ASEAN to hold first-ever international film fest

Posted at 01/15/13 3:36 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Filmmakers from Southeast Asia, Bollywood and Hollywood are expected to gather for the first-ever ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards (AIFFA) in March at the Malaysian city of Kuching.

The three-day event, scheduled on March 28 to 30, will include screenings of films from in and outside the Southeast Asian region.

In a statement released on Tuesday, organizers promise a unique cinema experience dubbed “"movies in the rainforest,” in which Dayak longhouses will be used as theaters.

Organizers are now accepting submissions for the feature film festival until February 15.

A film jury will deliberate over all nominated films screened over the three days for awards to be presented at the gala night on March 30, 2013. Awards include the ASEAN spirit award, best screenplay, best director, best foreign film (outside Southeast Asia) and others

Apart from the submission of feature films, AIFFA 2013 also launched a short-film competition which accepts submissions on AIFFA 2013s official website. The short film competition is divided into two categories: one specifically for students and the other, open to the public. With the theme “Naturally Beautiful ASEAN,” the competition for short films aims to incorporate all elements related to ASEAN.

The film fest will also have seminars and exhibitions, featuring speakers such as Hollywood producer Gary Levinsohn, who earned an Oscar nomination for “Saving Private Ryan,” visual effects producer Kumber Lim (“Tron,” “Spider Man 2”) and Hollywood executive Christopher Chen.

Indian filmmakers will also speak on how ASEAN can work together with Bollywood. Location managers from Bollywood will also be in attendance to find out more about filming locations around the region.

AIFFA 2013 is endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism Sarawak and is fully supported by the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture Malaysia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia, as well as the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia.