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What is it?
Criticine is a website devoted to pushing forth intelligent discourse about Southeast Asian cinema, from writers within or specializing in the region. Criticine will pay special critical attention to independent cinema; underground cinema; short filmmaking; and the like, serving to highlight the dynamic and vital forms of cinema within the region often ignored by the mainstream media.

Why is it being created?
Criticine was formed out of an aching need. Southeast Asian cinema has been a neglected field of discourse for far too long a period. Today, Southeast Asian cinema is emerging onto the world map, with a number of filmmakers making waves the world over. In early 2005, the International Film Festival Rotterdam devoted an entire programme of their festival to new cinemas from the region.

Most of the written discourse on Southeast Asian cinema made available to the public, both in the region and outside of it, is sourced from the pens of foreign authors. While invaluable in itself, these writings lack the particular insight and contextualization that can only be made by one who lives, breathes, and understands the culture and context from which a work was born. Their contribution to dialogue on the topic is invaluable, and one that must not be overlooked. Among the contributors of Criticine will be some of the most important and significant voices on Southeast Asian cinema today. And some of those who will be among the most important voices of tomorrow.

Criticine's purpose is threefold:
•  To raise the awareness and profile about Southeast Asian cinema in a global context by providing an avenue for serious discourse on film and its developments in the region.

•  To raise the profile of film criticism in Southeast Asia, educating audiences and encouraging young writers to partake in this discipline.

•  To instigate dialogue between the cinemas and cinephiles both in this region, and world at large.

What will be featured on the website?
Criticine will look at Southeast Asian cinema from a wholistic perspective, covering all facets of this multi-faceted artform. The sections will be as follows: 1) news: updated regularly, with notices about important news and events related to the region 2) reviews: of films, books, festivals, conferences. 3) features and interviews: critical and thought-provoking articles that tackle head on important issuses, personalities, and trends.

Who will be writing for the website?
The core writers of Criticine will consist of prominent writers from, or specializing in, Southeast Asian Cinema.

Can I contribute to the website?
Criticine welcomes contributions from its readers, and looks forward to expanding the network of critical writers on film in the region. Please write to us at the contact page if you would like to contribute. Let us know who you are, what you would like to write about, and provide samples of your writing.

How often will the website be updated?
The critical aspects of Criticine will be updated on a bi-monthly basis; as a magazine of sorts. It's content fully archived and accessible through a variety of different sorting means: by country, article type, or issue. News and events will be updated regularly, as is necessary.

I would like to use an article on Criticine for my publication. How may I do so?
All articles on Criticine are copyright to their respective authors. They may be reprinted elsewhere only with expressed written permission from the author, and a note at articles end stating: Originally published on

Who is the website designed by?
Criticine's design is a concoction of the perky baristas of Inksurge. A collective design studio brewed in Manila , Philippines in 2002. Visit their coffee shop and sample their flavors at:

How do I nagivate the website?
Criticine's website is highly functional, and was specially designed for the navigational ease of users with a wide range of special interests.

It may be viewed by:

a) type of article, as seen above the main bar of the website (Features, Interviews, Reviews).

b) country, as accessed through the first drop-down menu on the right-hand side of the page (articles pertinent to more than one country may be found on the Southeast Asia page).

c) issue, as accessed through the second drop-down menu on the right-hand side.

• Related links: each article has a 'related links' section, wherein pertinent site on the web are linked to enhance reader knowledge on the subject of the article. This can be found on the left-hand side, underneath the article's main image.

• Print this article: each article has a handy 'print this article' function; especially useful for readers who would like to digest a long article without clicking 'next page'. It can be found on the left-hand side, underneath the 'posted on' date, below the article's main image.

• Contributor page: each article lists the name of the author in color orange below the title. Click on the name of the name of the author to view his or her contributor profile.

• End notes: some articles contain end notes. If an article has end notes, they may be accessed as the foremost link in the 'related links' section.

• Post a Comment: each review features a 'post a comment' function, wherein readers may give their opinion of the film or the review of the film. Comments are subject to administrator approval.


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