Asian Film Academy
Call for Applications to Asian Film Academy (AFA) 2017,
and AFA 2017 Announces Its Faculty Members
Asian Film Academy (AFA), an educational program fostering young Asian talents, is proud to announce its dean and faculty for AFA 2017. Also AFA applications will be accepted through online, from March 20th to April 30th, 2017.
Highly acclaimed director Kore-eda Hirokazu leads this year’s AFA as dean. Kore-eda’s film Distance was screened in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001, and it brings him international attention. With recent works, such as Nobody Knows, Like Father, Like Son, and Our Little Sister, he continued his visit to Busan International Film Festival as well as interacting with the audience around the world. As a dean of AFA this year, he will meet the future of Asian cinema and share his experience to up-and-coming filmmakers.
Along with Kore-eda, Boo Junfeng and Mahmoud Kalari will join the faculty as Directing Mentor and Cinematography Mentor. Boo, who is a spotlighted young Singaporean director, is AFA alumni from 2005. His works including Sandcastle andApprentice were invited to various renowned film festivals. The world-renowned Iranian filmmaker Kalari has worked with masters of Iranian cinema, such as the late Abbas Kiarostami. He is one of the leading cinematographers in the world.
AFA includes Workshop & Mentoring, Master Class, Special Lectures and Short Film Production programs. During AFA, selected fellows will be trained about filmmaking through these programs by appointed master faculty members.
AFA will be held for 17 days, from October 6th to October 22nd.
* Dates: October 6th (Fri) to 22nd (Sun), 2017 (17 days)
* Application Deadline: April 30th (Sun), 2017
* Acceptance Announcement: July 17th (Mon), 2017
* Application Process: Please visit the website (http://afa.biff.kr)
* Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / +82-51-709-2231
* Host: Busan International Film Festival, Busan Film Commission
Dean: KORE-EDA Hirokazu / Director / Japan
Born in Tokyo, Kore-eda Hirokazu graduated from Waseda University and had intended on a career as an author before going into documentary television and later filmmaking. Through the works, he shows his deep consideration about relations among individuals, and family members. One of his recent works about family relations, Like Father, Like Son (2013) won Jury Prize at the 66th Cannes Film Festival and he once again received international acclaim on his focus and style. Lately, Kore-eda has produced films for young Japanese directors, and expands his role as a modern master. His filmography as director includes Maborosi (1995), After Life (1998), Nobody Knows (2004), Still Walking (2008), Like Father, Like Son (2013) and Our Little Sister (2015).
Directing Mentor: BOO Junfeng / Director / Singapore
Singapore native Boo Junfeng studied cinema at home and in Spain and he has been hailed as among Singapore’s brightest directors. He was the first recipient of Lasalle College of the Arts’ valedictorian honor, the McNally Award for Excellence in the Arts. His short films won several awards at the Singapore International Film Festival since 2005. His feature debut Sandcastle (2010) was invited to Semaine de la Critique at the Cannes Film Festival and also to A Window on Asian Cinema at Busan. His second feature Apprentice (2016) was invited to Un Certain Regard at the Cannes as well.
Cinematography Mentor: Mahmoud KALARI / Cinematographer / Iran
Mahmoud Kalari began his work as a photographer for an Iranian newspaper after graduating from high school. He had his first experience as a cinematographer with Frosty Roads (1985). His long career includes collaboration with major Iranian filmmakers like Kiarostami, Makhmalbaf, Mehrjui, Panahi, Farhadi and many others. Kalari also enjoys international recognition and has received many awards as the Festival of the Art of Cinematography, Camerimage. In 1997, he directed his first movie The Cloud and the Rising Sun, and it won the Golden Ombu for the best movie at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival in Argentina in 1998.
The 22nd Busan
International Film Festival will be held from Oct 12, 2017 to Oct 21, 2017.
Asian Film Market will be held from Oct 14, 2017 to Oct 17, 2017.
Asian Project Market will be held from Oct 15, 2017 to Oct 17, 2017.