AFC was founded in 2002 by
Oliver Kwon, a successful entrepreneur from Los Angeles. Oliver founded
AFC with a vision that the future of Latin American film would be best served
by a single organization that could preserve the historic films of the region
and catalyze a new era of industry success.
Mr Kwon thereby established AFC with associates and fellow cultural enthusiasts
Lincoln Phipps and other partners. The result is the first pan-regional
organization dedicated to the guardianship and promotion of Latin American
A number of factors have influenced the founding of AFC.
1. Interest in Latin American Social Sciences. Oliver and his team have
traveled and lived throughout the Americas and have a passion for the history,
sociology and political economy of the region.
2. Interest in Film as a Historic Asset. Growing up in Los Angeles,
Oliver and his team are from the epicenter of cinema. They not only see film as
a source of entertainment but also as a valuable means for recording our past.
3. The Need for Pan Regionalism in Latin America. Latin America is made
up of a number of developing nations that lack the resources to protect and
promote their film industries. There is a need for pan regional organizations
that view the interests of the region as a whole and channel resources
4. Belief in an Ability to Make an Impact. Oliver and his team believe
in the ability of dedicated individuals with vision to make a difference and
achieve great things. They have demonstrated this in their respective careers
and import this philosophy for the cause of guarding and promoting the film
heritage of the Americas.