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Asian filmmakers to introduce first works in Singapore festival

Update: November, 28/2006 - 00:00

Asian 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 inaugurated.

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

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