Korean animation is pursuing global recognition by participating in international contests with the backing of Korean Culture and Content Agency, officials at the state-run organization said.
KOCCA has been involved in joint international ventures in order to provide venues for Korean animators to access information and explore business opportunities abroad. One such event is DigiCon6, an international animation contest hosted by Japan's TBS network.
KOCCA has collaborated with TBS in the event since 2002 and Korean animations have been well received. Lim Aaron's "I Love Sky", Park Jae-Mo's "Tal", Ahn Sung-Jae's " OASIS ", and Hoe Sun's "The Mosses" have won several awards.
Digital Creators Competition is another contest through which KOCCA has aided the discovery of new talent, in partnership with the Digital Content Association of Japan.
Recent home-grown successes include Lim Aaron's "Angel", Lee Gun-lim's "Binari", Kim Ah-young's "Geudaerul chodaehapnida", Oh Ja-gyun's "Esperanto", Choi Hyun-myung's "Burin gae", and Kim Sun-young's Gil
. These animation shorts have even been broadcast on the TBS network's BS-i channel.
"Despite the high quality of work, we understand the difficulty of our Korean directors in trying to set foot abroad", said Hong Jung-yong of KOCCA in Japan, who added that they "look to extensively exhibit and support these animations to try and export them to the world stage".
KOCCA was founded in 2001 in light of the growing role of culture in the nation's economic growth. Its purpose is to support the production and export of cultural content such as animation, licensed characters, mobile content and music.
KOCCA recently hosted an animation contest for university students. This year's winner was Park Song-hee's "Geurumui duigoshippuh" from Sangmyung University. Park's contribution is one of 34 works of Korean animation on display from the Aug. 7-12 at the Korean Short Animation Film Parade, hosted by KOCCA at the Cinemateque KOFA in Seoul.
KOCCA's Kim Rak-gyun said that the event "will raise public interest and participation in animated short films", and will "help establish animation as a part of national culture in order to expand Korea's cultural diversity".
By Han Sung-joo