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You are now looking at the 2018 Jury. The Jury of 2019 edition will be announced in mid may.

Jury Committee

Chen Kuo-fu

Born in Taizhong in 1958, Chen Kuo-fu is a famous director, scriptwriter and producer. Chen is known as the starter of the Taiwan New Mainstream Cinema Movement and has been the most influential figure to the Chinese film market in the recent two decades.

In 2000, Chen became the head of the production unit of the Asian branch of Columbia Pictures. Here he participated in the filmmaking of productions including Kung Fu Hustle(dir. Stephen Chow, 2004), Big Shot’s Funeral (dir. Feng Xiaogang, 2005) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (dir. Ang Lee, 2000), and has worked as the producer of 20 30 40 (dir. Sylvia Chang, 2004), Warriors of Heaven and Earth (dir. He Ping, 2003), Kekexili (dir. Lu Chuan, 2004), etc. In 2002, he directed and produced Double Vision, which broke the box office record of thrillers in Taiwan cinema. Double Vision challenged the international cinema’s stereotyped impression of Taiwan films and won many nominations at Golden Horse Award and Hong Kong Film Awards. Chen Kuo-fu continuously challenges the standard of sinophile film industry and has been dedicated in encourage communication between Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Mainland China.

After Chen’s focus of work moved to Mainland China, he keeps discovering new talents and exploring new genres. He produced 13 films including Assembly (dir. Feng Xiaogang, 2007), The Message (dir. Chen Kuo-fu and Gao Qunshu, 2009) and Aftershock (dir. Feng Xiaogang, 2010). 9 of them achieve the box office of over 100 million Yuan. In 2013, Chen Kuo-fu founded CKF Pictures, and continues to discover the originality of cinema and possibilities of film market.

Peyman Yazdanian

Peyman Yazdanian was born in 1969 in Tehran and is a famous Iranian pianist and music composer.As a composer, he has written over forty pieces for solo piano and has composed for both national and foreign featured films. He has also written original soundtracks for plays and multimedia.

As a film composer, he has collaborated in numbers of Iranian featured films with internationally well-known masters like Abbas Kiarostami, Jafar Panahi , Kamal Tabrizi, Khosro Masumi, Masood Kimiai, Asghar Farhadi and etc. Yazdanian also has numbers of foreign featured films in his work list including Lost in Beijing (2007) and Buddha Mountain (2010) by Li Yu and Love & Bruises (2011) and Summer Palace (2006) by Lou Ye. His work with Lou Ye, Mystery (2012) won the Best Film Music at 49th Golden Horse Award and Spring Fever (2009)won the Best Original Music at the 47th.

Su Chao-bin

Su Chao-bin, director and scriptwriter. He was born in Tainan in 1970 and graduated from National Chiao Tung University.

In 1999, Su wrote for the romance film The Cabbie and then got nominated for the Best Script at Golden Horse Award. In 2002, his directed his debut Better Than Sex and wrote the script of Three. In 2006, Su wrote and directed Silk, which was nominated for Best Director and Best Script at Golden Horse Awards and got into the Cannes Film Festival’s screening programme. His Reign of Assassins (2010) won Best Director at Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards. Later, Su worked for John Woo’s The Crossing (Part I &II) as the scriptwriter.

Yang Fudong

Born in 1971 in Beijing, Yang Fudong received a BFA in oil painting from the China Academy of Art. Yang is considered the most well-know and influential artist in China. 

Yang often stages contradictions between present social conditions, classical Chinese cultural tropes, and modern film culture to explore broader historical, social, and political themes. Featuring fragmented, overlapping, and abstract storylines, his film style is notable for its long suspended sequences and frequent use of black-and-white.

Yang’s first feature, An Estranged Paradise(1997-2002) has been exhibited in Documenta Kassel. Starting in 2003, Yang embarked on his most epic and celebrated work, thefive-part opus Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest(2003–07).

