CinemAsia was founded in Amsterdam in 2003 by Hong Kong-American Doris Yeung. She started the festival to promote Asian cinema, give voice to the Dutch-Asian immigrant experience, as well as explore LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer) stories and issues with an Asian focus. The goals were to dispel stereotypes and open up the dialogue within Holland’s diverse social communities.
Over the years, the festival has become a popular event for Asian communities in The Netherlands to come together and celebrate their diverse heritage with film, food and other cultural activities. Not only that, it has attracted a following among Dutch audiences of all stripes who get a chance to learn about the vibrancy of Asia through its films.
BeauDamian composes the music for the festival trailers of CinemAsia.