Asia Film Communities: A Glittering Constellation

Co-organized by the Japan Foundation Asia Center

October 9–14   [Venues] Yamagata Museum of Art 2, 5, Old Photo Studio Nishimura, Forum 5

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New Asian Currents & Double Shadows Special Events

This collaborative project attempts to shed light on aspects of Southeast Asian film history that were not written about at the time, as well as on those which have yet to be written about even now. Issues that Southeast Asian films face—political, economic, or artistic—that arise through this symposium, installation and film screening, are not necessarily confined to a particular region or medium of cinema.

Time Spun in Celluloid Thread—Lab Laba-Laba Installation [Admission Free]
Cutting Films (“Memotong Film”)  Edwin / 2015 / 16mm / 90sec loop, triple screen
Hard Boiled (“Peluru Panas Wanita Ibu Kota”)  Rizki Lazuardi / 2015 / 35mm reversal film / slide viewer
[Date] October 9 (Fri) –14 (Wed) 10:30–16:00  
[Venue] Old Photo Studio Nishimura

The Future of Southeast Asia’s Film Archives
Behind the Flickering Light (The Archives)  Dir: Hafiz Rancajale / INDONESIA / 2013 / 155 min
Symposium: The Magic of Found Footage [Admission Free]
Panelists: Edwin, Chalida Uabumrungjit, Yuki Aditya and others / Moderator: Tochigi Akira

Creating a Space for Film

Filmmaking might be understood as the act of searching for and opening up a “cinematic space,” that encompasses but is not limited to film production. It could be a space where filmmakers collaborate, a film screening space where filmmakers and audience meet, a space of criticism where films in progress or completed works are being discussed, but it is, in its most fundamental sense, a space where one encounters and confronts oneself and the world. Each night during three days of “Yamagata Rough Cut!” and the following two days of discussions, there will be an open get-together for participants. To know more, just come and join the discussions!

New Asian Currents x Yamagata Rough Cut! x Latinoamérica
Discussion: Creating a Space for Film—Yogyakarta, Andes, Mindanao, Sendai, Kochi [Admission Free]
Participants: Dwi Sujanti Nugraheni, Marta Rodríguez, Teng Mangansakan, Sakai Ko, Oki Hiroyuki, Carlos Gómez
New Asian Currents Special Program
Discussion: Filmmaking in Southeast Asia and Beyond [Admission Free]
Moderator: Philip Cheah / Participants: Khin Maung Kyaw, Gym Lumbera, Ghazi Alqutcy, Daniel Hui

Film Criticism Collective

The Film Criticism Collective offers a platform for the creation and dissemination of an international film criticism that engages with the most original works of independent world cinema. Inspired by the work and spirit of the late film critic Alexis Tioseco (1981–2009) from the Philippines, a passionate advocate for Southeast Asian independent film, the Collective acknowledges the special significance of Asia as a site of contemporary cinematic production and thought, while also pointing out the necessity for critics to reach beyond national boundaries and existing cultural definitions. YIDFF 2015 marks the beginning of the Collective, whose activities will ensure a global space where young international critics can develop their sensibilities and skills in dialogue with filmmakers and film festival programmers and audiences.

Workshop: Yamagata Film Criticism Workshop
Mentors: Chris Fujiwara, Kitakoji Takashi, Kaneko Yu
[Date] October 9 (fri) –12 (Mon)

Storm Children—Book One  Dir: Lav Diaz / THE PHILIPPINES / 2014 / 143 min
Symposium: Documentary as Experimental Cinema [Admission Free]
Panelists: Chris Fujiwara, Kitakoji Takashi, Kaneko Yu, Philip Cheah, Teng Mangansakan, Chalida Uabumrungjit, Yuki Aditya