Back for its eighth year, the London Korean Film Festival kicked off with the thriller Hide and Seek as its opening film. But not content with just giving audiences exciting and exclusive films to watch, the LKFF team once again managed to not only bag a whole selection of stars of the film industry, but a few major VIPs too!
Before the opening of this year’s London Korean Film Festival, there was a very special gala event, which was even attended by President Park Geun-hye herself!
Before the film screening at this special gala event, the friendly relationship between the UK and South Korea was further strengthened with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cooperate on the cultural and the creative industries, and mark the 130th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Britain and Korea. This MOU was signed by South Korea’s Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Yoo Jin-ryong and for the UK , the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport The Rt Hon Maria Miller. Both parties praised the culture of the other country, saying how there are many areas where we can learn from each other in the creative industries in the hopes to not only further the relationship of the two countries, but to also benefit both countries in the area of the arts.
During President Park Geun-hye’s UK visit, another MOU was signed between the UK and South Korea on digital education, innovation and growth, marking the “commitment to teaching children to code and identifying tools and resources that help startups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to operate in an open market” (more info).
After the MOU had been signed, the audience in the cinema awaited the President’s arrival. Upon her arrival, President Park greeted everyone and briefly spoke about how she was appreciative of the British public’s support for Korean film and culture and of how she hoped for a bright future between the two countries. She also mentioned that one of the films that has always stuck with her is Billy Elliot!
What an amazing and impressive start to the London Korean Film Festival! The highly suspenseful and intensely emotional Hide and Seek kick started this year’s Festival with screams and cheers; a sign of more great things to come! If you’d like to find out more about the LKFF ’13 such as screenings, selection of films and how to book tickets, check out our LKFF 2013 post!