Following Doc Edge 2019, Asia NZ Film Foundation has rebranded and refocussed its attention and efforts to supporting and building Asian factual and documentary content makers in Aotearoa.
This is inspired by the development of A-Docs (the fastest growing screen group in America dedicated to supporting Asian documentary content makers), the growing demand for documentary worldwide and the increasing interest in Asian helmed stories. It is a logical next step for the not for profit organisation, Asia NZ Film Foundation to work closely with Doc Edge, NZ’s national documentary organisation as a sibling organisation, to build opportunities for Asian NZ factual and documentary content makers.
A-NZ Docs will be able to benefit from the accumulated local and international knowledge of its Trustees , Alex Lee and Dan Shanan (also the founders of Documentary NZ Trust, NZ’s national documentary organisation, contacts and experience, the close relationship with major international documentary organisations, funders and markets, to enable A-NZ Docs is to play an important part in supporting Asian Kiwis in this sector.<br>
The Asia 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.
Mission & Vision
Vision: to facilitate a more diverse and inclusive New Zealand.
The purpose of the Trust are as follows:
- within NZ promote the education of persons in all types of filmmaking including video, TV and photography;
- within NZ to provide workshops on filmmaking techniques to assist in educating students and others;
- to promote film activity in NZ including the establishment of a film festival and a film competition in NZ;
- to facilitate interaction between the equipment and software suppliers and film industry practitioners;
- to facilitate interaction and the joint education of regulators and practitioners of the film industry especially about new and developing technology and techniques; and
- to undertake such order of activities as the trustees may deem desirable to:
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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