Indie directors protest KOFIC art house theater

Lack of transparency cited by 120 petition signatories

SEOUL -- Korean indie directors released a petition Wednesday boycotting a new art house cinema funded by the Korean Film Council, insisting that the selection process of the new theater's contractor is fraudulent.

“We strongly demand that the council restart their selection from point zero," read the petition by 120 independent directors, including Yang Ik-june of “Breathless” demanding “a transparent and practical jury process.” "The current decision does not guarantee either business or policy sustainability.”

Last month, the council designated two contractors to manage an art house cinema exclusively screening indie films, along with a media center. The local indie directors, however, pointed out that it is inappropriate to designate contractors who received the lowest score in the shortlist.