New Currents Jurors
Jury Head / Director / Hong KongYonfan touches every aspect of filmmaking; he is a director, a scriptwriter, and a producer. As a young man, Yonfan built his career as a photographer for 'Harper's Bazaar', 'Vogue' and other fashion magazines. In 1984, he took his first step as a film director. In 1999, his Bishonen was invited to the Berlin Film Festival where it received international recognition. He has worked in Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and in 2003 he showcased Breaking the willow, with his first documentary about Chinese traditional kungu opera. His 12th feature film, Prince of Tears was screened at the 'A Window on Asian Cinema' section of the Busan International Film Festival 2009.
Director, Actress / ChinaJiang Wenli is well known for her impassioned performance in the famous Chen Kaige's Farewell My Concubine, and other numerous films and dramas. Jiang has been in the spotlight at many award ceremonies and film festivals. She won the best actress twice at the China Huabiao Film Awards. In 2007, JIANG received the best actress award at the Rome International Film Festival for her role in the production by Gu Changwei (her husband) of And the Spring Comes. In 2009 she had her debut as a director with Lan and received the KNN award, which was selected by the audience at the 2009 Busan International Film Festival.
Actor / JapanODAGIRI Joe Actor/Japan Through active and diverse performances both in and outside of Japan, Odagiri was acclaimed for his lead role in Bright Future (2003), which was invited to the 2003 Cannes Film Festival Competition Section. Odagiri captivated Asia with his excellent performance in diverse films, including, Blood and Bones (2004), Princess Raccoon (2005) and La Maison de Himiko (2005). Odagiri has a very special and close relationship with korea. He took the spotlight when he was given the lead in Kim Ki Duk's Dream. In addition, Odagiri is starred with Jang Dong-gun in a highly anticipated film, My Way by Kang Je-gyu.
Executive Director of Film Production B.O.M. / koreaOH Jung-wan Executive Director of Film Production B.O.M./ korea The executive director of B.O.M. Film Productions, Oh Jung-wan, where she developed, produced and promoted numerous korean films. Starting the list with Hakorbokeun seongjeogsunoi anijyan chayo (1989) Wedding Story (1992), Mister Mamma (1992), The Gingko Bed (1996), Jung sa (An Affair) (1998), The Foul King (2000), The Tale of Two Sisters (2003), Untold Scandal (2003), Three, Monster (2004), A Bittersweet Life (2005), You're my sunshine (2006), Women on the Beach (2006), My Dear (2008). Oh Jung-wan challkored herself and led projects with new directors, planned co-productions, and developed innovative genre films. She is contributing as an advisor and jury member at various domestic and international film festivals since 2003.
Jury Head of Locarno Film Festival / FranceAs the 1995, French Cinematheque Programmer, Olivier Pere, curated several retrospectives and various themed screenings. In 1996 Belport Film Festival, PERE was in charge of the retrospective. He writes for the cultural magazine, 'Les Inrockuptibles', about film, TV, and DVD. From 2004 to 2009, Pere led the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes. She is also the festival director of Switzerland's Locarno International Film Festival since 2009.
Flash Forward Jurors
Jury Head/ Director / AustraliaGillian Armstrong achieved an international reputation with My Brilliant Career (1979) which was the first Australian film to be invited to the Cannes Film Festival. Through Little Women (1994), Oscar and Lucinda (1997), Charlotte Gray (2001), and Death Defying Acts (2007) she crossed between historical film and modern play and captured optimistic view on people and event. Armstrong received A.M. for her contribution to Australian Cinema. She also received a Doctor of Letters from the University of New South Wales and an Honorary Doctorate in Film from Swinburne University. In addition, she won the Women in Hollywood Icon Award in 2008 for her dedication and contribution in cinema.
Fridrik Thor FRIDRIKSSON
Director / IcelandIceland born director, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson has built a career as a documentary director since 1981. He earned the Best Artistic Contribution at the 1991 Montreal World Film Festival with Children of Nature (1991). The film received positive reviews for its esthetic cinematography. Fridriksson visited the Busan International Film Festival with Cold Fever (1995) that won the Channel 4 Director's Award in 1995, at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Mamma Gogo (2010), which has recently released in korea. He continues to maintain close relationship with Busan International Film Festival.
Programmer of Berlin International Film Festival / GermanyHe majored in German Literature at university; in addition, he also gained experience in theater and musicals. Thomas Hailer entered the field of cinema while consulting on scripts for children's films in 1995. Then, he worked as the project advisor for the funding division for a children's film at the Kuratorium junger deutscher Film Foundation and contributed to the advancement of children's cinema. Since 2002, he was in charge of the Children and Youth section at the Berlin International Film Festival that has shown phenomenal growth over two years and curated a new competitive section called '14plus' (Now called 'Generation'). Since May 2008, Thomas Hailer has worked as the programmer at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Director / koreaJeon Soo-il is a Director, Professor of the department of Theatre & Film and President of Dongnyuk Film. Jeon studied film directing at Paris, E.S.R.A and attended the graduate school at the University of Paris 7 and University of Paris 8 and studied film theory. He co-wrote the script with Lee Jung-ae, and directed the Omnibus drama film, Wind Echoing in My Being (1997) received Woonpa Award at the 1996 Busan International Film Festival and was invited to screen in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. All of his production received attention from korea and the world. Jeon Soo-il has consistently produced films like Himalaya, Where the Wind Dwells (2008) and I Came from Busan (2010). Currently, he is preparing for the production of El Condor Pasa with the support of Busan Film Commission.
