DigiCon6 ASIA contest summary
Japan, China/Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, VietNam
DigiCon6 ASIA Awards Ceremony
November 19, 2016 at Marubiru Hall in Marunouchi, Tokyo
Kiki SUGINO Actress, Director, Producer (Japan) profile
Shuzo John SHIOTA President & CEO, Polygon Pictures Inc. (Japan) profile
Isshin INUDO Director (Japan) profile
Jack NEO Film director, actor (Singapore) profile
Hannes RALL Associate Professor / Animation Director (Singapore) profile
Joondong LEE Producer, CEO of NOWFILM Co., Ltd. / PINEHOUSEFILM Co., Ltd. (Korea) profile
Actress, Director, Producer (Japan)
Born in 1984 in Hiroshima. Ms. Sugino made her debut as an actress in South Korea where she was studying as an exchange student from Keio University.
She has won acclaim both in Japan and overseas for her works as actress and producer in such films as "hospitalite？" (2010, directed by Koji Fukada) and "Odayaka" (2012, directed by Nobuteru Uchida).
Special screening events of her films have been held at the Tokyo International Film Festival as well as the Taipei International Film Festival. She has also been invited to participate in judging panels for the numerous film festivals including the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Her first film as a director,“Kyoto Elegy,” had its world premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival. Her second film "Yokudo (Taksu)" had its world premiere at Busan International Film Festival, where she received the new film director award. She is currently working on a new film "Yukionna (Snow Woman)" in which she will direct and appear as the lead actor.
Shuzo John SHIOTA
President & CEO, Polygon Pictures Inc. (Japan)
Shiota joined Polygon Pictures in 1999, and in 2003 assumed the position of President and CEO. As studio head, he has spearheaded efforts to cultivate Polygon's overseas presence, helping the studio to become a leading developer of TV series and content targeted at the foreign market. He has also served as a judge at major Japanese and international film festivals including Prix Ars Electronica and SIGGRAPH.
In 2008, he was selected as one of the "25 Toon Titans of Asia" by popular industry publication Animation Magazine. In 2012, he was awarded the 39th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Special Class Program, for his contribution as Executive Producer on Transformers Prime. Message
As a Judge of Digicon6 from the very beginning, I am very proud to witness that Digicon has now grown to the largest film festival in Asia. And I heard this years’ will be more energetic than ever before! I can’t wait to meet with the next generation of young creators! We are waiting for your entry!
Born in 1960. After receiving The Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Award with "Two People Talking" (1997), Inudo has made his debut with "Across a Gold Prairie" (1999). "Josee, the Tiger and the Fish" (2003) won the Minister of Education New Director Award for Fine Art, "The Floating Castle" (2012) won the Japan Academy Awards, "Gou-Gou: My Cat, My Love" (WOWOW, 2014) won Hoso Bunka Foundation Award. His major works include "La Maison de Himiko" (2005), "Touch" (2005), "BIZAN" (2007), "Zero Focus" (2009).
After one century, the visual world is thirsty for a dramatic change. This is not just about showing something that is interesting or showing something with a new presentation. It is also about the role of the medium and its possibilities. We hope to see something that will give us a taste of “the future."
Film director, actor (Singapore)
Jack Neo first won fame during the 1990s with his signature comedic hosting style in variety programs.
In 1998 he ventured into films with "Money No Enough", which he produced, was well received. He received numerous international prizes for "Homerun" (2003). "Ah Boys to Men 2" (2013) remains one of Singapore’s highest grossing feature film.
"Long Long Time Ago", produced in 2016 to mark Singapore’s 50th anniversary, won plaudits both in Singapore and overseas.
Associate Professor / Animation Director (Singapore)
Hannes Rall is a tenured Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University He is also a successful director of independent animated short films: His films have been shown in over 250 film-festivals worldwide and won 41 international awards. His conference presentations include FMX, ACM SIGGRAPH and the Annual Conferences of the Society for Animation Studies. Hannes is currently working on a script for an animated feature film adapted from the German national epic Die Nibelungen and writing the book Adaptation for Animation: Transforming Literature Frame by Frame for CRC Press, a Taylor & Francis imprint.
Asia has always been producing outstanding and marvelous animated short films.
But since the last 10 years it became an even more exciting place, as new countries and regions joined
in with truly new visions, while others continue to go from strength to strength. Therefore I expect to see a lot of innovative, original and beautiful submissions from all across Asia! I feel very honored to be chosen to as a juror for DigiCon6 ASIA and look forward to to come to Tokyo in November!
Producer, CEO of NOWFILM Co., Ltd. / PINEHOUSEFILM Co., Ltd. (Korea)
Joondong LEE started his filmmaking career as co-producer of “Oasis” (2002) directed by Lee Chang-dong, which received Special Director's Prize. His films include “My Mother The Mermaid” (2004); “Never Forever”(2007); “Thirsty, Thirsty”(2009); “A Brand New Life” (2009, Best Feature Film-Special Mentioned at Berlin International Film Festival); “Poetry” (2010 Best Screenplay Award at Cannes Film Festival); “Cats” (2011);“ Hwayi, A Monster Boy”(2013);“A Girl at My Door” (2014, Un Certain Regard at Cannes Film Festival).
Digital has evolved domain of the creativity into infinity. I’m looking forward to encounter the amazing works with infinite imagination.