Asian Film Industry

Welcome to our new section. We aim to build a place where filmmakers, producers, and those interested in the industry can learn and find Film Forums, Markets, Funds & Grants, Incentives, Pitching Opportunities, and more information related to the cinema industry in Asia. The database is aimed specifically towards Asian filmmakers and producers since most of the available programs accept only Asian citizens.

The section is divided into 5 parts:
– Film Markets –
– Project Markets –
– Forums, Pitching Opportunities & Labs –
– Funds –
– Film Schools & Academies –
– Organizations that support the production of Asian films –

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// Film Markets //

Film Markets are basically events where industry professionals (producers, investors, distributors, festivals directors, agents, press members, and public institutions) meet to do business (selling or buying film rights for distribution, sign co-production agreements, showcase their projects, etc).

Many markets usually take place during a film festival taking advantage that local and international filmmakers, producers and film professionals are congregated in one city. Typically, there are 3 types of accreditations: 1) Exhibitors 2) buyers and 3) attendees. Exhibitors are usually entertainment companies that produce and distribute films. Buyers are industry professionals who go to the market with the intention of purchasing the rights to that content.

Film Markets are the perfect space for networking, attending masterclasses and workshops, round tables where you can learn, and grow skills and abilities for your career.

Hong Kong International Film & TV Market
Hong Kong (March)

– To promote Hong Kong as the regional hub for distribution and production of film, TV programs and entertainment-related products in Asia pacific.
– To promote cross-media, cross-sector business partnership.
Participant Profiles:
Distribution, production and acquisition of film, TV programmes, animation, documentary, digital entertainment/ games, digital effects and music, cinema operation, terrestrial TV / cable TV / pay TV and satellite broadcasting companies, radio broadcasting, internet broadcasting, production and post-production services, film and broadcasting equipment and technology companies, service providers to the entertainment industry, licensing companies, festival / fair organizers, industry associations, finance, entertainment-related professional services.


Asian Contents & Film Market
Busan, South Korea (October)

Launched in 2006, the Asian Film Market changed its name to Asian Contents & Film Market (ACFM) on its 15th edition in 2020. The name change was to solidify its foundation as a film and content market that encompasses every audiovisual content distributed on TV, OTT, and other diverse platforms worldwide. As a total content market, ACFM also introduces original content such as books, web comics, and web novels that are adaptable across multiple media platforms.

Asian Contents & Film Market will host diverse events online such as Asian Project Market (APM), Entertainment Intellectual Property (E-IP) Market, and Asia Contents Awards (ACA) for local and international film, audiovisual, and entertainment industry professionals during the 26th edition of the Busan International Film Festival (in 2021).


Tokyo, Japan (November)

Takes place during the Tokyo International Film Festival
TIFFCOM, the leading content market in Asia is affiliated with Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), the sole international film festival in Japan accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Association. Featuring a variety of content holders from film, TV, animation etc., the market has been drawing in much interest from influential buyers within Asia and beyond.

In recent years, there has also been a rise in the number of exhibitors that not only handle the sale of completed content but negotiate business opportunities on IP (Intellectual Property) rights and book adaptations. By boosting the number of meetings related to film, animation, game, and other audio-visual contents, TIFFCOM as the marketplace leveraging businesses on visual entertainments will continue to grow and bring more achievements.

Content / Service Category Covered:
Film, TV, Animation, Mobile/Internet (OTT, VOD), Home Entertainment (DVD, Blu-ray), Inflight Entertainment, New Media (CG/Digital/VR/AR), Original Story (Novels/Comics)/Book Adaptation/Remake, Character, Game, Toy, Event/Concert, Music, Post Production/Translations, Local Culture/Region/Tourism, etc


Taiwan Creative Content Fest
Taipei, Taiwan (November)

In 2021 the Taiwan Creative Content Fest (TCCF) will include three main areas, The Market, The Forum, and The Expo with both online and in-person events.

The Market welcomes film and television, publishing, theater, and ACG industry professionals and practitioners to join and provide opportunities to develop market transactions.

