Estonia and South Korea sign new agreement
Estonia and South Korea are ensuring closer ties between the two countries’ film industries with the signing of a memorandum of mutual understanding.
The historic endorsement took place on 27 November at Estonia’s most high profile film event of the year, the Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn. Signatories were the director of the Estonian Film Institute, Edith Sepp-Dallas and Kim In Soo, secretary general of the Korean Film Council.
Although cultural links between the two countries already strong - South Korea has previously been featured as the focus country at the Black Nights Festival and four South Korean films are being screened at this year’s event - the new deal makes Estonia the first nation in northern or eastern Europe to be part of such a collaboration with the Asian country.
The signing, which aims to create and support new production and co-production alliances between the two regions, comes ahead of the inaugural meeting in Brussels on 5 December of the EU-Korea Cultural Cooperation Committee.
Sten Saluveer, head of Industry@Tallinn, said: "The signing of the memorandum between Estonia and South-Korea is not only signifying the importance of the Black Nights Film Festival and its position as an ongoing and important platform for Asian filmmakers to the region, but also underlines the role of the event as a bridge between the larger film industries of Europe and South Korea."