Kevin Ma (Greater China)
Hong Kong-American Kevin Ma is the founder of Asia in Cinema, an industry website covering Asian film business, festivals and box office analysis. He was formerly Greater China Correspondent for Film Business Asia, the in-depth Asian entertainment media embraced as an alternative to the Hollywood- centric trade publications.
He is currently Entertainment Editor of Cathay Pacific’s Discovery magazine and Cathay Dragon’s Silkroad magazine. This enables him to preview a huge volume of films around the world as well as conduct celebrity interviews. His writing has appeared in a host of international film journals like the HK Film Archive and Udine Far East Film Festival. Since 2009, he has been co- host of the popular podcast “East Screen, West Screen” which furthers discourse on Hollywood and Asian cinema.
Donsaron Kovitvanitcha (Thailand)
Donsaron Kovitvanitcha has been a film critic and journalist for Thailand’s leading newspaper The Nationand FILMAX magazine, and Nang, a pan-Asian magazine on cinema. He is one of Thailand’s most well-travelled festival-goer, frequently serving on juries for festivals like International Film Festival Rotterdam and Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema. He is also a regular guest of Japan’s Fukuoka Asian Film Festival where he gives talks on Thai cinema.
In 2015, he began his career as an independent film producer with THE BLUE HOUR, directed by Anucha Boonyawatana, which was selected for Panorama section of Berlin International Film Festival. He also produced Nontawat Numbenchapol’s BOUNDARY (2013) (Forum, Berlin International Film Festival), Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit’s THE MASTER (2014) (Busan International Film Festival) and DIE TOMORROW (2017).
He is also General Manager of Mosquito Films Distribution, founded by Apichatphong Weerasethakul, Aditya Assarat, Pimpaka Towira, Anocha Suwichakornpong, Lee Chatametikool and Soros Sukhum. The company aims to support filmmaking across Southeast Asia. In 2017, he became Programmer for the first Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival.
Oggs Cruz (The Philippines)
Francis Joseph “Oggs” Cruz is a film critic specializing in cinema of the Philippines and watches every new domestic release. He has contributed film articles and reviews to publications such as Businessworld, The Philippine Star, Rogue Magazine, Esquire and the Philippine Free Press. He is currently reviewing films for Rappler. He has written articles for various film books, including The Philippine New Wave, edited by Khavn dela Cruz and Kidlat Tahimik.
He was selected to take part in the Berlinale Talent Press, a section of the Berlinale Talent Campus that specializes in training of film critics and journalists. He is on selection committees of various film festivals in the Philippines, including Cinemalaya, Cinema One, and Quezon City Film Festival. He has also served on many juries of festivals that focus on Asian cinema.