The Asian NZ Foundation began its life as the Asian Film Festival Aotearoa Trust, which was incorporated in 2003. The original trustees and founders were Alex Lee, Alistair Kwun, Candy Ho and Dr. Sapna Samant. The team felt that New Zealand was ready to enjoy and embrace Asian diversity in film.
The original aim was to promote Asian stories and culture through Asian films. From 2005, The Trust ran Asia Film Festival Aotearoa at festivals at SkyCity Theatre. In 2006, the Trustees decided to take a sabbatical.
In 2008, it was reconstituted as ‘Asia NZ Film Foundation’ and registered as a charity.
Vision: to facilitate a more diverse and inclusive New Zealand.
The purpose of the Trust are as follows:
a) promote Asian Films in NZ;
b) encourage and further educate Asian NZ filmmakers; and
c) encourage and promote the exploration of Asian and Asian related themes in films by NZ filmmakers.
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