Professor Hong-Joon Kim
Professor, Department of Film, School of Film, TV and Multimedia, Korea National University of Arts
Professor 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-Join’s Film Notes and Two Or Three Things You Want To Know About Movies. Professor 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.
Vice-President, Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC)
Philip Cheah is a film critic and is the editor of BigO, Singapore’s only independent pop culture publication. He is Vice-President of NETPAC and is currently program consultant for the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival, Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival, South-East Asian Film Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival, Dubai International Film Festival and the Asia Pacific Films website. He is co-editor of the books, Garin Nugroho: And The Moon Dances; Noel Vera: Critic After Dark, Ago Phung Lan: Modernity and Nationality In Vietnamese Cinema.
Founder-President, NETPAC; Founder-Editor of Cinemaya, The Asian Film Quarterly
Meenakshi Shedde is an independent film festival consultant, film curator, critic, director and journalist based in Mumbai. She is the India Consultant to the Berlin and Dubai Film Festivals and has curated Indian, Bollywood, Asian and World Cinema packages for international film festivals worldwide, including in Locarno, Busan and Mumbai as well as the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, World Cinema Amsterdam, International Film Festival of India, Made By Women Film Festival and Cannes in India Film Festival.
Jeannette Paulson Hereniko
President, iFilm Connections: Asia & Pacific; President, Te Maka Productions, Inc.; President NETPAC/USA; Founding Director, Hawaii International Film Festival
Jeannette Paulson Hereniko launched the Hawaii International Film Festival in 1981 and was the first director of the Palm Springs International Film Festival in 1990. As a founding board member of NETPAC, she established NETPAC/USA in 1994 and has served on film festival juries across Europe, Asia and the Pacific. In 2004, Hereniko produced an award-winning feature film from
Fiji, The Land Has Eyes. In 2007 and 2008 she served as an international Consultant for the American Film Institute’s Project 20/20.
Head Curator, Australian Cinémathèque and International Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art
Kathryn Weir leads the Australian Cinémathèque at GOMA, where she is also the head curator of international contemporary art. Weir worked previously at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and in film production in Amsterdam. Her recent curatorial projects include New Asia Pacific Cinema: The Best Of 2013 (2013), Mountains And Waters: Chinese Animation Since The 1930s (2012-13), Sculpture Is Everything (2012), Women In Early Australian Film: Thoroughly Modern And Adorable Outcasts (2012), Lightness And Gravity (2012), 21st Century: Art In The First Decade (2010-2011) and Unseen: Cinema In The 21st Century (2011).
Peggy Chiao is a film producer based in Taiwan. She was the former chairperson of the prestigious Golden Horse Film Festival and the pioneer who cultivated the co-production of films among China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. She is one of the major reasons that many Taiwanese directors enjoy success both domestically and internationally. Her film collaborations with a number of respected directors have garnered her international acclaim, including two Silver Bears from Berlin, the Golden Hugo from Chicago, two grand prizes at the Tribeca Film Festival, the FIPRESCI awards from the Cannes Film Festival and the Golden Horse Film Festival. Chiao has also sat on the jury of various international film festivals and is currently producing four films and teaching at the Graduate Institute of Filmmaking at the National Taipei University of the Arts.
Director of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards Competition
A specialist in independent and foreign language film, Maxine Williamson joined the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in 2007 after 11 years’ in cinema exhibition and distribution including as General Manager of Dendy Cinemas Brisbane. Her extensive film experience equipped her well to establish and maintain the integrity and governance of the APSA Awards Competition, including the APSA Academy and the exclusive film development funds for its members. Williamson was a creative producer on the APSA documentary series Scene By Scene which promotes films and filmmakers of Asia Pacific and was broadcast yearly on CNN International from 2007 to 2009 and on the ABC network in 2010 and 2011. In 2012 she was a member of the Generation Jury at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival and the NETPAC Jury for the Eurasia Film Festival in Kazakhstan. Earlier this year, she was a member of the International Chinese Film Festival Jury and Ingmar Bergman Jury for the Göteborg International Film Festival. She is a member of NETPAC and APN (Asia Pacific Producer’s Network).