Earlier this year luxury automotive brand Genesis partnered with Great Big Story and CNN International Commercial to create a student fellowship program dedicated to supporting and showcasing emerging film-makers alongside the sponsorship of the Great Big Story Origins channel. This partnership is committed to the art of storytelling and the story tellers who shine a spotlight on the unexpected history and origin of things from design, to food, to pop culture.
The student fellowship program was marked by a special screening exhibition at the Busan International Film Festival last Friday where the two selected fellows presented their films.
Busan International Film Festival screening
Ed Hancox, a Masters of Fine Arts candidate in Film Production at the University of Texas Austin and InA Choi, an undergraduate enrolled in Korea’s National University of the Arts’ Film, TV, and Multimedia program, each received $20,000 grants to pursue their documentary filmmaking aspirations, which were accompanied by mentoring and expert guidance from Drew Beebe, a Senior Producer at Great Big Story with more than a decade’s experience in digital media.
For more than 12 weeks, Hancox and Choi developed their documentary films, chronicling the challenges and inspirations they faced through behind the scenes diaries hosted on Great Big Story. It all concluded at the Busan International Film Festival where each student world premiered their project on October 5th before a special audience at the CINE DE CHEF.
"This has been one of the most enriching experiences I've ever had as a filmmaker,” said Student Fellow Ed Hancox. “Working with the doc gurus at Great Big Story, especially my mentor Drew Beebe, has taught me a huge amount about how to grip viewers from the first frame and never let them go. I am incredibly excited for the film's premiere at the Busan International Film Festival - I'm sure it's going to be amazing to share the film with a Korean audience and hear their perspectives on my story. Thank you, Genesis and Great Big Story, for making this possible!"
“For me, making a film is like feeling all seasons of human at the front line,” said Student Fellow InA Choi. “I give thanks to people who existed in all my seasons. Especially to those who sweat together in my summer and to those who have made my winter warm. Anyway, autumn is the season of harvest and feast. Two film festivals in Busan, Korea and Austin, Texas are in front of us. I am really excited to meet the audience and share my story with them. Thank you for Great Big Story and Genesis for making all these things happen.”
“It's not every day that two talented young filmmakers are given the chance to pick up a camera and make a documentary with all the red tape removed,” said Drew Beebe, Senior Producer, Great Big Story and student fellow mentor. “Ed and InA have seized this opportunity, telling vastly different stories in two distinctive styles. I'm honored to have had the chance to encourage the immense effort and creativity that Ed and InA poured into their films this summer. I'm proud of the work they've done, I'm excited for the world to see it, and I can't wait to watch where these two go next.”
After the Busan International Film Festival, students will premiere their work at a special screening hosted by the Austin Film Festival, which takes place on October 27th. The films will run digitally on Great Big Story this fall.