Marcus Hu, USA

Marcus Hu is Co-founder and Co-President of Strand Releasing based in Culver City, CA.  Strand Releasing was honored in 2009 with 20th Anniversary retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art in New York: Carte Blanche, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the Seattle International Film Festival, Outfest in Los Angeles, the Provincetown Film Festival.

Marcus Hu  is Co-founder and Co-President of Strand Releasing based in Culver City, CA.  Strand Releasing was honored in 2009 with 20th Anniversary retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art in New York: Carte Blanche, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the Seattle International Film Festival, Outfest in Los Angeles, the Provincetown Film Festival.

Strand has distributed the works of such auteurs as Gregg Araki, Fatih Akin, Roberto Benigni, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Francois Ozon, Manoel de Olivera, Catherine Breillat, Lou Ye, Tsai Ming Liang, Jean Luc Godard, Thomas Vintenberg, Jacques Nolot, Claude Miller, Lukas Moodyson, Terence Davies, Stanley Kwan, Anne Fontaine and many more.

Hu has worked in various capacities at such companies as Vestron Pictures, New World Pictures, Orion Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn Company, Island, and Indieprod. Hu has served as a producer on Gregg Araki's THE LIVING END, Todd Verow's adapatation of Dennis Cooper's FRISK and Tommy O'Haver's BILLY'S HOLLYWOOD SCREEN KISS as well as Charles Busch's PSYCHO BEACH PARTY.

Hu is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and serves on the board of Film Independent, home of the Spirit Awards.


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István Sebesi, Hungary

István Sebesi wuchs als Ungar im siebenbürgisch-sächsischen Mediasch in Rumänien gegenüber von einem  Kino auf, wo er täglich einen Film angeschaut hat.

Mit 19 Jahren schaffte er es nach Ungarn überzusiedeln und war jahrelang in internationalen Filmproduktionen als Dolmetscher und Drehbuchübersetzer tätig.

Er gründete und koordinierte das erste queere Filmfestival in Budapest (1992) und war persönlicher Berater des ungarischen Kultusministers (1994-1998).

Nach dem Studium (u.a. Kunstgeschichte und Theologie) leitete er den Kino-und Musikclub Kultiplex (2001-2005).

Seit 2001 ist er Leiter der queeren Location Magic Mirror des größten europäischen Musikfestivals Sziget in Budapest, welches von Anfang an mit einem schwul-lesbischen Filmprogramm ausgestattet war.

Andrejs Visockis, Latvia

Andrejs Visockis is the founder and manager of LGBT Film Days in Riga, Latvia.

After returning from Scandinavia in 2005 he quickly became involved in the local LGBT movement and has served on the board of the Latvian Alliance of LGBT and their friends Mozaika since 2008, the sole LGBT rights organisation in the country which is also the main driving force behind both Riga Pride and Baltic Pride. In connection with the first Riga Pride organised by Mozaika, Andrejs established LGBT Days Riga which has since become an annual event, the only one of its kind in the Baltic countries.

From the very beginning his focus has been on the promotion of queer culture, especially cinema in Latvia as well as other countries in Central and Eastern Europe where it has never really made an appearance in the public space before. Among other activities, he was one of the organisers of Queer Sarajevo Festival in 2008 and also served as a guest programmer at The International Short Film Festival Kratkofil in Banja Luka, Bosnia.

Besides LGBT Film Days Riga, he is currently also involved in organising other queer film events in Latvia and outside the country.


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Beth Sá Freire, Brasilia

Beth Sá Freire is born in Rio de Janeiro.Lawyer and PhD in Exterior Commerce.

Since 1997 she has worked  for São Paulo International Short Film Festival as deputy-director and was responsible for its special programs. Official collaborator of the Critic´s Week at the Cannes Film Festival in France and Oberhausen Short Film Festival in Germany.

Participated as a member of the jury at several film festivals including Berlinale (2001), Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival (2002), Drama Short Film Festival in Greece (2004), Zinebi in Spain (2004),ShortShorts in Japan (2004), LLamale H in Uruguay (2009), Asiana in Korea (2009) and at least ten Brazilian events dedicated to the short format. Curated the program of Brazilian shorts for the Drama Short Film Festival, Zinebi Festival and Asiana Short Film Festival.

Jason Barker, Great Britain

15 years ago, a slightly drunk Jason Barker found himself strutting around on stage in front of hundreds of screaming dykes at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, as a participant in a drag king contest.

His involvement with the festival grew from there, screening his short films, throwing parties, organising events and, for the last three years, working as a programmer. Jason is also a stand up comedian, filmmaker, animator and, very best of all, a Dad.


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Jin Park, South Korea

Born in 1973 in Seoul, Korea. He graduated Graduate School of Imaging Science, Multimedia and Film of Chung Ang University, Seoul, Korea, where he is now teaching Korean film history and cultural studies.

He is one of the co-founders and festival supervisors of the Seoul LGBT Film Festival (SeLFF) and served as a programmer for other film festivals in Korea. As an active film critic and scholar, he has contributed his works to several publications including AsiaPasifiQueer:

Rethinking Genders and Sexualities (2008, Univ. of Illinois Press, USA), Over The Rainbow: Criticism on Gay and Lesbian Films (2005, Pandora, Japan). He is the program director of Puchon Int'l Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), Korea, since 2007.

Mara Fortes, Mexico

Mara Fortes is the international relations coordinator and associate programmer at the Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico, where she has been working since 2005.

For the past ten years, she has been involved in
independent film production and distribution, working for different non-profit media arts organizations, including Women Make Movies and Mujeres en el Cine y la Televisión.

She occasionally makes short films and is in the process of editing her first feature documentary on an intersex individual entitled Diagnosis: Girl. She holds a B.A. in Film and Media Studies from Swarthmore College, where she specialized in queer and transnational film, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago.


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Sarah Neal, Australia

Sarah Neal is the Director of the Brisbane Queer Film Festival, one of three major queer film festivals in Australia. She is the Head of Programming for one of Australia’s most innovative arts centres, Brisbane Powerhouse and has also managed funding programs for the Australian film agency, Film Victoria. Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Directing and Playwriting and a Master of Arts in Screenwriting. Sarah has worked on numerous feature films and television series, has written and directed seven short films which have screened internationally, and has a feature film in development as well as a feature length documentary in post-production with New Holland Pictures.

Victor Silakong, Thailand

Victor Silakong is the director of the World Film Festival of Bangkok since 2003 and a TV Host for Mango TV Thailand. He is trained in theatre from Cours Florent in Paris in 1992.

He directed Little shop of horrors, Merimee's L'Occasion, 2 Marivaux’s, The game of love and chance and Island of Slave in Thai, A Shadow Puppet of Bizet’s Carmen in 2009.


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