Chinese Director Wang Xiaoshuai to Head Busan's 2015 Asian Film Academy

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Wang Xiaoshuai

Singapore's Anthony Chen will teach about film directing during the workshop for young aspiring Asian filmmakers.

Chinese auteur Wang Xiaoshuai will be heading this year's edition of the Asian Film Academy this fall, Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) organizers announced on Monday.

The Asian Film Academy, a workshop for aspiring young Asian filmmakers, will open its 11th edition from Sept. 24-Oct. 11 in conjunction with the 20th BIFF that runs Oct. 1-10 in the South Korean port city of Busan.

Wang is best known for internationally acclaimed works that delve into the many layers of the Chinese social fabric, such as the Berlin Silver Bear-winning Beijing Bicycle and Chongqing Blues, which competed at Cannes. Last year, his 2014 film Red Amnesia was invited to BIFF.

Singaporean filmmaker Anthony Chen will also participate as a faculty member. Chen became a name to watch out for after winning the 2013 Cannes Camera d'Or for Ilo Ilo, and will provide guidance about directing a film.

Oh Seok-geun, head of the Busan Film Commission, will return to supervise the annual program, which provides participants to take part in master classes and mentoring sessions as well as create short films. Previous editions have invited such renowned cineastes as Bela Tarr, Im Kwon-taek and Jia Zhang-ke.

Meanwhile, the Asian Film Academy is accepting submissions from hopeful participants through April 30. Visit the program website (afa.biff.kr) for more information.

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