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Singapore film fest calls for entries at launch in France

Update: June, 22/2007 - 00:00

Singapore film fest calls for entries at launch in France

(23-06-2007)

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 laws.

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 October.

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 for AFFF.

"The movie-making 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. — VNS

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