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Telecom Asia Pacific Film Festival Auckland
Concludes a True Cultural Banquet

Telecom Asia Pacific Film Festival, held from 31 October for one week at Rialto Cinema, Auckland, was successfully closed this Wednesday, 6 November 2013. 

The Festival presented 12 specially selected films from China, India, Korea, Vietnam, New Zealand and Hong Kong, including the premier of “Ghost Bride” - New Zealand supernatural romance, the prize winning film “Miracle In Cell No.7” from Korea, “English Vinglish” from India, and the latest 3D blockbuster “Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon” from China.

Films are playing increasingly important role in establishing and maintaining cultural connectedness for many Asian and Polynesian communities who have chosen to make New Zealand their home. The stories and visuals build bridges for people from different ethnic groups and communities to share their history, lifestyle, thinking and feeling, also to exchange their cultures.

Bo Li, Chairman of the Asia Pacific Trust said: “It is the first time that we have hosted the Asia Pacific Film Festival in Auckland. It has improved culture understanding, and made Auckland a more colorful society”

Apart from showcase of 12 well selected films, the Festival is also the first event that has engaged different Asian communities in three feature nights (China Night, Korea Night and India Night on the 4th, 5th and 6thNovember respectively) during the week-long event. 

“We were very pleased to see the audience not only enjoy the films, but also have a great time attending the event. They wore their own ethnic costumes, mixing and mingle with people from various communities at the cocktails function. The performances of Japanese Tamashi drummer, Chinese folk music, Korean and Indian folk dance presented before some of the showcases have added special colors to this Festival” said Mr Li.

“And the good cheer did not stop there! Presenting partner Telecom, together with Samsung, supplied 15 Note 3+Gear pack for the lucky draw, ensuring there were at least two lucky prize winners each night of the Festival.” 

All Asian communities have banded together through this event, including Indian MP Mr Kanwaljit S Bakshi, the Chinese Consul General Mr Niu Qing Bao, Japanese Vice Consul Mr Kyohei Tanaka, President of Korean society Mr Sung Hyuk Kim, Director of Japanese society Mr Masa Sekikawa, local Auckland Council Mr Peter Chen, and other community leaders who joined the festivities of various evenings.

This Asia Pacific Film Festival has also gained great exposure in Auckland, through street posters, advertising on Auckland’s prominent bus network, Hauraki and Coast Radio, Radio Tarana, NZ Herald, plus every Chinese media, Korean media and Indian media.

The Asia Pacific Film Festival is organized by New Zealand Asia Trust, a non-profit organization, with a mission to promote Asian culture in New Zealand and improve culture understanding cross different ethnic groups in the region. New Zealand Asia Trust is a young organization which is committed to culture exchange by bringing more events to this multi-culture society. There are a number of programs being planned for the coming year. No doubt, all Aucklanders will benefit from exciting upcoming cultural events.

Telecom Asia Pacific Film Festival

Media contact: Wendy Chu, wendy@asiaworks.co.nz, mobile 021 621 868

More pictures can be found on https://www.facebook.com/AsiaPacificFilmFestival

31 October 2013