The Asian Film Archive

by Karen Chan & Chew Tee Pao (Asian Film Archive)

Abstract: The Asian Film Archive (AFA) has been working with different stakeholders – private collectors, filmmakers, producers, distributors, researchers – to preserve and enable collections to become publicly accessible. Using various case studies, this paper investigates the determining factors of what items to acquire and how the decision to make collections available through re(use) and re(purposing) can and does impact the selection and acquisition policies. Of specific interest is how the different kinds of collaborations and levels of engagement can be created to generate avenues for the collections to be better utilised.

Chew Tee Pao oversees the development of the film collection and helps to strategize the key preservation and outreach programmes of the AFA. Tee Pao has written articles on film preservation and a chapter on Independent digital filmmaking and its impact on film archiving in Singapore.

Karen Chan is the Executive Director of the AFA and was a pioneer staff since 2006. Under her leadership, AFA transitioned from a NGO to a subsidiary of the National Library Board, Singapore. Karen teaches Singapore cinema history, film preservation and literacy courses at schools. She contributed six years to the council of the Southeast Asia-Pacific Audio-Visual Archive Association.