Monthly Archives: August 2012

July 2012: Asian Australian updates

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July has been a busy month full of action and achievement in the AA film and screen world.  We’ve also been busy, developing the AAFFN bit by bit from its humble beginnings in 2011 as an invitation to hold a film event to now being a national network.

Inside News at AAFFN

The AAFFN is restructuring and will now have 3 co-conveners who will oversee the management side of AAFFN and work closely with our volunteers.

The AAFFN co-conveners for 2012-2013 will be:

Film & Screen Convener – Amadeo Marquez-Perez

Academic Convener – Dr Sukhmani Khorana

Cultural Convener – Dr Indigo Willing

Guest bloggers and volunteer journalists:

Another change is to begin to include more guest blogging and topical discussions on our website and forums.  If you are interested in being a guest bloggers and would like to contribute please send in your CV and/or some sample works.  Asian Australian journalism students also welcome.  In the upcoming months, Sukhmani will be doing some blogging from BIFF, as well as a reflection pieces on TV and film trends.  We also need a volunteer to interview the director and producer of an indy Asian Australian film coming out soon.

Community Outreach Officers:

We’ll also be joined by some volunteers soon, including ‘Community Outreach Officers’ who will work with us to reach out to both well-established but also underrepresented groups. This means trying to reach out to and identify Hmong, Laotian, Burmese, Thai and Cambodian filmmakers we could be in touch with as well as ones already represented in our previous event and the PERIL Issue. Other volunteer roles are also listed on our website:

Other news in the general community


– “Moving On! Building the Chinese Australian Voice” 2nd CCCA conference – Melb – 18-19 Aug 2012 – REGISTRATION OPEN!
Program features TV and Film pioneer and ongoing powerhouse actor, director and writer Annette Shun Wah and many others (news via AASRN)

– The ACMI announces $100,000 commission. More at:

– Video production competition Melbourne! Like the ATVAA facebook page for all the latest updates.

– Asian Australiana! Wonder Boy by Corrie Chen screened at Bayside Film Festival and won the Jump Cuts section and Maria Tran featured in the industry talks. Check out program, which was held at Palace Cinemas Brighton Bay and curated by Amadeo Marquez-Perez, who is also an AAFFN co-convener:


-Film Club showcase:

– Stories East & West
‎6 September at 19:30 at Zenith Theatre & Convention Centre

– Well done TED X Parramatta and Michael Chin (not Ching! as newspaper text has it ^ ^)

– Screen Cafe opens at Parramatta:


— Digital fundraising workshop and opportunities announced by Screen West:


– Made in China, Australia’, which launches at Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart on Sunday 5 August. News via Owen Leong.  Curated by Greg Leong, & ft 16 artists including Tony Ayres, Lindy Lee, Aaron Seeto, Jason Wing, William Yang, John Young, and more.


– Call for volunteers for the Multicultural Summit QLD

– APSA to be held in Brisbane in Nov 2012. Also find out more about their film fund at:

– News via CONTACT Inc “WANTED: Theatre Diversity Associate for Brisbane! Work across Queensland Theatre Company, La Boite and Metro Arts, and in partnership with Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre to increase the theatre making/facilitating companies’ engagement with diversity in casting and programming, consultation and relationship building for culturally diverse artists and their work. Closing date is 5pm (EST) Monday 6 August 2012.  For information please contact Antonietta Morgillo a.morgillo[at]”


– OzAsia short film competition 2012: DATES1 June Registrations open

27 June Free workshop on dra matic stortytelling for short films

4 July Free workshop on honing your DSLR camera skills
31 August Final date to submit films
18 September Guru: GreenRoom Short Film Competition Screening at Mercury Cinema


-KOFFIA line up revealed:

-Metro Screen ‘now everyone can be a TV producer’ article at:

-Make Up Artist needed for short film Horse Feathers (producer Producer Jiao Chen)

Also see:

-Article: Racism and narrative, diversity and food at Media Mores blog:

-James Wan to direct Insidious sequel in 2013:

-Emerging communities – who are they? SBS report:

-Cultural Diversity Now on the Menu story:

-Asialink Arts Residencies open:

-Casting for Vietnamese actors for an SBS TV series – news via Maria Tran
See her notice:

– Some amazing stories, including about asylum seekers: