New Chinese Cinema Jury - President
Cristian Mungi (Romania)
Cristian Mungiu is a Romanian film-maker born in Iaşi, Romania in 1968.
His debut film, Occident / West, had its world premiere in the Directors Fortnight section at Cannes in 2002 and was a box office hit in Romania.
His second feature, 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days, was awarded the Palme d’Or in Cannes in 2007. The film was named best film of the year by various international associations of film critics and won the European Film Academy awards for best film and best director.
He returned to Cannes in 2009 as a writer-producer-co-director with the collective portmanteau film Tales from the Golden Age and as a writer-director in 2012 with Beyond the Hills – which won awards for best screenplay and best actresses.
Bacalaureat / Graduation was his fifth film presented in Cannes, and his third in competition. It won the prize for Best Director in 2016.
New Chinese Cinema Jury
Noah Cowan (Canada)
Noah Cowan was most recently the Executive Director of SFFILM, a significant artist development organization and the presenter of the San Francisco International Film Festival. He joined SFFILM following roles as Artistic Director of TIFF Bell Lightbox, a film museum, and Co-Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, among the world’s most significant film events. Cowan began at TIFF as the founding programmer of the influential Midnight Madness program in 1989, and subsequently curated major national cinema retrospectives on India and Japan for the organization, becoming a recognized new voice in contemporary Asian film programming by the mid-1990s. From 1997–2004 Cowan worked in New York City, where he cofounded pioneering film distributor Cowboy Pictures and the non-profit Global Film Initiative, a granting and education organization devoted to worldwide understanding through film. He currently works as an independent consultant to media companies and non-profits.
Qiu Yang (Mainland China)
Qiu Yang is a celebrated young director who was born and raised in Changzhou, China. He studied film directing at the Victorian College of the Arts in Australia. His first short film Under The Sun was selected for the Cinéfondation Competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015. His second short A Gentle Night won the Palme d’Or for short flm at Cannes 2017, and his latest short She Runs won the Leitz Cine Discovery Prize for best short film at International Critics’ Week in Cannes this year. He is the first Chinese director to have won short film competition and Critics Week. He also created a VR project, called O, which was selected for VR competition at Venice this year. He is currently developing his first feature project, which was selected to CineMart and Cinéfondation Residence and was awarded the CNC Screenwriting Grant during Cannes 2017.
Kirsten Tan (Singapore)
Kirsten Tan is a New York-based Singaporean filmmaker whose debut feature Pop Aye premiered as the Opening Night film of the World Cinema Dramatic competition at Sundance Film Festival 2017. The film went on to receive a Special Jury Prize at Sundance, the VPRO Big Screen Award at Rotterdam, the Best International Film Award at Zurich Film Festival and the Audience Award at Innsbruck International Film festival. To date, it has screened at over 50 film festivals and was invited to represent Singapore in the Foreign Film Category at the Oscars. Previouslu, she made a series of short films including 10 Minutes Later, Fonzi, Sink, Cold Noodles and Dahdi. Ella, a fashion film she directed for Giorgio Armani, was included in the permanent film collection of MoMA in New York City. A Sundance Institute and Cinereach Film Fellow, she earned her MFA at NYU Graduate Film School, where she received the Tisch School of the Arts Fellowship.
Tricia Tuttle (UK)
Tricia Tuttle’s appointment as Director of BFI Festivals follows her role as Artistic Director of the 62nd Edition of the BFI London Film Festival and five successful years as Deputy Head of Festivals at BFI, including BFI Flare and BFI London Film Festival. Moving from North Carolina in 1997 to complete a joint MA at BFI and Birkbeck, University of London in Film and TV Studies, Tricia has a passion for film that has seen her work as a programmer, lecturer, writer and journalist. Her career has spanned a five-year tenure at BAFTA, starting in 2008 and with her appointment as Film Programme Manager in 2011. Tricia has been instrumental in evolving BFI Festivals, continuing to expand audience reach year on year and introducing impactful initiatives such as BFI Flare’s FiveFilms4Freedom, in partnership with the British Council.