Diversity Film Support Project
The objective of the Diversity Film Support Project is to develop the film industry with a focus on fostering film creativity, strengthening the right to enjoy culture through films, and promoting film culture with the creation of a fair competition environment.
As Korean films advanced actively into overseas markets between 2002 and 2005, active support for diversity films also began in this period. Representative support projects include the Independent Film Production Support Project and the Art Film Production Support Project. The separation of independent films and art films enabled them to pursue their specialties. In addition, there are also related projects: the Independent Film Support Stabilization Project which creates a base for free production so that anyone can make films freely; and the Expansion of Diversity Film Distribution and Screening Project which supports the release of diversity films and independent film marketing and PR and specializes in local theaters for art films outside the metropolitan area. As a result of these projects, the number of recognized art films has increased from 97 in 2007 to 365 in 2012.
Related legal frameworks are Article 11 of the Framework Act on the Promotion of Cultural Industries (Support for Production by Independent Producers), Article 9 of the Content Industry Promotion Act (Facilitation of Content Production), and Article 38 of the Promotion of the Motion Pictures and Video Products Act (Assistance to Exclusive Movie Theaters).