Darezhan OMIRBAYEV receives spotlight at various film festivals every time he releases a new film and has become a key figure in modern cinema for his portrayal of the unique aesthetics and rhythm of life in Central Asia. He began to receive international acclaim after receiving the Silver Leopard and FIPRESCI Award at Locarno Film Festival for his feature debut, Kairat in 1995. His second film, Kardiogramma was invited to Cannes Film Festival in 1995 and then received UNESCO Award at Venice Film Festival. He developed a relationship with Jeonju when he participated in Talk to Her, 2006 Jeonju Digital Project, along with Eric Khoo and Pen-Ek Ratanaruang.
Don FREDERICKSEN is a Senior Professor at the department of Theater, Film, and Dance at Cornell University in USA. He has taught classes on criticism, analysis, theory and history of cinema, and is especially well known as an expert on experimental films, documentaries, and modern European art films. He has written various books related to film and has served on the jury for the Krakow Film Festival in Poland and the Plus Camerimage. He’s currently chairman of the International Association for Jungian Studies and is active in a wide range of fields that include giving lectures about film and the environment, and psychology in various countries in Europe as well as working as a psychotherapist.
After making a legendary feature debut Die Bad in 2000, director RYOO Seung-wan was named 'the Cine Kid of Chungmuro' and established a distinct cinematic outlook. He continued to take on new challenges with Arahan , Crying Fist , and The City of Violence and became acknowledged as both commercially successful and critically acclaimed director with The Unjust , which received rave reviews from critics and the public alike in 2010. His recently released The Berlin File which has been stated as having opened the doors to new possibilities for spy movies in Korea. RYOO Seung-wan has a special relationship with Jeonju as his first film Die Bad was screened at the first Jeonju IFF, which was followed by If You Were Me 2 , Dachimawa Lee and The Unjust in later years.
Actor / KOREA
JUNG Woo-sung is a veteran Korean actor with 22 years of experience. He debuted with The Fox with Nine Tails in 1994 and then firmly imprinted himself in the minds of the public with his performance in Beat and City of the Rising Sun . He established himself as an international actor through Reign of Assassins , which was invited to 67th Venice Film Festival. In addition to acting, he has been expanding his scope by directing music videos and commercials.