Asian Film Archive Joins the National Library Board Family

Source: National Library Board

Singaporeans will soon have more opportunities to enjoy local and Asian films at libraries, after the Asian Film Archive (AFA) becomes a subsidiary of the National Library Board (NLB) on 1 December 2013.  NLB plans to organise more screenings of films from AFA’s collection, talks and other programmes to introduce Singapore’s cinematic history and promote films significant to Singapore and the region.

 The AFA is a film archival institution established in Singapore in 2005 to preserve and promote the appreciation of local as well as Asian cinema.  It has a rich and diverse collection of over 1,600 films, which include classic Malay films from the Cathay-Keris Studios, and productions by local filmmakers such as Boo Junfeng, Sherman Ong, Sanif Olek and K Rajagopal.  The AFA will retain its charity status after joining NLB.

Besides the enhanced exposure though programming, local filmmakers will also benefit from NLB’s conservation expertise and state-of-the-art facilities to professionally restore, preserve and catalogue their films.

Mrs Elaine Ng, Chief Executive Officer of NLB, said, “Films give us a unique glimpse into our history, heritage and culture.  By preserving the works of Asian filmmakers, future generations will be able to experience stories from our past, captured vividly in sound and moving pictures.  We also hope to help grow the audience for local and Asian films by including film programmes in our libraries and our partnerships with schools.”

Said Professor Kenneth Paul Tan, Chairman of the Asian Film Archive Board of Directors, “In the last eight years, AFA has worked hard, creatively, and urgently to preserve and promote many Asian cinematic gems.  Joining NLB helps AFA to grow in capacity, which is necessary for us to move to the next level.  Filmmakers we met at recent dialogue sessions were extremely supportive and enthusiastic.  We look forward to working with them and our many other supporters to save, explore and share the art of Asian cinema.”


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