Hong Kong (PRC)

Alexandra Sun

Chair

Alexandra was born in Hong Kong and studied in Australia and America.  She is an award-winning producer and distributor who has worked in production, international sales, film financing and acquisition in China, Australia, USA and France.

Her sales company The Film Library has successfully discovered and launched many Asian talents and their acclaimed works, such as Jingzhe by Wang Quanan (2004),  Song of Tibet by Xie Fei (1999), Blind Shaft by Li Yang (2003), the all time Chinese animation classic The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven 3D (2012), iconic Japanese animation Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999) and classics by Huang Jianxin, Ronny Yu etc. She has also produced Li Yang’s award-winning Blind Mountain (2007) which premiered in Cannes and Sonthar Gyal’s River (2015) which competed in Berlin and won an APSA for Best Youth Feature Film.

Alexandra previously worked for the Australian Film Finance Corporation (now Screen Australia) before setting up The Film Library in Los Angeles and China. She has been invited as jury member, programmer and speaker at UNESCO, Telluride and Moscow International Film Festivals, The Aspen Institute, International Film Festival for Children and Youth (Iran), and the Silk Road International Film Festival etc. She is also the founder of the Sun Yat-Sen Cultural Foundation.

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Singapore

Philip Cheah

Panelist

Philip Cheah is a film critic and is the editor of BigO, Singapore’s only independent pop culture publication. He is Advisory Council member of Network for the Promotion of Asia-Pacific Cinema (NETPAC), and is currently program consultant for the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival, the Eurasia International Film Festival, and Shanghai International Film Festival. He is Patron of the SEA (South-east Asia) Screen Academy in Makassar, Indonesia and is Co-Director of the Asia Pacific Screen Lab. He is co-editor of the books, Garin Nugroho: And the Moon DancesNoel Vera: Critic After Dark and Ngo Phuong Lan: Modernity and Nationality in Vietnamese Cinema.

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Australia

Des Power AM

Panelist

Des Power AM is an award-winning filmmaker, a writer, former journalist and foreign correspondent and chairman of a number of prominent boards in the film and events industries in Australia. He was instrumental in the development and establishment of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and the global partnerships with UNESCO and FIAPF – International Federation of Film Producers Associations. During APSA’s detailed four-year feasibility stage (2003-2006), he conducted more than 100 face-to-face meetings with members of the international film industry, broadcasters, governments and cultural organisations, and led the APSA team from its inception in 2007 until 2013. In 2006, he was honoured with an AM – Order of Australia – for his services to tourism, film, broadcasting and the community.

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