Gwangju Information and Culture Industry Promotion Agency, ‘Right’ as a Mecca for Animation Development

Korea Animation Artist Award successful
Director Lee Dae-hee’s ‘Stress Zero’ wins Best Picture
‘Time Traveler Luke’ wins two awards for director and voice actor

The Gwangju Information Culture Industry Promotion Agency held the ‘The 2nd WAF 2022 Korea Animation Artist Awards’ at the Holiday Inn Gwangju Hotel on the 23rd. Reporter Han Kyung-guk

The Gwangju Information Culture Industry Promotion Agency is positioning Gwangju as a mecca for animation content development.

The Gwangju Information Culture Industry Promotion Agency held the ‘The 2nd WAF 2022 Korea Animation Artist Awards’ at the Holiday Inn Gwangju Hotel on the 23rd and ended with great success.

The Animation Awards, held this year as well as last year, are the only animation awards ceremony in the country, increasing their authority every year.

By holding such an awards ceremony in an area that is virtually barren for animation, it revitalized the animation market, which has been stagnant due to the aftermath of the corona virus.

As of 2020, the market size of the national animation industry is about 550 billion won. Among them, Gwangju’s sales amounted to 25 billion won, ranking third among 17 cities and towns nationwide and the first among seven metropolitan cities.

There were 28 animation businesses in Gwangju, which increased at an average annual rate of 5.8% for three years from 2018, and the number of employees increased by an average of 1.6% from 2016 to 2020, increasing to 212.

However, due to the influence of Corona and other factors, the total sales decreased slightly.

Among them, the Gwangju Information Culture Industry Promotion Agency is expanding the number of animation companies and companies representing the region by continuously supporting creative productions and ecosystem revitalization such as animation awards for the steady growth of companies.

High-quality works were named at the awards ceremony on this day. Director Lee Dae-hee, who produced ‘Stress Zero’, won the Best Picture. ‘Stress Zero’ was evaluated for combining topicality and popularity.

In addition, the work ‘Time Traveler Luke’ won two gold medals. Director Lee Jung-woo won the Best Director Award, and Kim Jae-ha, who participated as a voice actor, won the Voice Actor Award.

In addition, PD Kim Min-jeong’s ‘Tata and Kuma’ won the Producer Award, Kwon Hyuk-jun’s ‘Vampire Girl Dalja’ won the Screenplay Award, Jung Yun-hyeon’s ‘Tae-il’ won the Fine Arts Award, Choi Chung-seok’s ‘Jungle Box’ won the Animator Award, Director Kang Sang-goo’s ‘The Swordsman’ won the Music Award.

“Congratulations on the opening of the Korea Animation Artist Awards,” said Democratic Party lawmaker Yoo Jeong-ju. is playing an important role. I hope that many works and talents will be created through this awards ceremony.”

Tak Yong-seok, head of the Gwangju Information Culture Industry Promotion Agency, said, “I was touched by coming to this event. I was worried about how prestigious the awards in the local competitions would be, but I thought it was a good idea to hold the event because the awardees liked and enjoyed it so much. He said, “I hope that the Gwangju Information and Culture Industry Promotion Agency will prepare a venue like this in the future, so please pay attention to Gwangju, play in Gwangju, and support Gwangju so that the animation industry can become strong.”

By Han Kyung-guk, staff reporter [email protected]

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