[BIFF Press Release] Busan International Film Festival (11)_(2019.08.06)
Asian Film Academy 2019 Announces
Faculty Members and Fellows
The Asian Film Academy (AFA), an educational program for fostering young Asian filmmaking talents and a platform for building a professional network throughout Asia, is proud to announce the faculty members and 24 fellows for 2019.
AFA 2019 Strengthens Mentorship for Asian Filmmakers
This years AFA faculty consists of Mouly Surya as directing mentor along with Karina Kleszczewska and Kim Young-Ro as cinematography mentors. Mouly Surya has been widely praised for her film Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts at many prestigious film festivals around the world. Karina Kleszczewska has a name for herself in the Polish film industry as director of photography, in addition to working as the lighting director for theatre plays. Kim Young-Ro is a cinematographer, stereographer, and professor with an abundant amount of experience from traditional films to 3D films.
In previous years, the faculty consisted of a dean, a directing mentor and a cinematography mentor. The change in the faculty structure is to strengthen the mentorship program at AFA. This is in tune with the goal of BIFF Film Academy to provide quality and sustainable educational programs and practical support to Asian filmmakers. BIFF Film Academy is a newly-established department in Busan International Film Festival this year and will oversee the operations of not only AFA, but also ACF (Asian Cinema Fund) and APM (Asian Project Market). Sung Jihae, former Asian film programmer of the Busan International Film Festival 2018, has been named director of the BIFF Film Academy.
392 Applicants from 33 Counties, AFA Setting All-Time Record
Amid growing interest in the Asian Film Academy, for its 15th edition, AFA has set a new record for the number of applications received, with 392 candidates from 33 different countries this year. The 24 fellows who weathered through the tough competition include Nuhash Humayun, co-director of the 23rd Busan International Film Festivals official selection Sincerely Yours, Dhaka, and Aizhana Kassymbek, director of Air.
The 24 fellows will join the AFA program for 18 days from September 26 to October 13, under the close mentorship of Mouly Surya (directing mentor), Karina Kleszczewska (cinematography mentor), and Kim Young-Ro (cinematography mentor).
·Directing Mentor: Mouly SURYA
Mouly Surya, born in Jakarta, Indonesia, studied literature and filmmaking in Australia. Her debut film Fiksi premiered at the Busan International Film Festival in 2008. Her second film What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love competed at Sundance. Her latest film Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts, premiered at Cannes in the Directors’ Fortnight in 2017, and was later theatrically released in 14 countries including the U.S.A. and Canada. In 2018 it won a record 10 awards, including Best Picture and Best Director at Indonesia’s Citra Award, often referred to as the Indonesian’ Oscars.
·Cinematography Mentor: Karina KLESZCZEWSKA
Karina Kleszczewska is a graduate of Lodz Film School cinematography and a member of the Polish Film Academy. She has worked as director of photography in Łukasz Barczyk’s films: Changes (2003), The Unmoved Mover (2008), Gli Italiani (2011), Influence (2015) as well as the lighting director for theatre plays.
·Cinematography Mentor: KIM Young-Ro
Kim Young-Ro studied cinematography at the American Film Institute and is a member of the Cinematographers Guild of Korea (CGK). He has worked on films involving various fields, such as traditional 2D films to 3D, ScreenX and VR films. Of particular note is his work in thirty 3D films as a cinematographer or stereographer. Starting with the lighting of Tale of Cinema (2005), he later worked on The Bacchus Lady (2016) that was invited to the Berlin Film Festival. He also worked on Fear Not, the official film for the PyeongChang Winter Paralympics (2018). He has spent 12 years teaching at the Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA), a national film school, and is currently teaching cinematography as an adjunct professor at both Sungkyunkwan University and Sogang University.
The 24th Busan International Film Festival will be held from October 3 to October 12, 2019
Asian Film Market 2019 will be held from October 5 to October 8, 2019
Asian Film Academy 2019 will be held from September 26 to October 13, 2019