The Forum will invite experts from all around the world to discuss and exploring the newest international content industry trends, business models, IP applications, and more.

The Expo will showcase cutting-edge immersive content projects from teams and artists worldwide, demonstrating the next stage of future content through innovative technologies.


Film Bazaar
Mumbai, India (November)

Film Bazaar is the largest South Asian film market. It encourages creative and financial collaboration between the South Asian and International film communities.

Created and organized by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), Film Bazaar has evolved into South Asia’s global film market from its humble beginnings in 2007. Every edition witnesses increased national and international participation. Over the years, films such as Lunch Box, Margarita With A Straw, Chauthi Koot, Qissa, Ship of Theseus, Titli, Court, Anhe Ghode Da Daan, Miss Lovely, Dum Lagake Haisha, Liar’s Dice and Thithi have been through one or more programmes of the Bazaar.

Over the course of five days, Film Bazaar becomes the converging point for film buyers and sellers from all over the world. The focus is on discovering, supporting and showcasing South Asian content and talent in filmmaking, production and distribution. The Bazaar also facilitates the sales of world cinema in the South Asian region.


Asia TV Forum & Market
Singapore (December)

ATF is a global content market located in the heart of the dynamic Asia Pacific, bridges the world with a region exploding with opportunities for co-production, financing and content acquisition. In 2019, an estimated US$337 million worth of deals were discussed at the ATF.


// Project Markets //

Jeonju Project Market
Jeonju, South Korea (May – June)

*Takes place during the Jeonju International Film Festivals
“Jeonju Project Market” is an industry program established in 2009 to strengthen Jeonju International Film Festival’s ties with the Korean film industry and expand its role as a film festival. Jeonju Project Market aims to discover and give practical support to the production of original theatrical films and documentary projects. Jeonju Project Market will further enhance its framework supporting outstanding Korean and foreign projects to be planned and produced.


Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF)
Bucheon, South Korea (July)

Takes place during the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival.
The Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) was launched in 2008 as the world’s first genre film industry program. Over the past 14 years, the program has selected 329 projects, of which 64 have gone on to completion, and it has established itself as an Asian hub for supporting and cultivating filmmakers.

The 2021 NAFF project market – which, with 40 selections from 28 countries, will be presenting more projects than ever before – will be holding business meetings online this year. Project Spotlight has chosen to introduce projects from Korea this year, and post-production support will be given through the Work in Progress program, which was launched last year in collaboration with the Seoul Business Agency (SBA). Furthermore, the NAFF project market will continue to work in cooperation with Northern Europe and South America through the Nordic Genre Invasion and Blood Window.

Outstanding projects that have undergone preliminary and final rounds of judging will receive cash awards and post-production support via C-47 and Singapore’s Mocha Chai Laboratories.


Asian Project Market
Busan, South Korea (October)

Takes place during the Asian Contents & Film Market.
Asian Project Market (APM) is a first launched co-production platform in Asia that offers emerging filmmakers the opportunity to meet international leading film professionals.

After launching in 1998 as Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP), it has grown into the biggest and most important pre-market in Asia. In 2011, it was renamed as Asian Project Market and has been successfully delivering its role as cradle of creativity.

Each year APM discovers fresh feature film projects ranging from big-scale commercial ones to low-budget indies to link them with global film investors, producers and distributors. Numerous APM projects have already made it through to completion and received positive responses from both film festivals and international audiences. As such, APM continues to earn greater interest from filmmakers around the world.


// Film Forums, Pitching Opportunities & Labs //

Jeonju Cinema Project
Jeonju, South Korea (May – June)

An industry program established in 2009 to strengthen JEONJU IFF’s ties with the Korean film industry and expand its role as a film festival. Presenting its 13th edition, JEONJU Project aims to discover and give practical support to the potential projects made by talented filmmakers. It also helps outstanding foreign films to be released in Korea and promotes Korean film and video contents to the global market.

Within the framework of their programs—JEONJU Cinema Project, JEONJU lab, K-DOC CLASS, and JEONJU Conference, JEONJU Project will support creative domestic and international projects to be planned and produced and accompany the creative process of planning and development through mentoring.


