|Luxembourg Ambassador to Korea Paul Steinmetz speaks during a reception at the Artsonje Center in Seoul, Oct. 25. At left is Guy Daleiden, managing director of Film Fund Luxembourg. / Korea Times photo by Kim Se-jeong|
By Kim Se-jeong
Luxembourg has appealed to Korean filmmakers to undertake the production process in the European country.
Guy Daleiden, managing director of the Film Fund Luxembourg, a public agency in charge of film promotion in Luxembourg, said there's a pool of public funding to help with production costs — up to 2 million euros per project.
The only condition is it has to be a co-production with a Luxembourg company.
Daleiden was invited by Paul Steinmetz, the Luxembourg ambassador to Japan who is also accredited to Korea. Daleiden gave a short presentation on the film industry in Luxembourg on an occasion to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Korea. The ambassador brought 11 films for a screening at the Cinecode Sonje in Seoul between Oct. 25 and 31.
The film event was the second in a series of three anniversary celebrations.
Steinmetz said the financial support is a sign of his government's commitment to promoting the visual content industry. The budget for Film Fund Luxembourg this year is 30 million euros.
The film industry in Luxembourg is nearing two decades old, during which more than 500 cinemas have been made. One distinguishing characteristic is a dominance of co-production with companies outside Luxembourg.
Korean guests showed interest in the films.
Among those invited was a representative from the annual Busan Film Festival, the biggest event of its kind in Asia. He said he was looking to present a few more films from Luxembourg next year, with eight having been invited to compete at the film festival so far.
Two were screened this year.
The news of public support for film production in Luxembourg is reminiscent of the good old days in Korea. Much of the previous state assistance has significantly reduced, if not completely dried up due to lack of political interest and deteriorating economic conditions.
The last anniversary event will take place next year when the embassy will present prominent Luxembourg artworks for an exhibition in Seoul.