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Festival Reports

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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COLOMBO: AN EXCITING ASIAN FILM EVENT

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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QCinema 2015: Third Time's a Charm

System Administrator Sunday November 8, 2015
Now in its third year, QCinema has reached a key turning point, boasting more than 200 screenings of eight new features, five documentaries, and over 20 foreign films in six cinemas in three malls in Quezon City, all in 10 days. These may be modest figures by overseas standards, but in the Philippines this is a big deal. Over the years the challenge has always been to sustain a film festival — Cinemanila stopped indefinitely in 2013; Cinemalaya, though it managed to go past a controversy, had only short films in competition this year; and World Premieres, alas, continued its annual display of failure — but even more difficult is the ability to sustain a growing audience. Just on these two accounts, QCinema 2015 has made a major leap.
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CINEMALAYA 11, MANILA: A TRANSITIONAL YEAR

System Administrator Sunday November 8, 2015
For it's 11th edition, the truly original "Indie Film festival" in the Philippines, Cinemalaya, had to go through a surgical operation. For the first time since its creation in 2005, there was no feature film competition, due to the withdrawal of the main financial sponsor, Antonio "Tony Boy" Cojuangco, and the lack of full budget for the production of 10 feature films, or more. As a result, only the short film competition took place this year.
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The Metaphorical Portrait of Nation

System Administrator Sunday October 25, 2015
The Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) is a remote part of the Russian Federation, located in the north of Russian Asia (you can describe it as Siberia or Far North-East). This is where the third edition of Yakutsk International Film Festival was held. Previous editions had been dedicated to so-called Arctic films. This year (2015), though, the festival changed its regulations: from now on, there will be two competitions - Arctic cinema and cinema by Turk-Mongolian people which represent two sides of Yakutian identity.
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Obituary

Jocelyne Saab (30th Apr, 1948 - 7th Jan. 2019) Jocelyne Jocelyne Saab, widely considered one of the most important contemporary Arab filmmakers, passed away after a brave and difficult battle with cancer on 7 January. Although death had long been hovering, many of us in contact only through texting or phoning, were taken by surprise, as the usual season's greetings had been exchanged with no hint that this beloved member of our film community would leave us within a week. Read More...