Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a pleasure to meet you all at the 20th Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival (SCIAF). I’m the mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon, and I would like to show my gratitude and welcome for joining us today.

The industry of digital contents has been an essential factor of power of growth in twenty-first century Seoul. As of 2014, our domestic industry of digital contents accumulates up to 95 trillion won, with the growth rate of 4.1%. As for the growth of popular digital contents, such as web-toons and streaming based animations, the growth rate is estimated to be above 10%. Cartoon and animation combined with the ICT, is becoming the leading trend of next generation industries in Seoul. You could say that what was once mere children’s interests is making differences in the world.

And at the center of all this stands the SICAF. The SICAF is an international festival following the global trend of the creative industry of cartoon and animation. Your childhood dreams will come true right here in the SICAF. Animation will no longer be limited to the screen children have been watching it from and teenagers’ favorite web-toon characters will come to life.

The SICAF is being held for the twentieth time as of this year, which could be the turning point in the Korean industry of cartoon and animation. The reason behind the festival’s catch phrase this year, wi-fi, is to share the fun contents not only with our domestic citizens of Seoul, but also with everyone else in the world. The place where the festival will be held, Dongdaemun, is a popular spot for both the locals and foreign visitors. I hope the SICAF can thrive throughout the world from the international hot spot of Dongdaemun.

I would like to congratulate the SICAF once again, for their continuously growing size and quality of their contents. The spirit of sharing becomes finally complete when you enjoy the contents the SICAF have prepared for you, the film festivals and exhibitions, because the stars of the festival are not only the people working in the industry but the participants as well. May greater success be with the SICAF and the festival’s spirit.

Mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon