Films from Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines during Cinemasia
A new film festival is born: at the end of March some seventy Asian
films will be shown in Amsterdam, divided over thirty programmes.
Asian films are already shown in cinemas in the Netherlands, but
the festival organisation believes that these reach only a small
public and are primarily from Japan, China and India. Cinemasia
is intended for a broader public. The festival includes films from
countries that we almost never see in the Netherlands, including
Thailand, Indonesia, North Korea and the Philippines. 'Thus the
festival paints a total picture of films in Asia, and that can only
be done if the films are all shown within a period of a few days,'
explains coordinator Petra van Dongen.
Cinemasia's primary objective is to present a versatile programme,
with animated films, documentaries, films for the youth and artistic
films. Most of the films are recent, with the exception of a few
popular incentives, including a restored lost film starring Bruce
Lee. The films all either originate in an Asian country, have a
director with an Asian background, or are based on an Asian theme.
The Prins Claus fund is paying the travel expenses for director
Maryo de los Reyes from the Philippines. In principle the fund does
not support cultural events in the Netherlands, but does have a
ticket budget to bring artists to the Netherlands for special events.
The fund hopes this will give artists the opportunity to establish
contact with cultural organisations in the Netherlands and that
this support will stimulate the young festival.
Marrigje de Bok