Speaker Bio

 

Kirpal Singh
Dr Kirpal Singh recently retired after 45 years of full-time teaching at the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University. He’s published more than 20 books and over 150 papers.

A poet, fictionist, critic, scholar and thinker, he has, of late, been globally acclaimed as a Futurist. He has consulted with and for governments, MNCs, NGOs and universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, MIT, Yale, Georgetown and others. For several years he chaired the Singapore International Film Festival and helped create a better understanding of human behavior through engagements across and within cultural frames. He is now the Chief Academic Officer at the Training Vision Institute, Singapore.

 

Aruna Vasudev
Dr Aruna Vasudev is the Founder-President of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC), Founder-Editor and publisher of Cinemaya, the Asian Film Quarterly (1988-2004), Founder-Director of CINEFAN, Cinemaya Festival of Asian Cinema, New Delhi (1999 – 2006) and Founder-Director of The Inner Path Festival of Buddhist Art, Film & Philosophy since 2013. She is an author and film critic with a PhD from the University of Paris. She started out as a filmmaker before turning to writing on cinema. She is the author of two books on Indian cinema and editor and co-editor of several books on Indian and Asian cinema.

She has won a number of awards internationally for her work, including the Star of Italian Solidarity from Italy, the Chevalier of Arts & Letters from France, the Medaille d’honneur from Vesoul, Lifetime Achievement awards from film festivals and organizations in Iran, Korea, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Hawaii, India etc. She has been member, or president, of more than 40 international juries at festivals around the world, including Cannes (Camera d’Or).

 

Wimal Dissanayake
Dr Wimal Dissanayake (MA – Pennsylvania, PhD – Cambridge, UK) is one of the leading scholars of Asian cinema and Asian communication theory. He has been awarded an honorary D.Litt. for his scholarly work. He has written a large number of books on cinema and cultural theory, published by Oxford, Cambridge, Duke, Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois University Presses, Routledge Publishers and Penguin. He is the Founding Editor of the East-West Film Journal.

Dr Dissanayake is also a leading poet in Sri Lanka who has published eight volumes of poetry in his mother tongue Sinhalese, and has won numerous awards for his poetry. In 2012 he was given the highest lifetime award granted by the Sri Lankan government. He also received the Lifetime Award conferred by the Sri Lanka Foundation in Los Angeles. He serves as an Editorial Advisor to many prestigious international academic journals dealing with cinema, communication and cultural theory, as well as the International Encyclopedia of Communication.

 

Nick Deocampo
Professor Nick Deocampo is a multi-awarded filmmaker, film historian, film literacy advocate, and an Associate Professor at the UP Film Institute College of Mass Communication at University of Philippines (UP) Diliman. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts at UP in 1981. Under a Fulbright Scholarship Grant, he earned his Master of Arts degree in Cinema Studies at the New York University in 1989.
In 1992, Professor Deocampo was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines. In 1993, he was recognized in Japan as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World. His contributions were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards and a Lamberto Avellana Award from the Film Academy of the Philippines.

 

Seno Gumira Ajidarma
Seno Gumira Ajidarma is a writer and journalist who lectures in Jakarta Institute of the Arts (IKJ) and the Faculty of Humanities, University of Indonesia (UI), where he graduated from. Currently he writes both fiction and non-fiction including film criticism. He has won the SEA Write Award, Dinny O’Hearn Prize for literary translation and the Khatulistiwa Award. In 2013, he received the Cultural Award in Art Category from the Ministry of Education and Culture, Republic of Indonesia.

Stephen Teo
Associate Professor Stephen Teo teaches at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He was previously a research fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. He received his PhD degree from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, and remains a senior research associate of the university.

He has extensive work experience as editor and film programmer in international film festivals in Hong Kong and Japan. He also engaged in a brief period of filmmaking, producing several short-subject films in the mid-80s, and one documentary-drama feature film, shot in 16mm, in Malaysia. He is the author of Hong Kong Cinema: The Extra Dimensions, Wong Kar-wai, King Hu’s A Touch of Zen, Director in Action: Johnnie To and the Hong Kong Action Film, The Chinese Martial Arts Cinema: The Wuxia Tradition, The Asian Cinema Experience: Styles, Spaces, Theory, and Eastern Westerns: Film and Genre Outside and Inside Hollywood.

