Film festival organizers protest state funding cut
Organizers of international film festivals in South Korea staged a joint protest Friday against a government plan to further slash their funding.
State funding for film fests has continued to decrease in recent years despite their growing international stature.
State funding has also been waning for other international film festivals in South Korea, including the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, Jeonju International Film Festival, Jecheon International Film & Music Festival, the Women’s Film Festival in Seoul and Seoul International Youth Film Festival.
“International film festivals in the nation have become part of the representative cultural brand and play a key role in nurturing the domestic film market and developing provincial economies,” Kim Ji-seok, a PIFF executive programmer, said in a forum held by the film festival organizers.