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Asian Hot Shots Berlin – the festival for young Asian cinema takes place from the 9th to 11th of September at cinema Moviemento in Berlin Kreuzberg. Whether it’s animation or videoart, fiction or documentary, Japan or Korea – the film festival Asian Hot Shots Berlin represents again independent Asian cinema beyond the mainstream: young, fresh, artistic and political films are presented to the audience.

In 2011 there will be a packed film program with over 40 movies, shorts and documentaries – this year the festival focuses on experimental film and video art. Asian Hot Shots Berlin is a festival for discoveries, where we can see the »Young Asian Cool« filmmakers who were once an insider‘s tip have become award winners at international film festivals. The festival also stands for Berlin‘s creativity – here you can meet tomorrow‘s stars. The festival gives a deep insight into the electrifying art scene of Asia – from Japan, China, India, Vietnam, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines or Thailand – directly to Berlin Kreuzberg. Over the past few years, more and more Asian artists from Tokyo, Bangkok or Beijing have moved into the vibrant metropolis Berlin. Also their films can be found in the program.

Asian Hot Shots Berlin has been introducing Asian independent film to the city. A supporter especially of Southeast Asian film, it the first festival to give overviews over the actual PHILIPPINE and INDONESIAN, and SINGAPORE film scenes in its respective editions in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Since 2007 the green chilies team around Laura Coppens, Tina Lange and Maria Römer are being involved with young Asian cinema. The organisers met while working at different festivals and decided to get their own festival off the ground. In 2008 the first Asian Hot Shots Berlin – Festival for Film and Video Art was born. Since then it became an institution. A growing fan base of Asian culture and film enthusiasts meet every year to discover new films and partake in a cultural exchange at Asian Hot Shots Berlin.

“Berlin’s most exciting Asian film festival” — Deutsche Welle

“The ‘Asian Hot Shots’ is a place for discoverers. And it’s worth visiting.” — taz

„Since 2008 the Asian Hot Shots has been pointing the way to the future within German film landscape.” — Goethe Institut Jakarta

“A gate opener” — Sinema.sg

“Stripping film industry to its bare essentials” — Jakarta Post

„A well-mixed program, that allows insight into foreign cultures and makes them appear closer to us than through the transfigured optics of the hyper-aesthetisized common high gloss-products from Far East” — Player Kinomagazin Leipzig

外は寒いが、中は文字通り「熱い」アジア的一週間でした」— 足立・ラーベ加代 ・ベルリンフンボルト大学教授 “While cold outside, inside of the cinema one experienced a literally ‘hot’ Asian week.” — Kayo Adachi-Raabe, Film Critic