ASEAN Consulates in New York Organize First Short Film Festival


Deputy Consul General Kerwin Orville Tate of the Philippines (third from right), together with (from left) Minister Counsellor Mr. Ye Min Thein of Myanmar, Consul General Jeremiah Oliver Jitos, Consul General Abdulkadir Jailani of Indonesia, Consul General Nipon Petchpornprapas of Thailand and Consul Eugene Ng of Singapore, kicks off the ASEAN Short Film Festival at McNally Ampitheatre at Fordham University. (PCGNY Photo)

NEW YORK 15 May 2018 – The ASEAN Consulates General in New York, through the initiative of the Philippine Consulate General and in cooperation with the International Political Economy and Development Department of Fordham University, gathered together their communities at the McNally Ampitheater at Fordham University for the first ever ASEAN Short Film Festival on 28 April. Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand participated in the Festival with a short film entry each from their respective countries.

The festival highlighted a variety of documentary, student and animated films depicting the culture, values and daily life stories in the region. Included in the lineup were Ahu Parmalin by Cecilia Maharani of Indonesia; The Pursuit directed by Kin S of Malaysia; To School by Soe Moe Aung of Myanmar; Viva Viva Escolta by Janus Victoria of the Philippines; Parting by Boo Junfeng of Singapore and Nine by Chawalit Kaewmanee and Wanichaya Tangsutthiwong of Thailand.

In his welcome remarks, Mr. Jeremiah Oliver Jitos, Consul General of Malaysia and Dean of the ASEAN Consuls General, stated that the Festival provided an opportunity to raise the profile of the ASEAN film-making industry and a collaboration among ASEAN countries in film making.

A talk back, moderated by Singapore, was participated by film experts from the participating countries who expounded not only on their country’s selection, but also the history of each country’s film making industry.

The program was co-emceed by the Philippines and Myanmar. A reception featuring ASEAN cuisine preceded the film screening. END


Representatives of (from left) Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Myanmar discuss the history of film industry in ASEAN. Consul Eugene Ng of Singapore facilitates the Talk Back. (All Photos by PCGNY)

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