Welcome to FilmAsia 2013 - an IAFOR event
Hear the latest research, publish before a global audience, present in a supportive environment, network, engage in new relationships, experience Japan, explore Osaka and Kyoto, join a global academic community... 

The International Academic Forum, in conjunction with its global partners, is pleased to announce the Second Annual Asian Conference on Film and Documentary 2013, to be held in Osaka, Japan, from 8-10 November 2013.

The FilmAsia event is a remarkable cross-cultural and interdisciplinary discussion, which encourage academics and scholars to meet and exchange ideas and views in a forum encouraging  lively but respectful dialogue. This international conference will bring together a number of university scholars working throughout Japan, Asia, and beyond to share ideas.

FilmAsia 2013 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education. Academics working in Japan and Asia will be encouraged to forge working relationships with each other, as well as with colleagues from Europe and the US, facilitating partnerships across borders. We hope to see you (again) in Osaka in the fall.

Professor Gary E. Swanson
Mildred S. Hansen Endowed Chair in Journalism
The University of Northern Colorado, USA
Conference Chair

Professor Tamara Swenson
Osaka Women's University
Local Conference Chair


Keynote Speaker

Bradley J. Hamm

Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, USA

Dr Bradley Hamm is Dean of the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, at Northwestern University, USA

For more information about Dr Hamm and other featured speakers, please click here.

Publishing Opportunities:
Authors of accepted abstracts will have the opportunity of publishing their associated paper in the official conference proceedings, and a selection of papers will be considered for inclusion in the internationally reviewed IAFOR Journal of Media, Communication and Film, edited by Dr James Rowlins of Singapore University of Design and Technology. For more information about IAFOR journals and other publications, click here.

Conference Archive: To see photos from past events, as well as access the archive of the programme and proceedings, please click here for 2012, here for 2011 and here for 2010.

The IAFOR Film Competition (formerly the FilmAsia Film and Documentary Competition) is an open competition open to all film makers. The event is judged by a panel of international filmmakers and academics, chaired by Professor Gary Swanson, academic, and multiple EMMY award-winning filmmaker and producer. A selection of winning films will be shown at the event. For more information on how to enter a film for the competition, please click on the film competition link above. Professor Swanson is pictured at right with Denis Quinn, winner of the 2012 fictional short film above twenty minutes category for "Too Close to the Sky".

FilmAsia 2013 will be held alongside the Fourth Annual Asian Conference on Media & Mass Communication, or MediAsia 2013. Registrants to either event will have the option of attending parallel sessions in the other for no extra charge. Click on the banner below to view the MediAsia 2013 website:

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FilmAsia 2013 is supported by the following IAFOR Global Partners:

For a full list of our Global Partners, please click here

IAFOR supports: