The 6th Annual Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference was held in Ho Chi Minh City. Due to the amount of work and energy it takes to organise these gatherings (mostly done by a group of dedicated volunteers spread throughout the globe), we decided after Manila 2008 that we would hold our conferences bi-annually instead. As a result, and perhaps also because of growing interest in the field, we received over 80 abstract submissions for this year’s conference. In order to accommodate as many quality papers, the conference was spread out over 4 full days, sprinkled with short film screenings and one feature-length film and two panels with film producers and directors.
UPDATE on 6th ASEACC Meeting at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 1-4 July, 2010
We have a few changes and some information for you regarding the upcoming meeting:
Call for papers
6th ANNUAL SOUTHEAST ASIAN CINEMAS CONFERENCE
CIRCUITS OF EXCHANGE (WITH)IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN CINEMAS
HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM
JULY 1 – 4, 2010
In recent years, independent filmmakers from Southeast Asia, in particular from The Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia have received some support from film festivals by way of monetary awards and grants. Simultaneously there have been co-productions (Singapore’s Raintree Productions and MediaCorp for example) with film production companies outside the country, within the region, and with Hong Kong. Diasporic filmmakers also continue to return to make films in Southeast Asia.
At other levels, individual filmmakers work across several countries within Southeast Asia or in Asia. While film practitioners have been more active on such circuits of exchange, the same cannot be said for film theoreticians in the region. Film theory in Southeast Asia seems haphazard and is applied on an ad hoc basis since its foundations in other bodies of knowledge (continental philosophy, for example) may sometimes provide inadequate ways of framing and theorizing films from Southeast Asia.