PARK Kiyong (Director)

PARK Kiyong started his film career soon after graduating from the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA) in 1987. Since then, he has worked on various film projects as producer and director. Films he produced include, “To the Starry Island” (PARK Kwang-su, 1993): the first Korean co-production with a European company, Channel Four TV, and “Cinema on the Road” (JANG Sun-woo, 1995): the Korean episode for BFI's “The Century of Cinema” series. In 2000, he also produced “JANG Sun-woo Variations”: a documentary about a controversial Korean director JANG Sun-Woo by a prominent British film critic Tony RAYNS. His films as a writer and director: “Motel Cactus” (1997) and “Camels(s)” (2001) have won numerous awards including the New Currents Award at the Busan International Film Festival and the Grand Award at the Fribourg International Film Festival. While representing KAFA from 2001 to 2009, he started the "Feature Film & Animation Production Program" which became an enormous success that helped turn the institution into a world-class film school. Films made in this program were shown in many leading international film festivals, won numerous awards, and had successful commercial distributions. Asian Film Academy (AFA), co-presented by KAFA and Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), was another film training program he has initiated and developed with a strong belief, and saw it become a core film training program in Asia. Since 2012, he teaches directing at Dankook University, Korea, and was head of the Graduate School of Cinematic Content between 2018 and 2020.