Past Jury Panel – The 18th ifva Awards

Open Category

Ying Liang Cheung Kwok Ming Ma Fung Kwok Long Tin Felix Chong

Youth Category

Adam Wong Cheuk Wan Chi Tsang Tsui Shan Adrian Chow Tang Shu Wing

Animation Category

Lo Che Ying Tamás Waliczky Siuhak John Chan Alice Mak

Interactive Media Category

Chung Wai Ching, Bryan Hung Keung Cosmin Costinaş Jeffrey Shaw Conor Roche

Asian New Force Category

Clement Cheng Teresa Kwong Raymond Red Shek Kei Kawase Naomi

Open Category

Ying Liang is first and foremost a filmmaker. Born in Shanghai, Ying Liang studied in Beijing and Chongqing before choosing the city of Zigong in the Sichuan Province as his base. Ying Liang sees himself a director of dramatic films who makes ultra-low-budget features and advocates a “de-industrialized” and totally independent approach to filmmaking. Since his first film, a short, in 1999, Ying Liang has made four feature-length films and more than a dozen shorts and received an equal number of prizes at international film festivals. Ying Liang is also a film teacher and curator. In 2008, he became the program director of the Chongqing Independent Film & Video Festival and was a jury member of the NETPAC Award at Brisbane International Film Festival. In 2009, he became a principle lecturer for the Li Xianting Film School in Beijing. In 2010, he was made the Director of Education for the Li Xianting Film Fund and curator for the China Documentary Film Festival in Beijing. In the same year, he organized a ten-city screening tour of selections from the Chongqing Independent Film & Video Festival, which took place in several Chinese cities as well as in London, Cadiz, ect. Nowadays Ying Liang shuttles between Zigong, Chongqing, Beijing, Hong Kong and other cities teaching and curating to fulfill what he sees as the obligations of an independent filmmaker. He also shuttles around the world showing his films to fulfill a director’s obligations to his work.

Cheung Kwok Ming

Best Director at the 19th Taipei Golden Horse Awards 

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Ma Fung Kwok is an experienced film production administrator. Ma is the former Chairman of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. He has deep knowledge of the operation of local and overseas performing arts groups as well as different modes of governance of performing arts venues. He was a member of the Consultative Committee on the Core Arts and Cultural Facilities of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, and Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In 2004, Ma was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star (S.B.S) by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for his distinguished public and community service and his dedication and commitment to the cultural and arts sector, in particular the film industry.

Long Tin, culture curator; film, book, theatre and novel critic; media practitioner; screenwriter and playwright; university guest lecturer. Long Tin was also the juror of the Taipei Golden Horse Film Awards, the FIPRESCI Prize and the Hong Kong Film Award. He is the author of several books, including The Poverty of Christianity(1986), Men Like to be Cheated(1987), Noise(2001), Wanderer and the Shadow(2001, 2005), Post-97 and HK Cinema(2003), Hatred, or Love of Stalking(2005), The Fate of Narcissus(2006), (Mis)understanding and Lao Tze(2008), The Tomb of Film(2010), Code/decode(2011), Who the confessor was(2012) and more.

Felix Chong

Hong Kong famous film director and screenwriter

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Youth Category

Adam Wong‘s shorts Fish (1997), Ah Wai & Murphy (1999) and Glowing (2000) were awarded at ifva. His features include When Beckham Met Owen (2004, the Opening Film of the 1st Hong Kong Asian Film Festival and the winner of the Independent Spirits Award) and Magic Boy (2007, nominated for the best new director of the Hong Kong Film Awards). In 2009, together with other 6 Asian directors, he released the collaborative film The Moon of which he directed the short Pinwheel. In 2012 Adam wrote and directed the short film Secret Taste which is based on a true story. Adam is also a lecturer of the creative media courses at the School of Design, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity. He is now in the post production process of his latest feature The Way We Dance.

Cheuk Wan Chi is a famous prolific creative from Hong Kong. Not only a long-serving primetime radio presenter and a stand-up comedian, Chi is also a columnist for various newspapers and magazines, whose popular publications make her one of Hong Kong’s most important voice.

As a screenwriter, she has won HKFCS Award Best Screenplay and nominated in Hong Kong Film Awards Best Screen Screenplay (Merry-Go-Round, 2001). Another two feature films she wrote was nominated in Berlin Golden Bear for Best Film (20 30 40, 2004) and Golden Bauhinia Best Screenplay (Exodus, 2007) accordingly.

