Eija Niskanen is a Finnish film critic and film event coordinator. She holds an MA in Critical Studies in Film and Television from UCLA, and she also studied Japanese cinema and anime in Japan. Her expertise focuses on East Asian and South East Asian cinema and animation. She is a programming director for Helsinki Cine Aasia, Finland’s only Asian film festival, a programming curator for Asian cinema at the Helsinki International Film Festival, and one of the festival’s founding members, and a coordinator for the Finland Film Festival in Japan. She teaches Asian cinema at Helsinki University and has also written academic articles on Asian film festivals and on Asian cinema and anime. She is currently the chair of the board for Finland’s chapter of FIPRESCI.
Hsin Wang is a writer and cultural critic in Taiwan. He has published several poems, novels and cultural critics: Glacial Love (1996), Thirteen Entities of the Sea (2000 in Taiwan, 2003 in China), Wishing I Could Sleep As a Dream (2004), Elsewhere of Elsewhere (2011), Bronze Mirror (2020), and Ancient Mirror (2021). He is the jury of the Busan International Film Festival 2021, Istanbul Film Festival 2021, Stockholm International Film Festival 2021, Berlin Film Festival 2022, and Arab Cinema Center. He is also an attorney-at-law admitted in California and Taiwan.
A member of both the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) and the Korean Association of Film Critics, Ahn writes film critiques at Le Monde diplomatique and OhmyNews. He also contributes articles related to literature, theology, dance, and current affairs to a number of media outlets. As the Head of the ESG Research Institute and the philosophy representative of ESG Korea Corp., he promotes and supports the policy-making of ESG, sustainability, and social responsibility agendas. He was the festival director of the Life ESG Film Festival. Ahn was employed at Kyunghyang Shinmun for 22 years as an Economic, Business, Cultural, and International correspondent. He has also written and translated around 40 books.