The Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema

Presented by Brad Birarda and Robert Sali

For the 18th year running, the Festival is pleased to offer the Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema to a new director from Pacific Asia. It is given to a creative and innovative film, made early in the director's career, which has not yet won significant international recognition. As always, we're hugely grateful to Brad Birarda and Robert Sali for sponsoring this award, and the series as a whole.

Our past winners have been:  Furumaya Tomoyuki for This Window is Yours (1994), Kore-eda Hirokazu for Maboroshi (1995), ex-aequo Hong Sang-Soo for The Day a Pig Fell into the Well and Zhang Ming for Rainclouds Over Wushan (1996), Lee Chang-Dong for Green Fish (1997), Jia Zhangke for Xiao Wu (1998), Hayakawa Wataru for 7/25 (1999), Wisit Sasanatieng for Tears of the Black Tiger (2000), Hsiao Ya-Chuan for Mirror Image (2001), Andrew Cheng for Shanghai Panic (2002), Diao Yinan for Uniform (2003), Takahashi Izumi for The Soup, One Morning (2004), Liu Jiayin for Oxhide (2005), John Torres for Todo Todo Teros (2006), ex-aequo Robin Weng for Fujian Blue and Zhang Yuedong for Mid-Afternoon Barks (2007), Emily Tang for Perfect Life (2008), Jang Kun-Jae for Eighteen (2009) and Hirohara Satoru for Good Morning to the World!! (2010). The list of filmmakers awarded Special Mentions by our juries is almost equally distinguished.

This year's jury will consider a line-up of 8 films, listed below. The prize – which will include a $10,000 award to the director – will be announced before the world premiere screening of Ishii Yuya's Mitsuko Delivers at 6:45pm at the Visa Screening Room at the Vogue Theatre on Thursday, October 6.

Film Country Director
Baby Factory Philippines Eduardo Roy Jr
Fatigue South Korea Kim Dongmyung
Invasion of Alien Bikini South Korea Oh Youngdoo
Our Future Japan Iizuka Kashou
Recreation Japan Nagano Yoshihiro
Señorita Philippines Vincent Sandoval
The Sun-Beaten Path China (Tibet) Sonthar Gyal
Woman in a Septic Tank Philippines Marlon N Rivera

The 2011 Dragons & Tigers Jury

Simon Field

From 1996 until 2004 Simon Field was Director of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. He is currently a director, along with Keith Griffiths, of the London production company Illuminations Films, the executive producers of the "New Crowned Hope" film series, which included films by Bahman Ghobadi, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Garin Nugroho, Tsai Ming-Liang and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. They are also the co-producers of Uncle Bonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, which won the Palme d'Or at Cannes 2010. He is also a consultant to the Dubai International Film Festival.

Ann Hui

Born in 1947 in Anshan, Manchuria, Ms Ann Hui earned a Masters degree in Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong and studied filmmaking at the London Film School. Upon her return to Hong Kong, she worked in television for four years before turning to features in 1979.  After her debut The Secret, she went on to make 16 features, including The Story of Wooviet (1981), Boat People (1982), Song of the Exile (1990), Summer Snow (1995), and Ordinary Heroes (1999). She was also involved in the production of several films including Yim Ho's The Day the Sun Turned Cold (1995).

Yang Ikjune

Born in 1975 in South Korea, Yang Ikjune graduated from the Department of Entertainment & Acting at the Kongju Communication Arts College. As an actor, he has appeared in various films such as Maundy Thursday (2006, Song Haesung), Les formidables (2006, Cho Minho), and No Manners (2002, Cho Keunsik). He began his directing career with his short film Always Behind You (2005) and his first feature Breathless (2008) has received many awards from international film festivals. He is still both acting and directing. Yang's film Immature screens in the A Time to Love program at this year's VIFF.