung-hee Sun with aviator fantasy Fly June, and more commercial producers Chang-hwan (David) Shin - who produced the Daniel Henney-starrer My Father and autistic runner hit Marathon, with his project Well Dying which tells the story of a terminally ill girl secretly preparing to die as her mother prepares to get remarried.
Also Yi Jong-ho, who produced the upcoming rock n'roll period film Go Go 70's and action drama Bloody Ties. His project Jealous Of Adultery follows a group of old classmates in their thirties as they are shocked and changed by the mystery surrounding an affair between two of their group.
Finally, Hyunwoo Shim, a producer at Generation Blue Films (Red Shoes, The Old Garden) brings The Child in which a young woman finds out belatedly from her ex-lover that her five-year-old child did not die in birth.
For the Busan 2008 International Co-production Conference, Oct 5, a round table seminar on locations and productions services across Asia will review case studies of films such as John Woo's Red Cliff and Chinese war epic Assembly, which took advantage of Hong Kong locations and technology; the Japanese hit Hero which included locations in Busan, the Korean film Sunny which shot Vietnam War scenes in Thailand; and The Dark Knight and Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer for which Hong Kong's October Pictures was responsible for location services.
Panelists will include Young-jin Kim, producer at leading Korean film company Sidus FNH, Sasisupa Sungvaribud, CEO of Thailand's The 6th Element, Yasushi Minatoya, producer at Japan's Nikkatsu Corp., Chi-yun Yi, a producer and Korean Film Council (KOFIC) representative in China, and Chen On Chu, CEO of Hong Kong-based October Pictures.