South Korea’s culture minister on Monday signed an agreement with Prime Minister Helen Clark to make film
partnerships between the two countries easier.
Korean Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism You In-chon and Clark signed the co-production agreement at Parliament.
New Zealand film Black Sheep was a joint venture with Korean
investors and other Korean films such as Silmido, Old Boy and
Laundry Warrior were filmed in New Zealand.
Clark said there were several promising productions in
“This agreement will provide a further boost to filmmakers to
advance these projects,” she said.
Getting co-production status gave film projects better access to
funding and incentives of the other country. Governments also
assisted with visas and importation of equipment.
The agreement with Korea was only for cinema projects but
television and other formats may be looked at in future.
New Zealand has nine international co-production agreements.