Busan International Film Festival Announces Flash Forward Jury

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Australian director Gillian Armstrong has been picked to head the Flash Forward jury at the upcoming Busan International Film Festival.

Flash Forward is a competitive section of the festival lineup that introduces the first or second works of young non-Asian directors and the winner receives a $30,000 prize. 

Armstrong was invited to the Cannes International Film Festival with her first feature film, My Brilliant Career, in 1979 and has drawn critical praise for Little Women (1994), Oscar and Lucinda (1997). Her most recent work is the documentary series Love, Lust and Lies. Armstrong received the Dorothy Arzner Directors Award twice, in 1993 and 1995. In addition, she won the Women in Hollywood Icon Award in 2008 for her dedication and contribution in cinema.

Armstrong's jury includes Icelandic director Fridrik Thos Fridriksson, Berlin International Film Festival programmer Thomas Hailer, Korean director Jeon Soo-il, and Romanian director Anamaria Marinca.

Fridriksson was invited to the second Busan International Film Festival with Cold Fever (1995) that won the Channel 4 Director’s Award in 1995, at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. He is actively working and has recently released, Mamma Gogo (2010) in Korea.

In 2002, Hailer was put in charge of Berlin's Children and Youth section, which has shown phenomenal growth and now includes a new competitive section called ‘14plus.’ Since May 2008, Thomas Hailer has been the programmer for the Berlinale.

Jeon is a director, professor of theatre & film, and president of Dongnyuk Film. His credits include With a Girl of Black Soil, which won a CICAE Award at the 2007 Venice Film Festival. With the same film, Jeon received the International Film Critics’ Award and was also nominated as best film at the 2008 Deauville Asian Film Festival in France.

Marinca started as a television actress and captured the film world when she won Canne's Palme d'Or for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days in 2007.

The 16th Busan International Film Festival runs from Oct. 6-14.

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