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Chinese director JIA Zhangke to be Asian Film Academy 2012 Dean

By NewsDesk • Published on June 19, 2012

Chinese filmmaker JIA Zhangke will lead the eight edition of the Asian Film Academy  (AFA) to be held on the sidelines of the Busan International Film Festival 2012.

Along with JIA Zhangke as the Dean, the rest of the AFA2012 faculty has been finalized. Director of the Busan Film Commission, OH Seok-geun (South Korea) will serve as Deputy Dean. Iranian filmmaker and screen writer, Parviz SHAHBAZI will be Directing Mentor. Esteemed Japanese cinematographer WATANABE Makoto will be the Cinematography Mentor.

JIA Zhangke, celebrated for his unique style, launched his international career at the Busan International Film Festival. His first feature film “Xiao Wu” (1997) won the New Currents Award at the 3rd Busan International Film Festival followed by the Golden Montgolfiere at the 20th Nantes Three Continents Festival and the Dragons & Tigers Award for Young East Asian Cinema at the 17th Vancouver International Film Festival. His second feature “Platform” (2000) realized through the Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP, current Asian Project Market) along with “In Public” (2001), “Unknown Pleasures” (2002), and “The World” (2004) received critical acclaim at major international film festivals. “Still Life” (2006) recognized for JIA’s signature cinematic vision and aesthetics won the Golden Lion at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival.

Asian Film Academy (AFA) in its eighth year is an intensive educational program for up-and-coming Asian filmmakers. Previously filmmakers like Krzysztof ZANUSSI, Abbas KIAROSTAMI and KUROSAWA Kiyoshi have served as the Deans of Asian Film Academy.

AFA 2012 will be held from September 27 to October 14. The 17th Busan International Film Festival will be held from October 4 to 13, 2012.

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