SGIFF’s Southeast Asian Film Lab is a story development workshop for emerging filmmakers from Southeast Asia embarking on their first feature length film. An intimate workshop as much about providing feedback and advice on their projects as it is about strengthening communal ties within the region, 10 participants will be selected and given insights into the varied paths taken by established industry guests when making their early works, as well as given ample personal time with each of the three mentors and their fellow peers.
The workshop will end with a pitch in front of an industry panel for a development prize, the Most Promising Project, that will be awarded at the Silver Screen Awards. The Southeast Asian Film Lab takes place from 27 November to 2 December, and is organised with the support of Giraffe Pictures, *SCAPE and LASALLE College of the Arts.
MOULY SURYA, INDONESIA
Mouly Surya is considered one of the most promising female filmmakers in Indonesia. After earning her BA in Media and Literature from Swinburne University, Melbourne, Surya obtained an MA in Film and Television from Bond University, Queensland. Besides making films, she teaches a directing class in Jakarta. Her debut film, Fiction (2008), won numerous awards including Best Director at JIFFEST 2008. It premiered internationally at the 13th Busan International Film Festival. What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love (2013), her second feature, competed in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at Sundance Film Festival 2013. Her most recent film, Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts (2017) was recently selected for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, receiving unanimous praise from critics.
LIEW SENG TAT, MALAYSIA
Liew Seng Tat emerged as a filmmaker with a unique comedic voice. His debut feature film Flower In The Pocket (2007) won multiple awards at international film festivals including the New Currents Award at Busan International Film Festival and the Tiger Award at Rotterdam International Film Festival. In 2008, he was selected to participate at the Cannes Cinefondation, Torino Film Lab (2010) and the Sundance Screenwriters Lab (2011) with his second feature Men Who Save The World (2014) formerly known as ‘In What City Does It Live? ‘). It won the Special Jury Prize at the 33rd Fajr International Film Festival and swept five major awards at the 27th Festival Filem Malaysia including Best Film and Best Director. It was also selected as Malaysia’s official entry to the 88th Academy Awards. Seng Tat’s next film project The Girl With No Head is currently in development. He founded Everything Films in 2011 and is actively involved in the Malaysian independent film scene, working as a director and producer.
The 2016 Southeast Asian Film Lab was supported by the National Youth Council and Singapore-ASEAN Youth Fund. The lab took place at the Festival’s Education Partner venue, LASALLE College of the Arts, and ended with a pitch in front of an industry jury at *SCAPE. Giraffe Picture presented the Most Promising Project prize of S$5,000 at the Silver Screen Awards.
ANURAG KASHYAP, INDIA
Filmmaker, Producer, Screenwriter
ANOCHA SUWICHAKORNPONG, THAILAND
BERNARD CHAULY, MALAYSIA
The 2015 Southeast Asian Film Lab was supported by the National Youth Council and ASEF culture360. The lab took place at the Festival’s Education Partner venue, LASALLE College of the Arts. Giraffe Picture presented the Most Promising Project prize of S$5,000 at the Silver Screen Awards.
TERENCE CHANG, USA/CHINA
YONG MUN CHEE, SINGAPORE
SHERAD ANTHONY, PHILIPPINES
The 2014 Southeast Asian Film Lab was supported by the National Youth Council. The lab took place at the Festival’s Education Partner venue, LASALLE College of the Arts, and ended with a pitch in front of an industry jury. mm2 Entertainment presented the Most Promising Project prize of S$5,000 at the Silver Screen Awards.
ERIC KHOO, SINGAPORE
TAN CHUI MUI, MALAYSIA
FRAN BORGIA, SINGAPORE
Submission Fees: None.
• Applicant must be a screenwriter and/or writer/director of at least 1 short film that has been screened in international film festivals.
• Applicant must be of Southeast Asian nationality, origin or residence.
• Applicant must not have made a feature length film before.
• Project submitted should still be at an early stage, and have not been developed beyond a first draft screenplay.
• If you have submitted a project for a prior edition of the Film Lab, the application should display a development from the previous application.
• A feature-length screenplay is defined as a work of fiction or non-fiction that serves as the blueprint for a film that equals or exceeds 60 minutes in length including opening and end credits.
