APERTURE Asia Pacific International Ethnographic Documentary Festival is an independent festival that aims to promote and support ethnographic documentary films (and photography) about the Asia Pacific region and filmmakers from this region.
Ethnographic film festivals are almost not existing in this region, with the exception of two events in Taiwan and Vietnam. Ethnographic film festivals elsewhere in the world, along with similar events attached to anthropology conferences, present mainly films made by European and American filmmakers, and most of their work does not focus on the Asia Pacific cultures and societies. Filmmakers originating from the Asia Pacific region are grossly underrepresented, also because the cost of travel and other accessibility issues.
APERTURE is not only the first ethnographic documentary festival in Australia but the first Asia Pacific specific ethnographic festival. APERTURE aims to provide an accessible event within the region, for the region’s local filmmakers as well as for all filmmakers worldwide whose work is about the Asia Pacific region. The festival will also welcome proposals from local filmmakers in this region who have made ethnographic films about cultures and society located in other parts of the world (not the Asia Pacific) providing their work features an Asian Pacific ethnographic perspective. APERTURE thus will offer a platform that promotes documentaries on Asia Pacific cultures and society, and provide emerging filmmakers from this region the opportunity to be screened internationally and network with other filmmakers and potential producers and distributors.
The first APERTURE Festival was held in Melbourne, 21-23 November 2013. As the festival aspires to promote and educate about Asia Pacific cultures, contributing to mutual cultural understanding and connecting people from diverse cultural backgrounds, it was open to the public with free admission.
Future festivals could be held in major cities in the Asia Pacific region by rotation or continue in Melbourne, depending on sponsorships and partnerships. If you are interested to host a travelling APERTURE event or future editions, please get in touch with us!