Sonje Award

The 27th Busan International Film FestivalSonje Award Juries

Jury Members for Wide Angle – Korean Short Film Competition Section/Asian Short Film Competition Section


Iran Director

Saeed ROUSTAEE was born in Tehran, Iran in 1989. He studied cinema in high school and then cinematography at Soore University. He first directed three short films, which won over 100 awards worldwide. His feature debut, Life and a Day (2016), won Best Directing and Best Screenplay Awards at the Fajr International Film Festival 2016, Iran’s premier film festival, and several prizes at many other international festivals. His second feature, Just 6.5 (2019), premiered at the Venice Orizzonti 2019 and won the award for Best Director at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2019. His most recent film, Leila’s Brothers (2022), was selected for the Cannes Film Festival 2022 Competition section, and won the FIPRESCI Award from the International Federation of Film Critics.


Japan Director

Born in Tokyo, Hayakawa Chie studied photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her short film, Niagara (2014), was selected in the Cinéfondation section at Cannes Film Festival 2014. It was also a recipient of Grand Prizes at the Seoul International Women’s Film Festival for Asian Short Film. She was awarded the Golden Camera Special Mention at Cannes Film Festival 2022 with her feature debut Plan 75 (2022), which is a remake of her own short film Plan 75, the opening segment of the anthology film Ten Years Japan (2018) produced by internationally acclaimed director Kore-eda Hirokazu.

YOON Gaeun

Korea Director

Director Yoon Gaeun studied history at Sogang University and continued her graduate studies in film at the School of Film, TV & Multimedia at Korea National University of Arts (K-ARTS). Starting with her debut short film, The Taste of Salvia (2009), she has written and directed Guest (2011) and Sprout (2013). Guest (2011) won the Grand Prize at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2012, and Sprout (2013) was awarded the Crystal Bear for Best Film in the Generation Kplus Competition at the Berlin International Film Festival 2014. Subsequently, The World of Us (2016) earned her Best New Director at the Blue Dragon Awards 2016, and Best Screenplay at the Baeksang Arts Awards 2017. Her second feature The House of Us (2019) was invited to several awards including the BFI London Film Festival 2019 and the Udine Far East Film Festival 2020.