Celebrating its 12th year, the Asian Film Academy (AFA) embarked on its 18 day academic program on September 29th starting with a Welcome Reception at the Busan Tourism Organization ARPINA.
Among the numerous attendees to the Welcome Reception on September 29th were: The president of Dongseo University – Chang Jekuk, Festival Director of the Busan International Film Festival – Kang Soo-youn, Director of the Busan Film Commission – Choi Yoon, and Head Professor of Im Kwon Taek College of Film & Media Arts – Son Hyun-seok (an AFA member). In addition, the mentors Vimukthi Jayasundara and Bogumil Godfrejow participated.
The place was vibrant with the inclusion of 24 promising fellows from various countries, interns from Dongseo University, and AFA alumni who will assist the program that participated in the Welcome Reception. The fellows will participate in extensive academic programs such as a workshop and mentoring session under the guidance of a representative Film Master of Asia. The fellows also will make 2 short films with the AFA instructors during the program that will be completed and screened on October 14th at the Busan Cinema Center Cinema 2.
Tsai Ming Liang, the master who leads a new wave in Taiwanese film, has been named dean of AFA 2016. Tsai Ming Liang is a representative director in Asia, winning the Golden Lion Award at the Venice International Film Festival in 1994 with Vive L’Amour (1994) and the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2005 with The Wayward Cloud (2005). Vimukthi Jayasundara and Bogumil Godfrejow will support their students as the Directing Mentor and Cinematography Mentor. Vimukthi Jayasundara has directed The Forsaken Land (2005), which won The Caméra d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and Between Two Worlds (2009), which was invited to the Venice Film Festival. Bogumil Godfrejow was nominated for the European Film Award for Best Cinematographer in 2003 for Distant Light (2003)
As in other years, the AFA 2016 has raised a fund to support young filmmakers in Asia. The ‘New York Film Academy Scholarship’ entitles 2 students to participate in the New York Film Academy Workshop, ‘Dongseo University Fund’, and ‘Lumos Award’.
The Asian Film Academy 2016 fosters young Asian talent and establishes a network for Asian filmmakers. It is hosted by Dongseo University, the Busan Film Commission, and Busan International Film Festival.