26 NOV, SUN / 4:30PM

Tan See-Kam (Associate Professor, University of Macau)
Lisa Funnel (Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma)
Andrew Leavold (author / filmmaker)
Lee Sang Joon (Assistant Professor, Nanyang Tecnhnological University)
Accompanying the Classics programme, this panel discussion with co-curator Lee Sang-joon brings together a group of Bond scholar experts. Approaching the programme’s thematic threads with a transnational context, the discussion will touch on Asian Cinema’s appropriation of the Western spy genre. Considering the transmission of Cold War ideology into Asia, its creative upheaval of genre conventions and blending of local forms of popular culture have resulted in various genre offshoots. With anecdotes from interesting personalities, events and cross cultural exchanges which circulate within the vibrant world of the Asian spy film, the panel will offer insights into the films featured in the programme, and serve as a primer for anyone planning a stopover in this unique fringe history of cinema.


Tan See Kam
Tan See-Kam is Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Macau, Macao SAR, China. Prior to this, he has taught in Australia and Singapore. He is an independent film producer and has served as a film juror for independent film festivals. He has published widely on Asian cinema, with his latest book, Tsui Hark’s Peking Opera Blues, published by Hong Kong University Press. He is currently Chief Editor of Intellect Press’ Asian Cinema.
Leong Yew is a senior lecturer in the University Scholars Programme at the National University of Singapore. Although not strictly a film studies scholar, he works across different media forms and genres, exploring how Asian cultural politics informs the way people conceive of their identities, particularly in global, multicultural places like Singapore. He is the editor of Alterities in Asia (2011) and author of Asianism and the Politics of Regional Consciousness in Singapore(2014). He is currently working on a book examining the oftentimes surprising contours of Cold War culture in Singapore.
Andrew Leavold
Andrew Leavold owned and managed Trash Video, the largest cult video rental store in Australia, from 1995 to 2010. He is also a filmmaker, published author, researcher, film festival curator, musician, and above all, unrepentant and voracious fan of the pulpier aspects of genre cinema.
Lee Sangjoon
Lee Sang Joon is a self-proclaimed “100% cinema guy”, and has been for the last 20 years. He is currently Assistant Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. He now juggles three research projects –one of which is a book studying the influence of the US cultural Cold War politics on the Asian film industry in the ‘50s, and the emergence of the Asian Film Festival.


25 NOV, SAT / 4:30PM

Adrian Jonathan Pasaribu (writer / critic, Cinema Poetica)
Yuda Kurniawan (filmmaker)
Hari Suhariyadi (filmmaker)
Bowo Leksono (co-founder, Cinema Lovers Community)
In this panel discussion, we speak to the filmmakers and collaborator of this year’s Focus segment, and discover what contemporary Indonesian cinema is like now, compared to the early ‘90s and prior. We discover how the grassroots style community efforts were built from the various Indonesian regions, and how that independent spirit is not only instilled in arthouse filmmakers, but also in crossovers to commercial film explorations.


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Adrian Jonathan Pasaribu, born in Pasuruan in 1988, is the co-founder of Cinema Poetica — a collective of film critics, journalists and activists in Indonesia. Established in 2010, Cinema Poetica focuses on knowledge production and distribution as a response to the lack of film literature in Indonesia. The collective publishes their works in, and regularly organizes film criticism workshops for students. From 2007 to 2010, Pasaribu worked as the program manager of Kinoki, an alternative screening space in Yogyakarta. In 2017, he was elected the Head of Film Literacy, Appreciation and Archiving for the Indonesian Film Board.
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Yuda Kurniawan is a director, producer, cinematographer and scriptwriter. His feature debut was the film Ketika Tinta Bicara (2005). The Ballads of Cinema Lovers (2016) is his first documentary feature.
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Hari Suhariyadi is a director, writer, producer, actor and composer. He has directed six feature films, The Talisman being his latest.
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Bowo Leksono, born in Purbalingga, Indonesia in 1976, is an ex-journalist and theatre practitioner. His short film, A Blind Man and His Guide (2004), marked the beginning of filmmaking activities in Purbalingga. In 2006, he co-founded Cinema Lovers Community (CLC) to facilitate the budding film scene in that regency. Focusing on the youth, CLC organises workshops and screenings from school to school. Since 2007, CLC has hosted the annual Purbalingga Film Festival to showcase the students’ works.


Organised by the Southeast Asian Producers Network
26 NOV, SUN / 3:00PM

Najwa Abu Bakar (Vice President, Astro Shaw Sdn Bhd)
Garon De Silva (Director of Original Productions, HBO Asia)
Daphne Yang (Executive Director, CatchPlay)
Moderator: Bianca Balbuena (producer, Philippines)
Mouly Surya (director, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts)
Rama Adi (producer, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts)
Moderator: Anderson Le (Programming Director, Hawaii International FilmFestival) 
The inaugural Southeast Asian Producers Network aims to bring together producers from the region to share their wealth of knowledge and information with one another in an open exchange of ideas. In this open dialogue session, we look at case studies of successful cross-country collaborations, examining, understanding, and questioning filmmaking models in different territories, as well as explore other ample networking opportunities in the future.
Part 1: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Three regional commissioning networks talk about their previous works in Southeast Asia and the type of content they are looking to make – from narrative films to documentaries spanning various durations and genres.
Part 2: 4:15PM – 5:15PM
Case study of Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts.
The director and producer team of Mouly Surya and Rama Adi share their fund-raising process and timeline of events from conception to its world premiere and its current state, where they will elaborate on the film markets and festivals attended – concretely how useful each was, and a discussion of the collaboration process with commissioners and financiers and what the different deals entailed.