• All entries must contain: a completed submission form, portfolio screeners and project information.
• Submissions should reach us no later than Monday, 21 August 2017, 6.00pm (GMT+8)
• Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
• Any submission received after the deadline will not be accepted.
• Submission forms may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject header “SGIFF Southeast Asian Film Lab” or physically mailed to the Festival Office.
• The SGIFF Southeast Asian Film Lab accepts either DVD screeners or a secure online link of the portfolio work being submitted. If submission is via a DVD screener, please ensure that 2 copies of the DVD screener are submitted.
• DVD submission should be clearly labeled with the 1) Film Title, 2) Submitter Name, 3) Duration, 4) Contact Information.
• Films in any other language other than English must have English subtitles.
• Submitted screeners will not be returned.
• All physical submissions should be sent directly to the following address:
SGIFF Southeast Asian Film Lab
Singapore International Film Festival
2 Orchard Link #05-06 *SCAPE Singapore 237978
• All shipping costs of the submitted material shall be prepaid and borne by the submitter/sender. SGIFF Southeast Asian Film Lab will not assume responsibility for any charges.
• Please clearly mark “For cultural use only” and “Without commercial value” on the envelope.
• SGIFF Southeast Asian Film Lab will inform successful applicants of the selection results by mid-September 2017.
• SGIFF Southeast Asian Film Lab does not provide individual explanation on the non-selection of applicants.
• Once selected, the applicant must confirm that they will commit to the time commitment required by the SGIFF Southeast Asian Film Lab.
• Workshops will be conducted in English; knowledge of English is essential in order to participate.
• The SGIFF Southeast Asian Film Lab will cover participants’ accommodation for the duration of the film lab. Travel expenses for participants from countries outside of Singapore may be partially subsidised.
• Ownership of the written materials produced during the SGIFF Southeast Asian Film Lab will belong solely to the participant.
• Participating projects must indicate SGIFF Southeast Asian Film Lab support in any subsequent project materials, by displaying the SGIFF logo, together with the caption “Supported by the SGIFF Southeast Asian Film Lab”.
MOST PROMISING PROJECT
by Dong Phuong Thao, Vietnam
by Puangsoi Aksornsawang, Thailand
Nadira Ilana, Malaysia – Wilderness
Okkar Maung, Myanmar – Craving
Sein Lyan Tun, Myanmar – A Letter to Jejara
Anna Francesca Espíritu, Philippines – The Sweet Taste of Salted Bread and Undies
Jerrold Chong, Singapore – Ten Dollars
Nicole Midori Woodford, Singapore – You Are There
Patiparn Boontarig, Thailand – Solid Stuff by the Seashore
Pham Ngoc Lan, Vietnam – Cu Li Never Cries
MOST PROMISING PROJECT
by He Shuming, Singapore
Ang Geck Geck, Singapore – Kinship
Lida Chan, Cambodia – The Last Lake
Martika Escobar, Philippines – The Return of the Owl
Christopher Gozum, Philippines – A Kingdom of Shadows
Edward Gunawan, Indonesia – Elephants at Midnight
Jason Iskandar, Indonesia – First Breath after Coma
Michael Kam, Singapore – Domo Arigato, Mister Rocketto!
Nguyen Thi Thanh Binh, Vietnam – A Man, A Woman & the iPod
Diffan Sina Norman, Malaysia – Sitora the Weretiger
Sorayos Prapapan, Thailand – Arnold is a Model Student
MOST PROMISING PROJECT
Singing In Graveyards
by Bradley Liew, Malaysia
Aiess Alonso, Philippines – Dinhi Sa Yuta
Jamie Habac Jr., Philippines – Teatro Cajetilla
Loeloe Hendra, Indonesia – Ilalang, Ingin Hilang Waktu Siang
Marcus Lim, Singapore – August Men
Kavich Neang, Cambodia – Re-marriage
Kristen Ong, Singapore – Afterhours
Kong Pahurak, Thailand – Through the Rustling Leaves
Sidi Saleh, Indonesia – Ibu
Truong Minh Quy, Vietnam – Cay Xoai Den Tu Dau?