 

Bina Paul
A graduate from the Film and Television Institute of India, Bina Paul started her career as editor for the ground-breaking Malayalam feature film AMMA ARIYAN. She has worked in more than 50 films and won the National Film Awards for Best Editing twice for Mitr My Friend (2002) and Unni (2003), and State Film Awards for Sayahnam (2000), Margam (2003) and Meghmalhar (2002). She has also won State Television Awards many times.
Since starting her tenure in the Centre for Development of Imaging Technology in Kerala, India as its Deputy Director, she has been involved in film teaching and training. She was involved in the conception of International Film Festival of Kerala, and was instrumental in making it one of the top film festivals in the world. She has also served in the juries of many international film festivals such as Berlin, Locarno and Durban. As Vice President NETPAC she has been actively engaged in the promotion of Asian & Pacific Cinema. Currently she is the Regional Director of the LV Prasad Film & TV Academy at Thiruvanthapuram, Kerala, India & Vice Chairperson of the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy.

 

Vilsoni Hereniko
Professor Vilsoni Hereniko teaches at the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawaii. He is also a playwright, screenwriter, and film director. He has written about a dozen plays, and made several documentaries and short narrative films.

His award-winning feature film “The Land Has Eyes” had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and was an official selection at more than 30 international and indigenous film festivals. He has also written scholarly books and articles on the arts and cultures of Oceania. He is presently working on his second feature film, Until the Dolphins Fly.

 

Ekachai Uekrongtham
Ekachai Uekrongtham is a Thai director and writer, who has worked in both theatre and film. He was one of the founding members of the Singapore ACTION Theatre. Among his most notable stage works is Chang & Eng, a musical based on the lives of one of the most famous pairs of conjoined twins in the world.

He made his debut as a feature-film director in 2003 with Beautiful Boxer, a biographical drama about transsexual professional Muay Thai boxer. His second film, Pleasure Factory, about sex workers and their customers in Singapore’s red-light district, was an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival in 2007. His third film, The Coffin, starring Ananda Everingham, opened in Thai theaters in 2008. In 2014, he directed the Dolph Lundgren action-drama on human trafficking, Skin Trade.

 

Freddie Yeo
Freddie Yeo is the Chief Operating Officer of Infinite Studios. With more than 20 years of media industry experience, he has been responsible for driving the company’s core businesses, which includes Post-Production services for TV Commercials, Feature Films/Short Films, Broadcast Design and Branding, Animation, Intellectual Property Acquisition and Content Development for the local and regional markets. Infinite Studios has been recognized for its craft at Clios, Cannes, Promax & BDA, New York Festivals and Creative Circle Awards. His producing credits include “My Magic” (2008), “Be With Me” (2005), “Tatsumi” (2011), which were all selected for the Cannes Film Festival. He was also the local co-producer for HBO’s TV series Serangoon Road (2013), 20th Century Fox’s Agent 47 (2015) and Scott Free’s Equals (2016). He has served as a Board Member and Advisory Committee member of the Singapore Film Commission (SFC) since 2005.

Feng Ding
Associate Professor Feng Ding teaches at the Film Management School in Beijing Film Academy. She is the team leader and first author of “The Research of Movie Consumer Behaviors” of the Beijing Education Commission Research Project. She is also a member of the China Film Association. Her research covers the film market, film business, and audience research. She has also been involved in the production of several movies and TV shows.

 

Sandra Sciberras
Sandra Sciberras has been actively working as a screenwriter for hire in between her feature films. She is lecturer and year convenor of the Master of Film and Television course and post-graduate convenor at the University of Melbourne School of Film and Television. Sandra wrote and directed the independent feature film Deeper Than Blue followed by the powerful award-winning drama The Caterpillar Wish. Surviving Georgia was her third film script to have moved into production in which she co-directed. She has just completed her fourth feature film “The Green Door” in which she wrote, directed and is co-producer.