Tsang Tsui Shan, graduated from the School of Film and TV of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, she majored in sound design in 2001. Tsang later earned a Master of Fine Arts in Media Design and Technology program of the City University of Hong Kong in 2005.  Her works have been presented in countries such as Italy, Germany and Poland.  Her first narrative short Lonely Planet has won the Silver Award at ifva in 2004. In 2006, she started to participate in the production of commercial films, such as Lust Caution, The Mummy 3, Strawberry Cliff etc., working as assistant director, location sound assistant and production co-ordinator.  In the meantime, she continued to work on her independent films.  She finished her second narrative short Où est la sortie? in 2007, upon a grant awarded by the Alliance Française in Hong Kong. She was invited in 2008 by CHATEAU de PADIES to be the featured artist in France for a month.  In the same year, her first feature film Lovers On the Road has won the Best Drama Award of the 8th South Taiwan Film Festival. Tsang was awarded the Best New Director in the 31st Hong Kong Film Award and New Talent Award in the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2011 with her second feature film Big Blue Lake. Tsang is now the Production Director at River Vision Production.

Adrian Chow

Hong Kong Independent Musician

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Tang Shu Wing, a renowned Hong Kong theatre director and actor, former Dean of Drama of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

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Animation Category

Lo Che Ying is an animator and critic on animation. He worked for RTHK from 1978 to 1993 as an animation designer and at the same time, worked for several Hong Kong movies as effect animator. From 1977, he has produced a number of independent animations, including the four gold award works of Hong Kong Independent Short Film Festival, such as The Blue Moon, Night of a Sleepy Writer, The Men Who Shot Snapping Turtles and Senpei‘s Summer. Other important works includes The Forbidden Game, City of Suicide and i-city. Since the 1980s, he has hosted animation courses and lectures at Hong Kong Arts Centre, General Education Unit, University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, etc. He is the curator of “60 Years of Hong Kong Animation “Exhibition in 2012. He is currently the honourable member of the Hong Kong Animation Filmmaker Society and Hong Kong Cantonese Cinema Study Association.

Tamás Waliczky, born in 1959, Budapest, Hungary. He started out by creating cartoon films (1968-83), then he worked as painter, illustrator and photographer. He began working with computers in 1983. He was artist-in-residence at the ZKM Institute for Visual Media in 1992, and subsequently a member of the Institute’s research staff (1993-1997) before taking up a guest professorship at the HBK Saar, Saarbrucken (1997-2002). The IAMAS in Gifu, Japan, has chosen Waliczky as artist-in-residence in 1998/99. From 2003 until 2005 he is professor at IMG, Fachhochschule Mainz. Between 2005 and 2010 he is at HBK Saar again, in this time as full time professor. Since September 2010 he is professor at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.

His works won numerous international awards, including the Golden Nica of Prix ARS Electronica, Linz, was shown in several exhibitions worldwide, including the Lyon Biennale, the ICC Gallery Tokyo, the Multimediale Karlsruhe and are in different public collections.

Siuhak, born as Chang Tze Hin in Hong Kong in 1974, a typical Libra.

Graduated from the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a BA (Hons) in Design.

Has been working as a freelancer in local illustration, comics, animation, and scriptwriting since graduation.

Published his first solo comic album Fake Forensic Science in 2006,

from 2004 to 2008, working at Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Design as a long-term guest lecturer,

started lyrics writing for Cantonese pop songs in 2008,

now living in Hangzhou.

John CHAN (Postgal Workshop)

the author of Din-dong

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Alice Mak, the illustrator of Mcmug and Mcdull character. From 1990, she created the McMug and McDull series with co-creator Brian Tse and licensed a series of related products. With the great popularity of characters, She started devoting into animation films, movies known respectively as My Life as McDull, McDull, Prince de la Bun and Mcdull – Kungfu Ding Ding Dong, which all gained strong and reputable recognition in local and overseas territories.

Mak has just finished on the fifth Mcdull movie Mcdull, The Pork of Music regarding to musical theme, has been released in August 2012.

Interactive Media Category

Chung Wai Ching, Bryan was born in Hong Kong and studied locally and in London. Currently an assistant professor (interactive art) at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, he focuses primarily on interactive media productions, ranging from cd-rom, interactive installations to Internet installations. His works have been exhibited widely in Europe and Asia. He also provides consultancy for local interactive media design company. His latest research areas are on computational art and embodied interactivity.

Hung Keung is the Assistant Professor of School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Director and Founder of innov + media lab (imhlab). In 2005, Hung Keung founded innov+media lab (imhk lab), focuses on new media art and design research in relation to Chinese philosophy and interactivity.

