Joyce Heeyoung Cho is a media financing/producing specialist based in Seoul, Korea. Cho started her industry career as a producer right after graduating from Korean Academy of Film Arts (KAFA) as a producing major in 2007. Her previous major work experience in the motion picture field includes work at production houses, studios such as CJ CGV, CJ E&M, and a venture capital company Timewise Investment, where she covered extensive range of roles from developing, sourcing/distributing/exhibiting art-house or specialty films, to financing more than 50 local commercial films. In 2015, Cho co-produced The Last Knights, a US/Korea/Japan co-production epic directed by Kazuaki Kiriya and starring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman. Recently, she also co-produced a local webtoon titled Ghost published through a local webtoon platform called Toomics, which plans to expand its prequel through a feature film.
Cho also has several years of experience in teaching film business classes, such as project financing and film producing, at local universities including Chung-Ang University and Sejong University in Seoul. She also served as a financing consultant for local media companies and organizations such as the Busan Film Commission. Cho graduated from Seoul National University with BA/MA degrees in English literature and language. She also studied in the Ph.D program of the linguistics department at Georgetown University and earned her doctorate from Graduate School of Advanced Imaging Science, Multi-media & Film at Chung-Ang University with a dissertation titled: “A Study on Intertextuality-driven Approach to Planning and Distributing Transmedia Properties: Focused on Works Dispersed Through TV Series and Webtoons.”
Han Sunhee is a producer and director of Plain Pictures and has been working in the Korean film industry since 1999. Her career as a film producer started with the feature-length documentary Talking Architect (2011), one of the high-grossing independent films in 2011. Afterwards, she went on to produce Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits (2013) and was the executive producer of The Basement Satellite (2013), both of which were critically acclaimed and theatrically released nationwide.
Han has expanded her career into a wider variety of platforms, including a TV documentary Shaman of the Sea (2012) for Discovery Channel Asia-Pacific Networks and a video installation artwork Citizens’ Forest (2016) for Taipei Biennial. She made her directorial debut with Old Days (2016), which was officially invited to the Korea Cinemascape section at Jeonju Int’l Film Festival 2016, Festival du Film Coréen à Paris and Udine Far East Film Festival 2017.
Her current project-in-development titled The Final Print won the prestigious Busan Award at the 2018 Asian Project Market, and was invited to 2019 Ties That Bind Asia-Europe Co-production Workshop and 2019 IFP Week Project Forum. She is also producing Winter Worm, Summer Grass, which won the Korea Content Agency Award at the 2019 Asian Project Market.
Originally from Massachusetts, Darcy Paquet has been living in Seoul since 1997. He first became active in the film industry as a journalist, launching the website Koreanfilm.org in 1999 and working as a reporter for Screen International and later Variety. He has written columns for the Korean film weekly Cine21, web portal Daum.net, and the Hankook Ilbo newspaper. He is the author of New Korean Cinema: Breaking the Waves (2010, Columbia University Press), and over the past decade he has taught film classes at Kyunghee University, the Graduate School of International Studies at Korea University, and at Korea University’s International Summer Campus. He also works as a Program Consultant for the Udine Far East Film Festival.
Darcy has translated the subtitles for a wide range of Korean films including Bong Joon Ho's Parasite (2019), Park Chanwook’s The Handmaiden (2016), Kim Jeewoon’s The Age of Shadows (2016) and Hong Sangsoo’s On the Beach at Night Alone (2017). He has also occasionally appeared as a supporting actor in films like Im Sangsoo’s The Taste of Money (2012) and the TV drama 3 Days (2014). In 2014 he co-launched the Wildflower Film Awards Korea, an annual awards ceremony recognizing achievement in Korea’s independent film sector.
Jenna Ku is a producer based in Seoul, Korea. She majored sociology and got her MA in film at Chung-Ang University Graduate School, Seoul, Korea. She entered the field of film business as she co-founded INDIESTORY (www.indiestory.com), a distribution company for Korean independent films. She built up her career as a producer in investment/distribution companies such as Korea Pictures and Core Studio and production companies such as Realise Pictures and Boim Pictures.
As a freelancer producer she produced Penny Pinchers (2011), The Running Actress (2017), Little Forest (2018). In 2016 she founded VOL Media, a film and other media production company based in Seoul and produced several feature films by now. The Table (2016) premiered at Busan International Film Festival in 2016 and well received by the audience and critics and <Shades of the Heart>(2019) was premiered at Jeonju International Film Festival. She recently finished the production of new film <Josée>, a remake of Japanese film.
Lee Hojae is a writer and director of feature film in South Korea. In his 20’s, he worked as assistant director and producer in advertising field. In 2003, he got his BFA (film) at Artcener College of Design, Pasadena, USA. His first directorial debut was a white collar black comedy, The Scam (2009). He recognised as the Best New Director of the year from Dae Jong Film Awards and Baeksang Arts Awards following year. He also lectured directing and screen-writing at Hong-Ik university and Kyung-Hee University for 3 years. In 2016, his second feature film, Robot Sori: Voice from Heart was released. The Film got a Viewer’s Chose Award at Far East Film Festival, Udine, Italy.
Hojae has expanded his film making career into TV and directed a TV movie, Good-Bye my Life Insurance (2018). He is working on his third feature film with F&C Story which is a subsidiary of F&C Entertainment.
Ajay Rai is an award-winning producer and founder of In Front Films. His producing credits include shorts, documentaries, branded content and international co-productions featuring the talents of Academy Award nominee and BAFTA winner, Michael Lennox; Cannes Un Certain Regard (Prix de l’avenir) and FIPRESCI winner, Neeraj Ghaywan; BAFTA and RTS Award nominee, Regina Moriarty and Grierson Award shortlisted, Ashley Pegg.
He has worked in various development and executive roles at film production and finance companies including Partizan, Gunslinger Films and for BBC Drama. He also initiated and directed the BFI Film Academy delivered by Revolver Entertainment and partners BAFTA, Creative Skillset and Pinewood Studios. He is a MA Producing graduate of the National Film & Television School and a Richard Dunn scholar.
Raymond Phathanavirangoon is the Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC), a 9-month intensive script lab for Southeast Asian filmmakers. In addition, he produces international co-productions such as Boo Junfeng’s Apprentice (Cannes Un Certain Regard 2016) and Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s Samui Song (Opening Film, Venice Days 2017) and Headshot (Berlin Panorama 2011), among many others. He also previously served as international programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival and the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival as well as Programme Consultant for the Hong Kong International Film Festival and Cannes Critics' Week. Prior to that, he was the Director of Marketing & Special Projects (Acquisitions) for international sales agent Fortissimo Films. He acted as a Reading Committee Member for the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) and was an advisory member of the Asian Film Awards (AFA). He was a jury member at festivals such as Berlinale, Sarajevo, Vladivostok, Seattle, Antalya, and others.