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Pramana Asian Film Festival

PRAMANA ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL

THE FESTIVAL

Pramana Asian Film Festival is a young independent film festival dedicated to films from the Asian continent.

The second edition will be held in Reggio Calabria (Southern Italy) from the 5th to the 7th of April 2023.

The festival was created by three Southern Italian and Korean young people who studied together in Milan.

In April 2022, they organized the first edition of the event at the Cine Teatro Metropolitano in Reggio Calabria, giving life to a program of 23 films from 17 different countries.

It represents the first program of Eastern cinema in the region, with the objective of offering high quality works from the Asian continent to promote its cultural diversity through the cinema language.

Short films and feature films of different genres and lengths will be presented. The films are selected by a team of programmers to build a program addressed not only to cinema fans or connoisseurs, but to the whole community, in order to promote and popularize the richness of Eastern cultures.

THE PROGRAM

The idea behind the program was born from the our passion for Eastern cinema and culture, together with the awareness that, in Southern Italy, Asia is often object of misunderstandings, stereotypes and prejudices that don’t do justice to its richness.

The differences between the many Asian countries are deep and complex. However, they are too often observed through Western critical perspectives. We want to offer a film program able to narrate Asia from the point of view of those who directly experience it, to stimulate the interest to explore the stories and the traditions from these countries.

For this reason, we intend to select enjoyable movies, able to put together quality, creativity and accessibility. We refuse the idea of an elitist art house cinema, dedicated only to experts and small groups of film enthusiasts but unable to communicate with the general public.

We want to reach especially those who are not used to this type of initiatives and are not familiar with these cultural contents. Attracting even only one person like this would be a victory.

The free entrance might be the right way to begin.

THE PLACE

We decided to organize this program in Reggio Calabria, a city that is going through hard times and is afflicted by serious social issues.

It would have been easier to create an independent film program in large and culturally attractive cities like Milan, Rome or Bologna, with an existing audience used to this kind of initiatives and sponsors willing to invest.

However, Pramana’s main goal is to spread culture among those who don’t have the possibility to experience it, because of the lack of spaces and events. It’s going to be harder, but we are motivated to work to promote the event on the territory and overcome the idea that “we have got nothing here”, the bleak local maxim used by Calabrians to describe the desolated socio-economic environment of our land, but that expresses a strong sense of disenchantment and helplessness.

RULES OF THE GAME

  1. FILMS REQUIREMENTS
    a. You can submit both short and feature films, no limits of duration.
    b. There’s no limit of genre and format. We don’t like censorship and we don’t care about repressing the creativity of artists in the name of audience sensibility.
    c. The films need to be produced from the year 2018.
    d. The production country of the films must be part of the Asian continent. We accept films in co-production with other countries, but at least one must be Asian.
    Here’s the list of the countries that we can include in the selection:
    Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen.
    e. All the films, to be considered, must contain English subtitles.
    e. We don’t require the status of premiere. We accept films that have been screened in other festivals or movie theatres.
  2. SELECTION PROCESS
    a. The films must be submitted through FilmFreeway platform. Any other process won’t be taken into consideration.
    b. The films will be watched by the festival programming team, who will publicly announce the Official Selection by the 1st of March 2023. The programmers decision is unquestionable and it represents the result of personal preferences. We don’t intend to express in any way a judgement on the quality of the work.
    c. The festival will communicate the result to the selected filmmakers through an email to the address indicated on FilmFreeway submission.
  3. MATERIALS
    The selected filmmakers/distributors will need to send, by 30 days from the selection date, the following materials:
    a. A clean copy (with no subtitles) in H264.
    b. English subtitles file (.srt) or list of dialogues in English.
    c. We won’t accept any file on physical support, and we won’t give back eventual hard drives/pen drives/DVDs.
  4. SCREENING
    a. The screenings will be on the days 5, 6 and 7 April 2023 in Reggio Calabria (Southern Italy).
    b. We won’t recognize screening rights for the selected films. The festival is a non-profit event with free entrance, which won’t speculate in any way on the works of other people.
    c. The films will be screened in original language with Italian subtitles.
    d. The festival will prepare Italian subtitles, professionally translated from English or Korean. The srt. file will be sent for free to the film authors.
  5. AWARDS

    The films admitted in the Official Selection will compete for the following awards:

    – BEST ASIAN SHORT FILM
    – BEST ASIAN FEATURE FILM
    – AUDIENCE AWARD

    The winner of the prize will get a unique trophy specially made by Nicola Tripodi, an artist based in Reggio Calabria who crafts clay works taking inspiration from Calabrian rituals and folklore.
    The artist uses traditional techniques, shaping “terracotta” by hand and creating colors with methods dating back at least two millennia.

    In this way, we establish an exchange of culture through artistic practices and creativity between our local artist and the participating filmmakers.

    The trophy will be sent to the address indicated by the filmmaker at the festival’s expenses.

  6. CONSENT
    a. The festival reserves the right to use a short extract, a frame and the poster of the selected films exclusively for the promotion of the event.
    b. Submission fees won’t be refunded. Once the title has been registered through the platform, we will consider it submitted. 
    c. By submitting a film, the individual or the organization declare to accept the festival rules and allows the public screening of the work exclusively during the 3 days of the event (5, 6 & 7 April 2022). The film won’t be spread in any way outside the festival.
  7. INFORMATION
    For any doubts or demand, please contact us at: info@pramana.it