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Judges for the International Competition Section Confirmed for the 14th JIFF

Feb 13, 2013
  • Writer by KIM Hyun-min
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Darezhan OMIRBAYEV, Don FREDERICKSEN, Santosh SIVAN, RYOO Seung-wan, JUNG Woo-sung 
The judges for the International Competition section of the 14th Jeonju International Film Festival have been confirmed. The jury, composed of master directors, a star actor, and a noted scholar, is set to review this year's entries that will open the door to cinematic aesthetics of the 21st century.
The jury consists of five noted figures in cinema from Korea and abroad and include Darezhan OMIRBAYEV, who will be serving as the head of the jury for the International Competition section of this year's Jeonju International Film Festival, Don FREDERICKSEN, professor of film at Cornell University, Santosh SIVAN, a respected director in contemporary Indian cinema, RYOO Seung-wan, a noted action movie director in Korea, and JUNG Woo-sung, a young icon who metamorphosed into an actor who can play a vast spectrum of roles.

Darezhan OMIRBAYEV | Head of the Jury | Director | Kazakhstan
Darezhan OMIRBAYEV receives the spotlight at various film festivals around the world every time he releases a new film and has become a key figure in modern cinema for his portrayal of the unique aesthetics and rhythm of life in Central Asia, despite the relatively harsh working conditions of Kazakhstan's movie industry. He began to receive international acclaim after receiving the Silver Leopard and the Fipresci Award at the Locarno Film Festival for his feature debut, Kairat, in 1995. His second film, Kardiogramma, was invited to the Cannes Film Festival in 1995 and then received the UNESCO Award at the Venice Film Festival. He developed a relationship with Jeonju when he participated in Talk to Her, the 2006 Jeonju Digital Project, along with Eric KHOOand Pen-Ek RATANARUANG.

Don FREDERICKSEN | Professor | U. S. A.
Don FREDERICKSEN is a Senior Professor at the department of Theater, Film, and Dance at Cornell University in the U.S. He has taught classes on criticism, analysis, theory and history of cinema, and is especially well known as an expert on experimental films, documentaries, and modern European art films. He has written various books related to film and has served on the jury for the Krakow Film Festival in Poland and the Plus Camerimage (The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography). He is currently the chairman of the International Association for Jungian Studies and is active in a wide range of fields that include giving lectures about film and the environment, and psychology in various countries in Europe as well as working as a psychotherapist.
Santosh SIVAN | Director | India
Santosh SIVAN is an acclaimed director in India who is known for his lyrical cinematography and unique way of directing. Upon graduating from the Film and Television Institute of India, he gained recognition for his cinematography in Bollywood films like Dil Se, Bride and Prejudice, and Raavan. He directed The Terrorist and Malli, which were received favorably both in India and abroad, earning him the title of 'a new master' at the 2000 Seattle Film Festival. He visited Korea when Navarasa, Before the Rains, and Tahaan were screened at the Busan International Film Festival and this will be the first time he comes to Jeonju as he serves on the jury for the Jeonju International Film Festival. 

RYOO Seung-wan | Director | Korea
After making a successfully feature debut with Die Bad in 2000, director RYOO Seung-wan was named 'the Cine Kid of Chungmuro' and established a distinct cinematic outlook. He continued to take on new challenges with films such as Arahan, Crying Fist, and The City of Violence, and became acknowledged as a commercially successful director with The Unjust, which received rave reviews from critics and the public alike in 2010. His recently released film, The Berlin File, has been stated as having opened the doors to new possibilities for spy movies in Korea, and he is now one of the most sought after directors. RYOO Seung-wan has a special relationship with Jeonju as his first film Die Bad was screened at the first Jeonju International Film Festival, which was followed by If You Were Me 2, Dachimawa Lee, and The Unjust in later years.
JUNG Woo-sung | Actor | Korea
JUNG Woo-sung, who is working with the Jeonju International Film Festival for the first time, is a veteran Korean actor with 22 years of experience. He debuted with The Fox with Nine Tails in 1994 and then firmly imprinted himself in the minds of the public with his performance in City of the Rising Sun. He established himself as an international actor through Reign of Assassins, which was invited to the 67th Venice Film Festival. In addition to acting, he has been expanding his scope by directing music videos and commercials. He also served on the jury for the New Currents section at last year's Busan International Film Festival.
The International Competition section of the Jeonju International Film Festival is open to new directors from around the world who present new possibilities for cinematic aesthetics and screens feature length films and documentaries with a running time of more than 60 minutes. The members of this year's jury are more dynamic than ever before, making it even more exciting to see what film they will choose to award during the nine days of the film festival to be held from April 25th (Thursday) to May 3rd (Friday).
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