Jia Zhao is a Chinese-Dutch film producer based in Amsterdam. She founded MUYI FILM and SILK ROAD FILM SALON in 2012. Coming from Asia and based in Europe, Jia skillfully matches resources from the East and West to nurture and mentor emerging voices and to bring authentic stories to the world in high cinematic quality. In 2021, “A Marble Travelogue“ by Sean Wang is selected for IDFA Frontlight and “I’m So Sorry“ (co-producer) by Zhao Liang for Cannes film festival. Jia joined the leading distribution/production company Off the Fence and is now also Director of Asia responsible for sales and (co-)production. Off the Fence is a 100% subsidiary of ZDF Enterprises.
Yuki Gomez is a Japanese-Spanish art historian, festival and film producer with 13+ years experience in arts management, curation and international relations. She has an impressive track record in the cultural sector in Tokyo, having worked many years alongside renowned artist Takashi Murakami. At the Venice biennial exhibitions of Architecture in 2021 and Art in 2022 she represented the architectural and design studios, artists and institutions from Japan. She has been based in Amsterdam and London since 2017, where she works as a film producer and coordinates festivals and events such as IN-EDIT and now CinemAsia.
Favourite Asian films: The Mourning Forest (2007) Dir. Naomi Kawase, 3-Iron (2004) Dir. Kim Ki-Duk, Aparajito (1956) Dir.Satyajit Ray, Tokyo Story (1953) Dir. Yasujiro Ozu.
Lorraine Masamba is a freelance creative marketer, producer, and (radio) host. She prefers to give people who feel unheard a spotlight and a mic, is a star in image communication and social media marketing, makes the static move, and ensures the moving doesn’t leave you unmoved. She has done so at Amsterdam Fringe Festival, Read My World, Amsterdam Roots Festival, and Mensen Zeggen Dingen. With a background in Media Communications and Event & Experience Marketing, she knows how to put her own spin on your (online) presence.
Favourite Asian films: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) Dir. Ang Lee. Parasite (2019) Dir. Bong Joon-ho and Space Sweepers (2021) Dir. Jo Sung-hee.
Creative producer + host
Arnaud Kokosky Deforchaux
Arnaud Kokosky Deforchaux is an event-organizer, danser, dance teacher, choreographer and theater maker. Arnaud is specialized in Indonesian, and specifically Balinese, dance. After his professional education in classical ballet at the Dansacademie in Arnhem (Artez), Arnaud danced in many experimental dance/theater productions, operas and musicals. He specialized in Balinese culture and dance at private institutions as well as the Balinese Arts Academy (STSI) in Den Pasar. Arnaud developed educational projects for children and adults for i.e. Tropenmuseum, Museum Volkenkunde, and the Museum of Civilizations in Ottowa, Canada. Since 2002 Arnaud programs dance, theater, music and film for Tong Tong Fair, the biggest and oldest Indo event in the Netherlands. Additionally, he is responsible for their international relations. Arnaud started working for CinemAsia in 2022 as press officer.
Favourite Aziatische film: Kucumbu tubuh indahku/Memories of My Body (2018) Dir. Garin Nughroho
Film programmer and Filmprogram coordinator
Ron Ma is a student and film programmer based between Toronto and Amsterdam. He is pursuing an M.A. in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam, having completed his B.A. in Cinema Studies and Urban Studies at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on diaspora and migration, postcolonial theory, political geography, and Hong Kong and Chinese cinema. He has worked for the CinemAsia Film Festival, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival, and JAYU’s Human Rights Film Festival.
Ron thinks that Wong Kar Wai films are a bit overrated.
Darunee Terdtoontaveedej (she / they) is a curator and cultural programmer based in The Hague. Formerly trained as an architect and designer, Terdtoontaveedej is interested in the intersection of alternative (his)stories, creative practices, and cinema. She is a co-founder of Non Native Native, a cultural platform which looks into the Asian creative landscape in the Netherlands through the lens of outsiders from within. She has programmed at festivals and institutions such as CinemAsia Film Festival (Amsterdam), International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), Sinema Transtopia (Berlin), Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film (Singapore), and Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF).
