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Film Auckland To Extend Relationships With Korean Filmmakers At Bifcom 2008 In Busan, South Korea, Oct 3-5

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11 SEPTEMBER 2008 - As part of Auckland's sister city relationship with Busan, Auckland City Council and the Busan Metropolitan Government are hosting Film Auckland executive manager Michael Brook at BIFCOM in Busan next month. Auckland City Council is a gold sponsor of Film Auckland. Brook will work alongside Film New Zealand, the national film office, at its stand promoting filming in New Zealand at the New Zealand Trade & Enterprise-sponsored New Zealand trade show booth. BIFCOM is Asia's biggest locations trade show, attended by over 2,500 delegates from around the world. Film New Zealand has been exhibiting at BIFCOM since 2004. He will be will be working to extend the city's existing relationship with Korean filmmakers, selling the attractions of Auckland's locations and facilities for production, post-production and animation for film and television projects to some of the region's leading producers. He will meet with producers, hosted by Korean producer Kevin Chang, who is also the director of the Gyeonggi Film Commission and a driving force behind the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed last year between the Korean Film Producers Association and Film Auckland. Film Auckland's new promotional DVD will be released during his visit. Brook and other New Zealand delegates will participate in a programme of professional visits to Korean studios and facilities which is being arranged by the Busan Metropolitan Government. The recent filming of Korean/US production Laundry Warrior in Auckland and Film Auckland's hosting of a dozen delegations from Korea, China or Singapore in the past year is evidence of a growing awareness of New Zealand's potential as a production destination. Film Auckland has played host to visitors from the China Film Co-Production Corporation, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, the Korean Film Council, the Gyeonggi Digital Content Agency (Gyeonggi is a province in Korea with a strong screen industry), the Korean government, The China Film Group (the largest government agency) and the Huayi Brothers, the largest independent media conglomerate in China. The latter were in New Zealand as guests of Tourism New Zealand with arrangements assisted by Film New Zealand. Also next month, Film Auckland board member Paul Carran will attend the APN (Asia-Pacific Producers Network) Forum in Tokyo Oct 20 - 23. The APN is a forum of key producers from around Asia. Film New Zealand will also be attending this annual forum. Film Auckland markets Auckland as a film production and post-production location to international film and television producers, providing contact with local facilities, services and personnel, as well as facilitating liaison with relevant local body and government organizations and developing industry infrastructure. Established and governed by a board of film industry practitioners, Film Auckland is operated by executive manager Michael Brook.

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