Monthly Archives: June 2012

June 2012 – Festivals’ around Australia with strong AA component


Bayside FF line up announced with strong AA component

Shout out to AAFFN co-convener Amadeo Marquez-Perez who has just announced the Bayside FF program (screens July) which includes a youth component that might also be of interest to folks:


Bayside FF program includes a number of shorts by Asian Australians:

Catch WONDER BOY screening in Melbourne! Friday July 26th, 2pm, Palace Brighton Bay. Nominated for best tertiary film in the Jump Cuts section as part of Bayside Film Festival,

Folks can also catch Maria Tran at Bayside FF Industry Talk:


Colour FF – Submit your film!

Our friends over at the Colour Film Festival have opened up the call for films. Past screenings include a number by Asian Australians such as Maria Tran’s HOT BREAD SHOP, plus Gary Paramanathan has done a number of youtube interviews with Asian Australians as part of Colour FF’s promotion of the theme ‘Diversity is a Beautiful Thing’.

Indian Film Festival

The 2012 Indian Film Festival for Australia has now been announced.

Bollywood Star

Bollywood Star online at SBS:

Melbourne’s Akim Dev is producing.

Arab Women in Film Free Forum

July 2012 as part of the Arab FF:

Surfers Paradise FF, Gold Coast

See Bruce Lee Played Badminton Too by Corrie Chen at Gold Coast – check out their FB for details: and the SPFF web: 

Web Series:

Melbourne fashion scene video interview with Honest Folk co-founder Lucy by super talent Susanna Qian (who featured in 2 films in our AAFFN inaugural event last year):


Fear of a Brown Planet (Aamer Rahman and Nazeem Hussain)

Catch Fear of a Brown Planet on the ABC:

Xpress Mail

Some great TV hosts on new game show (including Channel 9’s kitchen ninja Andy Minh Trieu) – and don’t pretend you don’t recognise some of the Beauty and the Geek faces too…

Other news:

‘For Evie’ Fundraiser

Info on how to support ‘For Evie’, a beautiful Asian Australian film starring Rachel Jessica Tan (also writer). Alfredo Nicdao, Amanda Ma and Rob Innes directing, is at: –

For Evie promo video

You can also rore about Alfredo Nicdao’s career in his interview with Dr Tseen Khoo for the special Peril magazine magazine issue on the Asian Australian Film Forum & Network (AAFFN).

Shout Out to AAFFN ‘2011 Event Management Team Alumni Matt Pastor

Best wishes to AA indy filmmaker Matt Pastor (projects include Indi Indians) who is moving to Hong Kong for a while – you can keep in touch with some of his work here

Performance 4a

Remember, you can register for free on a special AA creatives directory, see AA screen and theatre news as well as casting calls and more over at Performance 4a – the network is empowering and contacts are both fresh and experienced:

May 2012 – News on upcoming AA films

So May has been a busy month for Asian Australians with so many trailers coming out, we’ve had a hard time choosing which one to showcase.

For Evie

We decided on ‘For Evie’ for its very talented and beautiful Rachel Jessica Tan’s originality, the clip’s vibrancy, and our admiration for Alfredo Nicdao (who play’s the father of Tan’s character). Nicdao is a long serving Filipino Australian actor and from reflecting on our own AAFFN experiences with him, a truly great and giving person to work with.

“For Evie” is a short film that follows Evie’s journey as she deals with the loss of her father. The film takes a nostalgic look at a daughter’s relationship with her father through those crucial moments of growing up. It is through their love of playing the guitar that eventually brings them both closer to each other. Set against the backdrop of Melbourne, Australia and Singapore, the film explores intercultural themes intertwined with music and art. The film will be entered into Australian and international film festivals on on its completion.

Colin the Dog’s Fabulous Midnight Adventure 

The world premiere of Colin the Dog’s Fabulous Midnight Adventure will be on Saturday 26 May at 9pm at The Astor Theatre in Melbourne. Keep an eye out for future dates.

Written  Julie Koh; produced by Jiao Chen

Horse Feathers

Horse Feathers will be an emotionally charged film set in the lower echelons of the suburban Sydney horse racing scene and it will challenge every perception we have of the so-called “Sport of Kings”.

Written & directed by Tim Russell

Produced by Jiao Chen.

Jiao began his career in film by crewing on several feature films, TV series and TV commercials. His production credits include: “Children of The Silk Road”, “Hunt Angels”, “Justice League of America”,“Mao’s Last Dancer”, “East of Everything 2”, “Rescue Special Ops” and numerous TV commercials. After establishing a solid background in physical production, Jiao trained as a producer under some of the industry’s best and is now developing a slate of his own stories for the big and small screens. Furthermore,he recently completed two short films with award winning directors and has produced music videos for major record labels. When not working on his slate, Jiao assesses scripts for distributors, production companies and investors.

Corrie Chen finalist in Spirit of Youth QANTAS Awards

Corrie was a finalist for the QANTAS Spirit of Youth award.

The link is below.

Colour of change, a short film.

By Joy Hopwood.

Created to open people’s minds about diversity, racism and raising awareness for cancer.

Workshop by Performance 4A

Performance 4a is presenting a Storytelling Workshop. It is being led by pioneering Asian Australians William Yang and Annette Shun Wah. Great things happen, your ideas could become an important part of screen history. More

Bollywood Star

Melbourne’s Akim Dev is producing: Bollywood Star on SBS at 7:30 Saturday 2 June

Grace Huang ft. in film with Russell Crowe

Read about Asian Australian’s Grace Huang’s involvement in an upcoming Russell Crowe movie:

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