November 2013


We are delighted to announce a number of film screenings of Yangon Film School films in Europe.

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the world’s largest and most significant documentary film festival, is hosting a special programme entitled Emerging Voices from Southeast Asia. We are very proud that the following two Yangon Film School films will be included in this section:

In Behind the Screen, the director Aung Nwai Htway uses film clips to revisit his famous Burmese film-star parents’ initially happy marriage and painful divorce.

Tyres, directed by Kyaw Myo Lwin, explores in sumptuous black-and-white the world of a group of tyre recyclers in Yangon’s South Okkalapa district.

Tyres, will also be taking part in the festival’s Competition for Student Documentary.

Aung Nwai Htway director of Behind the Screen, and Tyres’ editor Myo Min Khin will both be travelling to Amsterdam to present their films.

Read more about IDFA at Indiewire.

DOK Leipzig
We’re also delighted that Insein Rhythm, directed by Soe Moe Aung, which premiered earlier this year at Visions du reel documentary film festival in Nyon in Switzerland, will be screening in early November in the International Programme of the Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animation which is the world’s oldest documentary film festival.

Exground Filmfest Wiesbaden
Insein Rhythm will also compete in the International Short Film Competition at Exground Film Festival in Wiesbaden in Germany in November.

Screening dates:
Thursday, 21.11. 10p.m. at Caligari FilmBühne
Saturday, 23.11. 8p.m. at Kulturpalast




Documentary Film Festival Southeast Asia

We are seeking submissions of documentary films of any length produced after January 2012 for the 2nd ChopShots Documentary Festival Southeast Asia to be held in Jakarta April 22nd to 27th 2014.

ChopShots is a documentary film festival for the Asia-Pacific region organized by DocNet Southeast Asia—a project initiated by Goethe-Institut and funded by the EU—and its partners from six Southeast Asian countries. The festival brings the Asian as well as the international documentary scene together to celebrate the art and business of documentary making.

Many Awards of a combined 10.000 Euro up for grabs! Winning newcomers will get an opportunity to travel with their films to Southeast Asian neighbouring countries for the CHOPSHOTS TRAVELLING FESTIVAL: Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.
Focus this year: DOCS ANIMATED! We’re looking for documentary films which use animation or are animated.



Call for Film Restoration School in Singapore from 18 to 23 November 2013

The organisers would like to encourage participants from Myanmar with a commitment to saving Burma’s cinema heritage to apply. It is also a good opportunity to meet with transnational organisations willing to support film restoration projects.
Application open until 1 September 2013.

All travel and tuition fees will be paid for by the Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) and anyone seeking further information or help with their application should contact Valentina Riccardi at ASEF on




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