28 NOV – 3 DEC | LASALLE College of the Arts / *SCAPE
The Southeast Asian Film Lab is an intensive six-day story development workshop supported by the National Youth Council and Singapore-ASEAN Youth Fund, for Southeast Asian filmmakers embarking on their first feature-length film. The lab will begin at the Festival’s Education Partner venue, LASALLE College of the Arts, and end with a pitch in front of an industry jury at *SCAPE. Giraffe Picture will be presenting the Most Promising Project prize of S$5,000 at the Silver Screen Awards.
Anurag Kashyap (India)
DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, SCREENWRITER
The face of the new wave of Indian Cinema, Anurag Kashyap made his directorial debut with Paanch, a film that has still not been released due to objections from the Indian Censor Board. This was followed by Black Friday, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 3rd Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and was nominated for the Golden Leopard at the 57th Locarno International Film Festival. His films Ugly and Gangs of Wasseypur (I & II) premiered at the Cannes Director’s Fortnight. As a producer, Kashyap’s slate includes Udaan, which competed in the Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as The Lunchbox by Ritesh Batra, and Peddlers by Vasan Bala, which both competed in Cannes Critics’ Week. Kashyap served as a Jury member at both the 66th Venice International Film Festival and the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. In 2013, he was honoured by the French government with the Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et Lettres.
Anocha Suwichakornpong graduated from Columbia University where she was a recipient of a Hollywood Foreign Press Association Fellowship. Her thesis film, Graceland, was the first Thai short film to be included in the Official Selection at Cannes Film Festival (Cinéfondation). Anocha’s first feature Mundane History (Jao Nok Krajok) received the Hubert Bals Fund as well as post-production support from the Asian Cinema Fund. The film won numerous awards including at film festivals in Rotterdam (Tiger Award Winner), Transilvania (Grand Prix) and Bombay (Best Director). Anocha co-founded Electric Eel Films where her producing credits include Lee Chatametikool’s Concrete Clouds, and Josh Kim’s How to Win at Checkers (Every Time). Her second feature, By the Time It Gets Dark, supported by Ministry of Culture (Thailand), Doha Film Institute, and the Hubert Bals Fund, was in competition at the 69th Locarno Film Festival.
Educated in film at the Universiti Sains Malaysia and Goldsmiths, Bernard Chauly’s work consists of commercially successful Malaysian films which capture the zeitgeist of Southeast Asian social trends. His first film evolved into g&G the series, a hit in Malaysia and Singapore, which was re-versioned in the Philippines. Istanbul Aku Datang (2012), a landmark romantic comedy, won Best ASEAN Film (Comedy) at AIFFA 2013, swept the Anugerah Lawak Warna 2013 (Best Film, Director, Writer, Actress), won Lisa Surihani the Best Actress award at Festival Filem Malaysia, and also competed at the Osaka Asian Film Festival and FEFF Udine. Bernard is currently working on Five Star Billionaire, an adaptation of Tash Aw’s Booker Prize Longlisted Novel. It was selected for HAF 2014, Ties That Bind 2014, SIFF Project Shanghai 2015 and has been offered Singapore’s MDA Production Assistance.
ANNA FRANCESCA ESPÍRITU | PHILIPPINES
THE SWEET TASTE OF SALTED BREAD AND UNDIES (PAN DE SALAWAL)
After failed attempts to end his life via the oncoming Manila train, Sal – a lonely baker suffering from kidney stones, gets a dose of life-changing miracle from a wandering 10-year old Agta girl, who violently hurts the sick as her odd yet magical way of healing them.
JERROLD CHONG | SINGAPORE
A class of 10-year old children are shocked upon learning news of their schoolmate jumping to his death the day before. Amidst a sea of rumors, a boy of divorced parents and with time to kill, awkwardly asks his crush to join him on a journey after school – to spend a $10 note he found upon the ground earlier that morning. From day to night, left to their own devices, they discover the real world for themselves and begin to come to terms with their own existence.
PUANGSOI AKSORNSAWANG | THAILAND
‘Rahula’ can be interpreted as a bond that ties people together, especially husband and wife. This documentary explores the two parallel worlds between my father and mother. One is surrounded by a dream life in the countryside, another still lives in a metropolitan searching dream.