Asian film confab set for Nov launch

Some 60 Asian film industry leaders — from marketing experts to scholars — will participate as guest speakers and panelists in the first international conference on the promotion and worldwide distribution of Asian films.

Event, Nov. 7-13 in Honolulu, is sponsored by NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema); it will run concurrently with the first week of the 13th annual Hawaii Intl.

Film Festival, which will take place Nov. 7-21.

Among those attending are Kam Kwok Leung, an exec with Star TV; Shu Kei, a Hong Kong film producer; Nick Deocampo, head of the Mowelfund Film Institute in Manila; Aruna Vasudev, editor of Cinemaya in New Delhi; and Tadao Sato, a representative of the Fukuoka Intl. Film Festival in Japan.

In addition, 18 new Asian film productions ready for distribution in world markets will be screened for delegates to the conference. They will be presented as part of the festival’s Asian Film Discoveries Program.

More than 300 delegates are expected to attend, including filmmakers, distributors, TV programmers, exhibitors, critics, curators, educators and government officials.

“This is the first time so many Asian film industry representatives will meet on U.S. soil to exchange views and discuss mutual business opportunities with their Western counterparts. It should set an industry precedent,” said Jeannette Paulson, director/Hawaii Intl. Film Festival. Paulson is the only North American on NETPAC’s six-member board of directors.

The conference will include 20 seminars covering new distribution strategies, co-production, special exhibitions, tours and programming for television.

Among the Asian countries with representatives at the conference are China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Vietnam and Thailand.

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