This chapter provides an ongoing and paradoxical geopolitical arrangement concerning the rise of major international film festivals in East Asia and other parts of the region. The history or more properly, the histories of film festivals in Asia has or rather had yet to be written. The nascent literature on Asia generated by film festival studies encompasses numerous dimensions of these interlinked phenomena. It is also necessary to be aware of the variety of events that make up the totality of film festivals in Asia. The term "film festivals in Asia" carries one further benefit as the basis for an historical and geographical analysis of regional events of all tiers of scale. The International Federation of Film Producers Associations, or 'Fdration Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films' (FIAPF), was founded in France in 1933 as, among other functions, the regulatory body for film festivals worldwide.