CORE TEAM MEMBERS

Lorna Tee
Head of Festival Management

A film producer who specialises in regional and international co-productions of high-quality and award-winning feature films which are also commercially distributed worldwide, Tee is also an international film festival consultant. She works closely with many leading film festivals and international film bodies on strategy, management, PR, education and training and partnership initiatives.

In 2006 she launched the first Asian Film Awards, bringing films and filmmakers from across Asia together at one awards event for the first time. Alongside her ongoing work as a producer, from 2008 to 2014, she acted as an advisory board member for the Asian Film Market at Busan and since 2007 she has been an advisory board member for Cinemart, the oldest and most respected coproduction market for feature films. She has been a member of the Berlinale selection committee since 2010 and is currently Festival Director of Cinemasia Film Festival, the biggest pan Asian film festival in the Netherlands.

Amongst her credits as an award-winning producer/co-producer are James Lee’s The Beautiful Washing Machine, Robin Lee’s The Shoe Fairy, Ho Yuhang’s Rain Dogs, At the End of Daybreak and Mrs K, Lee Yoon-ki’s Come Rain, Come Shine and Edwin’s Postcards from the Zoo.

Tee has served as jury member, mentor, advisor and panellist at countless international film festivals and events, most recently including Berlinale Talents, the BFI London Film Festival Competition Jury, Venice Biennale College, Bridging the Dragon/EFM and the QCinema International Film Festival in the Philippines.

  • Lorna Tee
    Lorna Tee

PROGRAMME CONSULTANTS

  • Alëna Shumakova
    Alëna Shumakova

Alëna Shumakova
Russia, Central Asia and East Europe

A consultant at the Beijing and Silk Road Film Festivals, Alëna Shumakova has also consulted for the Rome Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival and the Alpeadria Film Festival in Trieste, Italy. From 2002 to 2010, she curated multiple retrospectives of Russian and Central Asian cinema in Italy and abroad. She has also worked as an Associate Professor of Russian and Soviet Cinema at the MIREES, University of Bologna since 2010. In 2011, she was a curator of the Cinema Section for the Year of Italian Culture in the Russian Federation. Aside from being the author of more than ten books on Russian and Soviet cinema, she is also active in film production.

Deepti D’Cunha
India

Deepti D’Cunha has been the Indian consultant to Marco Mueller since 2011, collaborating on the Venice International Film Festival, Rome Film Festival, Beijing International Film Festival and the Silk Road Film Festival. She programmes the Indian selection at Jio MAMI - Mumbai’s international film festival - and is the Indian consultant for the Chicago South Asian Film Festival. She was also the programmer for the 17th and 18th International Children’s Film Festival of India, among other roles. Since 2011, D’Cunha has sourced and curated for the Viewing Room section, Work-in-Progress lab and Film Bazaar Recommends section of Film Bazaar, South Asia’s largest film market.

  • Deepti D’Cunha
    Deepti D’Cunha
  • Diego Lerer
    Diego Lerer

Diego Lerer
Latin America

The former film editor of Argentina’s largest daily newspaper, Clarin, Diego Lerer is the acting President of FIPRESCI Argentina, the film critics’ association. As a festival programmer and consultant, he has worked for the Mar del Plata Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival, Zurich Film Festival, Rome Film Festival and the Beijing International Film Festival. He has also served on official critics’ juries in festivals including Berlin, Venice, San Sebastián, Toronto, Rotterdam, Chicago, Río de Janeiro, Montreal, London, Viennale, Taormina, Gijón, Miami and Cartagena. He currently teaches the post-graduate course “Film Theory, Criticism and Curatorship” at UMET in Buenos Aires and continues to work as a film critic and journalist for local and international media.

Marie-Pierre Duhamel
Western Europe

An internationally renowned film curator, programmer and translator, Marie-Pierre Duhamel has served as a consultant and programmer at various festivals including the Rome Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival and the Locarno Film Festival. Duhamel was previously the artistic director of the Cinéma du Réel (Films of the Real) Documentary Film Festival in Paris and worked for the French National Film Centre (CNC), ARTE (as the administrator of the documentary unit) and for Pathé Television. She teaches in various European film schools and writes about cinema for a range of media. She is a celebrated subtitle-maker, primarily for Chinese films.

  • Marie-Pierre Duhamel
    Marie-Pierre Duhamel
  • Shan Dongbing
    Shan Dongbing

Shan Dongbing
China

The founder and president of Donwa Pictures and Delight Consulting, veteran producer Shan Dongbing has most recently been the executive president of Foye Pictures, part of leading Chinese conglomerate Fosun. He has also been a consultant at News Corporations (China), 20th Century Fox, the Asian Film Market at the Busan Film Festival and Digital Theater Systems (USA). He is an active independent film producer, supporting the creative activities of the Sixth Generation of Chinese filmmakers, including Zhang Yuan and Yang Chao in their productions Seventeen Years and Crosscurrent.

Mikiko Tomita
Japan

Mikiko Tomita started her career at Nippon A-V Productions and then as a curator at the Nippon Audio Visual Library. Since then she has worked for the National Film Centre of Tokyo and the UCLA Film and TV Archive. At Gosfilmofond in Russia, she discovered, researched and brought back pre-war Japanese films which had been confiscated from Manchuria at the end of WWII. She has worked as a programmer for several Japanese film festivals, including Tokyo International Film Festival and Yamagata Documentary Festival, where she was one of the founders. Beginning with the Rotterdam Film Festival in 1991, Tomita has worked with Marco Mueller for over 25 years including at the Locarno, Venice, Rome and Beijing film festivals. In 2015, she worked as a programming consultant for Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival in Switzerland.

  • Mikiko Tomita
    Mikiko Tomita
  • Sandra Hebron
    Sandra Hebron

Sandra Hebron
United States, United Kingdom

The former head of BFI Festivals and artistic director of the BFI London Film Festival, Sandra Hebron has over 20 years of experience in the independent film sector as a festival director, curator and critic. She is currently the head of Screen Arts at the UK’s National Film and Television School. She was a member of the selection committee for the Rome International Film Festival from 2012 to 2014, selecting films for the international competition, non-competitive gala screenings and CinemaXXI programme, while shortlisting feature projects for the New Cinema Network. She has written and broadcasted widely about film and film culture aside from acting as a guest lecturer at the Met Film School, Birmingham City University and Oxford Brookes. She is an industry mentor for the UK’s Guiding Lights scheme and the London Film School.

INDUSTRY HUB

June Wu
Head of Industry Office

With M.A. of Cinema Studies from New York University, June WU started out in film production at critically acclaimed auteur Johnnie To’s Milkyway Image and later moved into distribution, serving at Hong Kong’s Media Asia Distribution and heading international sales and distribution at renowned producer Bill Kong’s Edko Films. With her extensive experience for years in international sales, WU has distributed numerous films including “Infernal Affairs”, “Secret” and “Cold War”. In 2013, WU founded Ablaze Image, the leading brand of international sales and distribution in Taiwan, bringing various genres of Chinese-language cinematic gems to worldwide audiences. WU has also served as the mentor of Taipei Produire au Sud Workshop, as well as the industry consultant and committee member of various film institutions in Taiwan.

  • June Wu
      June Wu

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