In 2004, he won the Guggenheim Hugo Boss Prize, became the third Chinese artist ever to won this honor. Yang has participated in prestigious international art events and institutions including Guggenheim Museum, New York; Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris; La Biennale de Lyon and International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale, etc.

Philippe Bober

Philippe Bober is a French producer, who is known for discovering and nurturing new talent. He started Coproduction Office in 1987. As a producer, Philippe Bober was involved in the early films of Lars von Trier, Lou Ye and Carlos Reygadas including Europa(1991), The Kingdom(1994), Suzhou River(2000), Japon(2002) and Battle in Heaven(2005). He is also working since their feature film debuts with Roy Anderson, Jessica Hausner or Ruben Östlund. Among Bober’s recent productions, The Square (dir. Ruben Östlund, 2017) won Palme d'Or, Turist (dir. Ruben Östlund, 2014) won Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes film Festival, and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (dir. Roy Andersson, 2014) won Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival.

Liao Pen-jung

Liao Pen-jung is a senior cinematographer in Taiwan. He used to work for Central Motion Pictures Corporation and currently is the council member of Society of Cinematographers and teaches at the Kunshan University.

Liao began his career in cinema in the 1970s. During late 1980s to 1990s, he started to work with young filmmakers and filmed The Digger (dir. He Ping, 1988), Banana Paradise (dir. Wang Toon, 1989), Green Green Leaves of Home (dir.Chou Yan-chi, 1993) and Tropical Fish (dir. Chen Yu-hsun, 1995). In 1991, Liao worked with Tsai Ming-liang on his directorial debut Rebels of the Neon God and started a long term collaboration with him. In 2003, Liao won the Best Cinematography and Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker Award with the film The Missing (dir. Lee Kang-sheng, 2003).

Zhou Hao

Zhou Hao is a documentary director and used to be a cameraman at Xinhua News Agency, Southern Weekly and 21st Century Business Report.

In 2001, Zhou Hao started documentary filmmaking. In 2002, his debut Houjie was selected by Yun Fest, Shanghai Biennale and Guangzhou Image Triennial. In 2006, Zhou’s Senior Year won the Humanitarian Award for Best Documentary at the Hong Kong International Festival. Zhou’s documentary looks deeply into different perspectives of the society. His film Using (2007) showcases the subtle relationship between the director and the person being filmed. In 2015, Zhou became the first director to win Best Documentary at Golden Horse Awards two years in a row with Cotton (2014) and The Chinese Mayor (2015). Chinese Mayor has also won the Special Jury Prize of World Cinema - Documentary at Sundance Film Festival. 

Nomination Jury

GU Xiaobai

Renowned film critic and screenwriter, published work Gu Xiaobai's Film Essay: Aging Starts with Anticipation.
He has write the scripts of The Red Awn, People Mountain People Sea,?The Conformist,?Under The Hawthorn Tree,?The Witness,?and Guilty of Mind. His works have?won the Golden Alexander Award at Greek International Film Festival,?FIPRESCI Prizes at Busan International Film Festival,?Best Director at Venice International Film Festival and Silver Hot Air Balloon Award from Festival of the 3 Continents.


WONG Chun graduated from the School of Creative Media at Hong Kong City University in 2011. His work 6th March was nominated for Best Short Film at the 49th Golden Horse Awards, and were screened at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival and Jeonju International Film Festival. Wong’s directorial debut Mad World won Best New Director at the 53rd Golden Horse Awards, Best Director Award at the 23rd Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards and the Best New Director award at the 36th Hong Kong Film Awards.


As a film editor, Bo’s work includes Whisper of Minqin and The Hammer and Sickle Are Sleeping. He won the Best Film Editing at the 54th Golden Horse Awards for his work in Plastic China.

