Korean film producer Baek Jaeho has been named as the inaugural recipient of the Choon Yun Award, an award established in honor of Lee Choon-yun, the late president of the Korean Association of Film Art & Industry. The prize, worth KRW 10 million ($7,100), will be presented on the sidelines of the Busan . International Film Festival on Oct 6. in combination with IOK Company. Baek took part in the production of the 2021 title “Snowball” and was previously involved in the 2016 indie films “Jane” and last year’s “Role”. He also acts and directs. Veteran director Kang Je-kyu praised Baek as “a filmmaker who upholds his values and expands his potential in the insufficiently independent film environment.”
Australian Actual Manufacturing Company SeaLight Photos (co-producer of “Life in Colour” with David Attenborough) has hired Alasdair Dolan for the newly created position of Head of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships. He comes from Flame Media Group, where he held a similar position leading the Flame Co-production Alliance. SeaLight also brings in veteran, ocean-loving factual producer Sarah Beardas a serial producer. She is currently working on “Secrets of the Octopus” (for National Geographic and Disney+), SeaLight’s latest premium documentary series, produced by James Cameron.
The ACA Cinema Project Series – Upcoming Japanese Movies will host a series of seminars in Los Angeles, in addition to September 27-October. 1 screening program. Hirokazu Kore-eda and journalist Alan Ng, will take the stage after the screening of Kore-Eda’s “Like Father, Like Son.” Panels include topics about fandom and LGBTQ issues and how to make Asian drama relatable to a Western audience. Speakers during the different sessions include directors Katayama Shinzo (“Missing”) and Kariyama Shunsuke (“BL Metamorphosis”), producer and journalist Marlene Sharp (“Young Captain Nemo”), screenwriter Jeffrey Riddick (“Samurai Rabbit: Usagi Chronicles”) and Endeavor Content’s Kevin Iwashina.