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2019 Asian Film Academy Program

Short Film Production

AFA fellows will make two short films during the program. Among twenty four short film scripts submitted by the fellows, two are selected to be produced and screened at the 24th Busan International Film Festival. Divided into two teams, the fellows in each team go through a collaborative filmmaking process from script development to the post-production with the support of mentors, instructors, and professional crew.

Workshop & Mentoring

AFA invites experts from various filmmaking fields such as producing, directing, cinematography, production design, editing, and sound engineering to hold workshops for AFA fellows. These exclusive workshops offer the fellows the opportunities to gain in-depth knowledge about a particular filmmaking field as well as to engage in hands-on training guided by the filmmaking experts. Moreover, AFA fellows have the opportunity to have a private mentoring session with the established filmmakers. During the session, the fellows discuss their current projects and learn from their mentors.

Special Lectures & Mentor Film Screening

AFA offers an opportunity to learn professional experiences from established directors. During the sessions, the fellows will appreciate and discuss the films made by their mentors.

AFA-MPA Film Workshop

2019 AFA-MPA Film Workshop, conducting for the third time in AFA since 2017, would be comprised of three programs, ‘Special Lecture, Pitching Competition and Mentoring’. Special lecture is open to fellows who wish to attend. For the pitching competition, ten fellows will be selected to pitch their own projects. Two fellows will be selected as winners through the pitching competition and they will receive opportunities to participate in film events in the US and Australia. First prize winner will receive a 5-day Film Immersion Course in Los Angeles, and President’s Special Recognition Award winner will receive a trip to Brisbane, Australia to attend the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), as the special guest of the President and Managing Director of the Motion Picture Association, Asia Pacific.

※ The MPA is an organization established to aspire the art of filmmaking and to promote the film industry, representing the interests of the six major producers and distributors of the US film industry. Their priority business is to safeguard the intellectual property rights and to promote global expansion of film business and international exchange. Headquartered in the US, they have worldwide operations in the Asia Pacific and Europe.

AFA Network

AFA Network event allows for the current fellows to meet with the AFA alumni who are participating in the 24th Busan International Film Festival. This opportunity will help forge new relationships to build up on the established network of AFA alumni and will become a stepping stone for this year's fellows to collaborate on various projects in the future.

Graduation Ceremony & Short Film Screening

The final works of the fellows will be screened at the AFA Graduation Ceremony. The two completed films will show the fellows' passion for and the hard work put into the making of these short films with the support of renowned filmmaking masters and competent experts. It will be a time to confirm the potentials for building networks of Asian filmmakers and to enjoy the fruits of collaboration, transcending language barriers and cultural differences.