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FEFF Campus welcomes ten aspiring journalists from Europe and Asia


- The annual Far East Film Festival Campus - set to unspool from 20-28 April - will include special seminars related to film-specific subjects

FEFF Campus welcomes ten aspiring journalists from Europe and Asia
The participants in last year's FEFF Campus (© Alice BL Durigatto/FEFF19)

It’s been 20 years since the bonds between the East and the West were first forged at the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy, and ever since its inception, the event has championed the cause of Asian genre cinema. Across two decades, FEFF has always looked to the future, too, and to the next generation of Asian film fans. Hence the annual FEFF Campus, which returns for the festival’s 20th edition – to be staged from 20-28 April 2018 – and which once again will welcome ten aspiring journalists from Europe and Asia into the FEFF family.

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The successful candidates are: John Upton (United Kingdom), Łukasz Mańkowski (Poland), Mina Stanikic (Serbia), Oriana Virone (Belgium), Gentiana Kolnrekaj (Italy), Jane Zhang (China), Lourdes Niñamarie Janreleth Nuñez (Philippines), Wendi Sia (Malaysia), Alfonse Chiu (Singapore) and Diana Chan (Hong Kong SAR). They will now be fully hosted by the festival while engaging in a programme that will help them chart a course into their future careers.

“Each year, we are surprised by the talent that is revealed to us through these applications, and we are inspired by the passion shown for Asian cinema,” said Campus co-ordinator Mathew Scott. “This year, we have again received applications from across the globe, and it has been a tough task picking just ten from all of these hopefuls, such was the high standard of applications received. Now we are preparing to welcome them to Udine for a unique cross-cultural experience – and a whole lot of fun.” 

The FEFF Campus programme was initiated with great success in 2015 and will this year continue its commitment to providing a unique opportunity for young journalists to go “behind the scenes” at a film festival, while learning from the expertise provided by a line-up of media and film-industry veterans. This year’s Campus will include special seminars related to film-specific subjects, such as “What It Means to Be a Critic”, while the successful candidates will also have the opportunity to interview a selection of the biggest stars in Asia and contribute to a special FEFF newsletter. They will also have direct access to the ever-popular FEFF Talks series of seminars and guest appearances while also having the opportunity to explore life in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region.

The “business of film” is also high on the agenda for 2018, and the Campus attendees will be able to gain a valuable insight into the inner workings of the industry as FEFF expands its "Focus Asia" industry section, a market dedicated to genre films.

The FEFF Campus is this year also being supported by Asian film-industry platforms Eastern Kicks and China Film Insider, which have both offered opportunities for the work produced by the Campus to be published – and to be seen by the world. The fourth edition of FEFF Campus also has the privilege to be supported by important European and Asian associations and organisations, such as Cineuropa, Europa Cinemas, the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Telum Media and the Udine Chamber of Commerce.

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