Festival Reports

The Asian Film Festival Barcelona 2018

System Administrator Sunday November 25, 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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System Administrator Sunday November 25, 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 Wednesday November 14, 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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Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema (FICA) 2018

System Administrator Monday August 27, 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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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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Congratulations Bong Joon Ho

Congratulations to Bong Joon-ho TXmvGYanrJgMzRNgaSEK The victory of Parasite by Bong Joon-ho, at the 92nd Academy Awards (aka the Oscars), is a clear sign of global change. The history of cinema is being written on our eyes! For the first time, the most prestigious cinema awards were given to one film - the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film festival, the Best Asian film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and the Oscars. For the first time, we see such unanimous acclaim of one film. Read More...