Squid Game Director, BTS and Minari’ Actress On CJ’s Visionary Award List
South Korea’s CJ ENM Entertainment has declared the winners of its Visionary awards 2021, which acknowledge the year’s forerunners in the industry. In the second edition of the awards, there are six winners this year. They are: Squid Game director Hwang Dong-hyuk, Minari actress Youn Yuh-jung, who won the Supporting Actress Oscar this year, CJ ENM producer Choi Jung-nam, who has credits including Street Woman Fighter; the band BTS, TV personality Yu Jae-seok and the music group Aespa.
Si Yeon-jae, General Manager of CJ ENM Marketing said:
2021 is a year where K-culture has advanced in terms of influence and prestige thanks to K-content’s achievements in the global market across all genres including film, drama, and music.
In a time when the persistence of the pandemic brought major changes in how content is created and consumed, CJ ENM will keep innovating and challenge itself to forge the next entertainment vision with those who relate to the zeitgeist and present relevant visions.
Red Sea Festival Sets Juries
Saudi Arabia’s inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival has revealed its juries. Giuseppe Tornatore (Ennio), Italian director and writer, will preside over the Red Sea: Features Competition Jury and will be conducted by:
- Palestinian-American director, actress, writer,
- Cherien Dabis producer
- German film director, editor, and writer Daniela Michel,
- Abdulaziz Alshlahei Saudi film director
- Hend Sabry Tunisian actress
Winners will be decided from a 16-strong line-up of features from the Middle East, Asia, and AfricaEast. Elsewhere, the Red Sea: Egyptian director Marwan Hamed will lead Shorts Competition Jury, who will be joined by director Ahd Kamel, Saudi Arabian actress, and writer Khadar Ayderus and Finnish-Somali director.
Giuseppe Tornatore commented:
It is a uniquely special honor to be asked to preside over the jury of any festival’s first edition, let alone the first international film festival to ever take place in a country. There is such a strong selection of films competing in the Red Sea: Features Competition that are representative of the very best cinema coming from the Arab world, Asia and Africa. I am sure that we will see some truly pioneering and innovative films that will undoubtedly shape the future of international cinema