Cosmin Costinaş is the Executive Director/Curator of Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong. He was the Curator of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, Netherlands (2008-2011), co-curator (with Ekaterina Degot and David Riff) of the 1st Ural Industrial Biennial, entitled Shockworkers of the Mobile Image, Ekaterinburg, 2010, and Editor of documenta 12 Magazines, Kassel/Vienna (2005–2007). He is an advisory board member of Patterns/Erste Foundation, Vienna, Austria. At Para/Site he curated (with Doryun Chong) Taiping Tianguo: A History of Possible Encounters: Ai Weiwei, Frog King Kwok, Tehching Hsieh, and Martin Wong in New York (2012); (with Venus Lau) rites, thoughts, notes, sparks, swings, strikes. a hong kong spring (2012); Two Thousand Eleven (2011). At BAK, Costinas curated the exhibitions Spacecraft Icarus 13. Narratives of Progress from Elsewhere (2011); In the middle of things by Olga Chernysheva (2011); I, the Undersigned by Rabih Mroue (2010, toured throughout 2011 at Iniva – Institute of International Visual Arts, London, Lunds konsthall, Lund; tranzit+display, Prague; and Wurttembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart); Expo Zero by Boris Charmatz (2010); 1st Former West Congress (with Maria Hlavajova, 2009) and Surplus Value by Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor (2009). He co-authored the novel Philip (2007) and has contributed his writing to numerous magazines, books, and exhibition catalogs across the world. Costinas has taught and lectured at different universities and art academies in Europe and Asia. Other curatorial projects include: Acts of Voicing (with Iris Dressler, Hans D. Christ and Christine Peters), Wurttembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (2012, upcoming); After the Final Simplification of Ruins. Forms of historiography in given places, Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturunea, Vitoria-Gasteiz, 2009; The Demon of Comparisons, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA) and University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 2009; Like an Attali Report, but different. On fiction and political imagination, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, 2008; and Textground, Display Gallery, Prague, 2004. Costinas lives and works in Hong Kong.

Jeffrey Shaw has been a leading figure in new media art since the 1960′s. In a prolific oeuvre of widely exhibited and critically acclaimed works (www.jeffrey-shaw.net) he has pioneered and set benchmarks for the creative use of digital media technologies in the fields of virtual and augmented reality, immersive visualization environments, navigable cinematic systems and interactive visualization environments, navigable cinematic systems and interactive narrative. Shaw was co-founder of the Event structure Research Group in Amsterdam (1969-1979), and founding director of the ZKM Institute for Visual Media Karlsruhe (1991-2002). In 2003 he was awarded an Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship to co-found and direct the UNSW iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research (www.icinema.unsw.edu.au). Since 2009 Shaw has been Chair Professor of Media Art and Dean of the School of Creative Media at City University in Hong Kong (ww.cityu.edu.hk/scm) where he is also Director of the Centre for Applied Computing and Interactive Media and Director of the Applied Laboratory for Interactive Visualisation and Embodiment (www.cityu.edu.hk/alive)

Conor Roche a computer scientist with over ten years experience working in the creative industries and the arts. Roche is a National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (Nesta) Fellow and researcher as part of the Clore Leadership Programme in the UK and a board member of Alpha-ville the arts and technology festival. Previously Head of Broadcast and New Media at the Roundhouse in London, he is now based in Hong Kong and currently works as a consultant enabling creatives and organisations generate and realise new ideas through technology. Clients include West Kowloon Cultural District Authority – Hong Kong, Roundhouse – London and Magic Lantern – India.

Asian New Force Category

Clement Cheng, originally from Vancouver, stations in Hong Kong, started out in film as an art director, screenwriter, music video and commercial director before making the leap to helming feature films. His directorial debut is the critically acclaimed Gallants, which earned him multiple nominations for best new director, including NETPAC. Gallants won “Best Film 2010″ at the Hong Kong Film Critics Society, “2010 Asia’s 10 Most Notable Film” by the Wall Street Journal, “10 Best Film 2010″ by the Beijing News, “Most Notable Film 2010″ by the Hong Kong Directors’ Guild and the “Best Screenplay” by the Hong Kong Screenwriters’ Guild. Gallants was invited by over 20 international film festivals, and won the “Audience Award” at the New York Asian Film Festival. The same year, Cheng directed his second feature, Merry-Go-Round, which was named “Best Chinese Film 2010″ by Film Critics China. Cheng was nominated “Best Director” and “Best Screenplay” at the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards, and Gallants won “Best Picture” amongst 4 other awards, and Merry-Go-Round also won the “Best Original Film Song” award.

