Singapore film fest
calls for entries at launch in France
HA NOI — The
three-year-old Asian Festival of First Films (AFFF) announced it will now accept
entries for this year’s event during a launch ceremony in Cannes, France.
The festival, always held
in Singapore, promotes excellence in filmmaking. This year’s campaign is for
first-time Asian film makers, producers, directors, writers, cinematographers,
actors and documentary makers.
Films and documentaries
eligible for the festival can be about anything as long as the topic is clear
and the film is appropriate for viewing. There are no specific criteria as far
as techniques are concerned for judging the films. Winners are chosen for their
creativity and originality.
Films can be in any style
and topic, but must not breach copyright, defamation and anti-discrimination
Up to 36 films will be
screened at the competition, which will run from November 27 to December 4.
Nominations will be announced in Singapore and posted on AFFF website in
This year, the festival
has expanded to include Pacific countries, including Australia and New Zealand.
Entries will be judged by
a professional, international selection committee who will nominate the best
across nine award categories, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and
Actress and Best Documentary.
A grand jury comprising
world-renowned directors and actors will judge the nominated films and announce
their decision in December. There is no entry fee. Final submissions must be
made by August 31.
"We are the
commercial launchpad for first-time filmmakers.
We believe there is
incredible talent across Asia that needs to be recognised and the films
distributed to the rest of the world," said Sanjoy Roy, festival director
industry is always looking out for the next big thing. We believe AFFF is such a
resource and this is why we are reaching out to larger number of distributors,
studios and talent hunters in Cannes this year."
More than 300 submissions
were received last year from across the world.
Submission forms, rules
and regulations are available on the AFFF website at www.asianfirstfilms.com.