Friday, October 26, 2007


In conjunction with the Audio-Visual World Heritage Day, the Asian Film Archive (AFA) opens its collection for reference to the public at the library@esplanade. This collection consists of Singapore and Asian films from around the region. Amongst the titles are the works of local award-winning filmmakers such as Royston Tan, Anthony Chen, Tan Pin Pin and Kirsten Tan. Films by famed Southeast-Asian filmmakers such as Tan Chui Mui, Riri Riza, and Thunska Pansittivorakul also form part of the collection.

Made available for research and viewing within the premise of the library@esplanade, this is the first time where a collective body of Asian films can be readily accessed at a centralised location in Singapore. This is made possible under a partnership between AFA and the National Library Board (NLB). With over 100 Singapore film titles and 50 Asian titles currently available, the collection is expected to increase substantially by the end of 2008. The synopses of all the films can be found on the AFA’s online catalogue at The list of locally produced films funded by the Singapore Film Commission can also be found under the Series "Asian Film Archive: Singapore Collection" in NLB's Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) at

The AFA hopes that through the partnership with NLB, more people will be able to appreciate and enjoy the works of Asian filmmakers. With the support of NLB, Singapore Film Commission, the National Archives of Singapore and Canon, the mission of the AFA to save, share, and explore the art of Asian cinema can be further realised.

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