After graduating from the Faculty of Screenwriting at Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema in 2000, Di worked as a public servant at Vietnam Cinema Department for 6 years before quitting work and started his career as an independent filmmaker. His vision was to establish a team of young directors to create a “new wave” in Vietnamese cinema.
Di made two short feature films: Lotus (2005) and When I am 20 (2006). When I am 20 was the first Vietnamese Film that selected in competition – Venice IFF 2008. His long feature script entitled Adrift (Directed by Bui Thac Chuyen) won FIPRESCI Prize Venice IFF 2009. Nominated for Best Script-Writer at Asia Film Award 2010.
Bi, Don't Be Afraid - the first feature film in which Di works as producer, screenwriter and director in 2009. The film was selected for the Cannes L'ATELIER 2008. Funded by World Cinema Fund (Berlin IFF 2008), by Fond SUD and Arte Cinema 2009. That film won two prizes at Cannes Critic’s Week 2010. It also won many other awards at some IFF such as Vancouver, Hongkong, Stockholm
Di’s second film Big father, small father and other stories… had it’s World Premiere in Official Competition- Berlinale 2015.
Di has been producing Cu Li Never Cries of Pham Ngoc Lan, the film project was selected for Cannes’ L’Atelier 2017, got funding from many film funds around the world and now is in pre-production. Beside his career as an independent filmmaker, Di also taught Film History and Screen-Writing at Hanoi National University and organize Autumn Meeting, an annual international cinema event in Danang, Vietnam.
Biography and Filmography
Müge Demir selects films from New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Laos.
After completing her studies Russian and European Studies, she led projects in the field of free press, communication and culture.
For the 2015 and 2016 editions of IFFR she coordinated Brave Talk, a series of special screenings of films that critically address social injustice.
Biography and Filmography
Anucha Boonyawatana is well acclaimed in the international film festival circuit. His films tend to combine a delicate story of gay people with depression and violence. Boonyawatana graduated from the Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University. Boonyawatana’s graduate film Down the River not only won a couple of awards in its home country but was also showcased widely both in European and Asian film festivals such as Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Award. The film now has a distribution in Thailand and USA.
Boonyawatana is one of the founders of the G Motif Production, a leading commercial creator. Boonyawatana’s work includes an online series Love Audition, a product of a collabration between the UNESCO and the Thai American Public Health Agency to promote healthcare among young gay people.
Malila: The Farewell Flower is the director’s second feature film. It premiered at the Busan International Film Festival where it won Kim Jiseok Award in 2017. It was also awarded the Best Director in the Singapore International Film Festival as well as the International Film Festival of Kerala, India. The film also won NETPAC Award from the Golden Horse Film Festival, Taiwan.