Award-winning Chinese director/producer Huang Jianxin is the vice-chairman of the China Film Association. He is considered as part of the Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers which includes Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige and others. His awards include:
American-born Michael J. Werner is a Hong Kong-based veteran of the international film industry with more than 35 years of experience in international film sales, marketing, production and consulting, specialising in the Asia-Pacific region.
Werner started out at LA-based companies, including Manson International and Cineplex Odeon International. He later worked or consulted for Polygram, IBM, The Sunshine Group/CineAsia and 20th Century Fox International as the co-head of the Asia/Pacific Region. He joined Amsterdam-based Fortissimo Film Sales, as an external consultant in 1995 and became a partner in 2000. Fortissimo Films specialises in independent Chinese, Asian, and global cinema and over the years. Werner has worked with and represented films from numerous award-winning Chinese and Asian filmmakers, including Wong Kar Wai, Tian Zhuangzhuang, Jiang Wen, Fruit Chan, Tsui Hark, Peter Chan, Zhang Yang, Zhang Yuan, Juno Mak, Diao Yinan, John Woo, Terence Chang, Bill Kong, Nansun Shi, Jacky Pang, Kurosawa Kiyoshi, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Takashi Shimizu, and Christopher Doyle, among many others.
In recent years, Werner and Fortissimo Films have financed and produced a number of high profile independent films from Asia and around the globe, including The Grandmaster by Wong Kar Wai, Invisible Waves by Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Norwegian Wood by Tran Anh Hung, Springtime in a Small Town by Tian Zhuangzhuang, Tokyo Sonata by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Shortbus by John Cameron Mitchell, and more recently Looking for Grace by Sue Brooks.
Werner, along with his late colleague Wouter Barendrecht, has received numerous awards for their contribution to world and specifically Asian cinema including those given by the Chicago Film Festival, the Bangkok Film Festival, CineAsia, the Hong Kong-based Asian Film Awards, the Udine Film Festival and the Montreal International Film Festival.
Werner has also served on numerous advisory boards in Asia, including Screen Singapore’s Board of Directors, Hong Kong’s Asian Film Awards Nominating Committee, Busan’s Asian Film Market Advisory Committee, and Singapore’s New Feature Film Fund Selection Committee. He is a member of Hollywood’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Executive Branch).
South Korean producer Oh Jung-wan is the chief producer and founder of Bom Film Productions, where she focuses on producing feature films with a unique style that challenge the conventional ideas of cinema. Her filmography with Bom includes many award-winning box office successes.
As one of the most prolific and respected producers in the South Korean film industry, she is also internationally regarded as a pioneer in cross-border filmmaking, having partnered with filmmakers in Hong Kong and Thailand. She has been on the board and served as jury member of many prestigious international film festivals and organisations.
Bom’s most recent productions include Lee Yoon-ki’s A Man And A Woman; Come Rain, Come Shine and My Dear Enemy; Huh Jong-ho’s Countdown; Hong Sang-soo’s Night And Day; A Bittersweet Life, A Tale of Two Sisters and The Foul King, all by Kim Jee-woon; E J-Yong’s Untold Scandal and Park Chan-Wook’s Korean segment of Three… Extremes.
Nansun Shi is the Hong Kong producer of such blockbusters as The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D, Young Detective Dee – Rise of The Sea Dragon and The Taking of Tiger Mountain. She was pivotal in the success of Cinema City and Film Workshop, which she founded with internationally-acclaimed producer/director Tsui Hark.
Shi was a member of the international jury at the Berlin Film Festival in 2007 and at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. In 2013, the French Government honoured her with the title of Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In August, 2014, the 67th Locarno Film Festival honoured Shi with the Premio Raimondo Rezzonico for Best Independent Producer. Most recently, in 2015, the 17th Udine Far East Film Festival honoured her with the Golden Mulberry Life Achievement Award while the 20th Busan International Film Festival honoured her with the Marie Claire Asia Star Awards’ Special Achievement Award.
Olivier Père has been the executive director of Arte France Cinema and director of film acquisitions for ARTE France since November 2012.
He joined the Cinémathèque Française in 1995 and became chief programmer, organising numerous retrospectives and seasons. Alongside his work there, in 1996, he began a longstanding collaboration with the Belfort “Entrevues” Film Festival, organising their retrospectives. Since 1997, he has also written for Les Inrockuptibles on film, television and DVD.
Père was the artistic director of Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes from 2004 to 2009. Then from 2009 to 2012, he served as the artistic director of Locarno Film Festival.
Luís Urbano is a Portuguese producer who started out as a cultural programmer working across theatre, music, video and cinema. He founded the cultural production co-operative Curtas Metragens, CRL, the organisation behind Portugal’s prestigious Vila do Conde International Short Film Festival. He is one of the festival’s directors and spearheaded the Portuguese short film agency.
In 2005 he joined Sandro Aguilar in the production company O Som e a Fúria. Urbano has produced several short films as well as feature films, including Our Beloved Month of August by Miguel Gomes, which was selected for Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008, A Zona by Sandro Aguilar, The Portuguese Nun by Eugène Green, The Sword And The Rose by João Nicolau and Tabu by Miguel Gomes, which premiered in the competition section at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival.
Award-winning American screenwriter (The Ice Storm) and producer (Brokeback Mountain) James Schamus’s feature directorial debut, an adaptation of Philip Roth’s Indignation, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival in 2016.
His professional experience includes the following: CEO of Focus Features, the motion picture production, financing, and worldwide distribution company whose films have included Moonrise Kingdom, Milk, Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind, The Kids Are All Right, The Pianist, Coraline, and The Dallas Buyers Club; Professor of Professional Practice in Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where he teaches film history and theory; Author of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Gertrud: The Moving Word, published by the University of Washington Press; and director of the short documentary That Film About Money.