24th Busan International Film Festival – Jury Members announced

busan2019jurymembersThe organizers of the 24th Busan International Film Festival announced the jury members for the New Currents and the Kim Jiseok Award.

New Currents Award

New Currents Jurors
The New Currents is a competitive section that introduced first features from up-and-coming directors who are leading the way for new Asian Cinema. During the Closing Ceremony the Jury will give two movies the award and each film will be given 30,000 USD.

This year Mike Figgis will be the Head Juror. Figgis achieved great fame as the director of Leaving Las Vegas (1995) wining the Best Director Award from the National Society of Film Critics. In 1997 his film “One Night Stand” (1997) was screened at the Busan International Film Festival. Other jury members are: Karel Och, artistic director of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Samal Yeslyamova, winner of the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 for Ayka, Lee Sinje, Malaysian awardee of the Best Actress Award at the Golden Horse Awards in 2002 for The Eye, and Suh Youngjoo, the CEO of Fine Cut.

Kim Jiseok Award

Kim Jiseok Award Jurors
This award was stablished in 2017 to remember and honor the late Kim Ji-seok. The jury will select two movies from the “A Window on Asian Cinema” section award each filmmaker with 10,000 USD.

Jury members include Iranian director, Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Gabbeh, 1996 & Kandahar 2001), Huh Moonyung, Program Director of the Busan Cinema Center and Tan Chui Miu, winner fo the New Currents Award for “Love Conquers All” at the 11th Busan International Film Festival in 2006.

We remind readers that the 24th Busan International Film Festival will take place from October 3rd until October 12th at the city of Busan, Korea.


New Currents Jurors
Mike Figgis – Head Juror | Director | UK
Film director, musician, writer, curator, and photographer – Mike Figgis is an artist whose work has spanned across various disciplines. Following the success of his debut theatrical film Stormy Monday (1988) in the United States, he entered the world of commercial filmmaking. Figgis was celebrated internationally with the success of Leaving Las Vegas (1995) which gained him great plaudits and won several awards, including the Best Director Award at National Society of Film Critics Awards 1995, and the Academy Award for the Best Actor for Nicolas Cage. Encouraged by this huge success, Figgis explored more experimental and minimal approaches to filmmaking and directed Timecode (2000), the first real-time digital film ever made. Figgis now actively explores alternative strategis in film production, designing both economic and creative platforms for contemporary filmmakers.

Lee Sinje – Actress | Malaysia
Lee Sinje made her debut Betelnut Beauty (2001) and won the New Talent Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. She earned a big splash with The Eye (2002) and became the first Malaysian recipient of the Best Actress Award at the Golden Horse Awards in 2002. In the same year, she won the Best Actress Award at the Hong Kong Film Awards, Hong Kong Golden Bauhinia Awards, and Chinese Film Media Awards, marking her as a world-famous star. She was invited as a jury member to the Taipei Film Festival and Golden Horse Awards, and has been the ambassador of the Malaysia International Film Festival since 2017.

Karel Och – Artistic Director | Czech Republic
Karel Och studied film theory and history at Prague’s Charles University. Since 2001, he has worked for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival as a selection committee member and also curated filmmaker retrospectives, including Sam Peckinpah, John Huston and Elio Petri among many others. He was appointed as an artistic director of the Karlovy Vary IFF in 2010. He is now a member of the European Film Academy, the Lux Prize selection, and FIRESCI.

Suh Youngjoo – Chief Executive Officer | Korea
Suh Youngjoo, the CEO of Finecut Co., LTD., has produced, financed, and internationally distributed more than 200 Korean and co-produced films: Burning (2018), Poetry (2010), and Oasis (2002) by Lee Chang-dong, Old Boy (2003) by director Park Chan-wook, The Host (2006) by director Bong Joon Ho, A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) by director Kim Jeewoon, The Wailing (2016) and The Chaser (2008) by director Na Hong-jin, and of course many of director Hong Sangsoo’s. She continuously challenges new attempts in the film industry by establishing an actor management division, Finecut Entertainment, and Korea’s first Writers Agency (WAF).

Samal Yeslyamova – Actress | Kazakhstan
A Kazakh actress, Samal Yeslyamova graduated from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) with a specialization in directing and acting. She starred in the film Tulpan (2008) by director Sergey Dvortsevoy, which won the Prix Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival. She also won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival for Ayka (2018), marking her as a renowned leading actress.

Kim Jiseok Award Jurors
Huh Moonyung – Film Critic | Korea
Huh Moonyung started his career as a film journalist and then a film programmer for the Busan International Film Festival and a director of Cinematheque Busan. He has also served as a film critic for some film magazines and published two books on film. He is now working for the Busan Cinema Center as a program director, and a contributor for a bimonthly film magazine FILO.

Mohsen Makhmalbaf – Director | Iran
Mohsen Makhmalbaf is an Iranian director, writer, producer. He is known as one of the most influential filmmakers and founders of the new wave of Iranian cinema in the world today. During his career Makhmalbaf has made numerous critically-acclaimed films including, Salaam Cinema (1995), Time of Love (1990), Gabbeh (1996), A Moment of Innocence (1996), The Silence (1998), Tales of Kish (1999), Testing democracy (2000), Kandahar (2001), Scream of the Ants (2006), The President (2014) and The Night of Zayandeh-Rood (1990). He is the recipient of more than 50 international awards from some of the most prestigious film festivals across the world. His film Kandahar has been chosen as one of the top 100 best movies of history of cinema by Times Magazine. And his film A Moment of Innocence has been selected as one of the top 10 best films of the 90s amongst the directors of world international film festivals. As a writer- director Makhmalbaf has also published more than 30 books, many of which have been translated and published in many languages.

Tan Chui Mui – Director | Malaysia
Born in Malaysia, Tan received the New Currents Award and FIPRESCI Award at the 11th Busan International Film Festival for Love Conquers All (2006). She received inaugural reviews and awards from numerous international film festivals including International Film Festival Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, and International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, and has served as a jury member at the Busan International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam and Pacific Meridian International Film Festival. She pioneered the Malaysian New Wave Cinema thanks to her founding of the Da Huang Pictures in 2005. Tan is constantly consolidating her position as a prominent actress, both in name and reality as well as a platform organizer to discover new Malaysian talents.

Note: Portraits of the Kim Jiseok Award, Mike Figgis, Karel Och were taken from the Press Release by the BusanIFF. Portrait of Lee Sinje taken from Screendaily, Portrait of Samal Yeslyamova taken from IMDb © Francois Berthier.

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