Sep 27 - Oct 14, 2018

Asian Film Academy 2018

2011 Faculty

JIA Zhangke
Krzysztof Zanussi is a father of modern Polish film along with Andrzej Wajda and is the first non-Asian dean of Asian Film Academy. He was born in 1939 in Warsaw, Poland, and studied philosophy and physics in Jagiellonian University and Warsaw University. He was a member of amateur film club in Warsaw University and finished his study at Lodz Film School in 1966.

He directed 80 works including film, documentary, and television for more than 40 years since his debut film, The Structure of Crystal (1969). His early work The Illumination (1973), illustrating the lifetime of a scientist who seeks for the truth, won Golden Leopard in Locarno International Film Festival and introduced his name to the world. He won Award for Best Director in Cannes Film Festival for The Constant Factor (1980), Special Jury Prize in Venice Film Festival for Imperative (1982), Golden Lion in Venice Film Festival for The Year of the Quiet Sun (1984), and Grand Prix in Moscow Film Festival for Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease (2000).

Apart from film production, he was appointed the vice president of Association of Polish Filmmakers, a vice-chairperson of Polish Television Program Council, and the president of European Federation of Audiovisual Performers. He is also a theater director, having staged his works in various countries such as Italia, German, Russia, and a professor of the National Film School in the UK and Lodz Film School.

usan International Film Festival introduced him to Korea through Special Retrospective in 2000. Since then he frequently visited the Busan International Film Festival with his new works. Krzysztof Zanussi, an intellectual and a world-class director who represents Poland, continuously offering reflective and cerebral works, will broaden a spectrum of Asian Film Academy
OH Seok-geun
Oh Seok-geun, director of the Busan Film Commission, is a graduate of Korean Academy of Film Arts. He was an assistant director of Gagman (1988) and My Bride My Love (1990), directed by Lee Myung-se. Then he made his feature film debut with "As you please" (1991) produced by Film Factory Seoul and directed The 101st Proposition (1993), in which Kim Hee-ae and Moon Sung-keun took the leading role.

Oh Seok-geun played an active role in various areas. From 1996 to 2000 he worked as a general manager of the Busan International Film Festival and contributed in developing Busan into city hosting the best film festival in Asia. His other film, Love is a Crazy Thing (2005) was presented in Udine Far East Film Festival, Gothenburg Film Festival, Bangkok International Film Festival and Tokyo International Film Festival.

Since 2007, he has contributed in discovering new scenarists and distributing non mainstream films during his tenure as a president of Busan Alternative Content Network. In 2010, he produced an omnibus film, Camellia (2010) which was the closing film for 15th Busan International Film Festival. He took the office as director of Busan Film Commission and has been devoting himself to develop Busan into a bigger film town. His extensive experience will present a new vision of film industry in Korea.
Parviz SHAHBAZI
Murali Nair is a leading film director of India and has been considered as a master of a satire film. He was born in Anandapuram, Kerala, India. He studied geology in university but, having trained in the Xavier Institute of Communications in Mumbai. He was associated with film industry as an assistant director. His talent was recognized for Tragedy of an Indian Farmer (1993), the National Film Awards winning film. His short film, Long Journey (1996) was nominated for Cannes Film Festival. He was renowned by The Throne of Death winning Camera d'Or of Cannes Film Festival. He offered sharp criticism against Indian society and authority with irony and satire. His distinctive style continues to be seen in A dog's day (2001) and A Story That Begins at the End (2003), both screened in Cannes Film Festival.

He established relationships with the Busan International Film Festival since The Throne of Death was invited to the 4th Busan International Film Festival New Currents Award. His recent work, Virgin goat (2010) was supported by Asian Project Market (former Pusan Promotion Plan) and was screened as a world premiere in the 15th Busan International Film Festival. Also he was invited as a jury to New Currents Awards the same year.

He founded his own company, the Flying Elephant Films, and is currently working in various fields, producing documentaries for youth as well as a film. He is invited to Asian Film Academy as a directing mentor this year. His critical social awareness will help AFA fellows in establishing a view on society and provide the arena of interesting and enthusiastic discussion.
WATANABE Makoto
Johnny E. Jensen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and went to the USA in 1966. Pursuing a career in cinematography, he began his career as a Cinemobile operator. In his early years, he worked for renowned directors including Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Ridley Scott, Sydney Pollack and Paul Newman. He also worked on such films as The God father (1972), Blade Runner (1982), and Best friends (1982).

He became a director of photography on commercials in 1983, moving to TV movies and miniseries the following year, photographing Shattered Spirits (1986) and Liberty (1986). Both Into the Badlands (1991) and An American Story brought him an honor to be nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cinematography for a miniseries or a Special. He is a veteran cinematographer, having more than 40 years of experience in film and television in a variety of capacities. He films in an honest style that would not easily follow transient fashion and catches the emotion of characters. Among his feature credits as a director of photography, Rambling Rose (1991) was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography. His other feature credits include Grumpy Old Men (1993), Lost in Yonkers (1993), Rosewood (1997), and The Games of Their Lives (2003).

He has also directed and photographed commercials and music videos for a wide range of clients and artists. Currently, he works in both features and television. Jensen, a member of the American Society of Cinematographer, is a professor of cinematography at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in Orange, California.

Working in diverse range of the media, covering major film and independent film, he always is faithful to the basics. He will pass on his long accumulated know-how and insightful world view to the AFA fellows.