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Asian Film Archive Presents
In Conversation with Film Programmers

Synopsis of Programme 
Film festival programming is a complex and under-examined process. How are films selected and what are the considerations of film programmers when deciding on films for their festivals? How do programmers balance a selection of cinematically experimental works with popular crowd-pleasers, whether they be for retrospectives or world premieres? How do film festivals contribute to film culture and the success of filmmakers?

To be in official selection in high-profile international film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, and Locarno is a prestigious highlight of every filmmakers' career. Each year, the press, the film industry, and the public make pilgrimages to these festivals to scrutinise the selection of films by the programmers. Film festivals have also evolved over the years, by widening the scope of their agendas, for instance, launching new festival activities such as film markets, funding programmes, networking platforms, film school projects and residencies. How do such film festivals help carve the success of the films and filmmakers they showcase?

"Everyone knows that acceptance to a high-profile fest ratchets up the chances of a film's success. But few understand the mechanics of the selection process." Patricia Thomson, Variety.

Paolo Bertolin (Venice International Film Festival)
Date: 14 June 2008, Sat
Time: 3 - 4.30pm
Venue:  The Substation
             45 Armenian Street Singapore 179936

Jacob Wong (Locarno International Film Festival)
Date: 21 June 2008, Sat
Time: 1 - 2.30pm
Venue:  library@esplanade
             8 Raffles Avenue, #03-01, Singapore 039802

Raymond Phathanavirangoon (Toronto International Film Festival) and Christoph Terhechte (Berlin International Film Festival)
Date: 28 June 2008, Sat
Time: 4.30 - 6pm
Venue:  library@esplanade
             8 Raffles Avenue, #03-01, Singapore 039802

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Biodata of Speakers 
Paolo Bertolin is a member of the selecting committee of Venice International Film Festival. For Venice Festival, he also has a special mandate for the pre-selection of films from Korea and South East Asia. He also works for other Italian festivals, such as Udine Far East Film Festival, the Festival dei Popoli in Florence and the Korea Film Fest. He used to be a correspondent for Cannes' Critics' Week and has published a wide range of articles on Italian newspapers and film magazines, mostly focusing on Asian cinemas, as well as in some international publications such as Osian's Cinefan, Positif, Senses of Cinema and The Korea Times. 

Jacob Wong has been curator of the Hong Kong International Film Festival since 1997. He is also the delegate of the Berlin International Film Festival, the Locarno International Film Festival and Mexico’s Los Cabos International Film Festival in Asia. He has also curated film programmes for other festivals and institutions, the most recent being “The State of the World” for the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon, in celebration of the institute’s 50th anniversary.

Raymond Phathanavirangoon is an international programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival. He previously worked as Director of Marketing & Special Projects for international sales agent Fortissimo Films, where he was responsible for the acquisition of Asian films. Some of the titles he helped acquire included Cannes Competition entry SERBIS from the Philippines, Korean Berlin Panorama title NO REGRET, Venice Competition title HELP ME EROS from Taiwan, and others. He was also in charge of marketing, having directed acclaimed posters and presskits for titles such as TAXIDERMIA and PLEASURE FACTORY. He also works as the International Programmer at the Toronto Reel Asian film Festival, and was previously the English Editor for the Hong Kong International Film Festival. He was a member of the Teddy Jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2007.

Christoph Terhechte was born in 1961 in the city of Münster, Westphalia. He studied political science and journalism at the University of Hamburg and has worked as a film journalist since 1984. In 1987, he was hired as a writer in Hamburg for the “taz” daily newspaper. In 1988 he moved to Paris for two years, working as a freelance journalist. Up until 1990, he also worked on the film selection and editorial work of the European Low Budget Film Forum in Hamburg. In 1991 he became film editor at the Berlin city magazine “tip”. Christoph Terhechte has been a member of the selection committee of the Forum since the end of 1997. In June, 2001 he was appointed head of this Berlinale section.

About Asian Film Archive
The Asian Film Archive is a non-governmental organisation founded to preserve the rich film heritage of Singapore and Asian Cinema, to encourage scholarly research on film, and to promote a wider critical appreciation of this art form. As an important nexus, it brings together the various segments of the Asian film community in order to open and enrich new intellectual, educational and creative spaces. The Asian Film Archive aspires to be a hub for the film community, contributing to culture, scholarship and industry. The Archive is a registered charity, a non-governmental organisation and an Institution of Public Character (IPC). The Archive is also a proud affliate of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) and Southeast Asia Pacific Audio Visual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA).

 
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Asian Film Archive Presents: In Conversation with Film Programmers
14 June 2008 Asian Film Archive Presents: In Conversation with Paolo Bertolin (Venice International Film Festival)
21 June 2008 Asian Film Archive Presents: In Conversation with Jacob Wong (Locarno International Film Festival)
28 June 2008 Asian Film Archive Presents: In Conversation with Raymond Phathanavirangoon (Toronto International Film Festival) and Christoph Terhechte (Berlin International Film Festival)

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