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UMFF 2019

Preliminary Jury

KIM Se-jin
Kim Se-jin studied Korean literature and film, and currently works on scenario consulting and storytelling. After completing an MA in Film Studies at Hanyang University, she went on to a Ph.D course at the same university and researched government-directed films of the 1970s Korean Film industry. She has been lecturing about scenarios, film direction and film studies, and writing columns. She also has participated in the Jeonju IFF and the Busan ISFF. She currently works as a programmer at Busan Pet & Family Festival.
SEO Do-eun
Seo Do-eun studied Sociology, Philosophy and Art History at Ewha Women's University. After completing a Master Degree in Cinema Studies, she finished a doctorate course at University Paris 1. She's been working in France and South Korea, at the Korean Cultural Center in Paris and Cine 21. After working at the Ulju Mountain Film Festival and Seoul Eco Film Festival, she is currently a programmer at Seoul Guro International Kids Film Festival.

International Competition Jury

Suzan BERAZA
Suzan is a Latina-American filmmaker who was born and raised in the Caribbean. Her films have been shown on Independent Lens, PBS, Pivot TV and at many festivals. Her last project, Uranium Drive-In was awarded the Big Sky Award, and honored for documentary excellence by the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. Her current project, Massacre River recently premiered at Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival. She became Festival Director for Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado in 2017.
John PORTER
American by birth, at 20, John moved to the UK for postgraduate studies. He has made alpine-style first ascents around the world: NE Face of Bandaka, S. Buttress of Changabang, S. Face Ranrapulka and attempts on West Ridge of Everest (winter) and NW Ridge of K2, etc. His book One Day as a Tiger won the Grand Prize at the Banff Centre Mountain Film & Book Festival in 2014. It is published in Korean. He established the Kendal Mountain Festival in 1980. John is the current President of The Alpine Club (est. 1857).
BYUN Jai-ran
Born in Seoul, she enjoyed watching films, and it became a dream, then a job. Looking at the world with the eye of woman, and curious about the pleasure of making and watching movies, she has been with Seoul International Women’s Film Festival since 1997, when it was established. She has been teaching students who will work at the film industry in the future, in Soon Chun Hyang University from 2001. She currently imagines the past and future of cinema and raises interest in various people, who are represented there.
OH Young-hoon
Oh’s expertise lies in both anthropology and mountaineering. His PhD research in anthropology was on Sherpa intercultural experiences in Himalayan mountaineering. Currently, he teaches anthropology and comparative religion at the University of California, Riverside. Among his many climbs in Himalaya, Pamir, Caucasus, and others, he was four times on Mt. Everest and made the first ascent of Amphu 1. His current project is on the history of rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park in California.
JIN Mo-young
Jin Mo-young has been making TV documentaries since 1997. He made his feature directorial debut in 2014 with My Love, Don’t Cross That River, which attracted over 4.8 million viewers in theaters. That film garnered numerous awards from various film festivals around the world and became the most successful documentary film in Korean history. His second feature documentary Old Marine Boy was also invited to many international film festivals and had its theatrical release in 2017.

NETPAC Award Jury

Daniel EBNER
Daniel Ebner (1981) is the co-founder and Artistic Director of VIS Vienna Shorts. He has an MA degree in Political Science and studied Cultural and Film Studies in Vienna and Berlin. Daniel has been cultural editor and film critic at APA for many years. He co-produced the football short-film Eleven Minutes (A/CH 2008), a film advisor for the city of Vienna and the state of Vorarlberg, co-founder of the Association of Austrian Film Festivals, and also works as a film and art curator.
Suraj PRASAD
Co-Founder and Technology Head of Lightcube Film Society, New Delhi. He is also the publisher of Umbra, NETPAC member and reviewer for The Asian Age. In five years of running Lightcube, he has helped organise nearly 350 film screenings across India and leading the Dhenuki Cinema Project which is a cinema education program. Before Film work, Suraj spent four years hosting radio shows and producing radio programs. Suraj advised with his expertise to NETPAC, DIFF, DIAF and Serendipity Arts Festival.
Panogiotis KOTZATHANASIS
Panagiotis Kotzathanasis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1981. He is a journalist/film critic specializing in (East-South) Asian cinema. He is the owner of Asian Movie Pulse, founder of Asian Film Vault and a regular contributor to Taste of Cinema, Hancinema and Filmboy. His reviews, interviews, lists, and tributes also feature on Chinese Policy Institute, EasternKicks and several websites and publications in Greece and Europe.
Youth Jury
A new program beginning in 2019 is the Youth Jury program, in which teenagers become the jury. They will watch the films from the NETPAC nominees, hold a discussion, and decide on the winner. This program will be separate from the existing NETPAC Award program and will give a fresh perspective on the selection process of the winning film.


Youth Jury - Daun High School
SEO Ha-neul, JUNG Young-gyo, JI Dong-in, HWANG Ji-hye, IM Ye-seul, PARK Su-hyeon, JOO Min-young, LEE Ha-neul, JEONG Seun-A, JEONG Hyun-woo