Jay Jeon

Jury Member

Born in South Korea, Jay Jeon studied journalism at SungKyunKwan University. While still a student in the 1980’s, he began his film career with organizing a film collective called East West Film Group and starting a progressive film movement In 1988, Jeon went on to found a film quarterly magazine, Film Language, of which he was the publisher and editor-in-chief until the 1990s. In addition, he wrote and translated several books on film auteurs, including S.M. Eisenstein. As a producer, Jeon produced several films, including Tale of One City, a film made to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Seoul, and Two Cops, one of the most successful box office blockbusters in South Korea. He also produced Lee Chang-dong’s Peppermint Candy and Oasis, both of which were critically acclaimed at many international film festivals. Jeon is one of the six founding members of the Busan International Film Festival, which he directed from 2018 to 2020.