Teresa Kwong is a promoter, curator and producer for films and media arts. Currently the Director of ifva and Senior Programme Manager of Hong Kong Arts Centre, she is committed to nurture and promote the next generation of Asian talents in creative media. Kwong has been invited to give presentations and curate programs about Asian independent cinema for overseas festivals/ institutions. Since 2001, she has become a member of NETPAC (Network for Promoters of Asian Cinema) and has been invited to be the NETPAC jury member of the Pusan International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival and Vesoul Asian Film Festival, etc. She is the recipient of Asian Cultural Council (Starr Foundation) fellowship in 2007 while she has residence program at arts organizations in the States specializing in film and media arts.

Raymond Red

Raymond Red is one of the pioneers of modern Filipino independent and alternative cinema. As a leading figure in the independent alternative filmmaking scene in his country, he became the first Filipino to be invited for the prestigious Artist-in-Residence Grant in Berlin by the German Academic Exchange Institute (D.A.A.D.) in 1991. He is best known for his features on heroes of the Philippine Revolution around 1900, including Bayani (Heroes, 1992), Sakay (1993), which won awards at the Manila Film Festival, and Kamada (1997), which is a television feature that won awards from the Philippine Broadcasters Association and the Asian TV Awards.He has also earned the distinction of being one of the first Filipinos to receive a Rotterdam Hubert Bals Memorial grant, and won the prestigious Palme d’Or award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. Red has recently been given rare recognition with the prestigious Pag-Alab ng Sining (Flame of the Arts) Award by the State University’s College of Fine Arts. His latest feature Kamera Obskura won several awards in the 2012 Cinemalaya Independent Film festival.

Shek Kei

Shek Kei has been a film critic for Ming Pao for 42 years and an advisor for the Hong Kong International Film Festival for 34 years. He is a long time member of the board of advisors for the Hong Kong Film Archive, current member of the Hong Kong Film Development Council and a Museum Expert Advisor (Film) for the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. He is currently a jury member of the Hong Kong Film Awards. He began his career as an independent filmmaker, and participated in The First Experimental Film Exhibition (organised by the College Life Film Association) in the 1960s, and was a pioneer among the first wave of Hong Kong independent filmmakers.

His short films include Dead Knot (which John WOO co-wrote, produced and played the lead in), The Messenger and The Conflict. His film reviews were published by Hong Kong’s Subculture Ltd in 1999 as a series of eight books, two of which were reprinted by Fudan University Press in Shanghai in 2006. Some of his film reviews written in the 1960s were published in The 60s Style – 10 Years of “Chinese Student Weekly” Selected Film Criticisms, chief edited by Law Kar, published by Hong Kong Film Critics Society in 2012.

Kawase Naomi was born in Nara, Japan. She graduated from the Osaka School of Photography (currently the Visual Arts College Osaka) in 1989 and began making films in 16mm and 8mm during her college days. Her work soon caught the spotlight both domestically and internationally. In 1993, she made Embracing, which put on film her search for the father who abandoned her in her youth. At the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 1995, Embracing was given a Special Mention FIPRESCI Prize and Katatsumori, her portrait of the grandmother who raised her, won an Award for Excellence in the New Asian Currents program.

In 1997, Kawase became the youngest winner of the Camera d’Or Award in the history of Cannes Film Festival for her first feature Suzaku. In 2000, she garnered both of the FIPRESCI Prize and the CICAE Prize at Locarno International Film Festival for the film Hotaru. Since then, Kawase’s work has drawn greater attention from cineaste circles. Retrospectives of her work have been organized in many places in Europe.

Kawase is also highly recognized for her accomplishments in documentary filmmaking. Recent work includes KyaKaRaBaA, a co-production with the French TV station Arte, and Tarachime—birth/mother, a documentary that featured her own childbirth. This film won awards at the Locarno, Taiwan, Copenhagen, and Yamagata international film festivals.

In 2007, She won the Grand Prix of the Cannes Film Festival for The Mourning Forest. She received the Carrosse d’Or from the Directors’ Fortnight in 2009. Her latest documentary film GENPIN was released in 2010 and won the FIPRESCI Prize at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. In 2011, HANEZU was nominated for competition in the Cannes IFF. Newest documentary film CHIRI/Trace released at Locarno IFF 2012.

Besides, she has hosted the Nara IFF, 14-17th September in 2012 as the executive director and the producer for NARAtive Filmmaking Project as well.


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