The film.culture360.org website, hosted as part of culture360.org, is a new online platform for sharing information on film industries with a special focus on independent cinema in Asia and Europe. 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 and supported by the Asia-Europe Foundation.
The film.culture360.org 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 understand further the particularities of each countries and the synergies between these two
• to contribute to the development of regional film policies and programmes to further nurture regional collaboration and support.
About the Editor
Asian film expert Jérémy Segay is the former editor of film.culture360.org. Since 2005, he has been the contributor of information about Asian cinema for the SEA-Images website. With more than 10 years of experience as an organiser and curator of various film festivals and events in both Asia and Europe, he is an active observer of the trends and developments in film, coproduction and public cultural policies.
The role of Asia-Europe Foundation in Cinema
The Asia-Europe Foundation has nearly a decade of experience in facilitating Asia-Europe cooperation in the area of film, particularly in independent cinema. Previous initiatives included:
• the ASEF Cultural Grants Programme, which allowed selected young filmmakers from Asia and Europe to represent their films in film festivals
• the Asia-Europe Film Development Plan Meetings, gathered cinema professionals to discuss or take part in workshops on issues related to independent cinema
• the SEA-Images website (Synergy Europe-Asia in the field of cinema) which successfully highlighted the Asian film industry and its independent sector and classified the rich information on European cinema for better sharing among film professionals.
culture360.org is a unique online platform that connects the people of Asia and Europe through arts and culture.
culture360.org aims to bring Asia and Europe closer by providing information, facilitating dialogue and stimulating reflection on the arts and culture.
About the Asia-Europe Foundation
The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) promotes greater mutual understanding between Asia and Europe through intellectual, cultural and people-to-people exchanges. Through ASEF, civil society concerns are included as a vital component of deliberations of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM*). ASEF was established in February 1997 by the participating governments of ASEM and has since implemented over 450 projects, engaging over 15,000 direct participants as well as reaching out to a much wider audience in Asia and Europe. www.asef.org
* ASEM now brings together 46 member states (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, Vietnam) plus the European Commission and the ASEAN Secretariat. www.aseminfoboard.org