Lee Chang-dong to be dean of Asian Film Academy

MUMBAI: Lee Chang-dong, who won an award at the last Cannes Fest for best screenplay for Poetry and Secret Sunshine, will serve as the dean of the 2013 Asian Film Academy (AFA).

Held jointly with the annual Busan International Film Festival, AFA is an international education program that offers aspiring filmmakers the chance to develop different aspects of their craft. This year?s edition will be held for 18 days from 26 September to 13 October.

Lee will teach students about short film production and supervise master classes and lectures. Participants will also learn about the practice and philosophy of filmmaking during the intensive program. In addition to him, emerging Thai filmmaker Aditya Assarat, winner of the New Currents Award at the 2007 Busan Festival for Wonderful Town, will serve as a mentor.

"With Lee Chang-dong?s master vision combined with Aditya Assarat?s enthusiastic energy, the AFA 2013 faculty promises the best education possible for its new prospective fellows," said the Academy in a statement.

Earlier those top Asian directors who have supervised the Academy are Korea?s Im Kwon-taek, Japan?s Kiyoshi Kurosawa, China?s Jia Zhangke, Taiwan?s Hou Hsiao Hsien and Iran?s Moshen Makhmalbaf and Abbas Kiarostami.

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