Variety spoke to producer Shin Chul, who once said he was tricked into becoming festival director, and BiFan head programmer Ellen Kim on the eve of the event.
Festivals have had a tough time under Covid, but Korean entertainment has found new audiences. How do you explain that?
Shin: For past two years the Korean entertainment industry experienced the deployment of a highway connected to the world. But we need to be aware that the highway comes in and it goes out.
Cinemas have experienced huge difficulties. So too have production and distribution companies. They have difficulties releasing their films and recouping their costs.