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Festival Reports

14th Edition of Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival

System Administrator Sunday August 26, 2018
While deciding on the films worthy of our NETPAC award I decided to evaluate every film for its strength and weakness. So here are the views shared by the jury.
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NETPAC at the 22nd  Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN)

System Administrator Saturday August 18, 2018
BIFAN began with a unique concept of being an Asian “genre film festival”. I was then assigned to BIFAN and had wonderful opportunities to meet directors and actors through numerous interviews. At that time, auteur films dominated film festivals, but to me, BIFAN's selection was way more refreshing and special as the festival focused on "genre films". They were unconventional in providing horror, thriller B movies and midnight screenings with new refreshing film language. It was even more exciting that BIFAN examined Asian genre against the cliches of foreign genre films.
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Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF)

System Administrator Thursday July 26, 2018
NETPAC had chosen 11 films from the Asia and Pacific region for consideration for the NETPAC Award. The jury’s task was challenging as it had to pick the Best Film from a mix of films from many categories. In this selection five films were from the Main Competition, two from Out of Competition, one from Cinema of Sri Lanka, two from Free Thought Documentaries.
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Bangaluru Festival Report

System Administrator Tuesday July 10, 2018
Cinema is perceived here almost like a religious phenomenon. Each film screening starts with the National Anthem. At the Opening and Closing ceremonies, the Anthem of Karnataka was also heard. In the state only more than 200 feature films are produced annually in Kannada language. It explains the complex system of competitions and awards of the festival itself.
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19th JEONJU INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (2018)

System Administrator Saturday June 2, 2018
Out of the 12 prizes given at the festival, seven were won by women directors - this, despite an overwhelming majority of the competition directors being male. Is this a reflection of the change brought about by the #metoo movement of the past year and the Hollywood industry pushing for gender equality?
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22nd IFFK in Trivandrum, Kerala: A Trip into World Cinema and Malayalam Specificities.

System Administrator Tuesday January 16, 2018
Our unanimous choice went to Newton, by Amit Masurkar (India), the stunningly filmed story of an idealist young man confronted with the democratic process of conducting elections in a remote jungle area, where all the unavoidable contradictions of India’s democracy are revealed.
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TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: 7 – 17 September 2017

System Administrator Saturday October 14, 2017
The latest edition of TIFF lived up to its reputation as a warm, hospitable festival where exciting new voices in cinema get a chance to be showcased. That the festival is deeply embedded in the cultural life of the city is evident from the long queues and crowds outside the theatres even on weekdays.
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Fantastic at Bucheon

System Administrator Tuesday August 1, 2017

​The genre industry is growing and drawing more and more viewers, and Bucheon is set for a wider and technically challenging future. And judging by the audience response, films that were once regarded as B grade have come into their own.

 

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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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Obituary

Sun Shaoyi (1961 - 13th Aug. 2019) Shaoyi Photo It is with great sadness that we inform you of the demise of our senior NETPAC member, Prof SUN Shaoyi (孙绍谊) on 13th Aug 2019. Born in 1961, Prof. SUN Shaoyi did a Masters and a Ph.D from the University of Southern California (USC). He was Professor of Film and Media Studies at Shanghai Theater Academy (STA), taught Chinese film and literature at USC, University of California at Irvine, National Chung Hsing University (Taiwan), Shanghai University and New York University in Shanghai. Read More...