filmmakers to introduce first works in Singapore festival
HA NOI — The second
Asian Festival of First Films 2006, which celebrates the excellence of
first-time filmmakers from the Asian diaspora will be held in Singapore, from
November 29 to December 5.
The Asian Festival of
First Films (AFFF) is the only film event in the world that showcases first time
filmmakers of Asian origin.
This year, the AFFF
received 330 film submissions from 60 countries and territories, of which, 22
films and documentaries were earmarked for competition, nearly 40 per cent more
than the total number of entries received last year when the festival was
The works will compete for
nine awards including best film, best directors, best producer, best actor and
actress in leading role, and best script or screenplay and a newly introduced
Foreign Press Association Choice.
The selected films are
from Bangladesh, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan,
Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Chinese Taipei and the UK.
The notable rise in
submission numbers is an indication of the festival’s rapidly growing
reputation as an influential platform for showcasing exceptional work by
talented first-time Asian filmmakers.
An eminent selection
committee comprising of Alex Law (Hong Kong), Daw Ming Lee (Chinese Taipei),
Kunal Kohli (India), Raymond Lee (the Philippines) and Sirkka Moeller (UK) met
and viewed the eligible films over seven days and nominated 14 features and
eight documentaries across the awards in closed-door sessions to determine the
short listed candidates.
An additional eight
feature and documentaries will be shown in the non-competitive category as an
example of outstanding cinema from first time Asian filmmakers.
The AFFF’s impressive
debut in 2005 attracted the attention of the global media and also pointed to a
sign of growing distributor and investor confidence in Asian films.
Since its inception, the
festival has reached a fair amount of success with several of the AFFF winners
having gone on to win awards at prestigious international festivals including
Berlin, Montreal, New York and the Rotterdam film festivals. — VNS