BUSAN, South Korea — The 18th Busan International Film Festival has selected this year’s jury members for the New Currents competition section for Asian films. The New Currents section introduces the works of up-and-coming directors who are leading the way for Asian cinema and the jury members will select two films, each of which will be awarded USD 30,000.
At the helm of this year’s search for Asia’s hottest new directors are five jury members that include Iran’s Rakhshan Banietemad who will serve as jury head. Rakhshan Banietemad has won numerous awards throughout her career for films such as, Nargess (1991) and The Blue Veiled (1995). As a representative Iranian female director, Banietemad visited Busan in 2006 for the festival’s 11th edition, with Mainline (2006).
Joining Banietemad on the New Currents board of jurors is former editor-in-chief of Cahiers du Cinéma and current artistic director of Critic’s Week at the Cannes Film Festival, Charles Tesson; chief film critic for Variety, Scott Foundas; multi-talented film and stage director, writer, and composer Aoyama Shinji; and director Chung Ji-young, whose controversial films Unbowed (2011) and National Security (2012) were previously screened at the Busan International Film Festival.
The New Currents jury of five led by Rakhshan Banietemad will be in Busan come October, for a meticulous assessment of the 12 high-quality films selected for this year’s competition and a discovery of the Asian cinema potential.
The jurors for the Wide Angle section at the 2013 Busan International Film Festival were selected from established film industry personalities who are active within different cinematography fields. The jury members will discover the hidden jewels of the Wide Angle section, based on their accumulated experience and expertise.
The BIFF Mecenat Award Jury brings together Ryan Harrington (Producer), Min Hwan-ki (Director), and John Badalu (Producer). As Director of Documentary Programming for the Tribeca Film Institute, Ryan Harrington provides grants to up to 45 feature documentary projects annually through the Tribeca Film Institute as well as continues to produce films himself. Min Hwan-ki won the BIFF Mecenat award at the 2012 Busan International Film Festival with his film Anxiety (2012). John Badalu, one of the most notable documentary producers in Indonesia, has served as a festival delegate for prestigious film festivals like the Berlin International Film Festival and Shanghai International Film Festival.
The Sonje Award Jury welcomes Pascale Faure (Producer), Adolfo Alix Jr. (Director), and Jung Ji-woo (Director). Pascale Faure leads the Short Programs and Creations’ Unit of Canal+ France and has produced creative programs that preserve cultural diversity. Adolfo Alix Jr. is a notable Filipino director as well as writer and producer. Jung Ji-woo is continuing on his remarkable career including Happy End (1999), Blossom Again (2005) and his recent feature EunGyo (2012).
The 18th Busan International Film Festival will take place October 3 â 12, 2013.