The Asia House Film Festival generously supported by Prudential plc, returns for its eighth year in 2016 with a mission to explore transnationalism and globalisation. There will be a diverse programme of 19 films, including several European and UK premieres – all of which will be shown in London for the first time. The Festival will take place from 22nd February to 5th March and will show eleven feature films, three documentaries and five short films coming out of countries including Japan, China, Kazakhstan, Myanmar and Afghanistan.
The Festival kicks off on 22nd February with an opening night gala at the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, before moving to the historic Regent Street Cinema, where screenings will take place from 25-28th February. Selected events will occur during the same week at Asia House. The 2016 Festival will come to a close on the first weekend of March at The Cinema Museum in Kennington with a special one-day retrospective featuring British and US films shot in Singapore during the 1960s and 1970s.
“There are some enthralling, insightful and hugely entertaining titles emerging from places you’d least expect, and which we rarely get a chance to see on screen,” said the Festival’s Artistic Director, Jasper Sharp. “Many of the films selected reflect ideas of how cultures, identities and experiences are increasingly transcending geographical boundaries and, though the Asian continent encompasses such a vast and varied range of peoples and nations, there are commonalities between these that will resonate with everyone.”
The films selected represent a globalised world in which culture, politics and economies are transcending national boundaries. There are a number of international co-productions featured too, reflecting how the film industry has also globalised.
•For more information about the festival as well as information about Asian House, including other film screenings in 2016, go to: www.asiahouse.org