The 24th Busan International Film Festival has selected Bae Jong-ok and Jung Jae-young as jury members for the Actor & Actress of the Year Awards.
The Actor & Actress of the Year Awards are presented to promising actors and actress who will lead the future of Korean film. The awards are given to the actor and actress with the most impressive performance in Korean independent films among the ‘New Currents’ and ‘Korean Cinema Today – Vision’ section. Sitting on the jury for the Actor & Actress of the Year Awards are Bae Jong-ok and Jung Jae-young, who have shown inimitable performances in a wide range of genres.
The prior winners of the Actor & Actress of the Year Awards, launched in 2014, are Choi Woo-shik in Set Me Free (2014), Cho Soohyang in Wild Flowers (2014), Lee Ju-won in Alone (2015), Jang Sun in Communication & Lies (2015), Lee Minji and Koo Kyohwan in Jane (2016), Jeon Yeobeen in After My Death (2017), and Park Jonghwan in Hit the Night (2017). Past awardees of the Actor & Actress of the Year Awards at the 23rd Busan International Film Festival include Lee Juyeong in Maggie (2018) and Moon Choi in Our Body (2018), who has presented a delicate expression and characteristic charm.
The 24th Actor & Actress of the Year Award recipients will be revealed at the Closing Ceremony on October 12. Awardees will be selected by jury members and awarded with a cash prize of 5,000,000 KRW each.
Bae Jong-ok made her acting debut on Korean Broadcasting System (KBS). She has formed her own acting style by eagerly performing on TV and film screens. She won the Best Actress Award at the Daejong Film Awards for Portrait of the Days of Youth (1990) and Baeksang Arts Awards forWalking All the Way to Heaven (1992). She has also played in diverse popular TV series such as Lie (1998), Foolish Love (2000), and My Husband’s Woman (2007). Recently, she has been playing a charismatic and elegant politician in the Korean drama series Designated Survivor: 60 Days (2019).
Jung Jae-young graduated from Seoul Institute of the Arts with a major theater. He then started his acting career in the play Heotang in 1996. He then entered the film scene and gained a reputation from Guns & Talks (2001). His extensive filmography includes films such as Silmido (2003),Welcome to Dongmakgol (2005), Public Enemy Returns (2008), Castaway on the Moon (2009), Moss (2010), Confession of Murder (2012), The Fatal Encounter (2014), and The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale (2019). He also won Best Actor Awards from the Blue Dragon Awards in 2010 and Locarno Film Festival in 2015. Nowadays, he continues his career through TV series such as Duel (2017) and Partners for Justice (2018-2019).