Programer

Ellen Y.D. KIM

Asian cinema | Program Director

Ellen Y.D. Kim majored in aesthetics and cultural studies. She began her career in the film industry in the late ‘90s at a cinema society called Culture School Seoul. In 2001, she joined the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival as a programmer and worked for four years. After gaining experience in various positions in the film industry, from film market organizer to production and acquisition, she returned to BIFAN in 2016 and currently works as the Program Director. She produced Cry Woman (2002), which premiered in the Un Certain Regard at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, and Hanaan (2011), which won the Best New Director Award at the 2012 Taipei Film Festival. One of her most recent producer works is Sewing Sisters (2020), which won the Grand Prize at the 2022 Wildflower Film Awards. She also worked as a co-producer on director Hong Sang Soo’s Night and Day (2008).

Jongsuk Thomas NAM

Cinema from English-speaking countries | B.I.G Organizer

Jongsuk Thomas Nam majored in RTVF/Communication Arts. He started to work in the film industry as an assistant director for the film Jungle Story (1996). In 1997, he joined the Busan Film Festival, and since then, he has worked in various positions, coordinating the Kim Kiyoung Retrospective, BIFF festival coordinator, and Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) senior coordinator. After working as the general secretary of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC), he joined the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in 2007 and currently works as a festival programmer for BIFAN, and as the managing director of the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF). He is also a member of the selection committee for Sitges FanPitch (Spain), Udine Focus Asia (Italy), and Ventana Sur Blood Window (Argentina), and the curator of After Dark at Jio Mami Mumbai Festival (India).

MO Eunyoung

Korean cinema

MO Eunyoung majored in film and animation theory. She was a writer for EBS programs such as Cinema Paradiso and Anitopia, and she contributed to magazines and daily newspapers such as FILM2.0, DVD2.0, and KINO as a film critic. Since the inception of the Korean Film Archive Cinematheque KOFA, she has worked as a programmer for many years. She has organized several fusion performances of classical films with various genres, such as the silent film narration performance of Crossroad of Youngsters. She is also a programmer at the Seoul Indie-AniFest.

Jin PARK

Cinema from Europe and other territories

Jin Park studied journalism and film theory. He worked as a critic for film magazines such as KINO, FILM2.0, and Screen. After getting his start as a programmer at the Seoul Eco Film Festival, he went on to work as a programmer and secretary general for several top Korean film festivals, including BIFAN, Busan International Film Festival, and DMZ International Documentary Film Festival. Park also currently teaches film theory and contemporary Korean cinema at Kyunghee Univ.

Jay KIM

XR Curator

Jay majored in literature and film. He is a founding member of ‘GiiOii’, studio dedicated to immersive storytelling. At the studio he is in charge of planning and producing XR contents. He produced VR projects such as Eyes in the Red Wind (2017), Nine VR: Come see me (2019), Missing Pictures (2022) and Find WiiLii (2023), and was invited to many international film festivals such as Sundance New Frontier, SXSW, and Cannes XR. Jay has been invited to participate in the ‘2022 Focus Program’, hosted by the French government, as one of 26 XR experts from around the world. He has been the curator of ‘Beyond Reality’, BIFAN’s XR section since 2016.