Kim Dong-ho, APSA Awards Patron

Kim Dong-ho is the Founder and Honorary Festival Director of Korea’s world-renowned Busan International Film Festival, Chairman of the Presidential Committee for Cultural Enrichment, Dean of the Graduate School of Cinematics Contents of Dankook University. In 2010 he became the first Patron of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Kim Dong-ho served on the International Jury of the inaugural Asia Pacific Screen Awards in 2007.


Kim Dong-ho served as Festival Director of the Busan International Film Festival since its launch in 1996. In 2010, he was made Honorary Director upon his retirement from the post. Mr Kim has been awarded many cultural medals in recognition of his achievements and efforts in the cultural development of the Republic of Korea, as well as in international society. In 2000, he was awarded a Busan Culture Award and later in the same year was acknowledged with a Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et de Lettres from the French government.

In 2006 he received the Deauville City Medal from Deauville City in France. Since 1997 Kim Dong-ho has served on the juries of many International Film Festivals including Rotterdam (as Jury Chairman), India, Buenos Aires, Las Palmas, Venice (as Jury Chairman for the NETPAC Award), Singapore, Seattle, Bangkok, Hawaii and Sochi, in Russia. Prior to founding the Busan International Film Festival, Mr Kim majored in Law at the Seoul National University and received an MA in Administration at the Hanyang University. He filled various government posts at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (formerly known as Ministry of Culture and Information) for 27 years.

He also served as president of the Korean Motion Picture Promotion Corporation and at the Seoul Arts Center. He worked as the Vice-Minister at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. His book ‘History of Korean Cinema Policy’ (written by Kim Dong-ho et al) was published in 2005.