film festival to spotlight first-time directors
— Singapore honours the best films by rising directors from around the
region and further afield at the Asian Festival of First Films (AFFF), whose
awards night is set for next Tuesday.
A specially designed ‘Swarovski
trophy’ will be presented along with prizes sponsored by the Media Development
Authority of Singapore (MDA).
About 21 feature films and
documentaries across ten award categories have been selected for this year’s
festival. An additional eight films have been selected in the out-of-competition
MDA’s chief executive
officer, Dr Christopher Chia, said that the film festival has grown considerably
since being launched three years ago.
"We are pleased that
AFFF has grown to become a key event at the Asia Media Festival where it plays
an important role in promoting Asian cinema to global audiences," said
"From the record
number of quality entries received, it is clear that the festival serves to
raise the profile of first-time filmmakers and provides a platform for
commercial film transactions to take place." — VNS