2011 is promising to be an exciting year for Coventry University’s East Asian Film Society. Its line-up of events have already been making news throughout the online community; with websites such as New Korean Cinema and Twitch.com circulating the details of the much anticipated East Winds Festival in February. In collaboration with Third Window Films, this upcoming festival “is not only special because it’s Coventry’s first International East Asian Film Festival but because it will be created and produced by students, for students” says Michelle Bailey, director of CUEAFS.
The busy calendar kicks off in two days time with the society’s participation in the Refresher’s Fayre, where you will find CUEAFS hosting a mini cinema at the 2tone Cafe in SU.
As well as the familiar table selling DVDs and merchandise, from 11am till 3pm, members will be offering information about the exciting projects throughout the year – such as the Asian Exposure Cinema Symposium to take place in Coventry, involving many international guests such as directors and music composers as well as established academics and journalists in the field. Writes Nadia Baird…
On the same day as Refreshers, Ellen Terry’s ETG34 will hold its first screening of the year; the title is being kept secret but we can confirm that the film won’t be released in UK cinemas until later this year.
Starting from 2pm, CUEAFS will also welcome the return of Adam Torel, Managing Director of Third Window Films, who will be holding a Q&A session with Coventry students about his involvement with the festival and treating students to a teaser of Tetsuya Nakashima’s ‘Confessions’ which Torel promises will have you “dying to see the rest”.
Making its feature length premier at the opening of East Winds on February 11 at Warwick Arts Centre, Confessions is also the Japanese entry into the Best Foreign Language Film category of this years Academy Awards and has just been shortlisted to the final nine.