– Jeonju Cinema Project
– Jeonju Lab
– K-Doc Class
– Jeonju Conference

Docs by the Sea
Indonesia (August – September)

Docs By The Sea is the only international forum that focuses on creating a supportive ecosystem for documentary films in Southeast Asia. It is initiated and organized by The Ministry of Tourism and Economy Creative of the Republic of Indonesia and In-Docs, a non-profit organization committed to foster an open society through documentary films.

Held for the first time in 2017, through this forum, documentary projects in Southeast Asia have obtained international co-productions, broadcast commissions, acquisitions, cash fundings, distributions, festival selections, and opportunities to pitch at other international forums.


2021 – Docs by The Sea Accelerator (Digital Edition)
The program aims to accelerate the growth of Indonesian and Southeast Asian documentaries. – Storytelling Lab
Editing Lab
Creative Producing Lab
Pitching Sessions
One-on-One Meetings

DMZ Industry
South Korea (September)

Event takes place during the DMZ Korean International Documentary Film Festival.

DMZ Industry discovers promising documentary projects and provides comprehensive support. Its diverse schemes support Asian documentary filmmakers with tailored assistance that encompasses the entire process of documentary production, from planning and development to production, financing, post-production, and distribution.

DMZ Industry aims to provide more active assistance tailored to needs of Korean documentaries through its funding scheme, pitching programs and intensive consulting with experts in the field so that the filmmakers can improve quality of their projects and strengthen global competitiveness. In an effort to serve as a solid bridgehead for Korean documentaries to explore overseas markets, DMZ Industry exerts itself strenuously to create various business opportunities such as co-producing, financing, and international sales.


DMZ Docs Fund (Pre-Production, Production, Post Productions Funds)
DMZ Docs Pitch (Co-Production & Financial Forum)
DMZ Docs Match (Business Matching Program)
Good Pitch Korea
DOCASIA (Pan-Asia coalition for Asian Documentary | In Preparation)

Kyoto Filmmakers Lab
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto Filmmakers Lab (KFL) is the training program for young of Kyoto HISTORICA International Film Festival(KHIFF). They aim to provide an international networking place for young filmmakers, as well as an opportunity for them to receive guidance from leading directors and professionals in the industry and gain filmmaking experience in active studios while taking advantage of Kyoto’s filmmaking heritage.


Hands-on Hands-on “JIDAIGEKI”

SGIFF – Southeast Asian Film Lab & Producers Network
Singapore (September)

The Southeast Asian Film Lab provides a nurturing and collaborative space for Southeast Asian filmmakers who are embarking on their first feature-length film project. During the Film Lab, filmmakers will receive personal feedback from mentors and hear from fellow filmmakers as they share their experiences and insights. The programme will end with the filmmakers pitching to a panel of industry experts.


SGIFF – Producers Network
Singapore (September)

The Southeast Asian Producers Network invites producers from the region to share their wealth of knowledge and ideas with one another. The network is a platform for further dialogue and opportunities for collaboration.

In an intimate closed-door setting, selected and invited Southeast Asian producers with projects in development will share the process of developing their works – the unknowns, shortfalls, and possibilities of stretching the potential of their company’s work.


Tokyo Project & Pitching Forum
Tokyo, Japan (November)

Event taking place along the TIFFCOM
While the genre and stage of development of the project will vary from event to event, each of these events will provide an opportunity for the proposer to present their project, and we will provide strong support to help them take their project to the next stage.


Masterclass Seminer & Pitching Contest
VIPO Japanese Movie & Animation Pitch
Tokyo Gap-Financing Market

Tokyo Docs
Tokyo, Japan (November)

Tokyo Docs is an international event designed to support the overseas expansion of documentaries, including international co-productions. It provides Japanese and Asian documentary filmmakers the opportunity to network with decision-makers from Japan and abroad to help secure funding for Japanese and Asian documentaries’ production and support their broadcast, distribution, screening, and sales overseas.


