Association for Promotion of Asian Films

J. Viala viala.jean
Wed Jan 27 04:24:38 EST 1999

I understood this "Pan-Asian film Festival" was organized by the City of
Deauville. The president of the Association is Pr. Patel (that is why the
mail you got was send - and apparently also paid -  by the Hospital of
Paris) who is also part of the City Council of  Deauville.
They seem to have implemented a collaboration with the Rotterdam Film
The festival should take place in March (5-6-7th) with a special focus on
Taiwanese films this year was I told. I have heard nothing about the program
itself. They should use the venue of the CID in Deauville for their

Jean Viala

Biennial of Japanese Cinema, Orleans
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>From: "Stephen Cremin" <asianfilmlibrary at>
>To: KineJapan at
>Subject: Association for Promotion of Asian Films
>Date: Mar 26 Jan 1999 22:57

>Does anybody on the list have any background information on this French 
>organisation (Association pour le Pomotion du Cinema d'Asie or similar, 
>excuse my French) or the festival they're planning in Deauville from 5-7 
>March 1999.  I first came across them a year ago when they politely 
>asked me change the name of my festival as they had copyrighted the term 
>"Pan-Asian Film Festival" and in the same letter asked if they could 
>also have the films I had secured for my festival.  I felt that the term 
>was about as copyrightable as "Japanese Film Festival", ie presumably 
>not.  When asked to provide documentation of copyright ownership, they 
>sent a very lengthy articles of associations which made no reference to 
>the term "Pan-Asian" inside a hospital envelope.  They didn't seem to 
>have any publications or screenings under their belt despite being 
>around for a while.  They subsequently cornered my main sponsor when he 
>was passing through Paris when one of their members was accompanied by 
>Max Tessier: quite friendly apparently.
>I just heard today that they are organising an Asian Film Festival in 
>Deauville and wondered if anybody on the list could shed any light.  As 
>of a couple of weeks ago they didn't seem to have a venue, so I was 
>wondering if the event was still happening and what the programme looked 
>like.  They also seem to have secured sponsorship from the Asia-Europe 
>Foundation in Singapore who have had my festival proposal since last 
>November and I'm obviously curious as to whether they've managed to 
>secure my programming this year...
>Stephen Cremin
>The Asian Film Library
>[London Pan-Asian Film Festival]
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