Festival Jury

Circle Competition

Hock Doong Ho

Hock Doong Ho

Hock Doong Ho was born in the town of Ipoh, Malaysia and began his career as a Chartered Accountant. He joined Astro Shaw, the film production arm of Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad, a public listed company in 1999. He later moved from film production to managing Astro Kirana, a 24/7 movie channel focusing on international movies for both the Malaysian and Indonesian operations. He is now Senior Assistant Vice President of Regional Acquisition and Distribution and is responsible for the acquisition and distribution of movie content and original productions in the South East Asia region. He manages and programs for three 24/7 movie channels as well as theatrical releases of select titles.

Max Tessier

Max Tessier

Max Tessier is a French film critic and historian specializing in Japanese and Asian Cinema. He wrote many articles in movie magazines and newspapers. He also published several books about Japanese Cinema. He is an artistic consultant for several International Film Festivals including Cannes Film Festival from 1980-2000 and Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema. He has been president of the International Jury during VIFFAC's 7th edition and a founding member of NETPAC France.

Samuel Ho

Samuel Ho

Sam Ho is a curator, researcher and writer. Ho specializes in the study of Hong Kong cinema and curated dozens of programs on various aspects of international cinema including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, U.S.A. and Brisbane Asian Pacific International Film Festival of Brisbane, Australia to name a few. Devoted to the international promotion of Hong Kong cinema, he had given many lectures and speeches in around the globe.

Joachim Ng

Joachim Ng

Joachim Ng currently serves as Director at the Singapore Films Commission, a division within the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA). Prior to joining MDA, Joachim served in various industry development roles at the Media Development Authority, Infocomm Development Authority and the Singapore Economic Development Board.

Oggs Cruz

Oggs Cruz

Francis Joseph Cruz is a corporate and maritime lawyer by profession. He has contributed articles and reviews to print publications such as Businessworld, The Philippine Star, Rogue Magazine, and the Philippine Free Press. He is currently reviewing films for Rappler. He has also written articles for various film books, including The Philippine New Wave. He was selected to take part in the Berlinale Talent Press and was part of several selection committees of various film festivals in the Philippines, including Cinemalaya, Cinema One, and Quezon City Film Festival. He has also served as part of the jury for the Jogjakarta International Film Festival, QCinema International Film Festival, and Bangkok Short and Video Festival.

Asian Next Wave Competition

Paolo Villaluna

Paolo Villaluna

Paolo Villaluna is an Urian-award winning filmmaker whose filmography has won international acclaim. He emerged as part of the Philippine New Wave filmmakers that helped usher a new era in Philippine Cinema. He is the co-creator and director of the groundbreaking documentary series Storyline. Acclaimed for his poetic visual sense and unmistakable visual aesthetic, Paolo brought his brand of cinema into TV commercials as an in-house director for Filmex. His most recent feature-length film “Pedicab” won Golden Goblet at the 2017 Shanghai Film Festival.

Bianca Balbuena-Liew

Bianca Balbuena-Liew

Bianca Balbuena is a Filipina producer, writer, co-founder and CEO of Epicmedia Productions Inc which has produced over 27 feature films which includes notable films such as Venice Film Festival 2009 Lion of the Future "Engkwentro" by Pepe Diokno, Berlinale 2016 Silver Bear A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery by Lav Diaz, one of the highest grossing independent films in Philippine box office history That Thing Called Tadhana by Antoinette Jadaone and critically-acclaimed audience hit Patay Na Si Hesus by Victor Villanueva. She is currently a mentor in film labs such as Locarno Open Doors in Switzerland and the EAVE Ties That Bind Workshop in Italy and Singapore.

Anne Demy-Geroe

Anne Demy-Geroe

Dr. Anne Démy-Geroe is a film curator and scholar specializing in Asian cinema. She is an inaugural member of the Nominations Council for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, a Vice President of NETPAC, a Co-Director of the Asia Pacific Screen Lab, and an advisor to the Asia Peace Film Festival. She has curated many regional festivals and international retrospectives. She has served on many international film juries, was a judge on the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards from 2001 to 2010, and chaired the APSA Children’s Film Fund Panel for several years. A past Council Member of the National Film and Sound Archive, she was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal for services to the film industry in 2003.

RainbowQC Competition

Sung Ho Park

Sung Ho Park

Parl Sungho was born in Seoul, Korea in 1977. He majored in Film Editing at the Cinematography Department at Chung-Ang University. From 2007-2013, he worked full-time for the Busan International Film Festival and served as program coordinator for Asian cinema and manager for the Asian Film Academy. In addition, he attended and worked for various film festivals as a buyer, programmer, juror and advisor. Park is currently a programmer for Cambodia International Film Festival and is working to promote Cambodian cinema globally. He is currently planning a LGBT film festival in Cambodia in the coming years.

Jay Alterejos

Jay Alterejos

Jay Alterejos is a Filipino director renowned as one of the innovators of gay cinema in the Philippines. His films are known for their strong identity and gay subjects, and have been screened at many international and local festivals. His films were celebrated at international LGBT film festivals including The Game of Juan’s Life (2009) won Honorable Mention-Narrative Category at the 2010 Chicago Reeling in USA; while Antonio’s Secret (2008) was proclaimed Best Feature Film at Festival de la Luna 2010 in Valencia, Spain and Festival del Mar in Ibiza, Spain. In 2017, Altarejos released Tale of the Lost Boys, his first international feature film, shot and produced in Taiwan. It won Best Film at Serile Filmului Gay International Film Festival in Romania. This year, the film won Best Film at Sinag Maynila Independent Film Festival.

Paolo Villaluna

Paolo Villaluna

Paolo Villaluna is an Urian-award winning filmmaker whose filmography has won international acclaim. He emerged as part of the Philippine New Wave filmmakers that helped usher a new era in Philippine Cinema. He is the co-creator and director of the groundbreaking documentary series Storyline. Acclaimed for his poetic visual sense and unmistakable visual aesthetic, Paolo brought his brand of cinema into TV commercials as an in-house director for Filmex. His most recent feature-length film “Pedicab” won Golden Goblet at the 2017 Shanghai Film Festival.