Prof. Hong-Joon Kim (Republic of Korea) – Chair

Chair, Professor, Department of Filmmaking, 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 awardwinning 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.

Anne Démy-Geroe (Australia)

Co-Director, Iranian Film Festival Australia
Anne Démy-Geroe was the inaugural director of the Brisbane International Film Festival from 1991 to 2009. She has recently completed a PhD on Iranian cinema at the University of Queensland and teaching Asia Pacific cinema at Griffith Film School. She is a board member of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema. This year she chalked up her tenth year at the Fajr Film Festival in Tehran, twice as a jury member. Anne is interested in both the aesthetics and politics of Iranian cinema.

Meenakshi Shedde (India)

Film Critic, Film Curator, Film Festival Consultant
Meenakshi Shedde is India/South Asia Consultant to the Berlin International Film Festival, based in Mumbai, India. She has been India/Asia Curator/Consultant to the Toronto, Locarno, Busan, Dubai, IFFI (Goa), Kerala and Mumbai Film Festivals. Winner of India’s National Award for Best Film Critic, she has been on the jury of 20 festivals, including Cannes, Berlin and Venice. A senior journalist, she freelances for Variety, Screen International, Cahiers du Cinema and Times of India. She is also a script advisor and mentor, and lectures on cinema worldwide.

Mohammad Atebbai (Islamic Republic of 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)

VicePresident, 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, South-east Asian Film Festival, Shanghai 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 and Ngo Phuong Lan: Modernity and Nationality in Vietnamese Cinema.

Wang Qun (People’s Republic of China)

Screenwriter, Researcher, China Film Art Research Centre, China Film Archive
Wang Qun is a researcher of film theory and a screenwriter. She is a member of China Film Association and the Council of Beijing Film Association. Her publications include the book Narrative Paradigm Of The Film And Cultural Context and many articles which focus on film study. Wang Qun is an award-winning screenwriter. Awards include Xia Yan Film Script Award, the top award of Chinese Film scriptwriting, and the Golden Rooster Award. She has also written numerous TV series.

Maxine Williamson (Australia)

Film Director, Asia Pacific Screen Awards and the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival.
With a degree in Film and Television Production and two decades of exhibition, distribution and festival experience specialising in independent and foreign language cinema, Maxine is currently a NETPAC member, APN member and Asia Pacific Consultant to Antalya Film Forum in Turkey. Williamson has sat on Juries including Generation at Berlinale, and festivals in Kazakhstan, Göteborg, and Ladakh.