NETPAC is a worldwide organization founded in 1990 by Aruna Vasudev as the result of a conference organized in New Delhi by Cinemaya – The Asian Film Quarterly, at the request of UNESCO. It was set up with the aim to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of Asian films at a time when Asian cinema was just coming into its own but was relatively unknown regionally and internationally. Cinemaya a quarterly film journal launched independently by Aruna Vasudev in 1988, had already paved the way.
NETPAC is especially proud to have brought awareness to independent and non-mainstream films by new directors whose works might have languished due to a lack of promotion caused by limited funds and resources. Now Asian films have a prominent presence worldwide. Among the many initiatives that NETPAC has taken over the past 25 years are:

• The presentation of the NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film at 30 major international film festivals throughout the world. This award was first presented at the Berlin Film Festival in 1994.
• We have published and co-published books on Asian cinema. Among them are:

Modernity & Nationality in Vietnamese Cinema by Ngo Phuong Lan
When Strangers Meet: Visions of Asia & Europe in Film(NETPAC and Asia Europe Foundation)
Kenji Mizoguchi and the Art of Japanese Cinema by Tadao Sato (NETPAC & Bloomsbury)
An Incomplete Sentence: The Cinema of DharmasenaPathiraja Edited by Ashley Ratnavibushana, Robert Crusz & Sivamohan Sumathy (NETPAC)
Early Sri Lankan Cinema and its Association with the South Indian Film Industry by Ashley Ratnavibushana & M.L.M. Mansoor (NETPAC & AFC)
Asian Film Journeys: Selections from Cinemaya Edited by Rashmi Doraiswamy and Latika Padgaonkar (NETPAC & Wisdom Tree)
Malaysian Cinema in a Bottle by Hassan Abd Muthalib(Merpati Jingga in association with NETPAC)

Conferences on Asian cinema have been organized since 1991 in Yamagata, Hawaii, Manila, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi, Jogjakarta and Philippines.
Cinefan, the NETPAC Festival of Asian Cinema was launched in New Delhi in 1999 to 2012 continuously and the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (JAFF) was launched in Jogjakarta, Indonesia in 2006 up to now.
NETPAC has programmed special packages of Asian films for international film festivals across the world and continues to do so amongst its wide network of contacts with film organizations, government and non-government agencies, film scholars and critics with whom we work collaboratively in mutually beneficial activities to advance the cause of Asian cinema.
NETPAC has received two awards for its dedication in promoting Asian Cinema.

​• Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival, 2009
20th Busan International Film Festival, 2015

At the very end of 2015 the Executive Committee of NETPAC has decided to expand its geographical landscape up to the Pacific Region. Now NETPAC stands for Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema. In 2015 NETPAC was registered in Australia as Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema – as an International NGO. Now NETPAC has a new Executive Board and an Advisory Committee which will spearhead activities in the future with JurySecretariat continuing in Colombo.



Founder / President Emerita:​

Aruna Vasudev (India)


Advisory Council:

Jeannette Hereniko (Hawaii)

Nick Deocampo (Philippines)

Ranjanee Ratnavibhushana (Sri Lanka)

Garin Nugroho (Indonesia)

Wong Tuck Cheong (Malaysia)

Kim Dong Ho (Korea)


Joint Presidents:

Ashley Ratnavibhushana (Sri Lanka)​​

Philip Cheah (Singapore)


Vice-Presidents: ​​​

Anne Demy-Geroe (Australia)

Bina Paul (India)



Shannon King (Australia)


Board Members:

Mohammed Attebai (Iran)

Gulnara Abikeyeva (Kazakhstan)

Herman van Eyken (Australia)

Xie Fei (China)

Vilsoni Hereniko (Hawaii)

Zakir Hossain Raju (Bangladesh)

Intishal Al-Timimi (Iraq)


NETPAC Vice President / Jury Secretariat
118 Dehiwala Road
Boralesgamuwa 10290
Sri Lanka
Tel: + 94 11 2519923
Fax: + 94 11 2509553
Mobile: + 94 71 8373516 / + 94 77 5059897
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NETPAC Administration Secretariat
3/44 Moray Street
New Farm 4005
QLD, Australia
Tel: + 61 439666341 / +61 423262526