Asian Film Academy (AFA), a global education program on filmmaking for the future of Asian cinema, has announced its faculty for 2014.
Distinguished Hungarian director Béla Tarr has been named as the Dean of AFA 2014. Tarr became a familiar name for the Korean audiences with his The Turin Horse (2011), and visited Busan for the first time in 2012 as Jury Head for the Busan International Film Festival New Currents Award. Korean director Song Il-gon has been selected as a directing mentor, and Ryszard Lenczewski from Poland is in charge of cinematography. Director of Busan Film Commission, Oh Seok-geun will resume his position as the Deputy Dean, a position he has held since 2011, and provide support for AFA fellows. In its 10th year, AFA formed a faculty filled with world-renowned filmmakers with European influence, including Tarr, building high expectations.
Previous AFA Deans include celebrated directors from Asia such as Kurosawa Kiyoshi, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Im Kwon-taek, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abbas Kiarostami, Jia Zhangke and Lee Chang-dong. Tarr is only the second European AFA Dean after Poland’s Krzysztof Zanussi in 2011.
AFA consists of the learning and sharing of practical and philosophical filmmaking knowledge through short film production, workshops, a master class, special lecture series and mentoring under the direction of this very capable faculty. AFA agreed to partner with two leading film institutes, the New York Film Academy and Full Sail University and have numerous special events planned for its 10th year.
Asian Film Academy will be held for 18 days from September 25 to October 12, 2014.