MA Zhandong

Chengdu-based independent documentary filmmaker. Juror of 14th Beijing Independent Film Festival. His films have been screened and exhibited in German, Netherlands, Iceland, Denmark, Japan and Korean. His film One Day in May won Best Documentary at 2011 Hong Kong Chinese Documentary Film Festival; Haishiwan Lao Zhao won Humanitarian Award of Documentary Competition at 12th Chinese Independent Film Festival.

QI Kang

Master of Art at Peking University and Bachelor at Beijing Film Academy. Qi Kang is the CEO and producer of Iqiyi Canran Studio. He worked as the executive producer of Blue Sky Bones, which won Special Mention at 2013 Rome Film Fest and Special Jury Award of the 5th China Film Director’s Guild Award. He’s production series Burning Ice entered the 2018 finalist of New York Festivals TV & Film Awards and won Bronze World Medal in Crime Drama.


Song Dian joins Global Road in June 2018 as the Director of International Business. He handles international sales of Global Road’s slate as well as cooperation with Chinese partners. Before Global Road, Dian was the Director of International Distribution at Wanda Media.


Born in 1982 in Beijing. BA of French Literature at Peking University, Master of Arts Management at Université libre de Bruxelles. Yang founded Beijing Queer Film Festival and organized Beijing Female Film Festival. She has also participated in the programming of many film festivals.
Yang worked at Chinese Film Foundation Office at Cinematek, Belgian in 2008-2010 and was the juror of Teddy Awards at the 62th Berlin International Film Festival. Since 2013, she has been the assistant director of BC MOMA.

Pre-selection Jury

GAO Yuan

Artist. Gao Yuan’s practice centers on animation and painting. Her animated short film Lunar Dial was nominated for Tiger Awards of Short Film at International Film Festival Rotterdam. Her recent solo exhibition Gao Yuan: Eternal Return is presented at Capsule Shanghai.


Guan earned a BA degree in Theatre Directing from Central Academy of Drama, and MFA degrees from Syracuse University and California Institute of the Arts. His film Drama won Best Live Action Short Film at Warsaw Film Festival, and Best Short Fiction at LA Film Fest. The film was also nominated for Best Short Film at 9th FIRST International Film Festival, Xining. He served as a programmer for Slamdance Film Festival and the Co-director of programming for Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival.

LEI Puli

Host of Sharp Reflection podcast, former media practitioner in film, cinephile. Now works as a screenwriter.

QU Youjia

Studied in Beijing Film Academy and graduated from Rhode Island School of Design. Youjia is a photographer, film director and the founder of Notation Film Production. He made still image project Yamakawa in 2012-2014. His short film entitled Meijing in 2017 won The Night Award of the 15th International film festival of Signes de Nuit and Best Fiction Film Award of the 4th Chongqing Youth Film Festival. At the same year, he founded video-essay label Footnote Cut.

WANG Xiexie

Born in Beijing in 1989, film critic, senior film practitioner. Regularly posting film reviews on Douban, Zhihu, and other online platforms as an independent writer. Articles have been published on China Writer, Beijing Youth Daily, etc. Currently participating and hosting arthouse film festivals. Operating WeChat subscription Lun Xi Shu Ying.

GU Xue

Gu is a Manchu director and curator. MFA at Communication University of China. Gu is the co-founder of Inner Mongolia Film Week and a curator of Boat Travelling on Land. She is also the curator of Grassland Film Workshop. Her representative works include The Peony Flowers and The Wall.

HAN Meng

Han Meng is a Beijing-based filmmaker and journalist. She had worked as photojournalist in China for 11 years. Her recent work, feature-length documentary China’s Forgotten Daughters, was screened at Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2018, and the photo essay Chinese Adoptees at Home in America was published in New York Times and South China Morning Post. Meng received Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State in 2014.


JIANG Shengda

Jiang graduated from Beijing Film Academy with a major in literature. He is a member of the film selection committee of Pure Movies. Jiang also works as a documentary cinematographer and has been volunteering for multiple editions of BIFF and CIFF.