Mentor 2019

  Hayashi Kanako  (Japan) SEAFIC Reading Committee  Hayashi was previously Festival Director of TOKYO FILMeX from 2001- March 2018, and was former Chairperson of Talents Tokyo, which she co-established in 2010. She was also general coordinator of Kawakita Memorial Film Institute, and had worked as consultant for Venice Film Festival and Berlinale Forum.

Hayashi Kanako (Japan)
SEAFIC Reading Committee

Hayashi was previously Festival Director of TOKYO FILMeX from 2001- March 2018, and was former Chairperson of Talents Tokyo, which she co-established in 2010. She was also general coordinator of Kawakita Memorial Film Institute, and had worked as consultant for Venice Film Festival and Berlinale Forum.

  Myriam Sassine  (Lebanon) SEAFIC Reading Committee  Sassine is the COO of co-production company Schortcut Films. She co-founded Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival, the first fantastic film festival in the Middle East. Since 2012, she produces through Lebanese company Abbout Productions, features and documentaries such as TRAMONTANE (Cannes 2016) and PANOPTIC (Locarno 2017).

Myriam Sassine (Lebanon)
SEAFIC Reading Committee

Sassine is the COO of co-production company Schortcut Films. She co-founded Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival, the first fantastic film festival in the Middle East. Since 2012, she produces through Lebanese company Abbout Productions, features and documentaries such as TRAMONTANE (Cannes 2016) and PANOPTIC (Locarno 2017).

  Hédi Zardi  (France) SEAFIC Reading Committee  Zardi is the co-CEO of Paris-based international sales and co-production outfit Luxbox, which has represented films by Bruno Dumont, Lisandro Alonso, Anocha Suwichakornpong and Boo Junfeng. His industry experience also included working with Marrakech Film Festival, the César awards, Le Public Système PR and Fortissimo Films.

Hédi Zardi (France)
SEAFIC Reading Committee

Zardi is the co-CEO of Paris-based international sales and co-production outfit Luxbox, which has represented films by Bruno Dumont, Lisandro Alonso, Anocha Suwichakornpong and Boo Junfeng. His industry experience also included working with Marrakech Film Festival, the César awards, Le Public Système PR and Fortissimo Films.

  Karim Aïnouz  (Brazil/France) SEAFIC Script Committee    One of Brazil’s most acclaimed directors, Aïnouz’s career include MADAME SATÃ (Cannes 2002), LOVE FOR SALE (Venice 2006), THE SILVER CLIFF (Cannes 2011), FUTURO BEACH (Berlin Competition 2014), CENTRAL AIRPORT THF (Berlin Amnesty Prize 2018) and others. He is also screenwriting tutor at Porto Iracema das Artes in Brazil.

Karim Aïnouz (Brazil/France)
SEAFIC Script Committee

One of Brazil’s most acclaimed directors, Aïnouz’s career include MADAME SATÃ (Cannes 2002), LOVE FOR SALE (Venice 2006), THE SILVER CLIFF (Cannes 2011), FUTURO BEACH (Berlin Competition 2014), CENTRAL AIRPORT THF (Berlin Amnesty Prize 2018) and others. He is also screenwriting tutor at Porto Iracema das Artes in Brazil.

  Ho Hock Doong  (Malaysia) SEAFIC Script Committee  Ho recently joined MUBI as Director of Content for Southeast Asia. Previously he was Senior Assistant Vice President at ASTRO, where he acquired films for theatrical releases and for A-List and BOO channels, and commissioned DOORS: A PHILIPPINES HORROR ANTHOLOGY and omnibus LOVE ME, TEASE ME by Southeast Asian filmmakers.

Ho Hock Doong (Malaysia)
SEAFIC Script Committee

Ho recently joined MUBI as Director of Content for Southeast Asia. Previously he was Senior Assistant Vice President at ASTRO, where he acquired films for theatrical releases and for A-List and BOO channels, and commissioned DOORS: A PHILIPPINES HORROR ANTHOLOGY and omnibus LOVE ME, TEASE ME by Southeast Asian filmmakers.

