From EADn to ADN: a more global platform for a wider doc cooperation with Asia

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Less than 2 years after its creation, Europe Asia Documentary Network (EADn) evolved into Asia Documentary Network / ADN. This change of name also signifies a change of scope and a new step in its strategy.

With this new name, ADN keeps its ambition to promote documentary cooperation and coproduction with Asia and Asian docmakers, but the scope is changing to a wider extent, the world instead of Europe. The aims of ADN still focus on the promotion of Asian documentary content and the development of cooperation in the field of doc production, financing, distribution and broadcasting, not only in Europe but also in North and South America, Middle East and Africa.

Embracing this new scope, ADN intends to follow the trends towards an increasing globalization of documentary industry (from production to audience) and the increasing demand for Asia documentary content all over the world.


In the last few weeks, these trends have been observed in the news:

. CCTV Doc channel signed a general agreement with Cisneros Group in Venezuela,

. Sundance Festival 2012 selected one documentary coproduced by a Canadian and a Chinese prodcos,

. in Amsterdam, four Asian docs won awards at 24th IDFA,

. in LA, Pakistan received its first Oscar with a short documentary.

Connecting over 2 000 doc makers from all continents

Pursuing the same target of promoting documentary production in and about Asia and facilitating the coproduction between Asia and other continents in the world, ADN is dedicated to attract and connect more doc players from all continents.


Through our different social networks, twitter, facebook, youtube, linkedin and weibo, we are already connecting over 2 000 doc makers from 60 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Bhutan, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dubai, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Poland, Quatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, UAE, USA, Vietnam.

A website for an easier cooperation

Despite the change to new name, the platform will keep operating the website but will develop the cooperation activities through:

. regular presentation of new doc projects in or about Asia, which are seeking partners (doc projects database)

. weekly interviews of doc makers from or outside Asia

. opening of a database of doc makers from Asia and other regions who are interested by Asia

 New website address:

A special doc screening in Hong Kong, on Tuesday 20 March 2012

To symbolize this key step, we are delighted to invite you to a special market and industry screening in Hong Kong, on Tuesday 20th March. In cooperation with HAF, Filmart and EyeSteelFilm, ADN will present “China Heavyweight”, a documentary which is a truly international coproduction between Chinese Yuanfang Media and Canadian EyeSteelFilm and is directed by Chinese-Canadian director, Yung Chang.

This doc was selected at the Sundance Film Festival 2012 and has been already acquired by major international broadcasters such as YLE in Finland, Channel 4 in the UK, TV2 in Denmark and both Superchannel and French-language TV5 in its native Canada.

The screening will be started by a panel discussion, during which one of the coproducers, Lixin Fan, will introduce the film and discuss with other producers about “documentary international coproduction”. Lixin is a Canada-based documentary film director who is well-known for his debut feature documentary “Last Train Home”.

 Screening Details

Date:  March 20, 2012
Time:  18:30-19:00 Panel discussion       19:00-20:30 Screening
Venue:  Hong Kong Art Center Agnès b. CINEMA!
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles
Synopsis:  Poor rural Chinese teenagers being trained into professional boxers and facing the dilemma of pursuing athletic achievement for the country or for themselves.

This screening is open to Filmart and HAF delegates. If you are not in this situation, we welcome you to register, by email to Sheryl Lee ( with your name in full and contact number on or before March 15, 2012.

For more details on the documentary, please visit the official Website:

and some articles on ADN website:

. Boxing clever in China (C21 Media)

. Canada/China boxing documentary received European support

Look forward to hearing from you soon and to welcome you at the screening !

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