Dragons + Tigers Jury

Photo above: WINNER of the 2011 Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema, The Sun-Beaten Path (Sonthar Gyal, China)

Dragons & Tigers Award For Young Cinema Jury


João Pedro Rodrigues

João Pedro Rodrigues was born in Lisbon in 1966 and graduated from the Lisbon Film School. His first film, Happy Birthday! (1997) was awarded a Special Jury Mention at the Venice Film Festival. O Fantasma premiered in competition at Venice in 2000 and garnered Best Feature at the Belfort Film Festival. His To Die Like a Man captured the best film award in the Un Certain Regard sidebar at Cannes in 2009. He has frequently collaborated with João Rui Guerra da Mata as co-director (China, China [2007], Red Dawn [2011]) and their feature The Last Time I Saw Macao (2012) , which won a Special Jury Mention at Locarno, is part of this year’s VIFF, as is Rodrigues’ short Morning of Saint Anthony’s Day (2012).


Shinozaki Makoto

Born in Tokyo in 1963, Shinozaki Makoto’s first feature film Okaeri (1995) won 11 international awards, including plaudits at the Berlin Film Festival and the Montreal World Film Festival. In addition to his fiction features he has made two documentaries about Kitano Takeshi’s work. His feature Not Forgotten (2000) won at Dragons & Tigers Special Mention here at VIFF, while his Walking with the Dog (2003) captured the Grand Prix for New Talents at the Shanghai Film Festival. Recent works include: Die! Directors, Die! (2011) and Since Then (2012).


Chuck Stephens

Chuck Stephens is a writer, teacher, columnist and contributing editor to Film Comment, and a columnist for Cinema Scope, where he writes about the experimental cinemas of the 60s. A lifelong student of Asian cinema, with special focuses on Japan and Thailand, Chuck is also a former columnist for Kinema Junpo, and subtitler for a variety of Thai films, including Wisit Sasantieng's Citizen Dog, in which he also appeared...wearing tie dye and running from the law. After a successful escape, Chuck now lives in his hometown of Nashville, TN, where he teaches film studies at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film (founded in 1895.)