The jury for the BIFF Mecenat and Sonje award for the Wide Angle section at the 2013 Busan International Film Festival has been finalized.
Press Release - August 2, 2013
Wide Angle is dedicated to showing outstanding short films, animated films, documentaries, and experimental films. The lineup makes the festival rich through films with diverse subjects, unique forms, and distinctive visions. The BIFF Mecenat award is given to the 2 best documentaries (one from Korea and another from the Asian region) among the lineup of the Wide Angle-Documentary competition section. The Sonje award is given to the 2 best short films (one from Korea and another from the Asian region) among the lineup of the Wide Angle-Short Film competition section.
Discovering the Best Documentary and Short Film for Creative Thinking
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 BIFF Mecenat Award-Documentary
John Badalu has co-produced 3 Indonesian films: Parts of the Heart(2012) by Paul Agusta that premiered at the 2012 Rotterdam Film Festival, Peculiar Vacation and Other Illnesses(2012) by Yosep Anggi Noen that premiered at the 2012 Locarno Film Festival in Filmmakers of The Present Competition, and What They Don't Talk About When They Talk About Love(2013) by Mouly Surya that premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in the World Dramatic Competition. He is one of the founders of the Q! Film Festival, a controversial queer film festival begun in 2002 in Indonesia (a predominantly Muslim country). He has also worked as a festival delegate for prestigious film festivals like the Berlin International Film Festival and Shanghai International Film Festival.
Ryan Harrington is the Director of Documentary Programming for the Tribeca Film Institute, where he provides grants to up to 45 feature documentary projects annually, while developing filmmaker training labs and workshops world-wide. Harrington managed production at A&E IndieFilms, the theatrical documentary arm of the A&E Television Networks, where he championed the films American Teen(2008), My Kid Could Paint That(2007) and the Oscar-nominated Murderball(2005) and Jesus Camp(2006). He recently produced Participant Media’s A Place at the Table(2012) which opened in US theatres earlier this year.
Min Hwan-ki is a Chung-Ang University professor teaching in the department of film studies since 2004. He also continues to make remarkable documentaries. His feature documentaries include Play It Again(2004), Sogyumo Acacia Band’s Story(2009), and Anxiety(2012). His direction of documentaries focuses on developing the advantages of a direct cinema form in a social and political context. He won the BIFF Mecenat award at the 2012 Busan International Film Festival with Anxiety(2012).
Sonje Award-Short Film
Born in Makati City Philippines in 1978, he graduated from the University of the City of Manila and is now teaching at the university. He made his directorial debut after working as a scriptwriter for film and television. Currently, he is a writer, director, and producer. His first feature Donsol(2006) was a finalist at the 2006 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and was the Philippines' official submission to the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film category. His filmography includes Donsol(2006), Drumbeat(2007), Imoral(2008), Aurora(2009), The Affair(2010) and Liberation(2011). In particular, Adela(2008), Chassis(2010), and Fable of the Fish(2011) were invited to previous Busan International Film Festivals. His latest work, Death March(2013), was screened in Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival.
Pascale Faure is one of the French specialists in short films and served as artistic co-director of L'Oeil du Cyclone, a TV series documentary on alternative art which was aired from 1991 until 1999. She is also co-writer of the feature Hypnotized and Hysterical(French title: Filles perdues, cheveux gras, 2002) directed by Claude Duty, which won the Prize Michel d'Ornano at the Deauville American Film Festival for its script in 2002. Since 2001, she has led the Short Programs and Creations' Unit of Canal+ France. She is also producer of L'Oeil de Links (a creative webzine) and Mickrociné (a weekly short film broadcast) both aired through Canal+ France. In addition, she has organized La Nuit gay of Canal+ France which is an annual special TV program entirely dedicated to Gay Culture.
He directed several short films after graduating from the department of theater and cinema in Hanyang University. His 16mm short film A Bit Bitter(1996) gained the Best Film Award at the Seoul Festival of Short Films and defined him as an emerging star director of short films. His first feature Happy End(1999) created a stir after it was invited to the Critic’s Week of the Cannes International Film Festival. He went on to direct Blossom Again(2005), A Boy with the Knapsack(2005), and Modern Boy(2008). His latest feature EunGyo(2012), based on the novel by Park Bum-shin, was highly rated by critics and audiences.