The journey of AFA embarked on throughout the challenging period and will share the fresh perspectives and tools that we continue to adopt as we emerge from the pandemic.
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Film Programming in the Time of COVID
Viknesh Kobinathan (Asian Film Archive)
At the start of the COVID pandemic in early 2020, Singapore, like many places in the world, went into lockdown. Life as we knew it changed, and for our industry, live arts and cultural events completely halted.
The Asian Film Archive had to cease its film screenings and outreach activities for an indefinite period. While this was initially a confusing period, the organization adopted new strategies and approaches to programming—with digital commissioning projects, online screenings, talks, symposiums, and much more.
This presentation will delve into the journey AFA embarked on throughout the challenging period and will share the fresh perspectives and tools that we continue to adopt as we emerge from the pandemic.
Viknesh Kobinathan is a programmer at the Asian Film Archive (AFA), where he curates film screenings and discursive events that examine issues affecting Asian societies, explores the art of Asian cinema, and furthers the preservation mission of the AFA.
He oversees the execution of the commissioning project, Monographs, a series that features written and video essays about Asian cinema responding to the challenges and uncertainty of a future plagued by a global pandemic and climate change. Viknesh holds an MA in Film Studies from the National Film and Television School in England and was previously the program manager at an independent cinema venue, The Projector.
The Asian Film Archive
The Asian Film Archive (AFA) was founded in January 2005 as a non-profit organization to save, explore and share the art of Asian cinema. From preservation and restoration to exhibition and education, the AFA aspires to be a hub for the Asian film community, contributing to culture, scholarship, and industry.
The organization holds Singapore’s first collection of films (AFA Cathay-Keris Malay Classics) inscribed into the UNESCO Memory of the World Asia-Pacific Register, a listing of significant documentary heritage that is a legacy for the world’s community.
AFA is an affiliate of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), an institutional member of the Southeast Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA), and the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA).