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Dear filmmaker,

As the president of the Korea Film Commissions & Industry Network I want to welcome you at the Film Korea website, the gateway to filming and production location Korea.

Korean film industry is not only Asia’s’ leading film industry but also becoming a global player in terms of audiovisual content production and export. The international success of movies like The Host, Old Boy, The Chaser or most recently Snowpiercer speak for the talent, the creativity and the high production value that is available in the country.

Directors of great renown like Bong Joon-ho, Park Chan-wook, Kim Ji-woon or Na Hong-jin- to name a few - are supported by an abundance of word-class film professional crew and technicians. A variety of studios and outdoor film sets, post production facilities and highly advanced CGI and visual effects studios are the back bone of Korea’s vital film industry.

But while the film industry is one of the world’s largest - Korea ranked 5th largest market worldwide by admissions and 7th largest market worldwide by gross box office in 2013 - Korea’s vast variety of locations are still pretty underexposed on the international screen. Though many small and medium sized budget movies, TV series and documentaries, predominantly from east Asia and South east Asia, and in 2014 Marvel’s Avengers: The Age of Ultron and the Netflix series Sense8 penned and co-directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski have been shot in Korea no big budget international production has chosen Korea as filming location.

As a highly urbanized country, Korea offers all kind of locations, be it Korean traditional or ultra-modern architecture, breathtaking traffic infrastructure or solemn mountains peaks. The dynamic city scape of Seoul, the capital contrasts the Korean traditional architecture in cities like Jeonju or Gyeongju. Bustling harbour cities like Busan or Incheon have their distinct own flair. Sleepy little fishing towns and mountain villages, sandy beaches, rocky cliffs and even sub-tropic volcanic islands can all be reached within one to two hours from Seoul. Rice paddies and tea fields, mountains covered in lush forest, rocky cliffs and pristine valleys and countless islands nestled off the south and western coast of the peninsula are all seasoned with the four distinct aesthetics of spring, summer, fall and winter.

With all my heart I would like to invite you, international filmmaker to have a look at this hidden jewel to discover the beauty of the Korean locations and advantages of the Korean production infrastructure. We will support you with all the resourses and capabilities we and all the member film commissions and industry institutions can offer.
April, 2015
Jang-ho Lee
President of Korea Film Commissions & Industry Network