The 2015 Asian Film Festival
Thursday, April 9 ‐ Sunday, April 12 at the Normal Theater
The BNF Cinema Arts Project co-sponsored the AsiaConnect 2015 Film Festival. Four films were shown over the weekend of April 9 through 12, 2015 with over 600 community members and students in attendance over the four film showings. The films shown were Shadow Magic (Ann Hu, 2000) [China], Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring (Kim Ki‐duk, 2003) [South Korea], The Lunch Box (Ritesh Batra, 2014) [India], and The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Isao Takahata, 2014) [Japan].
In AsiaConnect’s final report to the BNF-CAP committee it was noted that "The Asian Film Festival provided a great opportunity for the people from the Bloomington-Normal community to get together and appreciate Asian culture and arts. Many audience members approached us to thank us for organizing such a cultural event and told us how much they enjoyed the films.
A review of the key goals of this project illustrates well the spirit of the CAP initiative and the funding BNF provides through its CAP Fund:
- Draw students from ISU and other schools to this festival and broaden their cultural scope.
- Draw people from ISU campus and the Bloomington-Normal community to this festival for a better understanding and appreciation of Asian culture and arts.
- Provide people of the community with a rich and entertaining cultural event.
- Enhance awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures.
- Use the film event as an opportunity for people from different cultures to communicate and to build connections.
View all photos and slideshow from the event (photos here and on the web by H. Tak Cheung). BNF members and the community can look forward to next year’s Asian Film Festival based on this year’s success.