Letter from the Director
As the Korean Ministry of Culture’s representative in London I have had the pleasure of overseeing the operations of the Korean Cultural Centre UK and its many offsite festivals since 2012. The cornerstone of these activities has long been the much anticipated annual London Korean Film Festival. With a small, dedicated team we have steered the festival to its 10th anniversary and now that it is upon us I am sure that you will agree we have prepared a programme that is our best yet.
With 52 films at prime cinemas across London, this year we not only welcome the best from Korea’s box office but also an opportunity to meet with the star actors Hwang Jung-min and Moon So-ri. The festival has always supported the works of lesser known individuals within the Korean film industry and I am pleased to see the inclusion of an Emerging Directors strand as well as the ever popular Mise-en-Scène shorts. We welcome back the strand selected by the Busan International Film Festival and celebrate our 10th anniversary with a selection of audience choice films from our last 10 years. It’s not just our film festival that celebrates an anniversary this year, we also have a stream dedicated to our festival partner CJ Entertainment that in 2015 marks its 20th year in film production. Add to this our family films, and of course the Classics Revisited, and you can see how this year’s festival has something for everyone.
The festival, for the last 10 years has prided itself on its accessibility and interaction with audiences, and this year is no exception. With actor/director Q&As, talks, exhibitions and forums running alongside the screenings we hope that you can discover new trends and interesting aspects about Korean film.
With our festival growing year on year we have sought a range of new and exciting venue partners to compliment our longstanding relationship with Odeon Cinemas. Therefore in 2015 the festival will be screened across 10 London venues and together we have programmed a dynamic and exciting selection of films to suit all tastes, we look forward to seeing you there.