Learn first-hand from our directors-in-attendance and guest filmmakers as they share their experiences and insights on their career beginnings and love for film.


Shekhar Kapur
2 DEC, SAT / 2:00PM / 60MIN
“Every story being told is an idea for rebellion,” says award-winning director Shekhar Kapur. This is no less true with his body of work, especially from two of his most famous and critically acclaimed works, 1994’s Bandit Queen and 1998’s Elizabeth, both of which courted controversy over his reimagination of famous lives in history. A visionary filmmaker and storyteller, Kapur believes that the fundamental idea to his work lies in changing ideas and perceptions. Find out more about his rebellious streak, the differences he sees between storytelling in Asia and Europe, and what he wants to say with his future projects during the masterclass.
Shekhar Kapur is an Indian film director, producer and storyteller. He gained global recognition with the film Bandit Queen (1994), which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie and Best Direction. He also introduced Cate Blanchett to the world in his two historical biopics of Queen Elizabeth, which were nominated for seven Academy Awards, and won five BAFTA Awards, including Best Film. He has recently directed and produced a captivating series exploring the life of the young genius, William Shakespeare, for an American broadcaster.


Garin Nugroho
3 DEC, SUN / 11:00AM / 60MIN
Known for his versatility and artistic vision, Garin Nugroho is known around the world for his captivating feature films, documentaries, theatre productions and more. Since his debut feature Love In A Slice of Bread in 1991, Nugroho has not ceased exploring different territories of artistic expression, from film criticism in Indonesia, to making a commissioned piece for the 250th anniversary of Mozart. However, his works are not merely art for art’s sake – they are also seen as commentaries on multiculturalism, politics, class division and various other social issues. In this rare masterclass, we find out what keeps Nugroho going in his artistic pursuit, how he imparts his knowledge to the younger generation and what he hopes to discover in the future.
Garin Nugroho is an award-winning director, writer and producer born in 1961 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. His films have played to critical acclaim at many film festivals including Cannes, Tokyo, Berlin and Venice. He has also served as juror at other film festivals including Dubai, Busan and the SGIFF. His most recent work, Setan Jawa, was presented with an accompaniment of Western orchestral and live gamelan music, and has since travelled to Australia, Singapore, London and Holland. Aside from receiving the Legion of Honour from France, he is currently president of the Jogja NETPAC Asian Film Festival, now in its 12th year.