After global petition to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), it released a public letter to explain the fact and situation. It explained that it conducted a public tender to find a managing team for the Media Center in 2009, instead of appointing MediACT as the operator. However, considering MediACT's 7 years of experience and 300-pages planning document, some critics still questioned the fairness of the procedure. The formal response from MediACT is yet to be seen. But some independent people already raise some issues and questions. For example, why is a new management team able to oust MediACT who had been running the center for 7 years.
The public letter by KOFIC is shown as below:
Dear members of international film/media community,
Regard to the recent change of the operating team for KOFIC’s Media Center, we respect and appreciate your opinions on it. We, KOFIC would humbly like to explain the fact and situation on this subject to help your understandings.
KOFIC established the Media Center in 2002 under the consultation with independent filmmakers in Korea, in the purpose to support them with better facilities and education of its usages. We consider that our former operating team has executed well and have highly performed to manage our Media Center into a superior level over the past years. Since the establishment of the center, our policy to appoint the operating team was to continue the contract between us and the designated agent. Although we have maintained this policy, the contract was to be renewed annually.
However, becoming of 2009, the Korean government (Ministry of Culture & Tourism) had considered contracting with the same agent (or team) for many years without any assessment is not a fair policy for other agents in the industry. Therefore KOFIC was advised to consider the change of system into a public offering so that any group or agent can apply for the operation of the Media Center. We saw this would be more fair policy for the filmmakers. And as the contracted term for our former group has ended as of December 31, 2009, we have opened a public offering to find the managing team for our Media Center. Through an impartial, fair process, the assessment for the applied members has been held, and followed by its result a new agent became the operating team for our
Media Center for one year (2010). We believe that our process has been fair enough for all the applicants and it is true that we did not close down the Center nor dismissed the staffs. We understand that this change might seem abrupt decision in the international community but it is certain fact that it was a long time process and KOFIC has been discussing this matter with the film community inside Korea.
We sincerely hope you to understand the situation and we assure you that KOFIC will continue to do our best to support our independent filmmakers and media communication industry people as we have always done so. However, we will listen carefully of your concerns and would work hard to avoid any troubles that might appear cause of our new changes. Once again, we appreciate your opinion on our issue and hope you to keep having attention to our works.
Korean Film Council (KOFIC)