- WATANABE AyumuDirectorJapan
- He was in charge of the animation of Howl's Moving Castle (2004), and directed numerous theatrical versions of Doraemon. He also directed TV series such as Mysterious Girlfriend X, Space Brothers and After the Rain.
His BIAF2020 Grand Prize, Children of the Sea (2019) presents a metaphorical illustration of human birth and death by using diverse elements such as water, womb, motherhood and children. The film depicts the connections between humanity and nature, with a mesmerizing imagery of aquatic life and cosmic mystery, now that humanity is approaching a dead-end while abusing the nature. He has completed Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko in Studio 4°C that opens BIAF2021.
KONISHI KenichiAnimation DirectorJapan
- KONISHI KenichiAnimation DirectorJapan
- As a character designer & animation director for Studio Ghibli, he worked on numerous masterpieces such as Whisper of the Heart (1995), Princess Mononoke (1997), Spirited Away (2001), Howl's Moving Castle (2004) by Hayao Miyazaki also My neighbors the Yamadas (1999), and The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013) both by Isao Takahata. Then, he consecutively played a roll as the animation director in Millennium Actress (2001) and the animation director and character designer in Tokyo Godfathers (2003) both directed by Satoshi Kon.
He has gained his reputation with his drawing skills that well renders completely different styles such as Doraemon: Nobita‘s Dinosaur 2006 (Animation director), Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (2009, Key animator), and the Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko (Animation director).
KIM HaeryJournalist, CriticS.Korea
- KIM HaeryJournalist, CriticS.Korea
- Since her joining in weekly film Magazine CINE21 as a founding member in 1995, KIM Haery has been working as a film journalist and critic. She served as a jury for FIPRESCI award of the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2008, and a jury at the 2016 Busan International Film Festival in the 'Korean Cinema Today – Vision' section. She hosted 'Movies. Meets People' on MBC FM4U's and SBS Power FM. She wrote books 「Apologies to Movie」, 「Talk to Her」, 「Freeze Frame」, 「Talk to Her Vol. 2」, 「Sitting in Pictures」, and 「Looking at You Looking at Me」.
She is the creator of the film podcast ‘Film Club’, and Podcast monthly audio magazine, 'Quiet Life'.
- YOON DanbiDirectorS.Korea
- She is a director and screenwriter. Her feature debut film Moving On (2020), which stands out for its delicate directing, won 4 awards at the 2019 Busan International Film Festival of NETPAC Award, KTH Award, DGK Award (Directors Guild of Korea Award), and Citizen Critics’ Award. Then the film has been invited and awarded at domestic and international film festivals, including the New Choice Award at the 45th Seoul Independent Film Festival, and the Bright Future Competition Award at the 49th International Film Festival Rotterdam. The director herself was also awarded of the Best New Director at Baeksang Arts Awards in 2021. From short films such as Life 101 (2012) and Firework (2015) to the feature such as Moving On, she is a director who has shown a delicate directing skill that depicts her interest in family and the characters’ emotions.
- Adrien MERIGEAUDirectorFrance
- Adrien graduated from the French animation school EMCA in 2004, before moving to Ireland to work as background supervisor for Tomm Moore’s Oscar® nominated feature film The Secret of Kells (2009). He directed his first short film in Cartoon Saloon, Old Fangs, in 2010. He then worked as art director on Tomm Moore’s second Oscar® nominated feature film Song of the Sea (2014). Following this, ADRIEN moved back to France to direct his second short film Genius Loci (2020), which has received many international awards such as Berlin international Film Festival AUDI award, BIAF Grand Prize and Oscar® nomination 2021. Adrien is currently directing short piece for FX Networks’s Cake FX series in Paris, France.
- SONG SiqiDirectorChina
- She is an Oscar-Nominated animation director from China, currently based in the United States. Her animated shorts Sister (2018), The Coin (2019) have screened internationally at numerous film festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Annecy, Ottawa, BIAF and more. She is named a Film Independent Directing Fellow in 2018, BAFTA Los Angeles Newcomer in 2019, and nominated for an Oscar® and an Annie Award for her short film Sister in 2020. Song studied Experimental Animation at the California Institute of the Arts and China Central Academy of Fine Arts.
