Film festival in the rainforest


Hollywood and Bollywood filmmakers will join their Asean counterparts at the Asean International Film Festival And Awards in March, writes Loong Wai Ting

THE Asean International Film Festival And Awards (AIFFA), to be held on March 28-30, is set to become Asia’s version of the Cannes International Film Festival.

It will be held at Sarawak Cultural Village in Kuching, which is home to Rainforest World Music Festival and World Harvest Festival.

Asean film-makers, as well as those from Hollywood and Bollywood are expected to attend the Festival, a platform for them to exchange ideas and share their experiences.

  “The festival not only establishes co-operation and collaboration between filmmakers, but it also gives recognition to outstanding films in Asean cinemas,” said festival director Livan Tajang at an event to launch the festival recently.
  Also present were Deputy Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Joseph Salang, Hollywood film festival consultant Steven Bernard and industry representatives including Datin Sofea Jane.
The festival is also aimed at showcasing Sarawak as a unique  film location.

  “We’re gauging response from participants as well as film enthusiasts. We may make it an annual or biennial event,”Tajang adds.

AIFFA 2013 will also feature seminars and exhibitions.  Key speakers include film producer Gary Levinsohn (Saving Private Ryan, The Patriot, Snakes On The Plane) who will present a talk on filmmaking. Kymber Lim (visual effects producer for TRON: Legacy, Rush Hour, Vanilla Sky) and Christopher Chen (visual effects, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Iron Man 2, Ghost Rider: Spirit Of The Vengeance) are also among the speakers.

  The event will kick off with Movies In The Rainforest (March 28) where film buffs are invited for a night movie screening set amid the lush rainforest. There will also be a meet-and-greet session between visitors, artistes and filmmakers.

 The second day will be devoted to seminars and exhibitions.  Participants, from producers and directors to location scouts will share insights on filmmaking and production. The seminar is open to delegates, while the exhibition is open to the public.

  Themed Black & White Borneo, the third day (also the gala night) will be a red carpet event. Winners of the AIFFA 2013 feature films and short films will be announced.

Submissions for AIFFA 2013 feature films (produced and completed between Jan 1, 2012 to Feb 1 2013) is now open. For participation form, rules and regulations, visit

(From left) Finas director-general Raja Rozaimie Raja Dalnish Shah, Salang, Tajang and permanent secretatry to the Ministry Of Tourism, Datuk Ik Pahon Joyik.

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