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Grand Prize

Kinshasa Symphony

Director Director Claus Wischmann, Martin Baer
  • Germany
  • 2010
  • 95min
  • 35mm
  • Color
  • Documentary

Two hundred orchestral musicians are playing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony < Freude schoner Gotterfunken>. A power cut strikes just a few bars before the last movement. Problems like this are the least of the worries facing the only symphony orchestra in the Congo. In the 15 years of its existence, the musicians have survived two putsches, various crises and a war. But concentration on the music and hopes for a better future keep them going. < Kinshasa Symphony> is a study of people in one of the world’s most chaotic cities doing their best to maintain one of the most complex systems of joint human endeavour: a symphony orchestra. The film is about the Congo, the people in Kinshasa and the power of music.

Claus Wischmann

After studying the piano and saxophone in Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts, he wrote and directed over forty documentaries and television features. His films, many of them are about music, have been shown at such prestigious international festivals and competitions.

Martin Baer

After studying the piano and saxophone in Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts, he wrote and directed over forty documentaries and television features. His films, many of them are about music, have been shown at such prestigious international festivals and competitions.


Jury Special Prize

Nostalgia

Director Omuel
  • Korea
  • 2009
  • 90min
  • HD
  • Color
  • Drama

After studying the piano and saxophone in Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts, he wrote and directed over forty documentaries and television features. His films, many of them are about music, have been shown at such prestigious international festivals and competitions.

Omuel

Born in 1971, Jeju Island, Omeul has directed several short films. His feature debut < Nostalgia> was awarded for the grand prix and the best photography in Fuji-cho Furuyu film festival 2009. He is also actively engaged in directing plays and performances.

International Competition ‘World Music Film Today
’World Music Film Today, JIMFF’s sole competition section, will present eight films from around the world this year. Five jury members will award two outstanding films with the Grand Prize and Special Jury Prize among eight of the most contemporary selections related to music regardless of genre.

Prizes
Grand Prize l A cash award of USD 10,000 will be awarded.
Jury’s Special Prize l A cash award of USD 5,000 will be awarded.


Jury of International Competition

Kitaro

Composer | Japan

Born in 1953 in Japan, Kitaro uses his childhood nickname meaning ‘full of happiness’. He became mesmerized with synthesizers owing to a German group called Tangerine Dream, and in 1978 he released his first solo album where he mixed synthesized sounds with orchestral music. In 1980 he became known worldwide with his original score to the NHK documentary [The Silk Road]. He was nominated for the Grammy Award an astounding 15 times for works such as < Mandala>(1994) and < An Enchanted Evening>(1995) during and after the 1990s. He was awarded the Golden Globe’s Best Original Score Award for his work on Oliver Stone’s < Heaven & Earth> (1993). Since then, he has been the music director of various films including < The Silk Road 2>, < Tun Huang> and the animated film < Queen Millenia>.

Julian Benedikt

Director, Producer | Germany

Born in Germany, Julian Benedikt is an actor-turned-director whose leading role in < Liebe auf den ersten Blick> (1991) caused him to make a career change. His fascination with the music of Chico Hamilton, jazz drummer and music director of this film, led to his directing a documentary called < Dancing to a Different Drummer>(1994). This marked the start of his career as a director of jazz documentaries such as < Voodoo Childe - The Music Of Jimi Hendrix>(1995) and < Blue Note ? A Story of Modern Jazz>(1997), which earned him a Peabody Award as well as a Grammy nomination. Other works include a documentary on the jazz photographer William Claxton, < Jazz Seen - The Life and Times of Photographer William Claxton>(2001), and < Play Your Own Thing - A Story of Jazz in Europe>(2006). He currently resides in Munich and L.A., and is working on many projects through his production company, Benedikt Pictures.

Kwak Jae-yong

Director | Korea

Born in 1959 in South Korea, Kwak Jae-yong graduated from Kyunghee University. He made his debut as a director with < A Sketch of a Rainy Day> in 1989. He directed a romantic comedy called < My Sassy Girl>(2001), which created a sensation in Korea and soon became an international hit. The film won the Grand Prix at the 13th Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival in 2002, the Best Dramatization Award at the 39th Daejong Film Awards, the Best Asian Movie Award at the Hong Kong Film Awards in 2003, and was remade in Hollywood. He followed up with works like < Classic> (2002), < Windstruck>(2004), < My Mighty Princess>(2007), and < Cyborg She>, gaining much popularity in the Asian region.

Tcha Sung-jai

Producer | Korea

Born in 1960, Tcha Sung-jai began his career in the film industry as the production manager of < Walking All the Way to Heaven> in 1992. He established Uno Films Inc. in 1995 and later went on to become the director and CEO of Sidus Inc. In 2006 he became the joint CEO of Sidus FNH Inc. Today, he is the chairman of the Korean Film Producers Association and a professor at the Graduate School of Digital Image & Contents at Dongguk University. He established the producer system in the Korean film industry and was one of the first who collaborated with Japanese and Chinese film makers. He has produced over 60 films, including < Beat>(1997), < Christmas in August>(1997), < Girls' Night Out>(1998), < Barking Dogs Never Bite>(2000), < One Fine Spring Day>(2001), < Memories of Murder>(2003), < Save the Green Planet>(2003), < The Spirit of Jeet Keun Do - Once Upon a Time in High School>(2004), < A Dirty Carnival>(2006), and < Tazza: The High Rollers>(2006) among others.

Koo Ja-beom

Conductor | Korea

Born in 1970, he graduated Yonsei University and finished his post graduate study in conducting at Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts. He has coached at National Theatre Mannheim in 1998 and was the principle conductor at Hagen City Opera Theatre. Thereafter, he was also the principle conductor at Darmstadt National Opera Theatre and Hanover National Opera Theatre in 2005, hence compared as the ‘2nd Chung Myung-whun’. In 2006, he conducted the Puccini’s < Turandot> with the Korean National Opera in Seoul, and was the principle conductor of Gwangju Symphony Orchestra which made him ever more famous in 2009.


Jecheon Film Music Award

Jecheon Film Music Honorary Award

Kim Soo-chul

Film Music director, Composer | Korea

We have been recognizing people who have left their mark in soundtracks in the Korean film industry with the Jecheon Film Music Award, starting from music director Shin Byung-ha in 2006, Choi Chang-kwon in 2007, Jeon Jeong-keun in 2008 and Jung Sung-jo in 2009. This year we are proud to announce music director Kim Soo-chul as the 2010 award winner.

Kim Soo-chul, popular singer songwriter and music director, started his career in soundtracks with director Nam Seok-hun’s < Gone too far> in 1983, and worked in some 30 films including < Whale Hunting> and < Whale Hunting 2>, which he also starred in, < Chil-su and Man-su>, and < Seopyeonje>. He has used a diverse array of genres for his films from rock and roll to Korean traditional music. In 2010, he made a comeback after a long break, causing a sensation with Lee Jun-ik’s < Blades of Blood>.

Having recently directed the music of Im Kwon-taek’s 101st film and Joo Kyung-jung’s new film, he is as passionate as any young musician and we trust that this award will boost his career even further.

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