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Venue: is a sub-site of ASEF's cultural portal It enables professionals working in the film industry to share relevant information with a particular emphasis on Asian and European independent cinema. The website covers different programmes and opportunities that are available to young filmmakers and film producers who want to strengthen their exposure and collaborations at an international level. 

The website objectives are:

  • to provide relevant information on different tools, programmes, platforms available for young filmmakers from Asia and Europe seeking regional or international collaboration
  • to support young filmmakers from Asian and Europe by providing insights on practical experience and study cases by making them available to a wider audience
  • to give voice to observers and active figures of the film sector in the two regions, in order to further understand the specificities of each countries and the synergies between the two.
  • to contribute to the development of regional film policies and programmes to further nurture regional collaboration and support.

The website continues the mission of the former online platform, SEA-Images (Synergy Europe-Asia in the field of cinema), initiated during the 1st Asia-Europe Film Development Plan Meeting held in Manila on 12-14 August 2002.



Project Updates

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) will support the 1st edition of the Film Restoration School Asia. The training initiative will provide film preservation and restoration training for 50 young film professionals from Asia to help preserve shared cinematic heritage.

    This 6-day training will take place in Singapore on 18-23 November 2013, organised by the National Museum of Singapore in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, L’Immagine Ritrovata and the World Cinema Foundation.

    Over the past 5 years, 175 participants from across the globe have attended this programme in Bologna, Italy organised by the Cineteca di Bologna and L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory. Building upon that success, the programme will inaugurate its first edition in Asia at the National Museum of Singapore.

    The Film Restoration Scholl Asia will include public screenings, lectures and practical hands-on lessons, conducted by experts from around the world. The goal of the programme is to address current issues surrounding film preservation and restoration while providing participants with practical training of current restoration and archival best-practices.

  • ASEF at Tropfest Roughcut Southeast Asia

    Published on 05 Aug 2013

    ASEF’s website and the DVD project 10 Lessons in Film were presented at TROPFEST Roughcut on 28-29 June 2013 in Penang, Malaysia.

    Organised as part of the month-long George Town Festival, TROPFEST Roughcut comprised of a symposium on film and screenings that engaged film professionals, educators, short film enthusiasts and producers.  Over 200 delegates attended the symposium, which opened with a masterclass by renowned Hong Kong-based cinematographer Christopher Doyle. The symposium also included presentations from filmmakers and film promoters such as Michael Laverty (Managing Director, Tropfest International), Banjong Pisanthanakun (Thai film director) and Herman Van Eyken (Head of Griffith Film School and curator of 10 Lessons in Film).

    ASEF presented its film programmes and shared one of the interviews featured in the DVD, 10 Lessons in Film, with film professionals from the region. TROPFEST Roughcut was organised in anticipation of the first regional edition of TROPFEST South East Asia, a short film competition and festival scheduled for January 2014 in Penang, Malaysia.

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) will be at TROPFEST Roughcut between 28 to 29 June 2013, to present and attend the screening of 10 Lessons in Film, which was originally launched by ASEF and the International Association of Film and Television Schools (CILECT) in 2011.

    As part of the month-long George Town Festival in Penang, Malaysia, TROPFEST Roughcut is an opportunity for film professionals to discuss about the craft and production of film-making in the ASEAN region. The event comprises a symposium in presence of international filmmakers and industry professionals, as well as a screening of the documentary series titled 10 Lessons in Film.

    On the first day of the event, Ms Valentina RICCARDI, Project Manager at ASEF’s Cultural Exchange Department, will make a presentation of, ASEF’s web portal dedicated to independent cinema in Asia and Europe.

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), through its film website, supports the ‘MEMORY! International Heritage Film Festival’, 1-9 June 2013 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

    The festival has been designed to sensitise filmmakers and audiences to value film heritage and the importance of film preservation and restoration in Asia and Europe. This first festival of its kind in Southeast Asia, will gather film professionals for screenings, workshops and conferences around the theme of film restoration.

    ASEF’s support to this festival builds on its commitment to the preservation of film heritage in Asia and Europe. This is also evidenced through its support to projects such as Raiding the Archives, which supported an extensive research of film archives in Asia and Europe in 2011.

    Ms Valentina RICCARDI, ASEF’s Project Manager of Cultural Exchange, will present the organisation’s long history of support to Asia-Europe co-operation in the field of film at the film festival in Cambodia.

    ‘MEMORY!’ is organised by the Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage (France) in partnership with the Bophana Centre (Cambodia) and the Cambodia Film Commission.

  • was present at Catch/Tell/Transform, a documentary film workshop in Manila (The Philippines) organised in the framework of Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe. This unique initiative gathers young promising filmmakers from Southeast Asia to enhance their skills and build new audiences for their work.

    During the first phase of the documentary filmmaking workshop, an interview was conducted with Ilang Ilang, a young documentary filmmaker from the Philippines. Ilang Ilang is a representative of the new wave of emerging documentary filmmakers in the country who are working with issues and topics that had never been explored by local filmmakers, Her project “Mothers of the Cordillera”, a film about indigenous women in Northern Philippines, who resisted mining, construction of dams and logging in their ancestral lands, promises to rescue one of those long-buried stories.

    Read the article

  • ASEF's film information platform,, was presented as a valuable tool for documentary filmmakers at the DocNet Strategy Seminar in Phnom Penh on 31 March 2013. offers quick and easy access to news, announcements and opportunities for filmmakers in Asia and Europe. It is part of ASEF's ongoing efforts to enhance the quality and availability of information to film professionals across Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) countries.

    The portal was presented at the Strategy Seminar by Ms Anupama SEKHAR, ASEF’s Deputy Director for Cultural Exchange. The seminar gathered over 50 film professionals, including young filmmakers, commercial producers, representatives of TV stations, governmental film board officials, film schools, foundations and NGOs to discuss the advancement of the documentary film sector in Southeast Asia.

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) through its film website, and in partnership with the Puttnam School of Film at LASALLE College of the Arts presented the free screening and presentation of 10 Lessons in Filmon 28 and 29 September 2012 at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore.

    10 Lessons in Film is a special edition DVD set comprising of 10 in-depth interviews with some of the world’s foremost film personalities. It is a research based pilot project aimed at increasing the stock of knowledge in exchanging discipline specific research between foremost European and Asia Pacific Filmmakers. Launched in 2011, the project is supported by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and CILECT (International Association of Film and Television Schools) in cooperation with LASALLE-SIA, College of the Arts (Singapore).

    The programme included the free screening of three interviews alongside a presentation and panel discussion.

    The first 2 interviews were screened on 28 September, one with Grant Major on Film Production Design and the second one with Wu Tian Ming on Chinese Filmmaking.

    On 29 September, the screening of the third interview with David Puttnam on Film Producing was accompanied by a presentation of the project by the curator Prof. Herman Van Eyken and a panel discussion titled “A European - Asia Pacific exchange, a start for cross cultural collaboration”. The panel included Charles Maideen, Programme Leader, The Puttnam School of Film, Eva Tang, Filmmaker, Interviewer in Wu Tianming’s Lesson in Film, Jeremy Segay, Attache Audiovisual French Embassy and Herman Van Eyken, Curator of Lessons in Film, Head of School at Griffith Film School.


    For more information about this project you can visit: 


    Partner: LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.

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