Screen Australia and the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) signed an official Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Busan. The MoU signing is part of the process to enable official film and television co-productions to be made by the two countries. Screen Australia and KOFIC, who signed on behalf of the Korea Communications Commission (KCC), will implement the Co-production Arrangement once the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement, containing an Annex on Audiovisual Co-production, is in place.

Screen Australia’s Chief Operating Officer, Fiona Cameron, who is to sign the MoU on behalf of Screen Australia, said, “This agreement will ready us to accept applications as soon as the Free Trade Agreement comes into force, which will permit immediate commencement of official co-productions between the two countries. Australia is a great partner and used to working collaboratively. This new step will present some fantastic opportunities for both countries especially in children’s animation.”

Cameron attended the 35th Australia-Korea Business Council and Korea-Australia Business Council Joint Meeting, where she will chaired a session of the Services Sector Promotion Forum focusing on audiovisual co-production opportunities. Australian producers Robert Connolly (Arenamedia), Tania Chambers (Feisty Dame Productions) and Michael Tear (WildBear Entertainment) will act as Australian Screen Ambassadors throughout the visit.