New Currents Award
President of the JuryDirector Szabo was born in 1938, Budapest, Hungary and went to University of Film and Theater in 1956, which became a starting point of his filmmaking career. He has become an icon of Hungarian cinema after he directed the first film The Age of Daydreaming at the age of 26. With Mephisto (1981) winning the two internationally renowned awards -Best Foreign Language Film of the Year at Academy Awards and Cannes' Best Screenplay Award, his name went to global. His work Sweet Emma, Dear Bobe (1992) won Silver Bear-Special Jury Prize at Berlin International Film Festival in 1992. Szabo is a national treasure of Hungary, has directed Relatives in 2006.
ProducerDaniel Yu graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1982, and created Team Work Company Ltd. in 1990 which produced the debut film Saviour of the Soul having enjoyed great box office success across the Asian region. He produced Bugis Street in 1995, and joined director Fruit Chan for the production of Made in Hong Kong in 1997. He produced The Longest Summer in 1998 and joined Korean director Jang Sun-Woo's film project Resurrection of Little Match Girl in 2002. He also participated in the Malaysia's film project The Princess of Mount Ledang in 2003. He serves as Chief Operating Officer of Focus Film and is working on a regional film project finding promising Asian filmmakers through Focus First Cuts.
Korea / ActressMoon was born in 1974, and went to SungKyunKwan University where she studied educational studies. After completing the program, she started her acting career with Peppermint Candy playing a starring role Yoon Sun-im. She was the winner of Best Young Actress for her play in Oasis at Venice Film Festival in 2002. She explored diverse acting career in A Good Lawyer's Wife, The President's Barber, Bravo My Life, Bewitching Attraction and Family Ties. Moon proved herself as an actress having her unique aura. She also appeared on a couple of TV soap operas. The movie Peppermint Candy was picked for the opening film at the 4th PIFF, and the edition also showcased Oasis, Family
DirectorDumont was born in Bailleul, France and produced industrial and PR films for ten years after completing BA in philosophy in college. His film debut came in 1997 with the work The Life of Jesus, which later made him the winner of Camera d'Or at Cannes Film Festival. His second film Humanity became the winner of Jury Prize, Award for Best Actress, and Award for Best Actor in 1999. Receiving Grand Prix at the 59th Cannes Film Festival for Flandres, Dumont has become one of the internationally renowned filmmakers. Humanity was screened in World Cinema Section at the 4th PIFF.
Iran / DirectorJalili was born in 1957 and went to Iranian College of Dramatic Arts to study directing. He started to make 8 mm movies since he was ten. After completing college education, he made 16 mm film Miiard for TV viewers that received promising comments about his film career. Jalili received Silver Leopard Award from the Locarno International Film Festival for Dance of Dust (1998) and Jury Award from San Sebastian International Film Festival for Daan. The movie Delbaran (2001) was financed by Rotterdam International Film Festival's Hubert Bals Fund. Jalili has drawn attention from the experts in Iranian film industry for his unique perspective toward film. Daan and Delbaran were screened at the previous PIFF edition, and the 10th edition showcased Full or Empty. His work Hapez was selected as a PPP project in 2004.
Sonje Award / Woonpa Award
Korea / Documentary DirectorDirector Kim joined the documentary film industry in 1991 when he became part of the 2nd Independent Movie Workshop. He had worked with Blue Screen from 1993 to 2000 and has worked as a freelancer since 2001. His major works include My Mom's Purple Scarf (1995), The story of Korean Informal Women Workers (2003), Walking For Life (2004), Annyong, Sayonara (2005). All these works were presented to Wide Angle Section at PIFF. Particularly Annyong, Sayonara received Woonpa Award at the 10th PIFF, and Grand Prix and Special Award at the 31st edition of Seoul Independent Film Festival.
Korea / aging Director / Association of Korea Independent Film & VideoWon started to work for independent film by creating Daegu Cinematheque in 1996. He had worked for Indieforum, independent film festival, as programmer from 2000 to 2003. Won is a founder of Daegu-Gyungsangbuk-do Association of Independent Film in 2000 and served as general director. He is general director of Association of Korea Independent Film & Video since 2002, board member of Korean Independent Animation Filmmakers Association, executive committee member of Seoul Independent Film Festival and Indie-AniFest and editor of quarterly Independent Film.
Korea / General Executive Director / Dongsoong Art CenterKim started her career in film industry with her involvement in Screen Business Department at Daewoo Corporation in 1994. She was in charge of investment & procurement, and after four years' professional experience she moved to the position of team leader in Screen Business Team at Dongsoong Art Center in 1997 where she handled production of documentary works. In 2004, she researched for the promotion team of an art movie theater at Korean Film Council. Now she serves as general executive director at Dongsoong Art Center. While working at the Center, she worked on distribution and openings of documentary films Mudang: Reconciliation Between the Living and the Dead and Repatriation and has contributed to the growth of Korean documentaries.
India / Film Critic
Sri Lanka / Film Critic
KIM Sun Yub
Korea / Film Critic
USA / Film Critic
Armenia / Film Critic
Germany / Film Critic
Korea / Film Critic