Favourite Asian Film: The Farewell (2019) Dir. Lulu Wang
Vincent Hodde developed a love for film from an early age. He likes a diversity of films: mainstream, independent, blockbuster, arthouse, experimental, conventional, classic, modern, ‘lowbrow’, ‘highbrow’, from many different countries and with different genres. Asian cinema in particular is an important part of his life – in addition to his enormous appreciation for the craft, the people and culture he saw represented on screen have helped him in the ‘eternal search’ for his own (bi -cultural) identity. Vincent is involved with film and art as a professional in various ways: as a filmmaker and (fine art) photographer, as an education editor at Eye Film Museum, as a writer of articles, and through his freelance work at various festivals. He is honored to contribute to CinemAsia 2024 as a film programmer.
Marketing + Brand manager
Kin Mok graduated from Avans Hogeschool with a BA in Design and started working for CinemAsia in 2006, which makes him one of the longest serving team members of the festival. Next to CinemAsia Kin designs for Picl, Rialto, World Cinema Amsterdam, Cultuurschakel, Humans of Film Festival and Network Film Education. He is a digital innovator at the Hogeschool Rotterdam designing digital educational methods. Kin has worked for A-film and Cinekid amongst many other cultural organizations.
Favourite Asian film: Infernal Affairs (2002) Dir. Andrew Lau, Alan Mak
PR & Community Advisor
Giovanna Chen is a cross-cultural connector with a background in branding and PR, active at the intersection of art and culture, creative sector, food and sport.
Anouk Rees studied Mandarin Chinese in China (one year in Xiamen and one year in Shanghai) and received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Chinese Studies in the Netherlands, including a minor in film studies. Since 2016, she has been working as an online marketeer. She is specialized in online advertising and content marketing for Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, Instagram, and YouTube. At the moment she works for several (film) festivals and brands. Besides her online projects, she follows a 3 years photography course at the Fotoacademie.
Favourite Asian Films: Kungfu Hustle (2004) Dir. Stephen Chow and The Road Home (1999) Dir. Zhang Yimou.
Artistic side program curator
Minhong Yu is a curator and visual artist based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She graduated from the Sandberg Instituut and China Central Academy of Fine Arts. Her work is concerned with visibilities and invisibilities relating to social issues in the digital world. It ranges from publications to video clashes which questions the notion of identities and the state of imbalanced power. Living between the two continents, Minhong inhabits two cultures simultaneously, creating a dialogue between them. And being part of the new transnational Asian migrants, Minhong uses video narratives to explore the stories of family issues and memories, pain and healing. It proposes a dialogue between emotions and rationality, duality and non-duality, the wandering and the settlement.
Favourite Asian films: A Man and a Woman (2016) Dir. Lee Yoon-ki; Balloon (2019) Dir. Pema Tseden; An Elephant Sitting Still (2018) Dir. Hu Bo.
At Home and FilmLAB Coordinator
Helen Tsang comes from a scientific background. She rolled into film production through one of her friends. With her experience as project manager at TedX and her background in theatre, short film production (for example DE PERFECTE VREEMDELING, PICTURE OF US and HEAT) and acting in music video’s and short movies, she will support the CinemAsia @ home – the online platform of CinemAsia in her role as coordinator.
Favourite Asian films: 2046 (2005), In the Mood for Love (2000) Dir. Wong Kar Wai; Minari (2020) Dir. Lee Isaac Chung; Drive my car (2021) Dir. Ryusuke Hamaguchi.
Nara Dewani is a bachelor student at University of Groningen, majoring in Arts, Culture and Media. She has been a film enthusiast since high school. It’s also her passion to gain experience in committees and volunteering in the arts and cultural sector. In CinemAsia 2023, Nara is an intern responsible for TikTok, Indonesian programming and Indonesian community outreach.
Favourite Asian films: Missing Home (2022) Dir. Bene Dion Rajagukguk; Yuni (2021) Dir. Kamila Andini.
As Volunteer Coordinator I want our volunteers and guests to have an amazing experience at CinemAsia. In my day job I work as a consultant for a software company. Next to that I co-host the bookclub and podcast “PAC je Boek!” for Pan Asian Collective, we read and discuss books with Asian diasporic themes.
Favourite Asian Films: Grave of the Fireflies (1988) Dir. Isao Takahata and The Ugly Model (2019) Dir. Doris Yeung.