26 Sep - 13 Oct, 2019

Asian Film Academy 2019

2018 Faculty

WANG Xiaoshuai


  • Director/China
  • Dean

Born in Shanghai in 1965 and graduated from the Beijing Film Academy in 1989. He received the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Award in the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg in 1996 with his first film called Weekend Lover (1995). He was also awarded as the winner of Tiger Award at the 1999 International Film Festival Rotterdam with Suzhou River (2000). His work Summer Palace (2006), about the Tiananmen Square protests, competed for the Palme d’Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. The screening of his film at Cannes received good reviews from critics, however he was banned from work in mainland China for five years because the film was screened without governmental approval. Lou Ye founded the film company called “Dream Factory” in 1998, and has led the new wave movement of mainland Chinese cinema. He has continued on developing his works on portraying a cataclysmic current era of busy city in China, to capture the depth of the people who live in the city through making Spring Fever (2009), Mystery (2012), and Blind Massage (2014).


TAN Chui Mui

  • Director/Malaysia
  • Directing Mentor

Filmmaker Tan was born in Kuantan, Malaysia in 1978. Her film Love Conquers All (2006) won the New Currents Awards and FIPRESCI International Critics Award at the 2006 Busan International Film Festival, and won the Tiger Award at the 2007 Rotterdam International Film Festival. Also, her film Everyday Everyday (2009) won the top prize at the 2009 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. She was invited to the Cannes Cinefondation Residency, and she was a mentor for many regional filmmaking workshops. She also led a Malaysian New Wave movement through making a filmmaking workshop called NNW Films (Next New Wave Films) for young Malaysian filmmakers. Her other major works are Year Without A Summer (2010) and a short film A Tree in Tanjung Malim (2005).

투라즈 만수리


  • Cinematographer/Poland
  • Cinematography Mentor

Artur Żurawski, PSC, a Polish cinematographer, director, and still photographer, was born and raised in small town Chojna in Poland near the German border. He studied cinematography at the Polish National Film School and is a member of the Polish Society of Cinematographers (PSC) and the Polish Filmmakers Association. He started his professional career as an animator, assistant director, and co-author of special effects for an animation film called Piet Mondrian (1995), produced for Polish National Television. In addition, he has worked for the feature films, short films, and documentaries, as well as TV series, advertisements, and music videos. He has worked for the Hindi film industry since 2011, and earned global recognition through the film Mardaani (2014) and Sultan (2016). He works on a photographic project called Z Project, which involves taking a photo every day.