Cultural Medallion recipient and award winning film maker Eric Khoo who helms Zhao Wei Films/Gorylah Pictures has been credited for reviving the Singapore film industry and for putting Singapore onto the International film map in 1995. He was the first Singaporean to have his films invited to major film festivals such as Berlin, Venice and Cannes. Khoo was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Letters, from the French Cultural Minister and his feature, My Magic was nominated for the Cannes Palme d’Or in 2008. Khoo was profiled in Phaidon Books, Take 100 the Future of Film – 100 New Directors. The Pompidou Centre in Paris held an Eric Khoo film retrospective and he served as President of the Jury at the Locarno international film Festival in 2010. In 2011, he released his first animated feature, Tatsumi, which was invited to the 64th Cannes Film Festival and made its North American premiere at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Zhao Wei Films represents filmakers Boo Junfeng, Anthony Chen, and Brian Gothong Tan.
Terence Chang studied filmmaking at New York University in the mid-70s. Upon his return to his native Hong Kong, he started producing a series of acclaimed and successful movies. In 1986, he joined D&B Films as Overseas Distribution Manager and launched the international careers of Brandon Lee and Michelle Yeoh. But it was his collaboration with director John Woo that culminated with contemporary classics such as The Killer (1989), Once A Thief (1991) and Hard-Boiled (1992). Their collaboration continued in Hollywood and Chang produced all of Woo’s pictures including Broken Arrow (1994), Face/Off (1997), Mission Impossible 2 (2000), Windtalkers (2002) and Paycheck (2004). He also produced The Big Hit (1997), The Corruptor (1999) and Woo’s 2-part Chinese epic Red Cliff (2008). In 2012, Chang received the prestigious CineAsia “Producer of the Decade” Award. Chang recently produced the highly acclaimed action films Reign of Assassins (2010) and Brotherhood of Blades (2014), and the 2-part Chinese language film The Crossing (2014-5).
Ivy Ho is a prolific film producer and distributor. She is currently the Managing Director and Producer of Irresistible Films. The New York University alumna was previously Head of Marketing at Emperor Motion Pictures, where she headed the marketing campaigns for the Hong Kong releases of The Message (2009), Let the Bullets Fly (2010) and Shaolin (2011). She has also served as the Deputy Director of two international film events, the Asian Film Awards and the Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum. Among the films she has produced, standouts include the Cold War series (2012-2016), The Bodyguard (2016), Go Away! Mr. Tumor (2015), Temporary Family (2014), Rise of the Legend (2014) and Nightfall (2012).
Young-woo Kim studied Mass Communications, and Visual Arts & TV at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA. Upon returning Korea, he started working and consulting for several film festivals in Korea as a programmer, such as Chungmuro International Film Festival, Green Film Festival in Seoul, and Seoul Architect Film Festival. Since 2014, he joined the selection committee of Busan International Film Festival as a programmer in charge of Asian cinema. He has been a member of the selection committee of Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) and Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund, and involving Asian Project Market (APM) as well. Working closely with the Korean independent cinema groups, he has been a member of the Association of Korean Independent Film & Video, and also has been a board member of Seoul Independent Film Festival.
Christoph Terhechte is a film curator, festival organiser, publicist and consultant. He was born in 1961 in the city of Münster, Germany. After studying political science and journalism, he has worked as a film critic since 1984. He has been a member of the selection committee of the Berlinale Forum since the end of 1997 and served as the head of the Section from 2001 to 2018. He is now the Artistic Director of International Marrakech Film Festival.
Chalida Uabumrungjit graduated in film from Thammasat University and film archiving from University of East Anglia, UK. She is one of the founding members of Thai Short Film and Video Festival which she served as Festival Director since 1997. She also programmes for Salaya Documentary Film Festival and Silent Film Festival in Thailand. She coordinated programmes of Thai films for various international festivals and also involve in making a number of experimental films and documentaries. She is also one of the selection commitee of AND (Asian Network of Documentary) . She is one of the advocate for independent films and film preservation in Thailand. Currently she works as Deputy Director of the Film Archive, Thailand.