- Ron DYENSProducer/DirectorFrance
- He founded Sacrebleu Productions in 1999 and received the PROCIREP Prize for Best Short’s Producer in 2010. His productions won from prestigious prizes the Palme d’Or for the Best short film at the Cannes Film Festival for Barking Island (2010) by Serge Avedikian and the Oscar® nomination Madagascar, A Journey Diary (2010) by Bastien Dubois. In 2016, Sacrebleu‘s first feature-animated film, Rémi Chayé’s Long Way North (2015) (Public Prize at Annecy). In adition Céline Devaux received the best short prize at the Venice International Film Festival for You Will Be Fine (2017) and Vergine Keaton was selected at the Berlin international Film Festival for The Tasmanian Tiger (2018), both produced by Ron DYENS. The Fall (2018) by Boris Labbé was selected at Cannes’s Critics’ week and won Grand Prix at Animafest Zagreb. And then the Bear (2019) was selected Cannes Film Festival competition and won Cesar2021 best short. His produced feature Anca Damian’s Marona’s Fantastic Tale (2019) won BIAF Grand and Audiences Prize and My Sunny Maad (2021) by Michaela Pavlatova won Jury Prize at Annecy2021 Besides his producing career Ron DYENS directed five shorts, selected in over 300 festivals, including Cannes, Clermont-Ferrand, Brest amongst others.
Graduation / TV&Commissioned Film / Korean Short Film
KIM SeungheeDirectorS. Korea
- KIM SeungheeDirectorS. Korea
- An animation director. Her film Mirror in Mind (2014) and The Realm of Deepest Knowing (2017) have been invited to numerous international film festivals including Slamdance Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, DOK Leipzig, and Annecy International Animation Film Festival. She participated as an artist in residence at Cité Internationale des Arts, selected and sponsored by the Samsung Foundation of Culture in 2018. Since her biographical story film Tiger and Ox (2019) won the Jury Prize for Korean Short Film at BIAF2020 and the Grand Jury Prize for Animation at the AFI Fest, the film was qualified for an Academy Awards. Her film is now included in the Op-Docs collection series by The New York Times.
Jung HENINDirector/Comic book artistBelgium
- Jung HENINDirector/Comic book artistBelgium
- Korean name JUN Jung-sik, and Belgian name Jung HENIN. He was Korean-Belgian director who was adopted to Belgium in 1971. He made his debut film with his graphic novel 「Yasuda」(1991). After being adopted by a Belgian family, his feature-length animation Approved for Adoption (2012), based on his cartoon of the same name reminiscing about his own growth, won Audience Award and UNICEF Award at the 2012 Annecy International Animation Film Festival, and feature film Grand Prix and Audience Award at the Animafest Zagreb. It also won the Grand Prize at the Japan Media Arts Festival, and was qualified for the Academy Awards for Feature Documentary. Approved for Adoption was the opening film of BIAF2013. He is now making feature Single Mom.
COCOMICS Music Prize
JUN HyoseongActress/Singer/Writer/DJS. Korea
- JUN HyoseongActress/Singer/Writer/DJS. Korea
- JUN Hyosung, who made a debut as the leader of K-pop Idol ‘Secret’ in 2009, gained much popularity with multiple hit songs such as ‘Madonna’ and ‘Magic’. Even in her solo activities, she was recognized for her musical achievements with songs such as ‘Good Night Kiss’ and ‘Find Me’. Hyosung later won the Special Acting Award from SBS Drama Awards for her acting career in many dramas including OCN Cheo-yong, SBS Wanted and tvN Memorist. Later she started a DJ career with Jun Hyosung’s Dream Radio in MBC from 2020 and won the radio rookie award in the MBC Drama Entertainment Awards in the same year. She also has a special relationship with BIAF from the past as she worked as an honorary ambassador of BIAF with other ‘Secret’ members. We look forward to her great jury activity based on her versatile talents.
HWANG HyunsungMusician/ComposerS. Korea
- HWANG HyunsungMusician/ComposerS. Korea
- He is well known as the drummer of the rock band ‘No Brain’. His work of music is not limited in the rock band genre. He also expanded his music career into TV animation, games and films as a music director and a composer. From 2017, he is also actively working as a singer with a name of DOLLY. His experience in various animations such as Cloud Bread, The Paper Boy, Belongings and Dust Discrimination makes us look forward to meeting the selected awardee at the COCOMICS Music Prize.