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					     Asia-Pacific audiovisual archivists to gather in Canberra
Wednesday 8 November 2006: Audiovisual archivists from Australia and the
South-East Asia-Pacific region will gather in Canberra later this month for a major
conference.

Archivists from countries including Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam,
Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Philippines, Fiji, and Solomon Islands will meet from
13 to 17 November for the annual Southeast Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archive
Association (SEAPAVAA) Conference.

SEAPAVAA is the pre-eminent association of audiovisual archivists in this region
of the world. The conference is being co-hosted by the New Zealand Film Archive
and Australia’s National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA).

The President of SEAPAVAA, Ms Bel Capul from the Philippines, said there are
now 75 institutional and individual members from 22 countries. “This year’s
conference will be nostalgic, a journey back in time when, in 1995, a group of
archivists from ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand first felt the urgent need to
bond together to jointly address the issues of the profession. They pursued the
idea and one year later the Association was formed with the NFSA as the guiding
spirit,” said Ms Capul.

The conference program will include a symposium, a series of papers and
workshops, as well as a special book launch and screening at the National Film
and Sound Archive on Monday 13 November. The book to be launched, Lost
Films of Asia, looks at legendary films that have gone missing in the region.

The NFSA Cinémathèque will also host two special screening events in
association with the conference. On Thursday 9 November at the NFSA Theatre
the award-winning short films of young, hip Singaporean filmmaker Royston Tan
will screen – including Cut, a musical satire about the censoring of his first
feature, 15. On Thursday 16 November at the Electric Shadows Cinemas,
Filipino filmmaker Lino Brocka's masterpiece Insiang – a character study of a
young girl growing up in Manila – will screen.

Media Enquiries: Caroline Neill Ryan, Avviso PR for the Australian Film
Commission; ph (02) 9368 7277; caroliner@avviso.com.au; mob 0413 765 138

				
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