The Asian Film Archive was founded in January 2005 as a non-profit organisation to preserve the rich film heritage of Singapore and Asian Cinema, to encourage scholarly research on film, and to promote a wider critical appreciation of this art form.

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The Asian Film Archive (AFA) aspires to be a hub for the Asian film community, contributing to culture, scholarship and industry through organised screenings, educational and cultural programmes that open and enrich new intellectual, educational and creative spaces, to promote a wider critical appreciation of this art form.

The AFA holds Singapore’s first collection of films (AFA Cathay-Keris Malay Classics) inscribed into the UNESCO Memory of the World Asia-Pacific Register, a listing of significant documentary heritage that are a legacy for the world’s community. It has a collection available for public reference at the library@esplanade.

Founded in 2005 as a non-profit organisation to preserve the rich film heritage of Asian Cinema, the AFA is a charity based in Singapore and an Institution of Public Character. The AFA won the New Non-Profit Initiative Award at the 2007 National Volunteers and Philanthropy Awards (Singapore) for original, sustainable, impactful and best practices. In January 2014, the AFA became a subsidiary of the National Library Board.

The AFA is an institution of the Southeast Asia Pacific Audio Visual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA) and an affiliate of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF).