Two Korean film luminaries, Cho Young Jung and Yoon Sung-Hyun have been invited to be speakers in the special Film Congress of the 2011 Cinemalaya Film Festival.
As some may not be aware, the 2011 Cinemalaya Film Festival is not just limited to a competition for independent Filipino films and a showcase of Asian films. A special film congress will also be held at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. It will bring together several of the most prominent names in Asian cinema to focus on this year’s theme: Building Bridges for Indie Filmmaking in Asia.
As a Busan International Film Festival Programmer, Cho Young-Jung has managed both the world film selection and the Asian film selection of the festival. A respected voice in the international film circle, Cho will be part of the panel that will discuss “The State of Filmmaking in East Asia” at 10:00am to 11:30am tomorrow. Xie Fei from China and Max Tessier from Japan will also be part of the said panel.
Also in this year’s congress, is young director Yoon Sung-Hyun of the acclaimed movie “Bleak Night”. He is a film major from the prestigious Seoul Institue of the Arts and Korean Academy of Film Arts. At only 29, Yoon has already worn several hats in the film industry – from being a costume designer, art director, cinematographer, producer, editor, scriptwriter, and of course, a director. His short films, “Boys” was given a special jury prize at the Jeonju International Film Festival while “Bleak Night” was honored with the New Current Award at the Busan International Film Festival.
Yoon will be part of the panel that will tackle “Best Practices in Indie Filmmaking in Asia” on July 20 at 9:30am to 10:45am. This panel will also include Aditya Assarat from Thailand and Raymond Lee from the Philippines. As I have posted before HERE, Sung-Hyun’s movie “Bleak Night” is also part of the special showcase of Asian films in Cinemalaya.