With a history of over 600 years, Seoul is the beautiful capital city of South Korea. It is the heart of South Korean culture and education as well as politics and economics. Seoul is unique for its historical sites such as Gyeongbokgung Palace and modern cultural facilities co-exist. It is a world-class city with numerous amenities and shopping districts such as Myeong-dong and Apgujeong.
The Seoul National Capital Area is home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changdeokgung, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty.
Seoul is considered to be a leading global city, ranking among the top ten global cities in the Global Cities Index of 2010. It is one of the world’s top ten financial and commercial centers, home to major multinational conglomerates such as Samsung, LG and Hyundai-Kia.
Seoul has a highly technologically advanced infrastructure. Its Digital Media City is the world’s first complex for IT and multimedia applications.
The Seoul Museum of Art and Ilmin Museum of Art have preserved the appearance of the old building that is visually unique from the neighboring tall, modern buildings. The former is operated by the Seoul City Council and sits adjacent to Gyeonghuigung Palace, a Joseon dynasty royal palace.
For many South Korean film lovers from all over the world, the Korean Film Archive runs the Korean Film Museum and Cinematheque KOFA in its main centre located in Digital Media City (DMC), Sangam-dong. The Tteok & Kitchen Utensil Museum and Kimchi Field Museum provide information regarding Korean culinary history.
Film Production – Support Programme at Seoul
Provides up to 25 per cent, or up to 100,000,000 KRW (approx US$ 89,000), as cash rebate on production costs (location spend) for film projects shot in Seoul. For projects with extraordinary high marketing value, the cap can be lifted.
Producers or production companies of any nationality with:
• A project with a minimum 6 shooting days (4 shooting days for infotainment) in Seoul
• An international or Korean-international co-production project
• A project with a minimum of 60 minutes running time
• A feature film, documentary, series and mini-series, infotainment; theatrical or TV production
• At least one signed distribution contract or pre-sales agreement for the project
Accepted all year round, but at least 4 weeks before the shooting in Seoul begins.
50 per cent cash on first day of principal photography, 50 per cent cash after submission of final accounting
* With performance bond policy. Without performance bond policy: 100 per cent after submission of final accounting.
Location Scouting –
Provides the cost of Seoul location scouting for directors, assistant directors, producers, cinematographers or location managers of international projects planning to shoot in Seoul.
The support includes:
• Round-trip airline tickets for up to two people
• Accommodation costs
• Domestic location co-ordinator