Pusan International Film Festival's Jay Jeon Receives Czech Medal

The festival deputy director was honored for his work on behalf of Czech-Korean ties.

SEOUL— Pusan International Film Festival’s deputy director Jay Yang Jun Jeon received the Medal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic for his contribution to promote Czech-Korean ties through cinema.

Pusan’s deputy director and one of three co-founders of the festival, Jeon was awarded by Ambassador of the Czech Republic Jaroslav Olša, Jr. on Monday.

Jeon was instrumental in establishing the first contacts between Pusan and the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the biggest film event in Central Europe. Korean films became an integral part of KVIFF programs due to his effort. In 2001 Lee Chang-dong´s Peppermint Candy received the Jury Award at Karlovy Vary. Last year´s Pusan featured a special section of contemporary Czech cinema and introduced six Czech films under the title “Czech Film Now: Cinema of Liberalism.”