Eric KHOO (Singapore)
Award winning film maker Eric Khoo who helms Zhao Wei Films has been credited for reviving the Singapore film industry and for putting Singapore onto the International film map with films such as Mee Pok Man (1996) and 12 Storeys (1997). While Be with Me (2015) opened the Directors Fortnight in Cannes 2005, My Magic (2008) his fourth feature, was nominated for the Cannes Palme d’Or in 2008. He was the first Singaporean to have his films invited to major film festivals such as Toronto, Busan, Berlin, Telluride and Venice. Khoo has produced several award-winning films including 15 (2003) and Apprentice (2016). In 2012 Eric headed the juries at Asian Film Awards, Rotterdam International Film Festival and in 2013 the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival. He was invited to be on the jury of the official Cannes Short Film competition in 2017. In 2018, Eric was the show runner for Folklore, an HBO Originals series Asia.
WON Dongyeon (Korea)
As the CEO of REALies Pictures and Vice President of Korea Film Producers Association, Won Dongyeon has focused on producing commercial films with his strength in comedy and drama genre. He created a new model of film production with Masquerade (2012) and instigated an argument about the role of producers and production companies in Korea. He picked up the film’s script, which the major investor-distributor CJ E&M had been developing on their own for a long time. During the production of the film, he proved his strength and know-how by casting top actors and providing stable production services to complete the film. As a result, the film attracted more than 12 million viewers, becoming one of the most successful Korean films of all time. He started his film career with Millions In My Account (1995) as screen writer. Since then, he turned himself as producer and produced many successful films including 200 pounds Beauty (2006), Masquerade (2012) as well as Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017), Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (2018) which put his position as truly the most successful film producer in Korea.