The 27th Busan International Film Festival announced on the 24th that it has confirmed the judges of the New Currents and the Jiseok Award, which are Asian film competitions.

Serge Toubiana, chairman of Uni France, was appointed as the chairman of the New Currents Award. After 26 years as editor-in-chief of France's prestigious film-specialized magazine "Caie du Cinema," he wrote a number of books on film.

He also participated in the production of film-related radio programs and documentary production. He served as director of CinemaTech FRANAAISE, a film museum in Paris, and also served as a judge at the Berlin International Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival several times.

Currently, he is the president of Uni France, which promotes French films to the world, and is dedicated to the development of the film industry worldwide.

On top of that, Alain Giroudi, who won the 66th Cannes International Film Festival's Notable Director Award and Queer Palm Award for "The Stranger of the Lake" (2013), won the Toronto Platform Award at the 21st Toronto International Film Festival (2021), and was appointed as a female director of "The Visible and the Invisible" (2022).

Kase Ryo, one of the most recognized Japanese directors in the world, including Takeshi Kitano, Hirokazu Koreeda, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa, will also participate.

He began his overseas career with Clint Eastwood's "Letter from Iwo Jima" (2006), and has since continued his stellar acting activities in Asia and Hollywood, including Hong Sang-soo's "Hill of Freedom" (2014) and Martin Scorsese's "Silence" (2017).

Lee Yoo-jin, CEO of the film company, who has been active as a producer, will also shoulder to shoulder as a judge at the New Currents Award, winning the 8th Women's Film Festival Women's Film Award for her efforts to produce Korean films such as "Jeon Woo-chi" (2008), "Black Priests" (2015) and "Broker" (2022).

Jean-Michel Pro-Dong, a prominent journalist and critic, was appointed as a judge of the 27th Busan International Film Festival. Jean-Michel Frodon served as a film reporter for the prestigious French daily newspaper Le Monde for 13 years and as editor-in-chief of the world's leading film critic, "Caye du Cinema." In addition, he is active as a festival and exhibition curator and programmer.

Coach Naoko Ogigami was also named as a judge. Starting with "Yoshino Barbershop" (2004), he has many fans at home and abroad through works such as "Kamome Restaurant" (2006) and "Glasses" (2007), and won the Teddy Judge Award at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival (2017) to show the power of Asian films.

Director Kim Hee-jung was also appointed as a judge. Director Kim Hee-jung, who has been actively invited to leading domestic and foreign film festivals, has been selected as the 21st Busan International Film Festival APM Content Promotion Director for "French Women" (2019), and will continue her relationship with the Busan International Film Festival this year through her new film "Where Do You Want to Go" (2021).

The 27th Busan International Film Festival will be held for 10 days from October 5th (Wed) to October 14th (Fri).

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