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Festival Reports

The World starts in Vladivostok

System Administrator Saturday November 24, 2018

The festival’s 16th edition also had two very different guests of honour - Hollywood actress Andy MacDowell (Steven Soderbergh’s Sex Lies and Videotape;) Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) and Russian-American actor Steven Seagal (Nico and Under Siege, both by director Andrew Davis).

 

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The Asian Film Festival Barcelona 2018

System Administrator Saturday November 24, 2018

This year’s programme was distributed in the following sections: Official, Official Panorama, Discoveries, NETPAC and Special - all in competition. Each had nearly twenty films participating.

The NETPAC Section had 18 films: One each from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Tajikistan, and Vietnam; two each from Cambodia and Thailand, and four from India.

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A SHORT REPORT ON THE KOLKATA FILM FESTIVAL

System Administrator Saturday November 24, 2018
I attended the Kolkata International Film Festival this year titled A Carnival of World Cinema in the City of Joy. It was a productive and worthwhile experience. I was able to speak to numerous filmmakers, film critics, film festival organizers. They were deeply appreciative of the work of NETPAC in promoting Asian and Pacific cinemas. It was gratifying to hear their responses.
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The 5th Hanoi International Film Festival

System Administrator Tuesday November 13, 2018
This fifth edition has expanded the categories of competition films to include all nations and territories. The festival’s purpose is also to introduce, honour, and promote the image, the country, the people and the cultural identity of Vietnam among its international friends.
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34th Warsaw International Film Festival 12-21 October, 2018

System Administrator Tuesday November 13, 2018

First time in Poland. A nice feeling right from the start!

When I arrived, the sun was shining, which was unusual in Warsaw in this season (12th of October). Maks, the head of the hospitality team, had organized everything and Olga was waiting with a smile and the usual accreditation bag.

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Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema (FICA) 2018

System Administrator Sunday August 26, 2018
The Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema (FICA) wrapped up early this year (January 30-February 6, 2018) with two films sharing the NETPAC Jury Prize. China’s A TASTE OF RICE FLOWER, by Pengfei, was cited for “its delicate balance in portraying tradition-vs-modernization issues of migrant workers in a subtle mother/daughter storyline graced with distinct moods and rituals.”
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14th  Eurasia International Film Festival

System Administrator Sunday August 26, 2018
The 14 th  Eurasia International Film Festival was organized from the 30th  June to 7th  July 2018 at Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan.
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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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