Tony Rayns is a London-based critic, filmmaker and festival programmer with a special interest in East Asian cinema. He is also the founder and director of Dragon & Tiger Award of Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) as well as one of founders of Busan International Film Festival. His writings appears regularly in the magazine Sight & Sound.
Mr. Rayns has been committed to the promotion and production of international films. Being known as talent scout of Asian flims, he pays special attention to the creation and promotion of East Asian films. He has scouted for and recommended numerous Asian filmmakers including Kitano Takeshi, Lee Chang-dong, Hong Sang- soo, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Chen Kaige, Wong Kar-wai, Jia Zhangke, Stanley Kwan and Tsai Ming-liang. Moreover, he has also published books on Fassbinder, Korean cinema, Suzuki Seijun and Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood for Love.