Forum

In 2023, the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival(BIFAN) presents the slogan ‘Cinema+’ and explores the meeting of various cultural forms such as series and webtoons with movies. BIFAN is expanding the scope of cinema to include webtoons and exploring ways to collaborate with the Korea Manhwa Contents Agency(KOMACON) to establish a supportive ecosystem for K-Webtoon.
As an initial step, BIFAN and KOMACON will hold a forum during the festival, providing a platform and networking event for professionals interested in film and webtoon to connect and exchange ideas. An additional networking event will take place in September during the Bucheon International Comics Festival (BICOF), organized by KOMACON. The event aims to facilitate vibrant exchanges between creators and film and webtoon producers, creating an environment that nurtures the growth and development of K-Webtoon Cinema.

As an initial step, BIFAN and KOMACON will hold a forum during the festival, providing a platform and networking event for professionals interested in film and webtoon to connect and exchange ideas. An additional networking event will take place in September during the Bucheon International Comics Festival (BICOF), organized by KOMACON. The event aims to facilitate vibrant exchanges between creators and film and webtoon producers, creating an environment that nurtures the growth and development of K-Webtoon Cinema.

Cinema+   Authors' Right Forum

Issues surrounding creator copyrights, such as The Black Rubber Shoes of Memory and Squid Game, will be discussed from the perspective of creators and academics. The conference aims to explore ways to protect creator rights for the development of K-content, including legal and institutional changes.

Date

July 2 (Sun) 14:00~17:30

Location

Korea Manhwa Contents Agency, Seminar Room (5F)

Co-organized by

Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival,
Korea Manhwa Contents Agency, Directors Guild of Korea

Session1.(14:00 ~15:30)
Issues regarding IP, who owns the voice?

From a certain point in time, narrative creations have been referred to as Intellectual Property (IP), seen more as assets rather than mere works. Stories travel through various mediums, increasing their commercial value. Sometimes, the original creators are involved, while at other times, secondary creators contribute to the narrative. The market environment, where creations become IPs and circulate, has a significant impact on artistic activities. In this context, we engage in an honest conversation about who holds the voice to express stories and perspectives within this dynamic.

Moderator
  • LEE Yoonjung

    Director of Remember You
Guest
  • KIM Yangsoo

    Webtoon Creator of My Lawyer, Mr. Jo
  • PARK Sangyoung

    Author of Love in the Big City
  • LIM Taewoon

    Author of Taereung Zombie Village
  • CHANG Kangmyoung

    Author of Comment Army
  • PARK Hyunjin

    Director of Love and Leashes
Guest
  • KIM Yangsoo

    Webtoon Creator of My Lawyer, Mr. Jo
  • PARK Sangyoung

    Author of Love in the Big City
  • LIM Taewoon

    Author of Taereung Zombie Village
  • CHANG Kangmyoung

    Author of Comment Army
  • PARK Hyunjin

    Director of Love and Leashes

Session2.(16:00 ~17:30)
Who is the author of visual creations?

In Korea, there is a vague perception that video creations are collaborative works, but the practice of creators not exercising their copyright has continued, and thus discussions about who should be the author of a video creation, or who it ought to be, have not developed.
As societal discussion deepens about the protection of creators' copyrights, we explore the legal points of contention about who the author of a video creation is. Through comparisons across genres within video creations, and case studies from abroad, we examine who the author of a video creation should be, or who it ought to be.

Moderator
  • ROH Chulhwan

    Professor at Inha University in the
    Department of Theater and Film Studies
Panel
  • SONG Youngae

    Professor at Seoil
    University in the
    Department of Theater
    and Film
  • LEE Yongmin

    Attorney at Yulchon law firm
  • OH Kihwan

    Director of Fashion King
Panel
  • SONG Youngae

    Professor at Seoil University in the
    Department of Theater and Film
  • LEE Yongmin

    Attorney at Yulchon law firm
  • OH Kihwan

    Director of Fashion King

Cinema+  Networking

Cinema+  Networking in BIFAN (1st)

Date

July 2 (Sun) 18:00

Occasion

Networking for film and webtoon creators and industry professionals during BIFAN

Cinema+  Networking in BIFAN (2nd)

Date

September 16 (Sat) 18:00

Occasion

Networking for webtoon and movie creators and industry professionals during BICOF