PROF. HONG-JOON KIM (REPUBLIC OF KOREA) – CHAIR
Professor Hong-Joon Kim teaches directing and screenwriting in the film department at the Korea National University of Arts. He was founder and director of the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival and the Chungmuro International Film Festival in Seoul and was commissioner of the Korean Film Council from 2000 to 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. Professor Hong-Joon Kim is also an award-winning director and scriptwriter. Known for his films Jangmibit insaeng (1994) and Jungle Story (1996), Kim also hosted and co-wrote the television series Korean Classical Cinema Special.
ANNE DÉMY-GEROE (AUSTRALIA)
Anne Démy-Geroe is an APSA Nominations Council founding member, director of the Iranian Film Festival Australia and was the inaugural director of the Brisbane International Film Festival. She has served on international film juries from Hawaii to Tehran and is a NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) board member. Démy-Geroe, who has worked on the annual Queensland New Filmmakers Awards, also teaches Asia Pacific cinema at Griffith Film School. She is a past Council Member of the National Film and Sound Archive and was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in 2003 for services to the film industry.
WANG QUN (PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA)
Wang Qun is an award-winning screenwriter in film and television and researcher at the China Film Art Research Centre, China Film Archive. She is a member of the China Film Association and the Council of Beijing Film Association. Wang is the author of film text Narrative Paradigm of Film and Cultural Context. A Kung Fu expert, Wang recently led a forum at the 2012 Istanbul Film Festival exploring the history, philosophy and aesthetics of wuxia films like Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), one of the most important mainstream film genres in Chinese cinema today. PHILIP CHEAH (SINGAPORE) Philip Cheah is a film critic and editor of BigO, Singapore’s only pop culture publication. He is vice-president of NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) and program consultant for the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival, Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival, Southeast Asian Film Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival, Dubai International Film Festival and the Asia Pacific Films website. He is co-editor of several key film texts, including Noel Vera’s Critic After Dark. He was awarded the Korean Cinema Award at Pusan 2004 and the Asian Cinema Prize at Cinemanila 2006 for his contribution to Asian film.
KATHRYN WEIR (AUSTRALIA)
Kathryn Weir is the head of the Australian Cinémathèque at the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), where she is also the head curator of international art. She publishes regularly on art and film and her exhibition and film projects include Mountains and Waters: Chinese Animation Since the 1930s (forthcoming), Women in Early Australian Film: Thoroughly Modern and Adorable Outcasts (2012), Unseen: Cinema in the 21st Century (2011), Pier Paolo Pasolini: We Are All In Danger (2010), The Cypress and the Crow: 50 Years of Iranian Animation (2009-10), Breathless: French New Wave turns 50 (2007) and Hong Kong: Shanghai: Cinema Cities (2007).
ARUNA VASUDEV (INDIA)
Aruna Vasudev is an author, critic and film consultant. She was founder-president of NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema), the founder-editor of the Asian film quarterly Cinemaya and the founder-director of the Asian film festival Cinefan (now Osian’s Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema). In 2012 she co-founded and directed the Inner Path Buddhist Festival, slated to become an annual event. Vasudev, recognised internationally for her services to film, is a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. She is the author of two books on Indian Cinema, and has been a jury member at many international film festivals.
JOCELYNE SAAB (LEBANON)
Born in Lebanon, Jocelyne Saab is a director, writer, documentary filmmaker and photographer. The Lebanese Civil War threw the one-time television presenter and newsreader onto the front line as a war reporter. In 1975 she made her first feature-length documentary, the award-winning Lebanon in Turmoil, going on to make many critically acclaimed documentaries, filming in Lebanon, the Spanish Sahara, Egypt, Iran, Vietnam and Kurdistan. Her feature film debut Suspended Life (1985), shot in Beirut during the Civil War, was selected for Cannes. Awardwinning Dunia (2006), selected for Sundance, was her second feature. Taking a step away from art films, she is currently developing a musical feature.
MAXINE WILLIAMSON (AUSTRALIA)
APSA ARTISTIC DIRECTOR