LI Shaohong is one of the most famous female directors in China. Her films express strong sense of feminism. She's also considered as one of the Fifth Generation directors, together with classmates like ZHANG Yimou, CHEN Kaige and TIAN Zhuangzhauang. She graduated from the Beijing Film Academy in 1982. She shot her first thriller THE CASE OF THE SILVER SNAKE and won international acclaim for BLOODY MORNING (Silver Leopard in Locarno and top prize in Nantes). Her work BLUSH also won a Silver Bear for Visual Organization in Berlin in 1995. Her 2005 film STOLEN LIFE won the founders' award at Tribecca Film festival and three other international awards in 2006. She later became one of the most important TV drama producers and directors creating in Asia for TV series, such as REN JIAN SI YUE TIAN, ORANGE TURN RIPE and her latest production of THE DREAM OF THE RED MANSION. 2011---2020, Li has been selected as the president of China Film Directors' Association. 2019 win the "Spirit of Cinema" Achievement Award of the 4th International Film Festival & Awards Macao. 2020 win the "Outstanding contribution Director Award" of the 11th Chinese Film Directors Association.
Zhaodun Situ is a professor of the Department of Directing at Beijing Film Academy, a graduate advisor, and a documentary director, a member of China Film Association and a prestigious educator specialized in documentary. He is dedicated to the popularization and development of documentary film in China. His representative films include My Dream, Bamboo, Sunset on the Green Mountain, Elegance of China, etc. His publications include The Basics of Film and Television Directing, The Anecdotes of Movies in the World, The Prospect of Documentary Production in China, etc. He was awarded Outstanding Contribution Award for Promoting the Documentary of China by China TV Documentary Academy Award as well as Lifetime Achievement Award by Sino-French Documentary Biennale.
Tony Rayns is a London-based critic, filmmaker and festival programmer with a special interest in East Asian cinema. He is also the founder and director of Dragon & Tiger Award of Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) as well as one of founders of Busan International Film Festival. His writings appears regularly in the magazine Sight & Sound.
Mr. Rayns has been committed to the promotion and production of international films. Being known as talent scout of Asian flims, he pays special attention to the creation and promotion of East Asian films. He has scouted for and recommended numerous Asian filmmakers including Kitano Takeshi, Lee Chang-dong, Hong Sang- soo, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Chen Kaige, Wong Kar-wai, Jia Zhangke, Stanley Kwan and Tsai Ming-liang. Moreover, he has also published books on Fassbinder, Korean cinema, Suzuki Seijun and Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood for Love.
Jean-Michel Frodon is a well-known French journalist and film critic at weekly "Le Point" (1983-1990), "Le Monde" (1990-2003), the former Editorial Director of "Cahiers du cinema" (2003-2009), vice president of the Commission of Aide aux cinema du monde, also the author or editor of nearly 30 books, including L'âge moderne du cinéma français, La Projection nationale.
He has been teaching at Pantheon-Sorbonne University and École Normale Supérieure. Currently he is Professor at Sciences Po Paris (Political Sciences Institute) and Honorary Professor at University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
Founder of the French Marseille Documentary Festival, President of the Sunny Side of the Doc., and winner of the Oscar Award for "Best Documentary".