  Maggie Lee  (Hong Kong/Japan) SEAFIC Script Committee  Lee is Chief Asia Film Critic for Variety and works as Consultant for Asian films for Tokyo International Film Festival since 2010. She is also Artistic Director of CinemAsia in The Netherlands and programming consultant for Vancouver Film Festival. Previously she launched the Asian department for Short Shorts Film Festival.

Maggie Lee (Hong Kong/Japan)
SEAFIC Script Committee

Lee is Chief Asia Film Critic for Variety and works as Consultant for Asian films for Tokyo International Film Festival since 2010. She is also Artistic Director of CinemAsia in The Netherlands and programming consultant for Vancouver Film Festival. Previously she launched the Asian department for Short Shorts Film Festival.

  Guillaume Mainguet  (France) Head of Produire au Sud / SEAFICxPAS Mentor  Head of Produire au Sud at Festival des 3 Continents in Nantes, France, Mainguet has coordinated producers’ workshops in Bangkok, Taipei, Durban and other places around the world. He has also directed several short films, including THE GIRL AND THE DOGS (2014, co-dir, Cannes Directors’ Fortnight).

Guillaume Mainguet (France)
Head of Produire au Sud / SEAFICxPAS Mentor

Head of Produire au Sud at Festival des 3 Continents in Nantes, France, Mainguet has coordinated producers’ workshops in Bangkok, Taipei, Durban and other places around the world. He has also directed several short films, including THE GIRL AND THE DOGS (2014, co-dir, Cannes Directors’ Fortnight).

  Vincenzo Bugno  (Italy/Germany) SEAFICxPAS Mentor  Vincenzo Bugno was journalist and film critic for media and TV broadcasters. He worked for many festivals such as Locarno as member of Programming Committee and Head of Open Doors (2006-2009). Since 2004, he heads the World Cinema Fund and is member of selection committee for Berlinale Competition. He also curates TorinoFilmLab’s FeatureLab.

Vincenzo Bugno (Italy/Germany)
SEAFICxPAS Mentor

Vincenzo Bugno was journalist and film critic for media and TV broadcasters. He worked for many festivals such as Locarno as member of Programming Committee and Head of Open Doors (2006-2009). Since 2004, he heads the World Cinema Fund and is member of selection committee for Berlinale Competition. He also curates TorinoFilmLab’s FeatureLab.

  Claire Lajoumard  (France) SEAFICxPAS Mentor  Claire LAJOUMARD worked at France’s CNC and as producer in many capacities since 1990. She formed Acrobates Films in 2002, and has since co-produced Vietnam’s ADRIFT (Venice 2009) and BIG FATHER, SMALL FATHER AND OTHER STORIES (Berlin Competition 2015), Singapore’s A YELLOW BIRD (Cannes 2016) and many others.

Claire Lajoumard (France)
SEAFICxPAS Mentor

Claire LAJOUMARD worked at France’s CNC and as producer in many capacities since 1990. She formed Acrobates Films in 2002, and has since co-produced Vietnam’s ADRIFT (Venice 2009) and BIG FATHER, SMALL FATHER AND OTHER STORIES (Berlin Competition 2015), Singapore’s A YELLOW BIRD (Cannes 2016) and many others.

  Kayo Yoshida  (Japan) SEAFICxPAS Mentor  YOSHIDA Kayo, who grew up in France, worked for producer Hara Masato on Kurosawa Akira’s RAN, and joined Herald Ace in 1987 as Acquisitions Manager. Since 1998 she worked at Asmik Ace, which produced AIR DOLL (Cannes 2009), NORWEGIAN WOOD (Venice 2010) and others, and was Programming Director of Tokyo International Film Festival (2003-04). She also works for Unijapan.

Kayo Yoshida (Japan)
SEAFICxPAS Mentor

YOSHIDA Kayo, who grew up in France, worked for producer Hara Masato on Kurosawa Akira’s RAN, and joined Herald Ace in 1987 as Acquisitions Manager. Since 1998 she worked at Asmik Ace, which produced AIR DOLL (Cannes 2009), NORWEGIAN WOOD (Venice 2010) and others, and was Programming Director of Tokyo International Film Festival (2003-04). She also works for Unijapan.