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[AFA 2018] Announcement for Faculty Members and Participants|
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Announcement for the 2018 Asian Film Academy (AFA) Faculty Members and Participants
The Asian Film Academy (AFA), which discovers young Asian filmmakers and builds an Asian film network, announces the final 24 participants.
374 Applicants from 28 Countries: A Growing Number of Applicants with Steady Interest
Interest in the Asian Film Academy (AFA) has increased again this year with 374 people from 28 different countries applying for the 14th AFA. The largest numbers of applicants were from India, followed by the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. These countries have all shown outstanding growth in their film industries. The AFA has also seen the highest rate of female participants this year with 8 participants now featured among the final 24 participants who have passed the tough competition.
The Future of Asian Cinema, Every New Talents Gathered in AFA
Rising global stars have been selected as participants for this year’s AFA. Participant Vijaktre Thirapatana from Thailand submitted his short film Death of the Soundman (2017) to the 2017 Venice International Film Festival, and Aigul Nurbulatova (Kazakhstan) worked as a cinematographer for the film Bad Bad Winter (2018), which screened at the program of Association for the Distribution of Independent Cinema for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Chong Shuk Fong (Hong Kong), Rajesh Prasad Khatri (Nepal), and Kiran Shrestha (Nepal) also worked as a team for A Curious Girl (2017) which won the top jury prize for Generation Kplus at the Berlin International Film Festival. Makbul Mubarak from Indonesia, a former Art Major Asian Scholarship student at Korea National University of Arts, is a notable participant this year. Likewise, all the young Asian filmmakers have gathered at the 2018 AFA and we expect their outstanding growth through in-depth education from great faculty members including Lou Ye (Dean).
After the Academy, Various Scholarship Program from Munich to New York
ARRI, the worlds leading manufacturer of professional motion picture equipment, will fund the ARRI Scholarship Award. ARRI joined AFA as sponsorship since 2016 and provided ALEXA Mini cameras for short film productions. As well as ALEXA cameras, this year ARRI will offer a scholarship to two fellows who will have an opportunity to visit the ARRI Main Office in Munich, Germany and participate in the ARRI Training Program. AFA 2018 collaborates with the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and will run the Film Workshop, "BRIDGE TO HOLLYWOOD". After pitching competition at the workshop, two winners will have the opportunity to visit industry events in the United States and Australia. The first place winner will attend a 5-day Film Immersion Program in Los Angeles, USA. The second place winner will be invited to Brisbane, Australia to attend the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA). A qualification to apply for an incubating fund on making an independent feature film will also be given for the AFA graduates. Lastly, there is the New York Film Academy scholarship program. One participant will be selected to go to New York to take four-week long workshops at the New York Film Academy.
The final members of 24 participants will be joined the program for eighteen days from the 27th of September to the 14th of October, and will be taught by Lou Ye (Dean), Tan Chui Mui (directing mentor), and Artur Żurawski (cinematography mentor).
Final List of Participants for the 2018 Asian Film Academy (AFA)
CHONG Shuk Fong
CHEW Boon Wai
Rajesh Prasad KHATRI
Carl Adrian CHAVEZ
Persian Jalandoni MAGLINTE
Devamanikandan KANNAYA SOMU
Dean: LOU Ye
Born in Shanghai in 1965 and graduated from the Beijing Film Academy in 1989. He received the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Award in the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg in 1996 with his first film called Weekend Lover (1995). He was also awarded as the winner of Tiger Award at the 1999 International Film Festival Rotterdam with Suzhou River (2000). His work Summer Palace (2006), about the Tiananmen Square protests, competed for the Palme d’Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. The screening of his film at Cannes received good reviews from critics, however he was banned from work in mainland China for five years because the film was screened without governmental approval. Lou Ye founded the film company called “Dream Factory” in 1998, and has led the new wave movement of mainland Chinese cinema. He has continued on developing his works on portraying a cataclysmic current era of busy city in China, to capture the depth of the people who live in the city through making Spring Fever (2009), Mystery (2012), and Blind Massage (2014).
Directing Mentor: TAN Chui Mui
Filmmaker Tan was born in Kuantan, Malaysia in 1978. Her film Love Conquers All (2006) won the New Currents Awards and FIPRESCI International Critics Award at the 2006 Busan International Film Festival, and won the Tiger Award at the 2007 Rotterdam International Film Festival. Also, her film Everyday Everyday (2009) won the top prize at the 2009 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. She was invited to the Cannes Cinefondation Residency, and she was a mentor for many regional filmmaking workshops. She also led a Malaysian New Wave movement through making a filmmaking workshop called NNW Films (Next New Wave Films) for young Malaysian filmmakers. Her other major works are Year Without A Summer (2010) and a short film A Tree in Tanjung Malim (2005).
Cinematography Mentor: Artur ŻURAWSKI, PSC
Artur Żurawski, PSC, a Polish cinematographer, director, and still photographer, was born and raised in small town Chojna in Poland near the German border. He studied cinematography at the Polish National Film School and is a member of the Polish Society of Cinematographers (PSC) and the Polish Filmmakers Association. He started his professional career as an animator, assistant director, and co-author of special effects for an animation film called Piet Mondrian (1995), produced for Polish National Television. In addition, he has worked for the feature films, short films, and documentaries, as well as TV series, advertisements, and music videos. He has worked for the Hindi film industry since 2011, and earned global recognition through the film Mardaani (2014) and Sultan (2016). He works on a photographic project called Z Project, which involves taking a photo every day.
The 23rd Busan International Film Festival will be held from October 4, 2018 to October 13, 2018.
Asian Film Market will be held from October 6, 2018 to October 9, 2018.
Asian Project Market will be held from October 7, 2018 to October 9, 2018.