Festival Reports

Asian Cinema at BIFFES: Linked by an Unusual Thread

System Administrator Sunday February 12, 2017
Above all, BIFFES, organised by the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy and led by its Artistic Director N Vidyashankar, is now as much a Bangalore as a Mysore event ever since the two cities began to jointly host the festival a year ago. The opening ceremony which brought together hundreds of people in the state capital Bangalore, was a grand event held in front of a spectacularly lit Vidhan Soudha (the Karnataka Legislature).
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4th QCinema International Film Festival, Quezon City

System Administrator Monday December 12, 2016
This city of new horizons known for its shopping malls and skyscrappers is also the Entertainment capital of the country. It is no surprise that the annual Qcinema International Film Festival which was started just 4 years back has grown into a major cultural event. 
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System Administrator Monday December 12, 2016
How I wish these film schools could have had a small counter where the rest of the world could buy their DVDs and show it to eager audiences in their respective parts of the world! Similarly the marketing section of the festival also functions at a low key.
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The Pacific Meridian Film Festival in Vladivostok: a memorable experience.

System Administrator Tuesday October 4, 2016
The program of our Netpac jury (composed of Mrs Nina Kochelyaeva, Russia, Mr Andreas Ungerböck, Austria, and myself, chairman) was composed of eleven films, partly form the main competition , and partly from other sections, like the Panorama, reflecting the spirit of the Pacific Ocean countries.
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20th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival

System Administrator Wednesday August 17, 2016

The Bucheon International Film Festival (21-31 July 2016), which started as the Fantastic Film Festival in 1997, celebrated its 20th year. BIFAN is the biggest festival of its kind in Asia, and it plays a significant role in the Korean film Industry, with a unique style of film programmes and events. This year, it showed 320 quality films from 49 countries, that catered to the tastes of a varied audience. 


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33rd Busan International Shot Film Festival, Korea

System Administrator Tuesday June 7, 2016
BISFF is one of the earliest and first short film festivals in Korea, launched in 1980, it’s aspire to aesthetics in short films and has firmly established itself as the place to discover new talented directors. They also brought the world’s latest and hidden shorts in spotlight in terms; BISFF is a remarkable opportunity for the directors in national and around the world.  It is small but powerful and becoming more and more the most coveted short film festival in Asia.
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Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival, 1 – 6 December 2015

System Administrator Friday February 12, 2016

The Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (JAFF) celebrated its 10th anniversary during its 2015 edition in Jogjakarta, Indonesia.
JAFF was founded in 2005 by Garin Nugroho and Budi Irawanto with the collaboration of NETPAC. It is the only film festival that carries NETPAC’s name in which NETPAC has a direct presence, usually through NETPAC vice-president Philip Cheah, who is the festival’s program consultant.

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Hawaii International Film Festival NETPAC@25, 12-24 November 2015

System Administrator Friday February 12, 2016

The Hawaiian International Film Festival (HIFF) is the largest film festival in the US “dedicated to the advancement of understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and North America through the medium of film."
In 2015 HIFF marked its 35th year with an ambitiously eclectic program befitting its unique crossroads position as an American state located in the Asia Pacific region.

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Monica Tuesday December 15, 2015
The second International Film Festival of Colombo (IFFC) , in association with the Okinawa film festival in Japan, and powered by the National Film Corporation, took place from November 6 to 11 2015, in various cinemas of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo.
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Dreaming of the World at the 2nd Colombo Int’l Film Festival 2015

System Administrator Friday November 27, 2015
By all accounts, the 2nd Colombo International Film Festival (Nov 6-12 2015) was another banner year. As in its debut festival, long queues again hugged the entrances of cinema buildings and often snaked off into oblivion as thousands of patrons tried to enter the free screenings of over 120 films.
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Abbas Kiarostami

(22nd July 1940 - 4th July 2016)

Many of us at NETPAC also knew the man. And we all have our stories. Elegant, in the real sense of the word. Reserved, yes. Generous, also. In the extreme. He was always generous in his support of foreign film scholars and programmers. But more importantly, we all witnessed his support of new and indie filmmakers. And how many films carry a credit to his generous sharing of stories … We are all the richer for this.. Read More...

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