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KAFA Holds Film Development Workshops in Ho Chi Minh City

Aug 29, 2017
  • Writerby SONG Soon-jin
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TRAIN TO BUSAN Producer LEE Dong-ha and KILLER TOON Director KIM Yong-gyun Participate

The Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA) a division of the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) recently held a series of film development workshops in Vietnam. “We hosted KAFA’s 2017 Film Development Workshops for eight days from August 21st (Mon.) to 28th (Mon.) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to help expand the local market and interact with filmmakers.” KOFIC released in a statement. 

This workshop was led by LEE Dong-ha, a producer of TRAIN TO BUSAN (2016) and CEO of the production company REDPETER FILMS and KIM Yong-gyun, director of K-horror Killer Toon (2013) which came in first place at the Vietnamese box office in 2013. LEE and KIM gave lectures on the overall Korean film industry and production education focused on development. In addition, director PHAN Gia Nhat Linh, who helmed SWEET 20, Vietnam’s top-grossing film, gave a special lecture about the present and future of Korean-Vietnamese co-productions. SWEET 20, a Vietnamese remake of HWANG Dong-hyuk’s Miss Granny (2014) has topped the Vietnamese all-time box office. 

A total of 15 trainees attended the workshops with producer LEE and directors KIM and PHAN. They were composed of young Vietnamese filmmaking standouts in the directing, producing, filming, acting and writing fields. Trainees developed their scenarios through mentoring programs and also gained experience in pitching. Short film production courses will be held later. 
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