NETPAC to celebrate anniversary with Imaging Asia

Event will feature Asian festival favorites since 1994

NEW DELHI -- The Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a film festival and conference, called Imaging Asia, to be held August 18-22 in New Delhi.

Imaging Asia will feature 31 Asian films that have won the NETPAC Award at major international festivals from 1994-2010 in addition to other awards at other prestigious festivals such as Berlin, Venice, and Pusan.

Kazakhstan's “Tulpan” (2008) by director Sergei Dvortsevoy will be the opening film which revolves around a group of nomadic shepherds in a poverty-stricken region of southern Kazakhstan.

Rounding off the screenings will be “Oasis” (2002) by Lee Chang-dong from South Korea, a love story between a social misfit and a girl suffering from severe disability.

The festival will include an exhibition “Motion, Myth and Magic” that will celebrate “performance artworks as pictorial narrative – a precursor to Indian Cinema” conceived and designed by the Asian Heritage Foundation.

NETPAC has initiated various projects over the years in addition to its award for Best Asian Film at major international film festivals. NETPAC's quarterly journal “Cinemaya” has promoted Asian and other cinema and also launched its annual Cinefan festival, while the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in collaboration with NETPAC launched the APSA NETPAC Development Prize, worth US$5,000 to an emerging Asian filmmaker.
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