Asian Film Archive Presents
In Conversation with Paolo Bertolin
Date: 14 June 2008, Sat
Time: 3 - 4.30pm
45 Armenian Street Singapore 179936
Entry is free but by registration. First come first served.
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
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
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Biodata of Speaker
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.
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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