Pusan fest shifts staff for '08 edition


SEOUL -- The Pusan International Film Festival, the largest movie festival in Asia, announced Wednesday a reshuffling of many of its programmers and staff.

Cho Young-jung is moving from oversight of Korean films to become a world cinema programmer with responsibility for Latin American and African films. Cho joins Lee Su-won, who is in charge of French and Italian films. PIFF deputy director Jay Jeon remains the World Cinema head programmer.

Lee Sang-yong is now the sole Korean cinema programmer.

Additionally, Kim Seon-yeop will serve as programmer of the recently introduced Flash Forward section, and Ok Mi-na becomes the Asia special program coordinator.
The 2008 festival is set for Oct. 2-10 in Busan, South Korea.

Among other changes, Jo Jong-guk has been named head of planning and public relations; Im Ji-yoon will oversee the Asian Film Market; Ricky Kim becomes head of business development; Park Jong-il will lead the external cooperation department; and Lee Seung-jin becomes head of the Cinematheque Asia Film Archive.