Theme: The Visible Archives: Access, Advocacy and Accountability
The Tenth Conference and General Assembly of the South East Asia-Pacific Audio Visual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA) was held in Canberra, Australia from 12 to 17 November 2006.
The theme for this year’s Conference, The Visible Archives: Access, Advocacy and Accountability, highlighted the mission of successful archives to be accessible and accountable in the fullest sense. Under the theme, the symposium further explored formulas for success, pitfalls, experiences and ideas for the future of AV Archiving within the region.
The Conference, which coincided with the 10th Anniversary of SEAPAVAA, was jointly-hosted by the National Film and Sound Archives of Australia (NFSA) and the New Zealand Film Archive (NZFA), two of the founding members of the Association. The event served as a “retracing of roots” of SEAPAVAA where a group of archivists from the ASEAN Region with colleagues from Australia and New Zealand, who trained at the NFSA in 1995, spawned the idea of forming a regional archiving association and then later became the founding members SEAPAVAA.
The Conference was attended by delegates representing audiovisual archives and archival institutions in Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Fiji Islands, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Switzerland, Thailand, USA and Vietnam.
The Conference included the symposium, the SEAPAVAA Executive Council and General Assembly meetings, the launching of the SEAPAVAA Publication, “Lost Films of Asia,” the inauguration of the “Dawn of Cinema in Asia Festival,” the annual film exhibition entitled “Archival Gems Screening,” institutional visits, a train excursion and post-conference workshops.