Costa is an award-winning independent New Zealand filmmaker who writes, directs, produces, and edits across short, feature and documentary formats, and mentors young talent.
Costa’s international acclaim includes the Jury Prize at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. Forgotten Silver, a mockumentary co-written and co-directed with Peter Jackson in 1995 won a special critics prize at the Venice Film Festival and has become a cult favourite worldwide.
Costa established his own production company, Lone Pine Film & TV Productions in 2005 to make independent documentaries and his films have garnered selection at Slamdance, Hot Docs, IDFA, and Toronto International Film Festival. His most recent documentary is Act of Kindness, is the story of a young New Zealander’s experiences in post-Genocide Rwanda.
Andrew Pike is a film distributor, film historian and documentary film-maker. With Ross Cooper, he co-authored Australian Film 1900-1977. His company, Ronin Films, distributed many Chinese Fifth Generation films in the 1980s, and many Japanese classics.
The company’s Australian releases have included Strictly Ballroom and Shine. In 2007, he received an Order of Australia Medal and an honorary doctorate from the University of Canberra. For ten years until 2012, he served on various iterations of the Board of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
In 2007 he produced the documentary Across the Plateau for Chinese director Zhang Zeming. As a documentary director, his films include Angles of War, The Chifleys of Busby Street, Emily in Japan and Message from Mungo (co-directed with Ann McGrath and winner of a United Nations Association Media Award in November 2014). In 2015 he was General Manager of the Canberra International Film Festival.
One of Korea’s most important film ctitics, Youn Sung-Eun has a PhD in film studies from the prestigious Han-Yang University. A respected university lecturer in film theory and history, she has also published two books.
Her film reviews are published weekly in newspapers such as Busan Daily and Seoul Newspaper and she features as a regular reviewer on both TV and radio, including the long-running EBS TV program Cinema Paradise. This year she established new film commentary programs on both KT olleh TV and CBS radio.
Youn Sung-Eun is member of the executive committee of the Korean Association of Film Critics and a member of FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique).
Youn Sung-Eun has acted as moderator over five years for the renowned Busan International Film Festival and is an experienced festival programmer with 6 years programming the Seoul Christianity Film Festival (Seoul International Agape Film Festival).