South Korea

Funding bodies

Fund Goal

Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) has been an essential partner for Asian cinema with its three supporting categories - Script Development Fund, Post-production Fund and Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund. ACF is committed to help activate more independent film productions and to set up a stable production...

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Fund Goal

To support the local film industry as well as to promote the city for international coproductions and location for the shooting of foreign films

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Fund Goal

KOFIC provides support programs for Korean films such as the Independent Film Support Programme, the Labor Costs Support Programme, and the Accumulative Support Programme for released Korean films.

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Regulation

No visa needed for a 180-day stay: Canada.

No visa needed for a 90-day stay: European Union European Union citizens (except Cyprus (30) and Portugal (60)),  Antigua and Barbuda,  Australia,  Bahamas,  Barbados,  Brazil,  Chile,  Colombia,  Costa Rica,  Dominica,  Dominican Republic,  Ecuador,  El Salvador,  Grenada,  Guatemala,  Haiti,  Hong Kong,  Iceland,  Israel,  Jamaica,  Japan,  Liberia,  Liechtenstein,  Macau,  Malaysia,  Mexico,  Morocco,  New Zealand,  Nicaragua,  Norway,  Panama,  Peru,  Saint Kitts and Nevis,  Saint Lucia,  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,  Serbia,  Singapore,  Suriname,   Switzerland,  Taiwan,  Thailand,  Trinidad and Tobago,  Turkey,  United States of America,  Uruguay,  Venezuela.

No visa needed for a 60-day stay:Lesotho, Portugal,Russia.

No visa needed for a 30-day stay: Albania,  Andorra,  Argentina,  Bahrain,  Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Brunei,  Cyprus,  Egypt,  Fiji,  Guam,  Guyana,  Honduras,  Kazakhstan,  Kiribati,  Kuwait,  Marshall Islands,  Mauritius,  Monaco,  Montenegro,  Micronesia,  Nauru,  New Caledonia,  Oman,  Palau,  Paraguay,  Qatar,  Samoa,  San Marino,  Saudi Arabia,  Seychelles,  Solomon Islands,  South Africa,  Swaziland,  Tonga,  Tunisia,  Tuvalu,  United Arab Emirates,   Vatican City.

For more details please consult: https://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/TRV/TV_ENG_2_1.jsp

For small shoots, in most cases, no permission is needed for filming in and around Korea. Permission will need to be granted for certain locations, including historical sites and the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), and may involve a fee.

ATA carnet is accept with validity limited to 6 months. If more time is needed, the Carnet Holder should request such of South Korean Customs before the expiry of the final date of re-exportation.

The standard TVA rate is 10%

Film Commissions

Busan

Founded on December 20th 1999, Busan Film Commission introduced for the first time in Asia a systematic structured concept of "Film Commission""

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Chungbuk

Chungcheongbuk-do is often called ‘The city of fresh wind and a bright moon’. Together with its beautiful mountains and valleys, its reputation comes from the magnificent townscape of Jecheon city, where the CFC is based, and the surrounding CheongPung Lake (67.5km2) which is well known for its breathtaking...

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Daejeon

Daejeon is the fifth largest city in Korea with a large area of administrative districts and research complexes. Located at the center of Korea, it also serves as a transportation hub providing easy access to most major cities. With three big rivers passing through and a large lake nearby, its rich...

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Gyeongsangnam-do

Establishment of Gyeongnam Association Film Commission is promoted to contribute and participate in development of the domestic film industry in the historical flow that the film industry is developing rapidly as new growth engine like Korean film, drama is recognized in the global market. It is aims...

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Gyeonggi-Do

In order to promote the performing arts industry primarily first in Gyeonggi province and expand throughout the other parts of Korea, Gyeonggi Film Commission has secured a close network with subsidiary organizations within the province and currently provides administrative support as well as financial...

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Incheon

Incheon Film Commission, which is under the control of Incheon Foundation for Arts and Culture, is implementing a variety of projects for the people whose lives revolve around the movie industry. These are the people who create and produce movies, as well as the people who enjoy and appreciate the movies....

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Jeollanamdo

Jeollanam-do is a mysterious land of natural beauty and pristine scenery. With hundreds of islands located in the nearby sea and several oceanic national parks, it boasts outstanding marine tourism attractions and cultural heritages. It also has long been famous for its unique cuisine and continues...

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Jeonju

What makes Jeonju special among the many other towns and cities in Korea is its Bibim-bap, rice with minced meats and vegetables. It also has a unique Hanok Village, a traditional Korean village that is still home to residents today. With memories from the past and a richness of cultural heritage situated...

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Seoul

Since its foundation in 2001, Seoul Film Commission has given assistance to over more than 1,000 film productions including feature films, short films, documentaries, commercials, TV dramas and others. Based on the systematic support of the Seoul Metropolitan Government and other related agencies, Seoul...

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Coproduction treaties

Professional Associations