New Currents Award
Jury Head / Sweden / DirectorBorn in Malmö, Sweden in 1931, Jan Troell is one of Sweden’s major filmmakers. He worked as a teacher and directed several shorts before making his feature debut in 1966 with Here Is Your Life. He is best known for his two epics on Swedish migration to America, The Emigrants(1971) and The New Land(1972), both of which were nominated for Academy Awards along with Flight of the Eagle(1982). His selected filmography includes Eeny Meeny Miny Moe(1968), Zandy’s Bride(1974), Bang!(1977), Hurricane(1979), Il Capitano(1991), Dancing(1994), Hamsun(1996) and As White As in Snow(2001).
Serbia-Montenegro / Film CriticBorn in 1952, Serbia-Montenegro. Miroljub Vuković is a film critic and a general manager of the Film Institute since 1995. From 1979, he engaged on various researches and projects of the Film Institute as retrospective of the Yugoslav films at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Cinémathèque Royale in Brussels, Giornate del cinema muto in Pordenone. He published popular articles and professional film essays in Yugoslav and foreign dailies and periodicals. He is an adviser to different international film festivals and also the program director of the Belgrade International Film Festival since 1997 and the chairman of the South East European Cinema Network (SEECN), recently established organization with the aim to encourage and support connections in the field of cinema in the region.
Iran / DirectorJafar Panahi was born in 1960 in Iran. After studying directing at the College of Cinema and TV in Tehran, he won the Camera d’Or at Cannes International Film Festival with his debut film The White Balloon(1995) and the Golden Leopard Prize at Locarno International Film Festival in 1997 with his second film, The Mirror, which was invited to the 3rd PIFF. As a front-runner of New Iranian Cinema, Jafar Panahi won Golden Lion for Best Film at Venice International Film Festival with The Circle(2000), showing the reality of Iranian women’s life. His new film, Crimson Gold, was invited to the Un Certain Regard section of this year’s Cannes International Film Festival.
Taiwan / ActressChen Shiang-chyi is the most popular actress in Taiwan nowadays. She started to learn ballet, Beijing opera, and acting from 1975 and appeared in several films before she moved to the United States to study acting. She appeared in director Edward Yang’s A Brighter Summer Day(1990) and A Confucian Confusion(1994). From 1994, she began her study in Educational Theatre at New York University.
After acquiring her Master's Degree, she came back to Taiwan and started her career as a director of plays while continuing as an actress. In 1996, she came back to starring in feature films with Tsai Ming-liang’s The River(1996). She has been a prolific actress starring in both Taiwan films as well as films from overseas, such as Lin Cheng-sheng’s Sweet Degeneration(1997), Tsai Ming-liang’s What Time Is It There?(2001), Takamine Go’s Tsuru-Henry(1997, Japan), Jule Gilfillan’s Restless(1997, US) and Alain Mazars’ La Moipie du Ciel(1999, France), among others.
Korea / ProducerBorn in 1963, Shim Jae-myung started her film career as a manager at Seoul Cinema from 1988 to 1990. Following that, she worked as a creative director at Gukdong Screen Inc. and later founded Myung Marketing & Planning Agency in 1992. In 1995, she established Myung Film Co., Ltd and on produced its debut film, Corset, the following year. With Happy End(1999), The Isle(2000) and Joint Security Area(2000), which were invited to numerous film festivals, she won the recognition as a noteworthy producer in the international film circle. In 2001, Shim Jae-myung was named as one of ’10 Producers to Watch’ by Variety, a leading weekly journal of cinema in the world and was also recognized as a woman ‘making a difference’ by a Hong Kong-based economic weekly Far Eastern Economic Review.
Sonje Award / Woonpa Award
Korea / 1961
Korea / 1964 / Director
Korea / 1969 / Director of Seoul Independent Film Festival
Iran / Independent Film Director
Amable Tikoy Aguiluz
The Philippines / Festival Director at Cinemanila International Film Festival, Film Director
Korea / Programmer at Puchon Internation Fantastic Film Festival
Israel / Film Critic
Korea / Film Critic
H.N. Narahai Rao
Indian / Film Critic
Russia / Film Critic
Japan / Film Critic