Main Pitch
Short Documentary Showcase
Colors of Asia
Tokyo Round Tables
One-on-One Meetings

Tokyo Talents
Toyko, Japan

During the TOKYO FILMeX, the talent development and networking program “Talents Tokyo” will bring together 15 upcoming promising filmmakers and producers. They will receive lectures from film experts at the forefront of cinema who will share their experiences as a professional.

Each participant will bring one developing project which four main experts and other local industry professionals will analyze on its various aspects, such as directing, producing and investment viability. As the main event of the program, participant will publicly present his/her own project which will be eligible for the Talents Tokyo Award. This program aims to inspire promising filmmakers to develop their voices and become the “Next Masters”.

The program will be conducted through the supervision of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture) and the Talents Tokyo Organizing Committee, in cooperation with Berlinale Talents and in collaboration with GOETHE-INSTITUT Tokyo.


// Funds //

Asian Cinema Fund
Busan, South Korea

Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) has been an essential partner for Asian cinema with its three supporting categories – Script Development Fund, Post-production Fund and Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund.

ACF is committed to help activate more independent film productions and to set up a stable production environment. New Asian cinema discovered by ACF gets to complete into a film through comprehensive support from A to Z and to explore various opportunities through Busan’s family programs such as Asian Film Market and Asian Project Market (APM).

– Script Development Fund (Asian independent Feature-length fiction film scrips)
– Post-Production Fund (Asian independent Feature-length fiction film)
– Asian Network and Documentary Fund (AND Fund)


Singapore (February)

– Southeast Asian-Short Film Grant
The Southeast Asian-Short Film Grant (SEA-SHORTS) aims to be the launch pad for the brightest upcoming names in filmmaking from the region. Each recipient will receive a cash amount of s$4,000 and post-production support worth S$4,000 each. Applications are open for all genres including drama, animation and experimental short films. SGIFF will be distributing four SEA-SHORT Grants for this window.

– Southeast Asian Documentary Grant
The SEA-DOC Grant champions important and compelling stories told through the art of documentary filmmaking in the region. The grant supports four mid-length or feature documentaries and for the first time, the gran will extend its support to include post-production projects. The grant will support two productions projects with a cash amount of s$30,000 and two post-production projects with a cash amount of s$20,000 per recipient.


Purin Funds
Bangkok, Thailand

Purin Pictures is a film fund that supports independent cinema in Southeast Asia.  Started in 2017 under the Purin Foundation, we look for artists and organizations that are doing unique and essential work in a region that lacks adequate governmental support.  Managed by Anocha Suwichakornpong and Aditya Assarat, our funding programs cover film production, film post-production, and film-related activities.


Funding Programs:
– Production Fund
– Post-Production Fund
– Activities Fund

// Film Schools & Academies //

Asian Film Academy
Busan, South Korea

Asian Film Academy (AFA) is an educational program hosted by Busan International Film Festival, Busan Film Commission and GKL Foundation to foster young Asian talents and build their networks throughout Asia. Over the past 14 years, 338 alumni from 32 countries have been standing out in filmmaking field all over the Asia and in the prestigious festivals throughout the world.


BIFF Film Academy
Busan, South Korea

The Busan International Film Festival is currently forming a close network with leading film festivals not only in Asia but also around the world. World-famous directors and film stars go through the red carpet and screens of the film festival, strengthening its position as the best film festival in Asia.

Now, beyond the value of the festival, BIFF wants to contribute even more to the world film industry in the future. In order to nurture global film talents by linking and expanding the strengths of the educational programs operated by the Busan International Film Festival and Busan’s film infrastructure, we are developing and operating experimental and advanced educational programs, rather than settling for traditional educational methods.

The Busan International Film Festival will take its first step through the BIFF Film Academy, and plan to foster high-quality professional film talents with more creative, fusion, and self-reliance in connection with universities in Busan.


Busan Asian Film School
Busan, South Korea

Busan Asian Film School (AFiS) is located in Asia’s filrst UNESCO designated City of Film, Busan. This educational facility has been founded in 2016 to foster the development of the global film industry for the benefit of professionals and filmmakers from around the world.

