After graduating from the Western Painting Department at Sangmyung University, Yeon started producing and directing animations in 1997. He drew attention from short animations such as The Hell: Two Kinds of Life (2003) and Love is Protein (2008). After his feature animation The King of Pigs was introduced at the Busan International Film Festival in 2011, he began to be internationally known and invited to the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. His animated feature film THE FAKE (2013) won the Best Animation Award at the Sitges Film Festival, while his first feature film Train to Busan (2016) was invited to the Cannes Film Festival and won the Best Director Award at the Sitges Film Festival. Peninsula is the Official Selection 2020 of the Cannes Film Festival.