Tony Rayns is a London-based critic, filmmaker and festival curator with a special interest in the films of East Asia. He curates films from Pacific Asia for the London and Vancouver Film Festivals, and has been Advisor to the Busan Film Festival in Korea since its inception. He is a contributing editor of the British Film Institute magazine Sight & Sound and has also written for numerous other periodicals, including Cahiers Du Cinema, Positif, Film Comment, Cinema Scope, The Guardian And The Independent. He has written or contributed to books on Fassbinder, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Suzuki Seijun, Jia Zhangke and Chinese, Japanese and Korean cinema. His own films include Cinema In China (1982), New Chinese Cinema (1987) And The Jang Sun-Woo Variations (2001). He was awarded the Kawakita Prize in 2004 and the Foreign Ministry of Japan's Commendation in 2008, both for services to Japanese cinema.
Lav Diaz was born in 1958 in Mindanao (the Philippines). He is one of the most outstanding people in modern Philippine cinema. He became famous as a creator of many melancholic films about modern life of the Philippine society. Lav Diaz has become a legendary man in the field of auteurism because his films have many hours' running time, complicated narrative structures, and aren't focused on the concept of film distribution. Many of his films were presented in different international show projects and Biennale of the modern art. Lav Diaz has won several international rewards, including two rewards of the Orizzonti section (2007, 2008).
Raissa K. Fomina
Director General and founder of Intercinema agency, established in 1992 for promotion of Russian movies abroad and distribution of Russian and foreign movies of high artistic merit in Russia, Commonwealth of Independent States and Baltic countries. Among numerous films successfully represented abroad are The Mussulman by Vladimir Khotinenko, The Cuckoo by Aleksandr Rogozhkin, Sisters by Sergey Bodrov, The Recruiter (or Fifty-fifty) by Gulshat Omarova, The Banishment by Andrei Zvyagintsev. The Return by Andrei Zvyagintsev, awarded with 30 international prizes and sold to 73 countries, is a major achievement of Intercinema. Foreign films distributed by Intercinema are critically acclaimed and loved by the audiences. Among them are Breaking the Waves and Dancer in the Dark by Lars von Trier, 5 films by Kar Wai Wong, 15 films by Aki Kaurismäki, including The Man without a Past and Lights in the Dusk, 7 films by François Ozon, 3 films by Carlos Reygadas, Poetry by Chang-dong Lee and many others. In 2002 Raissa Fomina was awarded with French National Order of Merit.
Philip Cheah is a film critic and the editor of BigO, Singapore's only independent pop culture publication. He is Vice-President of NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema). He is programme consultant for the new South-east Asian Film Festival, the AsiaPacificFilms.com website, Jogja-Netpac Asian Film Festival, Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival and the Dubai Int'l Film Festival. He was also Advisor for the 1st Vietnam Int’l Film Festival. He is co-editor of the books: Garin Nugroho-And the Moon Dances, Noel Vera’s Critic After Dark and Ngo Phuong Lan’s Modernity and Nationality in Vietnamese Cinema.
Born in Mannheim in 1957. Studies in literature, history of art and philosophy. Foundation of his own production company Novoskop Film in Hamburg in 1982. Professor at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg for directing; in 2000 in residence at Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.. In conjunction with Peter Sehr, he established the Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris and ran the programme until autumn 2010. Guest Professor in 2005 and 2009 at Harvard University, Boston, Mass. Since autumn 2010, Director of the dffb, German Film and Television Academy Berlin. National and international awards: Premio Cinecritica Venice, Prix Francois Truffaut, Deutscher Kritikerpreis, Preis der deutschen Filmkritik, Grimmepreis, CICAE Award, Bundesfilmband Silver, Bayerischer Filmpreis etc. In 2002 member of the jury in Cannes. Member of the Akademie der Künste. Member of the European FilmAcademy.