Magazine article Screen International

Southeast Asia Forms Film Alliance

Magazine article Screen International

Southeast Asia Forms Film Alliance

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Film ASEAN, a new organisation that aims to support the film industries of Southeast Asia, held its official launch at the EFM on Friday.

Headquartered in the Philippines, the non-profit foundation brings together the lead government agencies for film development in the ten nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Film ASEAN has received official recognition from ASEAN, while funding comes from the partner agencies.

"Southeast Asia is a market of 650 million people - the Philippines has 700 theatres, Indonesia is hitting 2,000 and Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam are also growing rapidly," said Film ASEAN president Briccio G. Santos at the launch event in Berlin.

"We foresee future co-productions in the region. We are presenting ourselves as a region with common identities."

Film ASEAN has already started rolling out several development initiatives across the region, including workshops in script development, directing, cinematography, editing and sound; audience education programmes; archiving programmes; and subtitling and translation services. …

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