Archive for category: ASIA-PACIFIC

/ 07/03/2012 10:31 AM

In 2012, 17 projects will benefit from the Asian Network of Documentary [AND] Fund.

The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has just announced 31 Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) recipients this year (19 Asian projects, 12 Korean projects), including 17 projects which will benefit from the Asian Network of Documentary [AND] Fund. AND Fund winners include Tamara Stepanyan’s Embers, a Lebanese documentary about the older generation, and Shahin Parhami’s documentary about the downfall of a [...]

/ 07/03/2012 10:23 AM

Charlene Shih (Dynamic): “even with little funding, Taiwan has more opportunities for people who want to make docs”

Charlene Shih, the Taiwanese doc director and producer speaks about her last and new projects, some strong stories about China, Taiwan and even Japan.  Could you introduce yourself ? I was born and raised in Taiwan. At 19, I went to the United States to further my education, studied fine arts in undergrad, and received MFA in Experimental Animation in [...]

/ 07/03/2012 9:38 AM

“Pakistan: Acid attack survivor sues Chinoy” (zeenews.india.com)

Karachi: An acid attack survivor, whose harrowing story inspired Oscar award winning documentary by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, has filed a case against the documentary filmmaker for not paying her compensation and other benefits. Rukhsana, who hails from Muzaffargarh, filed the case against Chinoy in the Multan sessions court in which she has claimed that the filmmaker had offered her compensation [...]

/ 07/02/2012 9:24 AM

“Footprints in the Desert” (India) (In production)

Title: Footprints in the Desert Synopsis: The film will be a human story of the India and Pakistan Border lying across the vast expanse of rolling golden sand of Rajasthan through the footprints in the desert. The ancient wisdom of finding a person or a lost camel tracing the footprints lies with a community residing along the border of India [...]

/ 06/29/2012 8:37 AM

“Crossing the Bering Strait” (Germany) (pre-production)

Title: Crossing the Bering Strait Synopsis: They’re the Odd Couple of the new millennium: George Koumal and Joe Henri. This unlikely duo have dedicated their lives to connecting Siberia and Alaska via the longest tunnel in the world – 85 kilometers across the Bering Strait. The intercontinental railway would drastically shorten transport times between Asia and North America, and provide [...]

/ 06/28/2012 9:02 AM

The superhuman lives of our documentary makers (livemint.com)

Festival acclaim and media attention help nudge documentaries from relative obscurity towards mainstream attention It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a documentary! Faiza Ahmed Khan’s hugely enjoyable “Supermen Of Malegaon” is finally swooping down on PVR multiplexes on 29 June, a little over four years after it was completed. “Supermen of Malegaon” spotlights the tiny Malegaon film industry, whose [...]

/ 06/27/2012 11:00 PM

CCTV-9 fell in love with a Taiwanese doc

Taiwan-based doc producer and distributor The Classic Vision has sold a feature-length documentary about love and marriage to CCTV9 in China and is seeking broadcast partners for a spin-off series. “Let’s Fall in Love” is a 90-minute film from director Wuna Wu and producer Ging Lee. It follows the work of matchmaker and relationship counsellor Hellen Chen and the couples [...]

/ 06/27/2012 9:43 AM

“Ryefield Sailors” (Taiwan) (pre-production)

Title: Ryefield Sailors Original title: About China Synopsis: This film follows the fortunes of two of these farm boys, their hopes and their fears, and the teacher who guides them on their course for the ocean – in a school marooned in the middle of a wheatfield, five hundred miles from the coast. One is just starting out, and is [...]

/ 06/26/2012 11:25 AM

Nicolas Deschamps (ITV Studio France): “Land of the Panda is a film where emotion is driving awareness”

In an exclusive interview for ADN, Nicolas Deschamps, head of documentaries at ITV Studio France speaks about “Land of the Panda”, its first experience of production in China. Could you introduce yourself? After studying film and getting a Masters in cultural politics, I walked into the great family of media through the door of television. First at TV5, then France [...]

/ 06/26/2012 10:29 AM

A filmmaker’s odyssey (China Daily)

Documentary director Fan Lixin has launched a personal screening odyssey to promote his film on migrant workers. An award-winning documentary’s creator has hit the road to ensure his work on migrant workers is seen by the masses. Sun Li reports in Beijing. Documentary maker Fan Lixin has had an unexpected big-screen hit with his first work, “Last Train Home”, about the [...]