Chulsoo Charles KIM
Chulsoo “Charles” Kim, is an International Project Producer and Specialist based in Seoul, Korea. Kim started his industry career in the film department team of the Korean conglomerate SKC right after graduating from Yonsei University with a major in English Language & Literature in 1993. While he worked in the acquisition and marketing team of SKC, he built connections with famous Hong Kong film makers and artists, including Wong Kar Wai, Johnny To, Fruit Chan, Andy Lau, and Jacklyn Wu. He started his Producer career with Public Toilet directed by Fruit Chan and starring Jang Hyuk and Jo Insung in 1999. After he joined October Pictures in 2001, he has line produced seven Korean movies that shot in Hong Kong, including Thieves (the biggest Korean box office hit of 2012), and has done production services for several foreign projects that shot in Korea, including director Dante Lam’s mega hit To the Fore (2015) and Juno Mak’s Son of the Neon Night, starring Takeshi Kaneshiro and Louis Koo, which had more than a 300 man crew.
He has participated in many projects including One Summer With You directed by Xie Dong (2005), Ming Ming (2006) directed by Susie Au, starring Zhou Xun and Daniel Wu, Good Rain Knows (2009) directed by Hur Jin Ho, starring Jung Woo-Sung & Gao Wenwen, My Ex-Wife’s Wedding (2012) directed by Lee Gonglok, starring Chen Kun, Crimes of Passion(2013) directed by Gao Qunshu, starring Angela Baby, Jaehee (2013) and Scent (2014) directed by Jessy Tsang as a Co-Producer and managed the Korean technical team and casting for Dante Lam’s Operation Mekong (2016), Operation Red Sea (2018), and Europe Raiders (2019) directed by Jingle Ma, starring Tony Leung.
He also has been working for various international film festivals, such as a Programmer for the Chungmuro International Film Festival (2008-2010), a Guest Programmer for the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (2015-2016), an Advisor for Busan International Film Festival (2006-2011), and a Committee Member for Asian Contents & Film Market (2019-Present) of Busan International Film Festival.
Currently he has been developing for a Korean TV series based on the most popular suspense Hong Kong novel 1367, written by Chan Ho Kei, with an acclaimed Hong Kong Producer/Director and famous Korean writer.
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.
Han Sunhee is a producer and director of Plain Pictures and has been working in the Korean film industry since 1999. Her career as film producer started with the feature-length documentary “Talking Architect” (2011), followed by “Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits” (2013) and “The Basement Satellite” (2013), which were critically acclaimed and theatrically released nationwide. She also produced TV documentaries “Shaman of the Sea”(2012) for Discovery Channel Asia-Pacific Network, and “The Mastor Tailer”(2015) for MBC-TV, as well as 3 channel video installation artwork “Citizens’ Forest”(2016) for Taipei Biennial. Her directorial debut feature documentary “Old Days”(2016) was officially invited to Jeonju Int’l Film Festival and Udine Far East Film Festival among others. She also contributed to industry research projects for the Korean Film Council and the Korean Film Archive, and has been working for AFIS since 2016 as a founding faculty member.
Currently, she is producing several narrative fiction projects including “The Final Print” and “Winter Worm, Summer Grass”, which were awarded at the Asian Project Market of BIFF in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Particularly, “The Final Print” was invited to the Ties That Bind Asia-Europe Co-production Workshop (Italy-Singapore) and to the IFP Project Forum No Borders (U.S.A.) in 2019. Then she created and produced a narrative short film “Camp Page: Honest John”(2020), which was invited to the Seoul Independent Film Festival. In 2021, her new narrative feature project “Camp Page” was invited to the Project Spotlight at NAFF of Bucheon Int’l Fantastic Film Festival. She is an alumna of Rotterdam Producer’s Lab (2012), and a member producer of Producers Guild of Korea and the European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs.
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.
Justin Byungin KIM
Justin Byungin KIM is a representative of Screenwriters Guild of Korea. He started his career as a consultant, and also has worked in film industry as a producer, co-producer and investor. He wrote script for <My Way>(2011) and later re-wrote and published it as a novel. Screenwriter Guild of Korea used to operate Scene#1 commissioned by KOFIC to support scriptwriting industry in 2019.
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.