Catalyst Film Festival brings South Korean creators to Duluth

On Thursday night, at the Kitchi Gammi Club, five South Korean TV series creators took part, who say they fell in love with Duluth.

“My creators were falling in love with the town of Duluth, and just absolutely beautiful. The people were so kind and accommodating,” said Elaine Kim, co-director of Breakthrough Now Media. “And really, we’re looking to take all the benefits that St. Louis County has to offer, you know all the incentives – and most of all, we’re really looking to come back and do our production here.”

The County of St. Louis launched its production incentive program in early 2021. It reimburses up to 25% of production costs for film, television, episodic and commercial content projects that are spent in the county. of St. Louis. The program is funded by the County of St. Louis and administered by the Upper Midwest Film Office.

To date, four productions have been approved for nearly $ 615,000 in rebates. It is also the first year that the Catalyst Film Festival welcomes international creators.

Elaine Kim says this visit is timely for the creators she works with, as Korean entertainment becomes increasingly popular in the United States.

“I mean, everyone knows BTS… you know, the amazing work of Parasite… I mean, it couldn’t be a better time for Korean talent to be showcased at this kind of festival.”

This week again, Netflix’s number one show is a South Korean series called Squid Game.

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