Which festivals do you enjoy'

Cannes and Berlin are huge and they can be complicated, but they have the advantage of letting you meet lots of people. I like Rotterdam for the same reason. As for a smaller, quieter but well-run festival with substance, I would pick Karlovy Vary. Locarno has its industry slant and I personally like going there, too.

What is the blueprint for a good festival'

The selected films have to be good, they need to meet with good audiences and the invited guests should be good, too. Pusan probably meets about 80% of that, and we need to work harder for that other 20%.

Which films have you enjoyed recently'

I try to see all the major Korean films when they are released in theatres, and also a lot of the Competition films at Cannes and other festivals I attend. I did particularly like a short film in Montreal recently called Line. It focused on different women in a long line waiting to go to the bathroom - brief but pleasant.

Are new film-making talents getting the chance to shine'

I see plenty of opportunities for new talents to shine. Take Lee Yoon-ki and Aditya Assarat, for example. Lee debuted in Pusan in 2004 with This Charming Girl and went on to several festivals and awards and now is about to see a retrospective of his four films in Italy.

What are you most looking forward to ahead of this year's festival'

I'm looking forward to meeting Anna Karina, the head of our jury. She's such a famous actress I've seen so many times on the screen, I'm sure meeting her in person will be inspirational as well.

Also, Samira Makhmalbaf (who is on the jury and has Two-Legged Horse in the Window on Asian Cinema section). In a way, she's almost like a niece. The Makhmalbaf family have all been to Pusan and we also meet abroad.

She got married last year so I'm looking forward to seeing her and how she has changed since then.