< El Viaje > is a vibrant journey through Chile and its musical tradition, the ‘Nueva Cancion Chilena’. It became the soundtrack of a generation which greatly influenced musicians all over the world. One of those musicians is Rodrigo Gonzalez, who emigrated to Germany in 1974 in the wake of Pinochet’s military dictatorship. Today Rod is the bassist of German punk rock band, Die ärzte. In this film he returns to his homeland, and perhaps more significantly, to his musical roots.
Nahuel Lopez was born in 1978 in Hamburg.He studied Advertising and Political Science and completed traineeship at the TV production company Cinecentrum. He then worked as a freelance journalist and commissioning editor. Also active as a writer, producer and instructor, < El Viaje > is his directorial debut.
82-year-old Charlie Nagatani operates a country & western bar named ‘Good Time Charlie’s’. He also created the biggest country music festival in Japan, for the past 32 years. Masabe Sasabe, leads one of Japan’s bluegrass bands. In the early 1970’s, he was in the first wave of Japanese to travel to America, seeking the source of traditional music. < Far Western > tells this lost chapter of music as Nagatani and Sasabe journey from Japan to the heart of American traditional music.
< Far Western > is the first feature documentary directed by James Payne. He co-directed < The Creek Runs Red > and has produced a number of films. He has produced TV programming for History Channel and National Geographic. His films have been accepted to major festivals including SXSW, TIFF, Hot Docs, IDFA, Berlin & Sheffield.
World Music Film Today introduces latest films across all genres in which music plays a central role. A jury of five international members will select two films to receive the Grand Award and the Special Jury Award, which are accompanied by $10,000 and $5,000 prizes.
Christian Jeune is the Director of Film Department and Deputy General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival, responsible for representing the festival abroad and scouting films, particularly from Asian territories. Having worked at the festival in a number of positions since 1983, he was instrumental in helping to increase the profile of Southeast Asian auteurs such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Brillante Mendoza, Eric Khoo, Garin Nugroho, among many others. He has also translated over one hundred films from English into French.
Esteemed and prolific producer SHI Nansun has produced blockbuster hits such as The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D(2011), Young Detective Dee ? Rise of the Sea Dragon(2013) and The Taking of Tiger Mountain(2014). She was pivotal in the success of Cinema City and Film Workshop Co Ltd., which she founded with internationally-acclaimed Producer/Director Tsui Hark. Nansun was a member of the International Jury at the Berlin Film Festival in 2007 and at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. Nansun is a member of the Hong Kong Tourism Board and Vice Chairman of the End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation.
composer whose field of work has been expanding from movie soundtracks to orchestral pieces, as well as electronics music. With his score for Hou Hsaio-Hsien film Flowers of Shanghai, which was highly praised as ‘discovery of a new talent of movie soundtracks’. Hanno has collaborated with leading Asian directors such as Jia Zhang-ke, Yu Lik Wai etc... In 2015 Hanno directed and written his first feature film called A Woman Wavering in the Rain. It was invited to Tokyo International Film Festival.
Choi Dong-hoon ranks as one of the most consistently successful writers and directors working in the Korean Cinema, becoming commercial hits that also garnered critical acclaim. Choi made his feature directorial debut with The Big Swindle(2004) and single-handedly re-imagined the heist and crime thriller genre into uniquely Korean. His second feature Tazza: The High Rollers earned a reputation as an artistically innovative and commercially successful writer-director. Woochi(2009) featured spectacular action scenes that fused sorcery and wire stunts. In 2012, The Thieves attracted almost 13 million admissions. In 2015, his first period film Assassination was once again a massive box office hit, attracting 12.8 million viewers.
Gwei Lun-Mei is a renowned Taiwanese actress. She began her acting career with the film Blue Gate Crossing(2002) and has since starred in over 20 films. In 2012, Gwei won the Best Actress Award at both the 49th Golden Horse Awards and the 55th Asia-Pacific Film Festival with her role in the coming-of-age drama Girlfriend, Boyfriend. The following year, Gwei was again nominated for Best Actress at the 50th Golden Horse Awards with the courtroom drama Christmas Rose. In 2014, she earned yet another Best Actress nomination at the Golden Horse Awards-the third consecutive year she has been nominated-with the thriller Black Coal, Thin Ice.
Since 2006, 11 film music composers who left significant marks on the field of Korean film music have been awarded Jecheon Film Music Honorary Award by Jecheon International Music & Film Festival. The 13th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival has expanded its horizon from Korea to Asia, presents ‘Jecheon Asia Film Music Honorary Award’ upon an excellent Asian film music composer. This serves as a momentum in that the first music and film festival in Asia, JIMFF is recognized as the music and film festival that represents whole Asia.
The first Jecheon Asia Film Music Honorary Award recipient is Kawai Kenji. He has created film music for Ghost in the Shell , Innocence , Avalon , Ring , Death Note , Ip Man , and Battle of Wits that are well known to Korean audience, and he is considered a leading film music composer not only in Japan, but all over Asia. He is selected as the first winner because his spectrum of creative works is in accord with the intention of Jecheon Asia Film Music Honorary Award. 2006