Asian-American filmmakers are spread out across the US. But they are brought together by the ACV Bulletin (asiancinevision.org), a weekly e-mail newsletter produced by Asian CineVision, a New York organisation that aims to further the careers of Asian-American moviemakers. The newsletter lists grant and funding opportunities, film festival calls for entries, casting calls, workshops and screenings by Asian filmmakers. It also keeps readers updated on ACV's own movie event, the Asian American International Film Festival (aaiff.org). 'Using the internet is cost-effective, and it's a very good way for us to communicate with filmmakers all over the States,' says ACV acting executive director John C. Woo. 'It helps build a sense of community. The newsletter - which is free - comes out once a week, and it has become our primary communication device. We use it to give filmmakers information that they might find useful, and to inform readers about our film festival and its national tour. 'The ACV Bulletin is useful for the touring element of the festival - if we're heading out to, say, Nebraska, readers will know what films we're taking. We also put the information on our Facebook site. Readers can follow links and find out more about the filmmakers and their films,' he says. 'It's interactive and it encourages readers to get involved with what we do.' The Bulletin has given the organisation an international profile that would have been impossible before the internet. 'We put out the call for submissions for our own film festival online now. We get replies from all over Asia - Pakistan, China, Iran, everywhere,' says Woo. Bulletin readers are active, he says. 'This year we're only running the main part of the festival for four days yet we still received a high number of submissions. We had 300 short films, for instance. The Web helps us to reach out to Asian filmmakers all over the globe, and it enables them to reach back to us.' The internet has enabled filmmakers to gain exposure for their films by showing them online. The problem for filmmakers today is how to make an individual film rise above the noise. ACV's festival and newsletter do just that, say Woo. 'Some of the films submitted to us are available online. But how do you get people to watch your film when there are so many others out there? Our festival and the newsletter are good platforms for promotion. We are specialised and we promote the films we select. 'We're a small festival, but we're a niche festival. We have a curatorial point of view and we get behind the films and support the filmmakers.' The Bulletin started four years ago. 'We now have about 10,000 readers. These include people who aren't filmmakers but have an interest in Asian cinema - film festival curators, for instance,' says Woo. 'We get calls from curators from all over the world, asking us to participate in sharing our content with their audiences.'