Cho named new KOFIC head

Former film critic previously served as vice-chair

SEOUL -- Cho Hee-moon, a film critic and professor at Inha University, was named as the new chairman of Korean Film Council, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sports announced Monday. 

A theorist and film expert, the 52-year old Cho has wide research activities and affiliation with Korean film industry, said the Ministry in a statement citing the new chairman’s appointment.  

Prior to joining KOFIC, Cho was a professor of film studies at different universities, a film critic and newspaper journalist. He also served as the vice-chairman of KOFIC from 1999 to 2002.

His role at the council is seen as a challenging task, given the controversial resignation of his predecessor, Kang Han-seop. Kang was heavily criticized by his own labor union and was eventually forced to step down from his post after the council received the lowest grade of all public bodies in a large-scale performance review of government-funded agencies in July.

KOFIC is a government-supported film body which promotes Korean films in overseas markets and assists Korean film industry. Cho’s appointment continues until May 2011.