Lucky KUSWANDI (Indonesia)
Lucky KUSWANDI started his career in 2006, participating in the Berlinale Talent Campus. In 2009, his documentary At Stake was screened in Berlinale Film Festival. He directed his first feature film Madame X in 2010, and got nominated for 2 Asian Film Awards in 2011. In 2014 he directed his second film, In the Absence of the Sun. He was nominated for Best Director & Screenplay at the Piala Citra. It also was the closing film in Singapore International Film Festival. In 2015, his short film, The Fox Exploits the Tiger's Might, competed in Cannes at Semaine de la Critique. The film won Best Short Film & Best Director at the Silver Screen Awards and the Piala Citra for Best Short Film. In 2017, Lucky directed his third film, a teenage drama Galih & Ratna. Lucky teaches film directing in Universitas Multimedia Nusantara, and serves as creative director for the Indonesian cinema platform SLATE INDONESIA.
SONG Ilgon (Korea)
Born in 1971, SONG Il-gon studied cinema at the Polish National Film School. His talent was recognized through short films he produced as a student, such as The Dream of Clowns (1997) and Liver and Potato (1998). His short film The Picnic (1998) received the Cannes Jury Prize and his first feature film, Flower Island (2001), won the 2001 Busan International Film Festival New Currents Award and 2001 Venice Film Festival CinemAvvenire Award. He went on to direct Spider Forest (2004), Feathers in the Wind (2004), The Magicians (2005), and his first documentary Dance of Time (2010). His film Always (2011) was selected as the opening film of the 2011 Busan International Film Festival. He served as the directing mentor at the Asian Film Academy of Busan International Film Festival in 2014.
Bayu Prihantoro Filemon (Indonesia)
A self-taught filmmaker and alumnus of 2009‘s Asian Film Academy. Mostly working as cinematographer, most of his work gained international recognitions from the film festivals around the globe, including his debut feature film Peculiar Vacation and Other Illnesses, which was screened in major film festivals, including Locarno International Film Festival 2012, Busan International Film Festival 2012, and got Special Mention Dragons And Tigers Award For Young Cinema Vancouver International Film Festival 2012. In 2014, he was selected to participate in Berlinale Talents, Berlin International Film Festival. His directorial debut short film, On the Origin of Fear, was premiered and competed at Venice International FIlm Festival 2016 and got Special Mention Award from Singapore International Film Festival 2016. Currently preparing his 2nd short film, as well as teaching film class through numerous film workshops and schools.
Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, CHO Eunsoo is a cinematographer who goes anywhere in the world if there is a story worth telling. She has traveled to a remote town in Arizona, whose population is less than 100, Haiti after the infamous earthquake, and the landfill in near Nairobi to meet the children’s choir. She studied at Korea National University of Arts, and received her M.F.A at School of Cinematic Arts in University of Southern California. Many of her works screened and garnered awards at many film festivals across the world. Los Angeles has been her base for the last ten years, until she rekindled her career in Korea in 2013. Her first commercial feature film, Love, Lies, was released in 2016. She is currently in Big Island, HI, in search of another hearty story.