14th JIMFF World Music Film Today (International Competition)


‘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 one film to receive the LOTTE Award, which is accompanied by $20,000 prizes.

Up Down & Sideways
DIRECTOR : Anushka Meenakshi, Iswar Srikumar
India | 2017 | 83min | DCP | Color | Documentary | Folk | Korean Premiere

Jury Special Mention

When God Sleeps
DIRECTOR : Till Schauder
USA, Germany | 2017 | 90min | DCP | Color | Documentary | Hip-hop, World Music | Korean Premiere

President of the Jury

Nonzee NimibutrDirector, Thailand

Thai film director, producer and screenwriter. Nonzee Nimibutr is a pioneer who led “New Wave” of Thai film. His ghost thriller film Nang Nak(1999) was premiered and awarded in many film festivals including Netpac Award at Rotterdam International Film Festival. In 2008, he was the fifth filmmaker presented with Thailand Culture Ministry's Silpathorn Award.

Isabelle GlachantProducer, France

Started her career as a journalist at Canal+. She produced various Chinese films, mostly films directed by Wang Xiaoshuai including Shanghai Dreams(2005) which won Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival and Red Amnesia(2014) which premiered at Venice Film Festival Competition Section. In 2008, she established an International Production and Sales company, Chinese Shadows, presenting Asian films internationally.

Frederick TsuiHead of Sales & Int’l Co-Productions, Media Asia Film | Hong Kong

After getting his Master’s degree at Harvard University, Fred Tsui is currently the general manager of Media Asia, one of Hong Kong’s most reputable film studios, in charge of international sales and co-productions. As a member of the Hong Kong Film Critics’ Society (affiliated with FIPRESCI), he has been writing film reviews for Hong Kong magazines and papers.

Uhm Ji-wonActress, Korea

Since her debut in 1998, she became known through TV drama Golden Carriage(2002) and was notified as an actress through Mutt Boy(2003). She has become a leading actor in Korea through her continuous acting in various fields. She has been awarded Best Supporting Actress at Chunsa Film Festival for Traces of Love(2007), and Best Actress at The Korean Association of Film Critics Award for Hope(2013). Last year, she won Women in Film of the Year Award for MISSING(2016).

Jang Joon HwanDirector, Screen Writer, Korea

Majored English Literature in Sungkyunkwan University and completed Korean Academy of Film Arts. He was notified with his first short film 2001 Imagine(1995) which was invited to Vancouver International Film Festival and Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival Competition Section. His debut feature Save the Green Planet!(2003) brought numerous worldwide New Director Awards including Best Director at Moscow International Film Festival, Best New Director at Blue Dragon Awards and Daejong Film Award. He is considered one of Korea's leading directors with his remarkable works including Hwayi: A Monster Boy(2013) and 1987: When the Day Comes(2017).

Jecheon Asia Film Music Honorary Award 2018

The film music composers who left significant marks in the Korean film music industry had been awarded Jecheon Film Music Honorary Award by Jecheon International Music and Film Festival since 2006 to 2016. All 11 film music composers were awarded, such as Shin Byung-ha, Choi Chang-kwon, Jeong Seong-jo who are active in the realm of film music industry. Last year, Jecheon Film Music Honorary Award broadened its horizons to Asia and became the Jecheon Asia Film Music Award. Following last year’s winner, Kawai Kenji, the master of Japanese film music, this year’s award celebrates of Chinese composer and conductor, Tan Dun.

Tan Dun

The world-renowned artist and UNESCO Global Goodwill Ambassador Tan Dun has made an indelible mark on the world’s music scene with a creative repertoire that spans the boundaries of classical music, multimedia performance, and Eastern and Western traditions. A winner of today’s most prestigious honors, Tan Dun’s film music soundtrack Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon won him the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2000, the Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack in 2001 and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award in 2001. Other honors include the Grawemeyer Award, Bach Prize of the City of Hamburg, Shostakovich Award, and most recently Italy’s Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement. Tan Dun’s music has been played throughout the world by leading orchestras, opera houses, international festivals, and on radio and television.

This past year, Tan Dun was commissioned by The Walt Disney Company to create a new composition and conducted it in the grand opening celebration of the newly opened Disneyland which was broadcast to a record-breaking audience worldwide. As a conductor, Tan Dun currently serves as the Honorary Artistic Director of the China National Symphony Orchestra. His current conducting season includes leading the NDR Radiophilharmonie in a five-city tour in Germany, as well as engagements with the London Symphony Orchestra and at the Venice Biennale.