Actress / RomaniaAnamaria MARINCA Actress/Romania Anamaria Marinca was awarded the Best Actress in a Television section, at the Orange British Academy Film Awards for her role in TV Mini-series Sex Traffic (2004) and received the attention from the critics. Marinca was recognized for her insightful acting in the 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) which was selected for the 2007 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or. The same year, she won the 'European Actress.' Five Minutes of Heaven (2009) and Strom (2009), gained attention from numerous world film festivals. In 2010, Look, Stranger (2010) opened the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010.
Wide Angle Section Jurors
BIFF Mecenat Award Jurors - Documentary Section
Festival Director of Copenhagen International Film Festival / DenmarkFrom 1997 to 2003, she was the head of various programs at the Danish Film Institute. She is the Danish representative filmmaker (film figure), who promoted the advancement of art cinema, video art, experimental film, and documentaries. In addition, in 2002, she opened the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival and has procured and cultivated international talent. Fischer is the owner of the production company; Fisher Film specializing in art cinema and international co-productions.
Programmer of the DMZ korean International Documentary Film Festival / koreaKang Joined the Seoul Film Commission in 1997 and has concentrated on documentary productions. He produced, On-Line: An Inside View Of korean Independent Film (1997), Reclaiming Our Names (1998) and Doomealee, The Very First Step (2000). In The Border City (2002) and The Border City 2 (2009), Kang took parts in producing, shooting and editing. Currently he is the programmer of the DMZ korean International Documentary Festival. With Hong Hyung-sook, he is producing new film, Every Sour Sweet Day. He has various interests in politics, society, and history. In terms of subject and form, he has absorbed a wide spectrum of films.
Director / JapanSoda Kazuhiro debut with the Feature Documentary Commentary, Campaign (2007) which premiered at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival. He received the honor of 2008 Peabody Award, and received the Best Film Award at the 2009 Belgrade International Documentary & Short Film. Soon after, the second documentary, Mental (2008) received 2008 Busan International Film Festival BIFF Mecenat, Dubai International Film Festival Best Documentary Award and 2009 Miami International Film Festival Special Jury Mention. In addition, the film earned him the Outstanding Documentary Award at the Hong Kong International Film Festival and the Interreligious Jury Prize at the Visions du Reel. The latest work, Peace (2010) won the Audience Award at the Tokyo Filmex and the Best Documentary at the 2011 Hong Kong International Film Festival. Soda has shown remarkable activity as a documentary director.
Sonjae Award Jurors - Short Film Section
Director / ThailandThai born director, Aditya Assarat has a close relationship with the Busan International Film Festival. A director of numerous short films and documentaries, he is especially loved by film festivals. He has showcased his films at more than 70 film festivals and received various awards. His feature documentary, 3 Friends was invited to the PPP (Pusan Promotion Plan, Now known as APM) and adorned the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. In 2007, Wonderful Town (2007), supported by ACF Post-production fund, received numerous awards at prominent international film festivals including the New Currents Award at the Busan International Film Festival. In 2010, he visited the Busan International Film Festival with his feature film Hi-So (2010) and in 2011 he will revisit Busan with his short film, From 6 to 6 (2011)
Maike Mia HOHNE
Programmer of Berlin International Film Festival / GermanyMaike Mia Hohne worked on film in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Belgium. Since 2007, she is in charge of the Berlinale Shorts at Berlin International Film Festival. Currently, she is preparing for a feature film and Photo Collection, 'Gaze.'
Actress / koreaWith solid performance and distinct individuality, Kim Kkobbi rose as the Chungmuro star, through Breathless which gave her the honors of 2009 Daejong Film Festival Best New Actress and Las Palmas International Film Festival Best Actress. With her passion and love for film, she starred in numerous films including Jealousy is My Middle Name (2002), Sarangni, Blossom Again (2005), The Charming Girl (2005), and Family Ties (2006). Kim built her presence with her role in The Ghost Theater (2006), which opened the 2006 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. Through Breathless she rose as the Chungmuro's blue chip and is receiving attention for new diverse films.
NETPAC Award Juror
Chief Editor of Film Magazine 'Cine 21' /korea
Documentary Director and Film Critic /Thailand
Film Critic and Professor at the University of Hawaii / Taiwan
Jury Head / Radio France International / France
Lidové noviny / Czech Republic
Bright Lights Film Journal / Australia
FILMBUFF / India
The University of Suwon / Korea