Briccio SANTOS is a painter, director and a writer, known for films Ala Verde, Ala Pobre (2006), Ala Suerte, Ala Muerte (2008) and Anino ng Setyemre (2007). In the mid 1970’s, after returning from Germany, he was among the first artists in the Philippines who pioneered independent filmmaking and made “Damortis.” He chaired the Film Development Council of the Philippines for six years (2010-2016) whose cultural initiative of film preservation and restoration eventually established the National Film Archives. In 2013, French President François HOLLANDE knighted Santos as Chevalier dans l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur for his advocacy of promoting Philippine culture through cinema. Subsequently in 2016 he was given the knighthood of Ordine Della Stella D’Italia by the Italian President for promoting film culture.
He is currently the president of Film ASEAN, composed of public and private agencies for film and audiovisual industries in the ASEAN region.
Worked as a staff writer of Korean weekly film magazine Cine21 from 1995 and promoted to editor in chief since 2004. Began to serve as General Manager of Asian Film Market from 2008 to 2013. From 2013, worked as Programmer of Busan International Film Festival, in charge of Korean films.
CEO, Bright East Films
CEO , Heaven Pictures
Janet WU Yanyan has been working on feature films, TV series and co-production projects in China and the US, many of which had box office success and recognition at major international film festivals. She has also been Producer for Bright East Entertainment Inc. and Heaven Pictures Inc.
Born in Hong Kong, Tony CHING Siu-tung began his career in the film industry as a martial arts stuntman before making his directorial debut with Duel to the Death (1982). His directorial output also includes A Chinese Ghost Story (1987) and The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2011), which was screened at the 68th Venice Film Festival. He also served as action choreographer and stunt coordinator on blockbusters such as House of Flying Daggers (2004), The Warlords (2007), and Bollywood film Krrish.
Known for pioneering a style of cinematic martial arts that is fast-paced yet graceful, CHING’s talent for turning bodies in motion into visual art is unparalleled. He has won the Best Action Choreography award at the Hong Kong Film Awards for Witch from Nepal (1986), Swordsman (1990) and Hero (2002). He was also the chief action choreographer at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Born and educated in Suzhou, China, Carina LAU began her acting career in 1983 at Hong Kong television network (TVB) and made her film debut in 1986 with Naughty Boys. She has appeared in over 60 films, including collaborations with WONG Kar Wai Days of Being Wild (1990), Ashes of Time (1994), 2046 (2004), Peter CHAN Ho-sun He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Father (1993); He’s a Woman, She’s a Man (1994 & 1996), Derek YEE C’est la vie, mon chéri (1993), and JIANG Wen Let The Bullets Fly (2010).
LAU received Best Actress at Nantes Three Continents Festival, for her performance in Wong Kar Wai’s Days of Being Wild (1991). LAU is also a six-time Best Actress nominee at the Hong Kong Film Awards (HKFA), winning the honor in 2011 for her performance as Empress Wu Zetian in TSUI Hark’s Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2011). She attended the 66th Cannes Film Festival with Flora LAU’s drama Bends (2013) and received Best Actress at Osaka Asian Film Festival with her performance. She served as a jury member at the 8th Asian Film Awards in 2014 and the Oscar’s board of judges in 2017. LAU became a producer for the first time in 2017 with TAM Wai-ching’s coming-of-age drama, In Your Dreams, also starring in the film as a substitute teacher facing a marital crisis. With a commanding screen presence and timeless beauty, LAU remains one of Hong Kong’s most prolific actresses. Her recent projects include Lunar New Year comedy A Beautiful Moment (2018) and TSUI Hark’s Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (2018).
President of Movie View Media
Since 2002, Movie View magazine has been the most influential movie magazine with the largest circulation in China. As a globalized omnimedia leading brand，Movie View is transforming into a professional comprehensive service platform in Chinese film industry.
Jennifer JAO has occupied multiple positions in the film planning, production, distribution and marketing. She's also a producer of co-production Rail Truck and Taipei Factory I & II. Now she is the Director of Taipei Film Commission, which assisted more than 4456 films, including Ang LEE's Life of Pi (2012), Luc BESSON's Lucy (2014), John Woo's The Crossing and Martin Scorsese's Silence (2016).
Li Cheuk-to has served on juries at Berlin, Rotterdam, Busan and others. He is a founding member of the Hong Kong Film Critics Society and was President from 1995 to 1999. He was Editor-in-Chief of Film Biweekly and has also written for major film journals such as Sight and Sound, Film Comment and Cinemaya.
Kamil Othman was Vice President of the Asia Film Commissioners Network (AFCNet), and Director General of the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia until his retirement in November, 2016. He has written numerous articles on film and contributed to the New Straits Times and the Star Newspapers as a film critic.
ISHIZAKA Kenji is a film critic. He was Film Coordinator at the Japan Foundation and serves as Dean/Professor at the Japan Institute of the Moving Image (a.k.a. Imamura Shohei Film School).