2012 BIFF News: Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Partners with Al Jazeera English for ‘Viewfinder: Asia’ (working title) – A Global Documentary Project



Asian Network of Documentary (AND)is now in collaboration with Al Jazeera English (AJE) – the international current affairs TV channel headquartered in Qatar – for a documentary support project called ‘Viewfinder: Asia’ (working title).


SEOUL, South Korea - The Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Network of Documentary (AND) promotes the production and distribution of Asian documentaries. AND is now in collaboration with Al Jazeera English (AJE) – the international current affairs TV channel headquartered in Qatar – for a documentary support project called ‘Viewfinder: Asia’ (working title).
 
Founding ‘Viewfinder’ in 2011, AJE has concentrated on discovering, developing, and showcasing new documentary talent and films. ‘Viewfinder’ is an international project in which AJE collaborates with a local film institution in each continent with a goal to discover local documentaries in key global regions.

Since 2011, AJE has partnered with Doc Montevideo of Uruguay for ‘Viewfinder: Latin America’ to scout for regionally-based documentary filmmakers. ‘Viewfinder: Asia’ is the second ‘Viewfinder’ project, in which AJE partners with AND to cover documentaries across the Asia region. Now connected with AND, the global project will benefit from AND’s outreach capacity and discover fresh Asian documentary filmmakers.
 
‘Viewfinder: Asia’ is a four-step program. First, the program starts with a long-list of twenty-five fresh documentary filmmakers and then narrows down to a shortlisted group of ten filmmakers. The selected directors participate in a 7-day training workshop from September 30 to October 6 in Busan to develop key documentary production skills. After the training workshop, ‘Viewfinder: Asia’ identifies possible commissions to be aired on AJE. After signing the contract with AJE, commissioned directors start filming their documentaries based on work prepared during their training workshop. ‘Viewfinder’ aims to create a sustainable infrastructure among participating directors as well as to broaden the documentary network for potential co-production partners in each region.
 
‘Viewfinder: Asia’ accepts applications until Friday, August 3 at www.ajeviewfinder.com .
 
Along with ‘Viewfinder: Asia’, in June the Busan International Film Festival signed a partnership contract with Cinelan, a New York based video publisher that brings documentary filmmakers to global audiences. The partnership will allow AND to stretch their network beyond Asia and into the global field. In addition, concurrent with the 17th Busan International Film Festival, AND will publish the AND white paper Asian Documentary Today based on its five-year achievements. A rarity in both Korean and Asian publishing, Asian Documentary Today explores the documentary production situation in Asia with interviews with Asian documentary filmmakers to describe the current trends in Asian documentary.
 
The 17th Busan International Film Festival will be held from Thursday, October 4, 2012 to Saturday, October 13, 2012.




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