HONG-JOON KIM (Republic of Korea) – CHAIR

Professor, Department of Film, School of Film, TV and Multimedia, Korea 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.


Film Critic for Variety
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. Other juries he has attended have been at Toronto, Cannes and Astana. 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. He has also directed short films. His film The Agreement (2006) played at numerous major festivals around the world and was screened on SBS Television. In honour of the 50th anniversary of Australia-South Korea diplomatic relations, Russell co-programmed the Australian sidebar at this year’s Busan International Film Festival.

Peggy Chiao (Taiwan )

Producer, Author
Peggy Chiao is a film producer based in Taiwan. She was the former chairman of the prestigious Golden Horse Film Festival, and a pioneer who cultivated the co-production of films between China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. She is one of the major reasons that many Taiwanese directors such as Edward Yang, Ang Lee, Hou Hsiao Hsien and Tsai Mingliang enjoy success both domestically and internationally. Her film collaborations with such respected directors as Li Yu, Wang Xiaoshuai, Li Shaohong, Liu Fendao, Ann Hui, Stanley Kwan, Tsai Mingliang and Lin Chengsheng have garnered her international acclaim, including two Silver Bears at Berlin, the Golden Hugo of Chicago, two grand prizes at the Tribeca Film Festival, and the FIPRESCI awards of the Cannes Film Festival and the Golden Horse Film Festival. Miss Chiao has also sat on the juries of various international film festivals, is currently producing four films and teaching at the Graduate Institute of Filmmaking at the prestigious National Taipei University of the Arts.

PHILIP CHEAH (Singapore )

Vice-President, NETPAC
Philip Cheah is a film critic and editor of BigO, Singapore’s only independent pop culture publication. He is Vice-President of NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) and program consultant for the new Southeast Asian Film Festival, the AsiaPacificFilms.com website, Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival, Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival and the Dubai International Film Festival. He was also Advisor for the 1st Vietnam International Film Festival. He is co-editor of the books: Garin Nugroho – And the Moon Dances, Noel Vera’s Critic After Dark and Ngo Phuong Lan’s Modernity and Nationality in Vietnamese Cinema. In 2004, Mr Cheah was awarded the Korean Cinema Award at the 9th Pusan International Film Festival for his contribution to Korean film. In 2006, he was awarded the Asian Cinema Prize at the 8th Cinemanila International Film Festival for his contribution to Asian film.

Yuka Sakano (Japan)

Head of International Relations, Kawakita Memorial Film Institute
Yuka Sakano is the primary Japanese correspondent for the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival. She is the Head of International Relations at the Kawakita Memorial Film Institute. The Institute houses an extensive collection of film archives and serves as the foremost resource on Japanese film for international festivals and organisations. Ms Sakano has also served on the NETPAC jury for international festivals such as Karlovy Vary, Hawaii International and Locarno.


President, iFilm Connections: Asia & Pacific; Founding Director, Hawaii International Film Festival
Jeannette Paulson Hereniko launched the Hawaii International Film Festival in 1981 and remained the festival director until 1996. In 1990, she was named the first director of the Palm Springs International Film Festival. As a founding board member of NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema), she established NETPAC/USA in 1994. She has produced television productions and in 2004, the award-winning feature film from Fiji, Pear ta ma ‘on maf (The Land has Eyes). She has served on film festival juries in Berlin, Rotterdam, Pusan, Singapore, Mumbai, Brisbane, Manila and New Delhi. In 2009 she established Asia Pacific Films, a business that digitally distributes over 1000 films made in Asia and the Pacific Islands. The majority of the films can be seen on www.asiapacificfilms.tv. Ms Hereniko was awarded the Korean Film Award by the Busan International Film Festival in 2009 for her work promoting Korean cinema. Currently she is President of Te Maka Productions, Inc., NETPAC/USA and Asia Pacific Films.