Asian Film Festival Barcelona - AFFBCN


Ninth edition of the festival specialized in cinema from the Asia-Pacific region organized by Casa Asia. The Asian Film Festival of Barcelona is a reference competition that brings the best filmography of the Asian continent, and facilitating the meeting between professionals from the sector and the film industry.

The AFFBCN projects on the screens productions of different cultures and ethnic groups that come to us from Central Asia, Southeast Asia and Asia-Pacific. Thus, the viewer can travel from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, Mongolia, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines , Laos, Indonesia and Vietnam, to Australia and New Zealand.

AFFBCN 2021: 138 films from 26 countries

The 2021 edition will take place in a mixed, face-to-face and online format, although the face-to-face format will predominate. The festival will have 138 films from 25 countries in its programming, which can be seen in the cinemas of the Cinemes Girona, CaixaForum, the French Institute and the Filmoteca de Catalunya, and the FILMIN platform, where in 2020 the Canal Casa Asia was inaugurated. The contest maintains its usual sections: Official, Official Panorama, Discoveries, Netpac and Special. In addition, as a novelty this year, the section New Talents Hong Kong is added, which, together with the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), will offer 10 feature films signed by the new talents of Hong Kong cinema.

Of the program, the film that opens the festival stands out (see section below), and also the 14 Iranian films produced in 2020 and 2021; the 15 from India from 2020 and 2021, with a single exception from 2019; Philippine cinema, Japanese cinema or the new cinema that comes from China and Korea.

The program is expanded with the OFF-Festival, which is proposed as an introduction and an extension of the AFFBCN, and which consists of three cycles: Asian Cinema outside Barcelona, ​​Asian Cinema in the Girona Cinemas (Retrospectives and Monographs), and the Orient Express cycle in BETEVÉ, which began on October 22.

Satyajit Ray retrospective

Filmoteca de Catalunya will hold the retrospective for this year's edition with 15 feature films by the renowned Indian director Satyajit Ray.

Opening and closing

Among the featured titles this year is the inaugural film Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021) by Japanese filmmaker Ryusuke Hamaguchi, which will also be screened Drive my Car (2021, Best Screenplay Award at the last Cannes Film Festival. The AFFBCN will close with Better Days, by Hong Kong director Derek Kwok-cheung Tsang, a film that won eight awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards and was nominated for best international film at the Academy Awards.

About the dates

The festival runs from October 27 to November 7 and the Satyajit Ray retrospective runs from November 4 to December 11. The films to be broadcast on FILMIN can be seen between October 28 and November 10.

The AFFBCN 2021 has the support of the Institut de Cultura de les Empreses Culturals of the Department of Culture of the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Institut of Culture of the Barcelona City Council, Catalunya Film Festivals, the EFE Agency and Betevé, among others.