In a first for the Pusan festival, Variety on Monday hosted a celebratory lunch for those honored in the publication’s Asian Film Leaders Report (click here to see report).

In attendance were Fortissimo Film’s Wouter Barendrecht, Singapore Media Development Authority’s Man Shu-sum, Sidus FNH’s Tcha Seung-jai and CJ Entertainment’s Kim Joo-sung. Gilbert Lim also attended the sit-down at the Paradise Hotel, standing in for Sahamongkolfilm topper Somsak Techaratanaprasert.

Bringing some star wattage to proceedings was Korean thesp Jeon Do-yeon, who picked up the actress prize in Cannes for her role in “Secret Sunshine.” Seems the paper is a big fan. Nomination is the second time in only a couple of months that she has received kudos from Variety. In July she was named in the global Women’s Impact Report (Variety, July 30)

Talk, inevitably, revolved around the fest’s parties, forthcoming lineups from CJ and Sidus, and the glittering opportunities Jeon now has to choose from. In the serious corner, discussions covered production coin, new tech’s influence on movie content choices and Korea’s role in the movie world.

Conversation topics also touched on Asian countries changing approaches to relations with China, now that the country is expanding in cinematic and economic firepower.

Leaders met with Variety‘s senior film critic, Derek Elley; director of international ad sales Alberto Lopez; advertising manager Lorna Tee; and Variety Asia web editor Vicci Ho.