AFiS operates International Film Business Academy, Busan Film Academy, and Asian Filmmmaking Workshop for young talents in Asia, to lay the foundations for Asian cinema’s mutual development.

AFiS is also seeking an Asian aesthetic and beauty which is found within and reflects the cultural diversity of Asia, and to prepare the film industry for a foundation to share it’s strengths among other Asian countries, and while accelerating the growth of domestic film industry, see likewise growth to the global film industry as well.


Golden Horse Film Academy
Taipei, Taiwan

To continue the aspiration of Golden Horse Film Academy, the Golden Horse Film Festival proudly presents an extended series, Golden Horse Film Academy+, which aims to activate the Chinese-language film industry and promote the diverse cinematic culture. The festival invites top-tier global filmmakers to Taiwan and holds various professional film educations to broaden the horizon of cinephiles and to advance the expertise of filmmakers. With the ever-flowing input of innovation and motion, the initiative triggers communications between generations and professional fields and works towards creating a more vigorous film industry. 

The Golden Horse Film Academy+ comprises: Master Class featuring heavyweight filmmakers sharing their creative insights and unique craftsmanship, Forum focusing on the latest trending topics of the film industry, Studio concentrating on the on-hand practice of filmmaking to elevate the professional skills, Critics aiming to cultivate film critics of the next generation and foster the comprehension of Asian cinema,Teen Film Class made for the youth to acquire diverse perspectives, and New Currents offers a step-by-step guide for junior and senior high school students to learn how to read a film and be better film viewers through a thematic approach.


NAFF Fantastic Film School
Bucheon, South Korea

As a genre film production education and networking program for emerging Asian filmmakers, NAFF Fantastic Film School has provided a practical-based curriculum since its inception. Over the past 13 years, Fantastic Film School has produced 264 filmmakers. Taking on the role of dean this year is Hanmac Culture Group CEO Jonathan KIM, who has produced/executive produced more than 30 films, including Piano Man (1996), A Promise (1998), To Catch a Virgin Ghost (2004), Monopoly (2006), and Jang-Gae: The Foreigner (2020).

Fantastic Film School’s curriculum focuses on the cultivation of a sustainable film industry; it covers fundamental aspects of film production, such as screenwriting coaching and scene analysis, as well as hot issues within the film industry, including strategies for getting into film festivals and film distribution/screening alternatives. It also creates synergy by offering a variety of networking opportunities, thereby promoting the formation of global networks between participants.


SGIFF Film Academy (SFA)

SGIFF Film Academy (SFA) is the region’s first holistic training initiative to support Southeast Asian film talents and nurture film appreciation among the audience. A launch pad for mentorship, exchange of ideas and strengthening film literacy with its developmental programmes with the aim to enhance the capabilities of the regional film scene collectively.


// Organizations //

Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNet)

Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNet) is a network of film commissions and professional film support agencies in Asia and AFCNet has become Asia’s largest non-profit international film-related organization with 56 members from 20 countries(as of 2021). As international co-production and overseas location shooting became popular, AFCNet was launched to facilitate information sharing in regards to filming locations, regulations, incentives and clearance requirements in Asia and to support member organizations’ efficient interactions with foreign production companies and/or related industry-supporting agencies. AFCNet priorities are to promote the steady and sustainable growth of regional film industry and to contribute local economies through improved systems and infrastructure.


New Asian Producer’s Network

NAPNET is an association consisting of young and aspiring Asian film producers with the mission of building an international co-production system, reinforcing the expertise of our members, and taking a leading role in the Asian film industry.


In-docs (Jakarta, Indonesia)

In-Docs is a non-profit institution that is committed to cultivating a culture of openness through documentary films.


Objectifs – Centre for Photography & Film

Established in 2003, Objectifs is a visual arts space in Singapore that is dedicated to film and photography.

The goal of Objectifs is to cultivate original voices in visual storytelling, and to inspire and broaden perspectives through the power of images. Objectifs present a year round programme of exhibitions, screenings, workshops, talks, mentorships and residencies, aimed at fostering dialogue about visual culture, and advancing the practice and appreciation of photography and film.