In Conversation: Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA)
15 Sep 2018
Gallery of Modern Art & Cinema A
PROF. HONG-JOON KIM Professor, Department of Film, School of Film, TV and Multimedia, Korea National University of Arts. Hong-Joon Kim was Festival Director of the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival and Commissioner of the Korean Film Council from 2000-2005. His published books include I, a Filmmaker: Kim Hong-Joon’s Film Notes and Two Or Three Things You Want To Know About Movies. Hong-Joon Kim is an award-winning director, and screenwriter of films including Jungle Story and La Vie En Rose. He hosted and co-wrote the television series Korean Classical Cinema Special.
DR ANNE DÉMY-GEROE Dr Anne Démy-Geroe teaches Asian Pacific cinema at Griffith Film School and holds a PhD on Iranian cinema from the University of Queensland, is a board member of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) and a member of the Nominations Council for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Currently Co-Director of the Iranian Film Festival Australia, she was the inaugural director of the Brisbane International Film Festival from 1991 to 2010. This year she chalked up her 17th year at the Fajr Film Festival in Tehran, twice as a jury member. Anne is interested in both the aesthetics and politics of Asian cinema.
DR GULNARA ABIKEYEVA Dr. Gulnara Abikeyeva is an award-winning Kazakh author, film critic and film researcher. Currently a professor of film history and theory at Turan University in Almaty, Gulnara was formerly the artistic director of the International Film Festival Eurasia in Almaty, and has launched five cinema magazines. In 2001-2002 she was a Fulbright scholar at Bowdoin College, read lectures in Pittsburgh University and made presentations in Harvard, Yale, Tafts Universities in the US. She is the author of 10 books about cinema, mostly about Kazakhstan and Central Asian countries. As a member of FIPRESCI and NETPAC, she has been a jury member at several international film festivals.
BINA PAUL Bina Paul started her career as editor for the ground breaking Malayalam feature film Amma Ariyan. She has worked in more than 50 films and won National Film Awards for Best Editing twice for Mitr My Friend and Unni. Bina was involved in the creation of the International Film Festival of Kerala, and has served as Artistic Director for over 20 years. She has sat on many international film juries, including Berlin, Locarno and Durban.
TUSI TAMASESE Tusi Tamasese spent 18 years in his native Samoa, before moving to New Zealand. After shooting 2009 short film Va Tapuia in Samoa, he directed his debut feature The Orator (O Le Tulafale), which was made entirely in the Samoan language. This tale of an outsider in conflict with his community scored multiple honours at the 2011 Venice Film Festival and was nominated for Best Actor at APSA. Tamasese followed it with New Zealand-set father and daughter drama One Thousand Ropes; which premiered at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival and played the Sydney, Stockholm and Palm Springs film festivals. The Orator was the first time in 84 years that New Zealand submitted a film to represent the county in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards™. One Thousand Ropes repeated the honour six years later.
SHERWOOD HU Born and raised in Shanghai surrounded by a creative and artistic family, Sherwood relocated to the US to receive his Masters of Arts degree from New York State University and earned a Ph.D. in directing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. After his screen debut with Warrior Lanling (1995), his second feature, Lani Loa: The Passage (1998) was executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola. His epic feature film Prince Of The Himalayas (2006) received Best Film Award from Calabria International Film Festival along with awards from the Monaco Film Festival, American-China Film Festival, American Shakespeare Association and Beijing International Film Festival. His subsequent stage, film and television works were similarly critically acclaimed and commercially successful. Honored with the titles of ”Eastern Scholar“ and ”Distinguished Expert of Shanghai“, Sherwood is a professor at the Shanghai Theater Academy and this year founded ”Film and Television Academy“ and serves as its president under Shanghai Theatre Academy.
DELPHINE GARDE-MROUEH Delphine Garde-Mroueh has had more than 12 years in the film, art and cultural industries in the United Arab Emirates. For ten years she was the Head of Programme Administration & Film Services for the Dubai International Film Festival, and programmed the highly-regarded Arabian Nights section. Her aim is to connect audiences to Arab and world cinema, champion emerging and acclaimed filmmakers and promote Arab film and talent on the international stage.