The Coventry University East Asian Film Society (CUEAFS) was awarded the ‘Best Society Award’ at the Student Union Award Ceremony. With all the work they have put in, it is not a surprise they received the award.
“Last year we came third for best society and we were grateful for that, but obviously everyone wants to be a winner so we pushed it a bit more and we finally seemed to get the top award. I don’t think we expected it but we hoped that finally our hard work would pay off,” said Michelle Bailey who also won the award for Best Female in a Society.
Michelle was in Italy with the society at the Udine Far East Film Festival and couldn’t collect the award her self, but she said: “It was the best place to find out, when your working so hard in Italy, it gives you that extra push when your low on energy for being recognised for what your doing but it also gives us extra to push ourselves to the next level; this year we’re going for gold again.”
The past year for the society was filled with trials and tribulations, Antoniya Metodieva, secretary and Editor for the CUEAFS online newsletter, explained: “It was definitely a struggle because obviously we lost an important member, and a very vital member of the society and I think that kind of pushed us to work harder in order to honour her.”
The society not only have their film screenings once a year, they also take part in film festivals around the world. Michelle Bailey said: “The Udine film festival is the biggest one out of the South East Asian region. It’s a huge festival to go to and for us to have the opportunity to go there and continuously do so is huge but also great because once you’re there, you’re working in a professional platform.”
Written by Natasha De Silva – Third year student
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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…
Director Tetsuaki Matsue (right) and his interpreter
A night of live Japanese music and two documentaries welcomed the Coventry University East Asian Film Society in Cafe 1001 in Brick Lane, London this Thursday, November 25th. The event was part of the Zipangu Film Festival, organised by Japanese film expert Mr. Jasper Sharp, which launched its first ever edition on Tuesday.
The night was dedicated to Japanese music and the first film, Rock Tanjo: The Movement 70s by director Akihiro Morakane had its UK premiere. The film depicts the birth of Japanese New Rock movement in the 70s and includes appearances by major figures from that period, such as Yuya Uchida – Japanese actor and musician, who worked with the Beatles, Frank Zappa and in his solo career produced the Flower Travellin’ Band. Writes Antoniya Petkova…
The Coventry East Asian Film Society is looking for writers. The society is putting together an online and printed platform and is looking for responsible people who want to write on a regular basis and reflect the events that happen within the society.
This is a serious position as it is bound with professional experience this year, so you might even get something out of it.
The CUEAFS will be producing a two-page spread fortnight issue relating not only to Asian film, but also to Asian culture, etc (if you happen to see a related event or you have reflections in that area, they will be more than welcome as well). Everything will be produced for people outside of the university mainly – the society has quite a few of them looking in on their activities. They also have two online partners who are interested in publishing the material on their websites. Writes Antoniya Petkova…
Jasper Sharp. Photographed by Oliver Sharpe
This past week, Coventry University’s East Asian Film Society was privileged to have Jasper Sharp in house to offer a rare screening of Tetsuaki Matsue’s Annyong Kimchee complimented by his lecture on independent filmmaking in Japan.
While having only discovered Japanese Cinema over a decade ago, British born Sharp’s extensive work has seen him a regular contributor to Sight and Sound, author of seminal text Behind the Pink Curtain and editor of the influential Japanese cinema website Midnight Eye.
Sharp is known as a leading figure in the field of Japanese cinema, but he is quick to point out the variety of journalistic opportunities continually opening up in other niche or emerging markets- for those who take a proactive approach. Acknowledging that the film industry is not the singular body we tend to identify with Hollywood, but rather made up by many groups, it is important to remember that to be successful “you’ve got to create roles around yourself”.
It is as curator of London’s Japanese Film Festival, Zipangu Fest that his belief in this approach is most evident: “I wanted to be control of every single aspect and reach out to the audiences I knew were there, also finding ways of attracting new audiences. Writes Nadia Baird… Continue reading
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This year the Coventry University East Asian Film Society has big plans. New members, new guest speakers and an amazing film for an opening screening have already set things in the right direction.
This Wednesday, a ‘big fish’ within the realm of Asian cinema, Mr. Jasper Sharp, will be doing a talk on Japanese cinema. Later on, the society will be screening the recently released ‘Big Tits Zombie’ in 3D, followed by a Halloween fancy dress party in ‘Inspire’. And this is only the beginning.
Later on this year, CUEAFS will be covering the whole ten day Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy and the Terracotta Film Festival in London. Along with that, CUEAFS has quite a few projects lined up together with internal professional experience opportunities. Writes Antoniya Petkova…
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