Kim Yong-Hwa is one of South Korea’s most successful filmmaker having broken box office records and gained popularity with audiences and critics alike. He has written and directed only five feature films but all of them have been big box office success in South Korea and across Asia. His films tell intricate stories of overcoming adversity but in a playful and entertaining manner with sumptuous and cutting-edge VFX to enhance the storytelling.
His filmography includes “Oh! Brothers” (20013), “200 Pounds Beauty” (2006), “Take Off” (2009), “Mr Go” (2013) and “Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds” (2017). With “Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds”, Kim has achieved the number two all time box office record in South Korea and taken the top spot from “Train to Busan” as the top grossing South Korean film in many parts of Asia.
Kim is also the CEO of an acclaimed VFX company, Dexter Studios and the company has worked on the big Asian films such as The Taking of Tiger Mountain, The Monkey King, Kung Fu Yoga and Along with the Gods.
Shekhar Kapur is one of the few Indian directors who has worked extensively in Bollywood as well as in Hollywood. He started his career in India with the critically acclaimed Masoom, Mr India and Bandit Queen, which was selected for Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, and won the National Film Award in India for best feature film in Hindi.
Kapur received international recognition in 1998 for directing Elizabeth, which was nominated for seven Oscars and catapulted Cate Blanchett into global stardom. He directed Heath Ledger in The Four Feathers and returned to direct Blanchett in Elizabeth: The Golden Age, which won the Oscar for best costume design.
Shekhar produced the documentary Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told that was invited to the official selection of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. His political TV series Pradhanmantri, that he presented, narrated and anchored turned out to be the biggest programme in the history of TV news in India. He is also the creator, executive producer and director for a 12-hour TV series on Rasputin for FX in the US and his most recent television work was Will, based on life of William Shakespeare which aired on TNT last year.
Shekhar has also enjoyed success in theatre having co-created the successful stage show Bombay Dreams with Andrew Lloyd Webber.
He is regularly invited to speak at the World Economic Forum, and is currently an environmental activist with water conservation related issues.
With just three films under her belt as writer/director, Xue Xiaolu is one of the most commercially successful film-makers in China and the most successful female director in Chinese film history. Her first feature Ocean Paradise (2010) starring Jet Li won the best film award at the China Movie Channel Media Awards and she was named best new director. Her second feature, the romantic comedy Finding Mr Right (2013) which teamed Tang Wei and Wu Xiubo won her awards at the China Film Directors Guild Awards and the Hong Kong Film Awards. Her third feature Book Of Love aka Finding Mr Right 2 (2016) grossed over $114m at the box office.
She started her career in entertainment as director of the science and education programme at China Central Television (CCTV) in 1996 and later transferred to the department of literature at the Beijing Film Academy as an associate professor and master instructor in 2003.
She began her screenwriting career in 2000 and co-wrote the drama Together with Chen Kaige which went on to win several nominations and awards. She also wrote the script for the hit TV drama Don’t Respond To Strangers and her work as a writer has won her numerous awards including China Huabiao Film Award, China TV Drama Flying Asparas Awards, China TV Golden Eagle Awards and the WGA (Writers Guild Of America) Awards.
She has also produced nearly 20 feature films and TV dramas.