Hong-Joon Kim (Republic of Korea)

Programming Director, Chungmuro International Film Festival; Associate Professor, Department of Film, School of Film, TV and Multimedia, Korean National University of Arts
Hong-Joon Kim was Festival Director of the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival and Commissioner of the Korean Film Council from 2000–2005. His published books include I, a Filmmaker: Kim Hong-Joon’s Film Notes, and Two or Three Things You Want to Know About Movies. Hong-Joon Kim is an award winning director, and screenwriter of films including Jungle Story and La Vie En Rose. He hosted and co-wrote the television series Korean Classical Cinema Special.

Soheir Abdel Kader (Egypt)

Vice-President of the Cairo International Film Festival; Director of the Cairo International Film Festival for Children
Soheir Abdel Kader is a member of the Union of Arab Artists and a member of the Centre International du Film pour l’Enfance et la Jeunesse, CIJEF. She has been a Jury member of the San Francisco Isfahan and Sousse Film Festivals, the Lucas International Film Festival for Children, and was Jury President for the Moscow International Film Festival for Children. She was a consultant to the Egyptian National Day of the Children, 1994; established the Charity Market for Handicapped Children in conjunction with The Cairo International Film Festival for Children; and had a key role in establishing the Cairo International Film Festival as a FIAPF accredited festival.

Mohammad Atebbai (Iran)

Managing Director, Iranian Independents
Mohammad Atebbai is a film producer and distributor and Head of Iranian Independents, which markets and promotes Iranian films internationally. He was in charge of screening Iranian films at international festivals and events at Farabi Cinema Foundation for eight years before forming Iranian Independents in 1997. He acted as Director of International Affairs for Khaneh Cinema for two years; was Senior Editor of Film International from 1997–2001; and is a journalist and member of the Iranian Society of Film Critics and Writers. He is author of the book International Presentation of Iranian Cinema: 1979–2004; was producer and associate producer involved in the coproduction and fundraising for Iranian films including The Circle (Jafar Panahi, 1999); is the Iranian member of the European Documentary Network (EDN); and a representative of NETPAC (Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema) in Iran.

Philip Cheah (Singapore)

Festival Director, Singapore International Film Festival
Philip Cheah is a film critic and is the editor of BigO, Singapore’s only independent pop culture publication. He is board director of the Singapore International Film Festival; Honorary Secretary of NETPAC; and is currently program consultant for the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival, Seoul Asian Digital Film Festival, Osian’s Cinefan Asian-Arab Film Festival and the Dubai International Film Festival. He is co-editor of the books, Garin Nugroho: And the Moon Dances, Noel Vera: Critic After Dark and Ngo Phuong Lan: Modernity and Nationality in Vietnamese Cinema.

Anne Démy-Geroe (Australia)

Executive Director, Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF)
Anne Démy-Geroe is the Executive Director of the Brisbane International Film Festival, where she began as the inaugural Artistic Director in 1991. Her interest in Asian cinema has led to the establishment of the sole Australian NETPAC jury at BIFF and a FIPRESCI jury for Asia-Pacific cinema. BIFF also boasts the only Australian Film Festival for Young people and a focus on indigenous film. Anne was an organiser for the Queensland Images Film Festival in 1989, has worked on the annual Queensland New Filmmakers Awards for many years, silent film festivals, and Queensland regional film festivals. She is a judge on the prestigious Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and a past Council Member of the National Film and Sound Archive. She has served on international juries from Hawaii to Tehran for NETPAC and others. In 2003, Anne was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal for services to the film industry. In her leisure time, Anne also ‘tries to play’ Japanese end-blown flute, the Shakuhachi.

Russell Edwards (Australia)

Film Critic for Variety; former President of the Film Critics Circle of Australia
Russell Edwards is a Sydney-based film critic reviewing Asian and Australian films for leading international trade publication Variety. He was president of The Film Critics Circle of Australia from 2004 to 2006; is a regular attendee of Asia’s film festival circuit; and has been a FIPRESCI juror at the Pusan International Film Festival twice, including Jury Chairman in 2003. Russell Edwards’ main area of expertise is Korean and Japanese cinema; and he is well-versed in Australian and American film history. A board member of the Sydney Film Festival from 1996 to 1999, Russell also advised the now defunct Sydney Asia Pacific Film Festival from 1999 to 2004. Russell has also directed short films. His most recent film The Agreement (2006) played at numerous major festivals around the world and was screened on SBS Television.

