This is Asia’s time. Over the past few years, consumerism has catapulted the Asian market into international renown, but what we are now experiencing is the renaissance of culture as inspired by the Asian communities. As an Indian director, I’m excited to be chairing the International Film Festival & Awards．Macao as Indian storytelling has so much in common with Chinese forms of storytelling. Hopefully these new forms of storytelling will bring the world to a better understanding of itself.
Shekhar Kapur is an Indian film director, producer and storyteller. His directorial debut with cult Bollywood film Masoom won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie of the year while Mr. India was declared one of the ‘100 Greatest Indian Films of All Time’ on the centenary of Indian cinema. He’s also made several documentaries and short films.
Shekhar gained global recognition with the film Bandit Queen, a biopic of Indian bandit and politician Phoolan Devi, which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie and Best Direction for that year. Premiering in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, the film caused a furore, catapulting Kapur into international success. Kapur introduced Cate Blanchett to the world in his two historical biopics of Queen Elizabeth, which were nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Film, and won 2; also winning 5 BAFTA Awards, including Best Film, between them.
Kapur co-created the hit West-end show Bombay Dreams with Andrew Lloyd Webber and has been the recipient of the Indian National Film Award, the BAFTA Award, the National Board of Review Award, and three Filmfare Awards. In 2010, he served as one of the Jury Members (International Competition) at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival. He’s also been on the jury of the London Film Festival, the Tokyo Film Festival, and was one of the sponsors of the International Indian Film Festival in Goa.
Aside from his professional work in film, Kapur is one of India’s foremost activists on environmental and water sustainability issues. He is also a digital media entrepreneur, founding ‘Qyuki,’ one of India’s most successful online platforms for young Indian creators.
Kapur is now directing and producing a captivating series exploring the trials and tribulations, temptations and brilliance of the young genius, Will Shakespeare, for an American broadcaster. He remains ever inspired by the world around him.
Born in 1973. He made his film debut in the 1994 movie The Fox with Nine Tails. He found fame as an iconic, young actor through his roles in Beat (1997) and City of the Rising Sun (1998). He played various characters in a number of films including Phantom, the Submarine (1999), The Warriors (2001), Mutt Boy (2003), A Moment to Remember (2005), Sad Movie (2005), Daisy (2005), The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008), and Reign of Assassins (2010). He has enjoyed renewed popularity for his charismatic acting in Cold Eyes in 2013, and took on an action role for The Divine Move in 2014. The 2014 passionate melodrama Scarlet Innocence marked a shocking departure from his previous image, and he served as a leading actor and producer for Remember O Goddess (2016), thereby expanding his film career into directing and producing. In the same year, he expanded his limitless career with his amazing acting in Asura. The King is waiting to be released in 2017. He has put himself representing the best Korean actors as well as film producing.
Rouge, Stanley KWAN’s third film, won him a substantial international audience. After that Actress won the Best Actress prize at the Berlin Film Festival for Maggie Cheung and Hold You Tight won both the Alfred Bauer prize for innovation and the Teddy Award for best lesbian/gay feature, again in Berlin. In 2001, he was awarded Best Director at the Golden Horse Film Festival for Lanyu. Directing as well as producing, he is now one of the most prominent players within the Hong Kong film industry.
Makiko Watanabe was born in 1968 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress and writer and has appeared in more than sixty films since 1996, known for Love Exposure (2008), M/Other (1999) and Still the Water (2014).
Watanabe was awarded the 1999 Mainichi Film Awards for Best Screenplay for M/Other alongside Nobuhiro Suwa and Tomokazu Miura.
Makiko Watanabe played in Naomi Kawase’s Still the Water (Palme d’Or of 2014 Cannes Film Festival) and The Mourning Forest (Grand Prize of the Jury of 2007 Cannes Film Festival), and in Love Exposure by Sion Sono, which received nearly 20 awards from international film festivals.
Giovanna Fulvi has been programming Toronto International Film Festival since 2002. She is responsible for discovering and introducing audiences to the newest films and filmmakers of Asian cinema from regions such as mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea.
Based in Italy, she is a member of the selection committee for the Rome Film Festival, and has served as a film consultant and acquisitions manager for various organizations over the past 20 years, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Torino Film Festival. Fulvi is currently the Head of Acquisitions for Filmauro in Rome. She also worked on Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor as a historical and cultural researcher, and has served on juries for the Jeonju International Film Festival in Korea, Tokyo Filmex, the Taipei International Film Festival and the Tokyo International Film Festival. In 1997, she worked as a production assistant for Alan Miller’s documentary on the Puccini opera Turandot, staged by Zhang Yimou.