Richard Pena, director, New York Film Festival

Program director of the Film Society of New York Lincoln Center since 1988, Pena has played a strong role in introducing Korean films to America. In 2004, he organized “The Newest Tiger: 60 Years of South Korean Cinema,” the biggest Korean film screening in the U.S. and also held the first retrospective of the 10th anniversary of the late Kim Ki-Young in March, screening 12 of the director’s works including his masterpiece “The Housemaid.” The Korean Cinema Award recognizes individuals who have advanced Korean films around the world.


Gulnara Sarsenova, chair, Intl. Eurasia Film Festival

Kazsakhstan producer Gulnara Sarsenova established Eurasia Film Prod. in 2004 and is the chairman of the Intl. Eurasian Film Festival. She co-produced fest fave “Tulpan” and hit “Mongol,” which was nominated for a foreign-language Oscar. The perfume and cosmetics magnate has devoted herself to the Central Asian film industries, as evidenced by her position as chairman of the IEFF.