Jeannette Paulson Hereniko (Hawaii, USA)

President, iFilm Connections: Asia & Pacific; Founding Director, Hawaii International Film Festival
Jeannette Paulson Hereniko launched the Hawaii International Film Festival in 1981 to promote cultural understanding about Asia, Pacific and the United States through film, and remained the festival director until 1996. In 1990, she was the first director of the Palm Springs International Film Festival. As a founding board member of NETPAC, she established NETPAC/USA in 1994. She has served on film festival juries in Berlin, Rotterdam, Pusan, Singapore, Mumbai, Brisbane and Osian’s-Cinefan in New Delhi. As the Director of the Asia Pacific Media Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center for Communication from 1996 to 2005, she started the website: www.asianfilms.org. This evolved into a subscription website that streams movies and provides information about contemporary Asian and Pacific Island film cultures for universities and organisations interested in Asia and the Pacific. In 2007 and 2008, she served as an international consultant for the American Film Institute’s Project 20/20. Ms Hereniko produced an award-winning 2004 feature film from Fiji, The Land has Eyes. Currently she is President of Te Maka Productions, Inc., NETPAC/USA and iFilm Connections Asia & Pacific.

Azize Tan (Turkey)

Director, International Istanbul Film Festival; Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts
Azize Tan began her career as Subtitling Co-ordinator at the International Istanbul Film Festival in 1996. She went on to become the Co-ordinator of the Festival from 2000 to 2002 and then Assistant Director. Azize was also Coordinator of the 5th, 6th and 7th International Istanbul Biennials.

Aruna Vasudev (India)

Founder-President, Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema; Founder-Director Osian’s Cinefan
Aruna Vasudev is the Founder-President of NETPAC; Founder-Director of Cinefan, Festival of Asian Cinema, (now Osian’sCinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema); Founder-Editor of Cinemaya, The Asian Film Quarterly (now Osian’s-Cinemaya); and is a Trustee of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, India and of the newly constituted Forum for Art Beyond Borders, India. She was conferred France’s top cultural award, the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres; and the Star of Italian Solidarity. Aruna is the author of two books on Indian Cinema; editor and co-editor of several books on cinema and television, including Being & Becoming: The Cinemas of Asia and co-editor (with fellow Nominations Council member, Philip Cheah) of Modernity and Nationality in Vietnamese Cinema by Ngo Phuong Lan (2007); and has been a jury member in Cannes (Camera d’Or), Locarno, Thessaloniki, Singapore, Fajr (Tehran), Karlovy Vary, Istanbul, Antalya, Hawaii, Jeonju (Korea), Tallinn (Estonia) and many more.

Xie Fei (People’s Republic of China)

Professor, Beijing Film Academy; Film Director
Xie Fei is internationally known as one of the most prominent directors from China. His feature film A Girl from Hunan (Xian Nu Xiao Xiao) was invited to screen in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes International Film Festival in 1987 and won the Don Quixote Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival and the Golden Panda Award at the Montpelier Film Festival in 1988. Black Snow won the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival in 1990 and screened at the Hong Kong, London, Washington, Sydney and Montreal Film Festivals. Woman from the Lake of Scented Souls won the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival in 1993, the Chinese Government Outstanding Film Award in 1993, and the Best Actress Award at the Chicago Film Festival. A Mongolian Tale’s many awards include the Best Director Award at the World Film Festival in Montreal in 1995, and Best Director at the Shanghai Film Critic’s Ten Best Film Awards in 1995. Song of Tibet (2000) won Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Music awards at the Chinese Golden Rooster Awards. Xie Fei has been a Professor of Beijing Film Academy for 40 years. His students include Directors of Chinese fifth and sixth generations including Chen Kaige, Zhang Yimou and Jia Zhangke.