Korean Film Council

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Korean Film Council
Agency overview
Preceding agencies
  • Korean Motion Picture Promotion Corporation
  • Korean Film Commission
JurisdictionRepublic of Korea
Headquarters13/14F, 55 Centum Jungang-ro(U-dong), Haeundae-gu, Busan 612-020, Republic of Korea
Parent agencyMinistry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) (Korean영화진흥위원회; Hanja映畵振興委員會) is a state-supported, self-administered organization under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) of the Republic of Korea.[1]


KOFIC was launched in 1973 as the Korean Motion Picture Promotion Corporation (KMPPC). It changed its name to Korean Film Commission in 1999, to be set up as a self-regulating body that could institute film policy without requiring the ratification of the Ministry of Culture. It changed its name once more to Korean Film Council in 2004 to avoid confusion with local film commissions that provide support for location shooting.[2][3]


KOFIC is composed of nine commissioners, including one full-time chairman and 8 committee members appointed by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in order to discuss and decide on the main policies related to Korean films.[4]

It aims to promote and support Korean films both in Korea and abroad. Its primary objective is to promote and support the production of Korean films through funding, research, education and training. It also strives to further develop international markets for Korean films and to promote inter-cultural understanding through film-based cultural exchanges.[5][6][7][8]

Timeline (1973-2013)[edit]

  • April 1973 - Founded as Korea Motion Picture Promotion Corporation[2]
  • March 1984 - Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA) established
  • October 1997 - Korean Film Promotion Fund established
  • November 1997 - Completion of Namyangju Studios
  • February 1998 - Film Promotion Law sets legal framework for KOFIC
  • May 1999 - Korean Film Commission launched
  • March 2004 - Korean Film Commission renamed Korean Film Council
  • July 2007 - Film Development Fund established
  • March 2012 - Korean Film Business Center opens in Beijing
  • October 2013 - Deadline for KOFIC to relocate to Busan

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (28 October 2013). "Major South Korean Film Bodies Move to Busan". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-01-24.
  2. ^ a b Cremin, Stephen (8 October 2013). "Korean Film Council: Young at Forty". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2016-01-24.
  3. ^ "The Korean Film Council (KOFIC)". www.koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2016-01-24.
  4. ^ "Introduction of KOFIC". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2016-01-24.
  5. ^ "Korean Film Council". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved 2016-01-24.
  6. ^ Paquet, Darcy (2008). "Korean Film Council: diversified support". ASEF culture360. Retrieved 2016-01-24.
  7. ^ Paquet, Darcy (2008). "Funding the Korean film business". ASEF culture360. Retrieved 2016-01-24.
  8. ^ Paquet, Darcy (2008). "The impressive rise of Korean film". ASEF culture360. Retrieved 2016-01-24.

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