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Mentors for Young Critics & Jury Programme

Dr Chua Beng Huat

Dr Chua Beng Huat is currently Professor at the Asia Research Institute and the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore. He has published Life is Not Complete without Shopping, edited Consumption in Asia: Lifestyles and Identities, and co-edited East Asian Pop Culture: Analysing The Korean Wave. He is founding co-executive editor of the journal, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies. He has organized several workshops on Korean TV dramas, Chinese cinemas and a year-long (2006) series of public seminars on ‘Violence in Contemporary Asian Films’ as part of the Cultural Studies Research Cluster programme of the Asia Research Institute.

Dr Foo Tee Tuan

Dr. Foo Tee Tuan studied and worked in Taiwan and the United States, for a total of 12 years. Between 1992 and 1996, while serving as a Lecturer at the Fu Jen Catholic University (Taiwan) he was also involved in the Taiwanese music and variety television productions industry. In 1996 he joined the School of Communication and Information's Electronic and Broadcast Media Division, Nanyang Technological University as a Media Specialist, managing the school's audio/video facilities and staffs. In 1998 he left the school to pursue his doctorate degree in the Ohio University's School of Telecommunication. In 2001, he returned to SCI to serve as a Lecturer while working on his dissertation entitled Managing the Content of Malaysian Television Drama: Producers, Gatekeepers and the Barisan Nasional Government. He completed his dissertation and attained his PhD in August 2004. His current research interests include Chinese cinema, Transnational media production, and Convention and constraint in Media.

Dr Edna Lim

Dr Edna Lim is a Lecturer at the Department of English Language and Literature where she has been teaching since 1996 while completing both her Master of Arts in English Studies and PhD in Film Studies at NUS. She is also the Undergraduate Co-Ordinator for the Department'sTheatre Studies Programme, a position she's assumed since 2003.

Wayne Lim

Wayne Lim, 42, as a Writer/Film Critic for U Weekly since 2001. Wayne writes, "I've learnt nothing about movies during my school days, but that never stopped me from loving, watching movies and writing about things related to movies since the day I started as a "Film Critic"."

Stefan Shih

Stefan Shih started writing movie reviews on his blog A Nutshell Review in October 2004, and developed a keen interest in Singapore movies. Now he averages 5 movie reviews a week, and is a contributor to online movie sites,,, and to a print magazine in Hong Kong. He recently served on the judging panel of The Substation's 4th Singapore Short Film Festival.

Tan Bee Thiam

Tan Bee Thiam leads and directs the Asian Film Archive as its executive director. After backpacking in China and India, he founded the Archive as a non-governmental memory institution with the mission to save, explore and share the art of Asian Cinema. At the Nanyang Technological University, he lectures on Asian Film History and is author of a forthcoming book chapter, An Independent Spirit: Images of Resistance in Key Contemporary Singapore Films. He is curator-producer of the well-received Asian Film Archive Collection: Singapore Shorts and Royston's Shorts DVD anthologies. He was invited to perform jury work for the international film festivals in Berlin, Locarno and Hawaii. A filmmaker and photographer, his works have won awards such as the Best Photo Essay at the US-ASEAN Film & Photography Festival.

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Dr Victor Valbuena

Dr Victor Valbuena is Director of the School of Technology for the Arts, Republic Polytechnic. He was formerly Director of School of Film and Media Studies, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, where he also taught classes in Asian Cinema, Introduction to Film, and Film Appreciation. He is a Member of the Film Specialist Panel at the National Arts Council, and was for 10 years a Member of the Board of the Singapore Film Commission.
Dr Wong Lung Hsiang

With a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering, and now an Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Education, Wong Lung Hsiang picked up movie watching as a hobby a decade ago. He is now the Secretary of the Singapore Film Society and a freelance film reviewer of Lianhe Zaobao, "Good Morning, Singapore!" and FM95.8 Capitol Radio. He was also involved in curating Chinese Film Festival 1998, Taiwanese/Hong Kong Film Festival 2000, and Beijing Film Academy Students' Film Festival 2004, to name a few.

Yong Shu Chiang

Yong Shu Chiang has a decade's experience as a journalist, writing for publications such as BigO, The Peak, Straits Times, TODAY, Business Times, First and Home & Decor. He is marketing manager for the Singapore Film Society and has organised film events including the festival of Singapore films, Cine Singapore, in 2006. He has also taught Film Appreciation at LaSalle. He currently writes freelance.

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