New Currents Award
Russia / program director at the Sochi International Film FestivalAfter graduating from the prestigious VGIK, the Russian state film school in 1982, LAVRENTIEV (b. 1954 in Russia) went on to become a leading film critic as one of the founders of the New Wave in Soviet film criticism. Since 1999, he has been the program director of two festivals - the Faces of Love International Film Festival and the Sochi International Film Festival.
Thailand / directorThai native WEERASETHAKUL's (b. 1970) first feature Mysterious Object at Noon was chosen as one of the best films of the year in 2000 by Village Voice and Film Comment. Blissfully Yours which was screened at the 7th PIFF was awarded Un Certain Regard at Cannes the same year. His latest film Troplical Malady created much hype when it won the Jury Prize at Cannes this year, and it has also been invited to the 9th PIFF.
China / directorCHAN (b. 1959 in Guangzhou) earned critical acclaim through his debut film Finale in Blood in 1991, and Made in Hong Kong branded him a representative director of Hong Kong. His latest work Three, MONSTER (2004), a co-production of Korean, Hong Kong, and Japan, made festival headlines at the Venice International Film Festival and is invited to the 9th PIFF.
Georgia / directorCurrently living in Berlin, Dito TSINTSADZE (b. 1957 in Georgia) attended the Tbilisi Film Theatre Institute. In 1990, he made his first short film, and his films have been screened at the Toronto, Cannes, and San Sebastian film festivals. His filmography includes On the Verge (1993), Lost Killers (2000), short film An Erotic Tale (2002), and Gun-shy (2003). Gun-shy (2003) will be part of "German Panorama" at the 9th PIFF.
Korea / film scholarKIM (b. 1961 in Korea) presently teaches at the School of Film, TV & Multimedia at the Korean National University of Arts. Her documentaries Koryu: Southern Women/South Korea and I'll be Seeing Her have been invited to Women's Film Festival in Seoul (WFFIS), Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, and Melbourne International Film Festival.
Sonje Award / Woonpa Award
Korea / directorHONG (b. 1957) has been persistently pursuing realistic films that describe the bruises of contemporary Korea. His second feature The Road Taken (2003) which portrayed the life of KIM Sun-myung, the world's longest serving political inmate (45 years), was invited to the 8th PIFF "New Currents" as the only Korean film and won the public favor with the PSB Award (Audience Award).
Korea / criticJOO (b. 1965) graduated from Seoul National University with a degree in the study of aesthetics and received a doctorate in film theory from Chung-Ang University. She is co-author of several books on Koreans films (only available in Korean) and concentrates on grafting feminist readings, sexual politics, film theory together.
Korea / cinematographerOH (b. 1964 Korea) graduated from Seoul Institute of the Arts with a degree in film studies. He produced 16 Days in Indonesia (1996), Across the Wall the Himalayan (1997), Turbulent Asia East Timor (1998) and participated in more than sixty documentaries. In 1995, he debuted in feature film through Corset (1996) and his subsequent feature film Christmas in August (1998) showed a different side of him. He worked as a director of photography for The Road Taken (2002).
Korea / Film Critic
Japan / Director of Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
Ahmed Muztaba ZAMAL
Bangladesh / Celluloid Magagine Editor
Australia / Film Critic
France / Film Critic
Czech Republic / Film Critic
Egypt / Film Critic
Korea / Film Critic