Learn more about ANZFF.



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.


Mission & Vision

Mission: to promote and celebrate Asian cultures and language through film.

Vision: to facilitate a more diverse and inclusive New Zealand.

The purpose of the Trust are as follows:

  1. within NZ promote the education of persons in all types of filmmaking including video, TV and photography;
  2. within NZ to provide workshops on filmmaking techniques to assist in educating students and others;
  3. to promote film activity in NZ including the establishment of a film festival and a film competition in NZ;
  4. to facilitate interaction between the equipment and software suppliers and film industry practitioners;
  5. to facilitate interaction and the joint education of regulators and practitioners of the film industry especially about new and developing technology and techniques; and
  6. 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.


Who & Where

The Trust Board is now made up of: Alex Lee, Square Yee Yang Lee & Dan Shanan.

We are based in Auckland New Zealand and represent New Zealand Asian filmmakers and content.

Address: Suite 2;3, 72 Dominion Road, Mt Eden. 1024

Explore Asia NZ Creativity

This is a showcase of examples from Asian New Zealand filmmakers. Some of the films are full-length while others are trailers. We will also be posting Profiles of creative people who will have a chance to let you know more about them. Click the icons to start exploring. 

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