Preserve your film with the
Asian Film Archive

The Asian Film Archive (AFA) invites you to submit your films and related materials to be preserved for posterity. AFA is dedicated to providing a home for Asian films to allow generations of audiences to enjoy. We welcome contributions from filmmakers, collectors, companies and the public.

How it works

Step 1: SIGN UP for an account.

Step 2: Fill up the submission form with information about your film(s). You can save your submission(s) and edit the draft(s).

Step 3: Receive an email notification from AFA upon the submission of your film.

Step 4: The AFA will inform you of its selection decision within 6-8 weeks.


If you have a question that is not answered here, please fill out our contact form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Emphasis is on works by Asian filmmakers, and/or works about Asian communities. We accept short, medium or feature length films of various genres in various formats:

  • film gauges and video formats (35mm, 16mm, 8mm, super 8, digiBeta, BetaSP, miniDV, VHS, HD, DVD and others)
  • born-digital materials and digital films (DPX, DCP, Pro-res files, mp4, etc)
  • film-related materials, such as stills, posters, storyboards, scripts, thesis and articles.

With a predominantly tropical and humid environment in many parts of Asia, condition of film formats can deteriorate rapidly if not kept properly. Digital formats quickly turn obsolete and data can become more difficult to access. The Archive ensures optimal conditions to maintain the various formats. Films are also preserved as resources for research, education and inspiration.

Physical film masters are preserved in secure and 24-hour temperature and climate-controlled vaults and digital masters are managed via a customised collections management system. Materials such as scripts, stills, posters can be prolonged if kept in acid free packaging to prevent deterioration.

With agreement from the filmmaker, the Archive will

  1. Provide public reference copies of the films within a library premise
  2. Promote the films through organised community programmes
  3. Include films for viewing via AFA’s online platforms

As AFA is a not-for-profit organisation, any proceeds will go to AFA’s preservation and cultural mission. Information and credits on films will be accessible via AFA's online catalogue. Personal information such as contact details will be kept confidential.

No. The Archive will bear all costs relating to documentation, logistics, safekeeping, maintenance and promotion of the films.

No. The deposit of the films and film related materials does not constitute an assignment or transfer of the copyright or any other intellectual property rights. Unless explicitly expressed, any rights subsisting in the films and film related materials will remain vested in the relevant copyright owners.

Contact us

Contact us if you have any questions and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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