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The Seminar on Film Industries' Models in Asia and Europe was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 2nd-3rd June, 2005. The seminar was hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, Malaysia (MOCAH); the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) and Multimedia Development Corporation (MDC), in co-operation with ASEF and the French Embassy in Kuala Lumpur following an initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs-France.

The participants included Asian and European film policy makers from ministries, film funds, film commissions, and producers associations. The objectives were to share experiences on innovative film industry models in Asia and Europe, relevant legislative references, organisation and partnership ideas in order to further enrich national film industry models, depending on the specific contexts of respective countries.

The two-day event was articulated around six main sessions: Malaysian film industry situation: the role and use of legislation on film industry; possible film policies for the development of a sustainable film industry; public/private partnership; dynamic relations between TV and the film industry; and regional opportunities and international debates related to film policy issues.

The participants welcomed the unique opportunity to share experiences on film industries' models, particularly those from Asia, where in most cases the film industry systems are still being newly developed or undergoing reforms.

A publication compiling all contributions and discussion will be the main outcome of this event. The publication will be supported by ASEF, Lee Foundation and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France.