Indie Talent

To cast one’s eyes over the Korean film industry these days is a bit like surveying wreckage after a storm. It will surely take some time before the mainstream industry is back to normal, but how did Korean independent cinema weather the pandemic? At first glance, one might conclude that it held up better than expected. Major local festivals such as Busan and Jeonju have continued to premiere full slates of new features. Theatrical releases have largely kept pace; in the year to August, 15 Korean independent films and documentaries grossed at least 10,000 admissions. 10,000 tickets may not sound like such a large number, but even before the pandemic it was a reasonable measure of success for the average independent film.