Asia House announces its 6th annual Pan-Asia Film Festival

Asia House Pan-Asia Film Festival

Guests enjoy the 2013 Pan-Asia Film Festival

Asia House announces its 6th annual Pan-Asia Film Festival

30 December 2013

Asia House is excited to announce that its sixth annual Asia House Pan-Asia Film Festival will take place from 26 February to 9 March 2014, supported by Prudential plc.

The Festival’s Artistic Director Alison Poltock and Programmer Andrew Simpson have recently returned from the Tokyo International Film Festival, where they secured a range of films for the Festival and enjoyed the culture of Japan.

Set to receive its greatest level of visibility and support to date, the Festival, which is now in its sixth year, is being sponsored by Prudential for the fourth year running.

Pamela Kember and Mariam Neza from the Asia House Arts and Learning team are working closely with Poltock, Simpson and Festival Producer Isma Arif – all from the East End Film Festival – who are delivering the festival for the second successive year.

The Pan-Asia Film Festival aims to premiere dynamic and challenging cinema from all over Asia – from Iran to South Korea and from Burma to Japan – in the UK.

It specialises in representing the changing cultural landscape of Asia through a line-up of approximately 20 films and aims to showcase the most vibrant artistic voices from across the region.

The 2014 Festival takes place at venues across London and in Brighton, Leeds and Glasgow over the course of ten days, in a major celebration of Asian cinema.

To date the Festival has previewed and premiered HeroNorwegian WoodThe Reluctant Fundamentalist and Outrage Beyond, whilst past festival guests include Gurinder Chadha, Ken Loach, Riz Ahmed, Zhang Yimou, Rinko Kikuchi and Tran Anh Hung.

Growing year on year, it boasts sell-out audiences and has received extensive press coverage in film and culture magazines such as Sight & Sound magazineThe New Statesman and in national newspapers.

Festival venues include the BFI, Cine Lumiere, Cineworld Haymarket, the ICA and Picturehouse Cinemas.

Asia House CEO Michael Lawrence said: “Asia House is thrilled to showcase the most exciting cinema from across Asia to both London and regional audiences in the UK. We know that this Festival will help promote understanding of Asian culture through cinema and reflect the diverse creativity emerging from the region in a globalised world. We are also delighted to receive ongoing sponsorship from  Prudential.”

Poltock said: “I’m delighted to be continuing in my role as Artistic Director of the Pan-Asia Film Festival for a second year. Building on last year’s success, I very much look forward to again offering UK wide audiences an opportunity to explore the rich playground of diverse cinema from Japan to Iran and understand more about the rich cultural beauty of Asia through the medium of film.”

The full Festival programme details can be found here.