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The Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas (ASEAC) began in May 2004 with the inaugural meeting organized by and held at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. An organising committee comprising young scholars and film practitioners was formed shortly after 2004 and a decision made to make it a regular event that would rotate through the region: thus far Singapore 2004, Bangkok 2005, Kuala Lumpur 2006, Jakarta 2007, Manila 2008, Ho Chi Minh 2010 and Singapore 2012, Salaya 2014, Kuala Lumpur 2016, and Yogyakarta 2018.

The committee aims are to raise the level of film discourse in the region as well as to promote global awareness about Southeast Asian Cinemas as a diverse field of study within film studies and area studies. It seeks to showcase and create academic and social discourse among scholars, film critics, buffs and media activists about the multiple new cinemas from the region, highlighting film as a vehicle for artistic expression, socio-cultural reflection, as an ideological and educational tool and to provide a forum for international networking among participants. The unique feature of the event is its interdisciplinarity and combination of theory and practice: it is a place where film scholars, anthropologists and sociologists and cultural activists mingle with filmmakers, critics, programmers, archivists, and other film practitioners. The meeting usually includes academic panels focusing on contemporary issues facing filmmakers, history, genre, gender and other identities, etc., and dialogue with film practitioners.

Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference (ASEACC)


ASEACC 2018 is organised in association with the following organisations:

Badan Perfilman Indonesia (BPI) Indonesian Film Board

Kafein (Pengkaji Film Indonesia) Indonesian Film Scholars

ISI Jogja (Institut Seni Indonesia, Indonesian Arts Institute Yogyakarta)

Sie Film, Dinas Kebudayaan DIY. Film Section, Culture Office, Local Government of Yogyakarta

Pusbang Film, Kementrian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan RI. The Centre of Film Development, Ministry of Education and Culture, Republic of Indonesia

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10th Biennial Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference (ASEACC) The Politics of Faith, Spirituality, and Religion in Southeast Asian Cinemas
Yogyakarta, IndonesiaJuly 23 – July 26, 2018
Institut Seni Indonesia Yogyakarta Program Pascasarjana (Post Graduate Program) Jl.Suryodiningratan No. 8 Yogyakarta 55143 Indonesia

23 JULY 2018 (MONDAY) 09:00 – 09:30 Registration 09.30 – 09:50  Welcome Address 10:00 – 11:30 Panel 1 – Representation of Gender Chair: Novi Kurnia (Universitas Gadjah Mada) 10:00 – 10:20

Welcome to ASEACC 2018

The Politics of Faith, Spirituality, and Religion in Southeast Asian Cinemas
10th Biennial Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference (ASEACC)
ISI Yogyakarta, 23-26 July 2018
From the committee and members of Indonesia's film community we welcome you to Yogyakarta for the Association of Southeast Asian Cinemas biannual conference ASEACC 2018. This year we are hosted by ISI Yogyakarta in this beautiful student city.
This year's conference is from 23 to 26 July 2018.  Please find more information at the tabs above.
See you in Yogyakarta!