The World's #1 Film Market


The first form of animation-writing surfaced in Asia about 5,200 years ago during the late half of the 3RD millennium BC in Shahr-i Sokhta, Iran. This was the precursor of the art of storytelling.  Someone had something to say.  To date, the movie business of the continent of Asia sits as the biggest film industry in the world. 

One of the most prolific centers of film production sits in South Asia – Bollywood, a Hindi (not Indian) film industry.  The Indian film industry, with Bollywood combined, is the biggest film industry in the world with the American counterpart (Hollywood) placing third — behind Nollywood, Nigeria’s equivalent.

Busting at the seams is another Asia mainland film industry where they are building about 25 new cinema screens a day – the Chinese film industry.  China’s cinema and digital sales are around $33 billion – surpassing US and Canada sales in 2018; digital subscription services included.  With big-budget American films opening bigger in China then in the US and Canada, the Chinese film market will soon be the top film market in the world, says Motion Picture Association of America.

Collectively, Bollywood and China combined with others in the region, Asia has become the movie industry’s mega superpower film market with an estimated collective net worth of over $70 billion.

As censorship bans are lifted and democratic rights installed to those in Middle East Asia, at TILFA, we are thrilled to see the stories of these filmmakers.  With great anticipation we welcome and invite the filmmakers of the continent of Asia to submit their film artistry for a chance to win a Legacy Award and title Best in the World of Film.

ASIA | TILFA Film Regions and Countries Represented

Four National Directors and seven Regional Directors are assigned to the continent of Asia to oversee the following regions:

East Asia

  • China Hong Kong Mongolia
  • Japan (Korea North and South) Taiwan

South Asia

  • Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka (Jaffna)
  • India (Bollywood, South India, West Bengal) 

Southeast Asia

  • Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

Central Asia (Middle East)

  • Armenia Azerbaijan Bahrain Georgia Iran Iraq Israel (Jewish) Jordan Kuwait Lebanon Oman Palestine Saudi Arabia Syria Turkey United Arab Emirates Yemen
  • Afghanistan Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan Turkmenistan Uzbekistan

Zunzhi Wang

Executive Director

Film Regions

East Asia
South Asia
Southeast Asia
Central Asia

National Directors

  1. Undisclosed
  2. Undisclosed

Regional Directors

  1. Undisclosed
  2. Undisclosed

Access Region

  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Southeast Asia
  • Central Asia (Middle East)
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