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BIAF2023 Juries

Feature Film

  • Alain UGHETTO | Director | France
    Born in France, Alain Ughetto is a seasoned animator and documentary filmmaker. La Boule(1985) premiered in Cannes and won France’s César Award for Best Short Animation Film. Jasmine(2013) won the European Film Award for Best Animated Feature Film. After a long maturation, he returned to shape the story of his grandfather as well as of many Italian immigrants.
  • Michael ARIAS | Director | USA
    American-born filmmaker and longtime Tokyo resident Michael Arias has enjoyed a colorful and varied career, spanning the worlds of VFX, CG, live action, and both hand-drawn and stop motion animation. He is best known for directing the standout anime feature TEKKONKINKREET(2006) and producing the ground-breaking anime anthology The Animatrix(2003).
  • KIM Nayoung(Yaongyi) | Cartoonist, Writer | South Korea
    KIM Nayoung majored in animation at both Korea Animation High School and Kaywon University of Art and Design. She is currently working under the pseudonym of Yaongyi. She made her debut with the webtoon True Beauty(2018), which was loved by readers around the world, hitting more than 4 billion views in more than 100 countries. True Beauty was also made into a TV series under the same title in 2020. Yaongyi was awarded the Minister Award for cartoons by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of the Republic of Korea at the Korea Content Awards.

Short Film

  • GU Byeongmo | Novelist | South Korea
    GU Byeongmo debuted with Wizard Bakery(2008), which won the Changbi Prize for Young Adult Fiction. The author also won Minumsa publishing group’s 2015 Today's Writer Award, and the Kim Youjeong Literary Award. Her works include I Didn't Mean to But, May It Not Be Just Me, The One Sentence, Gills, Damaged Fruit, A Spoonful of Time, and Into the Ivory Gate. Gills is being turned into animation by director AHN Jae Hunn at Studio Meditation with a Pencil.
  • Shad BRADBURY | Director, Animator | USA
    Shad Bradbury has worked in animation for over 20 years. He has worked as an animator at studios like Pixar, Sony, Tippet, and Rhythm and Hues. Some of the better known credits include, Lightyear(2022), Coco(2017), Finding Dory(2016), Inside Out(2015), Hotel Transylvania(2012) and Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs 2(2013). The short film Run Totti Run(2022) was his directorial debut. He is currently working at Pixar and also directing his next full length film Growing Up with Grandpa.
  • Tom C J BROWN | Director | UK
    Tom C J Brown is a British Artist and Filmmaker, primarily known for his short films t.o.m.(2007), teeth(2015), Cousin John - The Arrival(2020), and Christopher at Sea(2022) which have collectively won over 40 awards at festivals around the world including Sundance, SXSW, Annecy, and AFI Fest. Brown spent 11 years in New York working at Psyop in animation and film, before returning to the UK to take up residence in the Peak District. Brown’s enthusiastic amateur Harping, rambling of English peaks, and love of Opera all feed into his work as a modern-day romanticist.

Graduation / TV&Commissioned Film / Korean Short Film

  • MOON Sujin | Director | South Korea
    MOON Sujin has graduated Korea Animation High School and majored animation at Korea National University of Arts. She has worked on short films Hair Salon(2015), Their Own World(2015), Hatch(2016), and comic Summer Corn(2019) and Dumpling(2021), followed by Persona(2022) which was screened in competition at Cannes Film Festival, and won awards for graduate films at Annecy Festival, BIAF2022, and Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.
  • YU Yu | Director | Taiwan
    YU Yu graduated from the University of Southern California with an MFA in Animation and stop-motion animation is her specialty. At the end of 2018, Yu Yu went back to Taiwan and founded the Shadow Steps Studio, to continue making more stop motion commercial and personal projects.
  • Antoine COPPOLA | Film Critic, Poet | France
    Antoine Coppola, born from a French-Italian family, is a professor of cinema at SKKU Seoul, film critic at KBS World, author of books: Dictionnaire du Cinema Coréen(Dictionnary of Korean Cinema); Lee Chang-dong; Cinéma Asiatique(Asian Cinema); Cinéma de Guy Debord(Guy Debord's Cinema); Cine-voyage en Corée du Nord, le film Moranbong. He was advisor for 7 years at the International Critic's Week at Cannes Film Festival and San Sebastian International Film Festival. He is also a film director and producer.

COCOMICS Music Prize

  • ROH Youngsim | Songwriter, Pianist, Music Director | South Korea
    ROH first made her debut in 1989 as the songwriter of "Wist List", which was recorded as a million-seller. In 1992, she released her self-written album, which featured tracks such as "The Man Who Remembers Everything" and "Longing Grows Stronger". In addition, she hosted ROH Youngsim's Small Recital, which aired on KBS TV, and participated in the OSTs of many TV series and movies, including Alone in Love. She was the music director of the much-loved series Extraordinary Attorney Woo and wrote songs for the series. She has also participated in the 15th BIFF Opening Ceremony and is currently directing the International Special Music and Art Festival.
  • PARK Changhark | Lyricist, Music Producer | South Korea
    Composer, lyricist, and producer. In high school, he formed the new wave group "Paper Mode" along with singer Yoon Sang and KIM Hak In. Well-known as a musical companion of Yoon Sang, he wrote lyrics to many of the songs on his album. He has worked with many artists, such as KANG Susie, BYUN Jinsup, KIM Dongryul, SUNG Si kyung, and PARK Hyoshin. Some of his major works include "One Step More - Yoon Sang", "Until You Need Me - YOON Jongshin", "While Not - SUNG Sikyung", "Far Away - PARK Hyoshin", and "Departure - KIM Dongryul". In addition, he was a radio DJ on EBS FM Global Music Trip, and translated film related books, including HASUMI Shiguéhiko's compilation of critical works.