BIFF Mecenat Award

The 27th Busan International Film FestivalBIFF Mecenat Award Juries

Jury Members for Wide Angle – Documentary Competition Section

WANG Bing

China Director

Wang Bing began his career as an independent filmmaker in 1999. His film, Tie Xi Qu: West Of The Tracks (2003), is an enormous documentary work of more than 9 hours that has garnered great success internationally. He is also active in video installation, fiction film, and photography as well as feature documentary. His works, including Three Sisters (2012), ′Til Madness Do Us Part (2013), and Dead Souls (2018), have been invited to many film festivals. Recognized as one of the most prominent Chinese artists and directors, he has been honored by retrospectives of his entire oeuvre in major museums, such as the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, Centre Pompidou in Paris, and Documenta.

Ossama MOHAMMED

Syria Director

Born in Latakia, Syria in 1954, Ossama Mohammed graduated from the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in 1979. His first short documentary Step by Step (1978) was selected after 35 years to the official selection of Berlin film festival in 2013. His first fiction film Stars in Broad Daylight (1988) was selected at the Cannes Film Festival’s Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in 1988. The second feature Sacrifices (2002) was selected at the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section. After the forced exile to Paris in 2011, he began a new cinematic adventure: Silvered Water, Syria Self- Portrait (2014), which was Cannes official selection in 2014. All of his films were banned in Syria.

KIM Il-rhan

Korea Director

Kim Il-rhan is a documentary filmmaker and an activist for ‘PINKS: Solidarity for Sexually Minor Cultures & Human Rights’. Kim records scenes of state violence that violate human rights, produces videos capturing on-site accounts, and directs documentaries in furtherance of human-rights activism for sexual minorities. Two Doors (2012) and its sequel, The Remnants (2017), are some of Kim’s media productions from the site of Yongsan Tragedy and was acclaimed by critics. Currently, Kim is in the process of making a documentary, Edhi and Alice (2021), which is about two transgender women.