26th Busan International Film Festival Honors Late Lee Choon-yun as Korean Film Award Recipient
The “big brother” of the Korean film industry, producer Lee Choon-yun, who has dedicated his life to promoting Korean cinema, received the Korean Cinema Award.
One of South Korea’s veteran producers of the Korean film industry, Lee Choon-yun passed away on May 11. The 26th Busan International Film Festival will honor Lee Choon-yun with the Korean Cinema Award at the opening ceremony of the festival. The Korean Cinema Prize was awarded to individuals or organizations that have contributed to the promotion of Korean cinema to the world.
As the founder of a film production company, CINE2000 and chairman of the Korea Film Art and Industry Association (KAFAI), Lee Choon-yun is like a big brother of the Korean film industry. He started film production in the 1980s and opened up a whole new horizon of Korean horror with the Whispering Corridors series. It has provided opportunities for directors and actors, having produced Happiness Does Not Come In Grades (1989) directed by Kang Woo-suk, Their Last Love Affair (1996) directed by Lee Myung-se, Trio (1997) directed by Park Chan- wook, Art Museum By The Zoo (1998) directed by Lee Jeong-hyang, Interview (2000) directed by Byun Hyuk and The Terror, Live (2013) directed by Kim Byung-woo which he also played in the movie.
Lee is believed to have greatly contributed to the rise of Korean cinema through innovative film productions with young directors of the time.
Besides being a prolific producer, Lee had been an advisor to the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) since 1997 and was instrumental in promoting free speech when the festival was under administration fire. previous after the screening of The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol (2014). He has been tremendously influential for many films, being a leader of the Screen Quota movement and an instrument in the formation and management of all kinds of film festivals.
“Lee Choon-yun is the curator of BIFF. Especially when the festival was under blacklist pressure from the previous administration due to the screening of The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol (2014), it provided crucial help in speaking out, ”said Huh Moon-young from the director of the BIFF festival.
Lee has been a festival board member since 2016 in addition to being an intermittent festival advisor since 1997.
[Lee Choon-yun ㅣ KAFAI Chairpersonㅣ Korea]
Born in Sinan County, South Jeolla Province, South Korea, Lee Choon-yun studied acting at Chung-Ang University. He began his film career in 1983, after a stage career in the seventies. Having started with Widow Dance (1984), her main credits include My Mellow Rose, Happiness Does Not Come In Grades, Deep Scratch, Hwang Jin Yi and The Terror, Live. As President of CINE2000, he produced the Whispering Corridors series, which opened up a new horizon of Korean horror. The Whispering Corridors, the high school horror series, launched a series of leading acting and director careers.
[Past Recipients of the Korean Cinema Award (Position held at the time of the award presentation)]
BAE Yong-jae (Festival Director and Founder of the Korean Film Festival in Paris, Korea)
Yoo Dong-suk (former director of the Korean film festival in Paris, Korea)
Martine THÉROUANNE (Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas Festival Director and Co-Founder, France)
Jean-Marc THÉROUANNE (Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas General Manager and Co-Founder, France)
Christoph TERHECHTE (Forum Manager of the Berlin International Film Festival, Germany)
Laurence HERSZBERG (Managing Director of the Forum des Images, France)
Wieland SPECK (Panorama Programmer of the Berlin International Film Festival, Germany)
Corinne SIEGRIST-OBOUSSIER (Director of Filmpodium, Switzerland)
Charles TESSON (Artistic Director of Critics’ Week at the Cannes International Film Festival, France)
HAYASHI Kanako (Director of the Tokyo FILMeX Festival, Japan)
Julietta SICHEL (former program director of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic)
Bruno BARDE (Director of the Asian Film Festival of Deauville, France)
Riccardo GELLI (Director of the Korea Film Festival in Florence, Italy)
Jeannette Paulson HERENIKO (President of Asia Pacific Film.com, former director of the Hawaii International Film Festival, USA)
Richard PEÑA (Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, USA)
Sabrina BARACETTI (President of the Udine Far East Film Festival, Italy)
Jean-François RAUGER (Chief Programmer of the Cinémathèque française, France)
Martial KNAEBEL (Director of the Friborg International Film Festival, Switzerland)
TERAWAKI Ken (Former Director General of the Department of Cultural Affairs of Japan, Japan)
Dieter KOSSLICK (Director of the Berlinale Festival, Germany)
Thierry FRÉMAUX (Artistic Director of the Cannes International Film Festival, France)
YANO Kazuyuki (Festival Director of the Yamagata International Documentary Festival, Japan)
Phillip CHEAH (Director of the Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore)
PARK Byoung-yang (President of Asia Film Production, Japan)
LEE Bong-ou (President of Cine Quanon, Japan)
Alain Jacques Louis PATEL (Director of the Asian Film Festival of Deauville, France)
Eva ZAORALOVÁ (Artistic Director of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic)
Martin & Anna Louisa GIROD (Directors of Stadtkino Basel, Switzerland)
Serge LOSIQUE (Director of the Montreal International Film Festival, Canada)
LEE Young-il (film critic, Korea)
Gilles JACOB (Director of the Cannes International Film Festival, France)
Moritz de HADELN (Director of the Berlinale Festival, Germany)
Aruna VASUDEV (Editor-in-chief of CINEMAYA, India)
SATO Tadao (Director of the Fukuoka Film Festival, Japan)
Adriano APRÀ (Director of the Pesaro International Film Festival, Italy)
Tony RAYNS (film critic, UK)
Alain JALLADEAU (Director of the Festival des 3 Continents, France)
Ulrich GREGOR (Director of the International Forum, Berlinale, Germany)
Larry KADISH (Museum of Modern Art Programmer, United States)
Ancha FLUBACHER-RHIM (Deputy Director of the Jeonju International Film Festival, Korea)
Simon FIELD (Festival Director of the Rotterdam International Film Festival, United Kingdom)
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