Influencing the Changing Landscapes of Asian Cinema

1 December 2021, Wednesday, 7.30pm 90 Min The Arts House, Chamber

Asian cinema has always been an essential fixture in the history of film, but its diverse offerings have never been more celebrated around the world than in the 21st century. Apart from the traditional stronghold industries making new gains on the most recognisable platforms like Cannes and Oscars, film movements from the other parts of the region have also been making their mark internationally. With international co-productions becoming a norm in the industry, these engagements and representations of Asia have never been more wonderfully intertwined.

The work of film programmers has always been a crucial component to these developments. In this panel discussion, we invite some of these distinguished international film practitioners around the world to share their experiences in programming and supporting Asian films on their platforms. What do they look out for in contemporary Asian cinema and what are some of these latest trends? How have they exercised their responsibilities to present a more nuanced and inclusive picture of the region?

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Timing & Venue


1 December 2021, Wednesday, 7.30pm
The Arts House, Chamber



All guests must present proof of vaccination (either via TraceTogether or HealthHub app) before entering the halls.



Eddie BERTOZZI obtained a degree in Chinese Language and Culture from the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and a PhD in film studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

He was the programme manager of the International Film Critics’ Week for Venice Film Festival from 2009 to 2020 and has been the head of Pardi di Domani for Locarno Film Festival since December 2020. Also involved in film distribution, Bertozzi is the head of acquisitions for the Italian company Academy Two.

KIM Young Woo

KIM Young Woo is a festival programmer, consultant and curator. From 2014 to 2019, he was a film programmer at Busan International Film Festival, in charge of Asian cinema. Working closely with Korean independent cinema groups, he is a member of the Association of Korean Independent Film & Video and a board member of Seoul Independent Film Festival.

He is currently a film programmer at DMZ International Documentary Film Festival (Korea) and a programme adviser to several international festivals in Europe.


Raymond PHATHANAVIRANGOON is a film producer and film festival programmer. In 2016, he co-founded and serves as Executive Director of Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC).

Previously, he was an international programmer for Toronto International Film Festival as well as a Programme Consultant for Hong Kong International Film Festival and Cannes Critics’ Week. Prior to that, he was Director of Marketing & Special Projects (Acquisitions) for sales agent Fortissimo Films.

Charles TESSON

Charles TESSON is best known for his work as a film critic. He has been the artistic director of Critics’ Week at Cannes since 2012 and has written for Cahiers du Cinéma since 1979, serving also as the magazine’s editor until 2003.

In 2013, he was awarded the Busan International Film Festival’s Korean Cinema Award in recognition of his part in championing Korean cinema. He is currently a professor of cinema, history, and aesthetics at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle.

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