KUCHING: The biennial Asean International Film Festival Award (Aiffa) 2017 from May 4 to 6 have kicked off a series of exciting events and activities up till the big night.
Aiffa is in its third edition and all the 10 Asean countries will be taking part in the festival.
Aiffa festival director Livan Tajang said the organiser would promote the event through exhibitions and press conferences in Sabah, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Singapore, Bangkok and Manila.
“We are receiving film entries now and this will be up for competition during the festival.
“We are talking to accomplished filmmakers and students of film as well as engaging partnership with international and regional film community and local business people,” she said at a press conference.
Café crawl, which is informal talks by local and international filmmakers, will be conducted at three selected cafes in Kuching from May 4 to 6. Film chats and screenings are among activities to be held during the sessions. This event is open to public.
“These are the people who moved beyond Asean region and win awards internationally.
Now they contribute by educating other Asean filmmakers.
“We would like to groom aspiring filmmakers so that they can become professionals.
“We also want to provide a platform for the younger people to learn more about films,” Livan said
Besides film festival and awards, the public will be treated to free public screening of movies at the Godown amphitheatre Waterfront Kuching, on weekends next month.
“In May, we will show Asean nominated films, short films and international documentary in selected Kuching cinemas for only RM1.
“We have decided instead of showing Hollywood films, we have chosen awrd-winning films that such as Turkish film Cold of Kalandar.
“You get a chance to watch quality film that you do not normally see in cinemas.
“Films are not necessarily all from Hollywood.
“There are independent films that are not shown in cinemas. This is a chance for the public to watch them,” said Livan.
May 4 will be the opening night at Kuching amphitheatre. The list of film nominees for the 12 awards will be revealed during that night.
Besides concerts by local artistes such as Dayang Nurfaizah and Alleycats, Aiffa will show a special film, The women who left directed by Lav Diaz, a well-known Asean director and winner of Golden Lion award at Venice Film Festival 2016.
The organisers will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for largest gathering of people dressed as a cat. The public are encouraged to participate.
Gala night will be held at on May 6.
Previous Aiffa gala nights left fans star-struck by the presence of megastars such as Jackie Chan and Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh. The organisers will soon reveal the celebrities who will be attending.
Sarawak Assistant Arts and Culture Minister Datuk John Sikie Tayai said Aiffa had given Sarawak filmmakers an avenue to show their talents.
“The state government is keen to develop filmmaking as a promising way for the youth in Sarawak to contribute to the development in the state,” he said.
He said Sarawak was “a natural film studio with its stunning and memorable backdrop.”
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