Gyeonggi Film Commission offers support for domestic and foreign movie productions. From location to equipment rentals.
This year South Korean cinema turned 100 years old. Although the Korean film industry has faced ups and downs, in the last two decades South Korean films have been experiencing a surge in popularity with internationally acclaimed titles such as Old Boy, The Host, Burning, Train To Busan, Parasite, and more. This has positively affected Gyeonggi-do’s film industry as the province is home to many popular shooting destinations in South Korea.
Films, whether commercial or independent, are powerful cultural items and often require public support as the international scene is very competitive. The Gyeonggi Film Commission and the Gyeonggi Content Agency are two public institutions dedicated to supporting Korean cinema and the Gyeonggi film industry.
What is the Gyeonggi Film Commission
The Gyeonggi Film Commission (GGFC) is a public institution dedicated to promoting Gyeonggi-do’s film industry and local filming locations. GGFC was founded in 2005 with the aim of fortifying the province’s central role in the South Korean film industry. The commission also works to attract international productions by promoting and granting access to Gyeonggi’s filming locations.
GGFC helps to authorize the filming of more than one hundred visual productions a year in various locations and offers a variety of support programs. These programs cover different stages of film production and development and include:
- incentives for domestic and international productions and the attraction of such productions to locations in the province;
- incentives for local production companies;
- support for scenario planning and the development of indie/art films;
- support for the production of indie/art films to diversify Korean cinema; and
- support for the distribution of outstanding independent domestic films.
On top of that, GGFC encourages Gyeonggi residents to enjoy films as a cultural activity. To make films more accessible to the public, GGFC operates public movie theaters, mobile movie theaters, and small-scale local film festivals. The commission also organizes the screening of independent movies throughout the province.
GGFC’s support for various aspects of film making and distribution is essential for the effective use of the province’s resources. Its support programs help realize the hidden potentials of local production companies and filmmakers.
Gyeonggi Film Commission Location & Shooting Support
Gyeonggi Film Commission supports filming location to the productions
One of the chief aims of GGFC is to promote Gyeonggi-do as a shooting destination. It offers assistance to domestic and foreign productions hoping to secure desired filming locations in Gyeonggi-do. The location support program is available for all types of visual productions (film, television, music videos, advertisement, and more).
To make location scouting easier, GGFC has created an online database of available locations with photos and basic information. After a production team has selected where they wish to film, GGFC can help that team acquire the necessary permits to film at those Gyeonggi-do locations.
|Equipment support from GGFC|
As part of the location support program, GGFC operates a rental service for equipment production teams may need. In some cases, the production team can apply to use the equipment free of charge. If the production team has a budget of less than KRW 1 billion, cameras might be supported as well; this helps independent projects and supports the production of diverse films.
Productions Supported by the GGFC Location Support
Various titles are supported by GGFC
Under its location support program, GGFC has contributed to the filming of various international and domestic projects in Gyeonggi-do.
Exit is a 2019 disaster action-comedy movie that tells the story of a young man who has to use his rock climbing skills to save his family after a mysterious fog hits Seoul. It was the 3rd most-watched domestic production of the year.
I Can Speak is a 2017 comedy-drama based on the story of a South Korean comfort woman. The movie is about an elderly woman who learns English so that she can testify at an international court as a comfort woman.
The list also includes international titles such as Avengers 2 and Colossal.
Gyeonggi Independent Films
Independent filmmakers can draw more attention through GGFC support
GGFC is proud to have an active role in the thriving local indie film scene. Apart from production-focused programs for local independent filmmakers, GGFC also offers a support program for promotion and screening so as to ensure that Korean indie films can receive well-deserved exposure and to provide local film enthusiasts with access to a variety of films. Each year, up to fifty independent films receive promotion and screening support.
Four screens in each Gyeonggi movie theater are dedicated to supporting indie film releases that are guaranteed to run for up to two weeks. GGFC also operates public movie theaters in different cities and regions with the total number of locations expected to hit forty in 2020.
Supporting the film industry helps local culture and arts flourish. Films offer great insights into our existence as a society, and the critical approach of some independent films help expand our views about life. In addition, a successful film industry contributes to the local economy while creating a wide variety of jobs. Gyeonggi-do has invested in the local and national film industries, laying the foundation for a new golden age of South Korean cinema.