SEA-Film-Lab

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.

HEAD

AnuragKashyap

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.

MENTORS

AnochaSuwichakornpong

ANOCHA SUWICHAKORNPONG

THAILAND

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.

BernardChauly

Bernard Chauly

MALAYSIA

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.

PARTICIPANTS

NADIRA ILANA | MALAYSIA

WILDERNESS

Emory, a disparaged youth, is on a mission to kill his father – one that gradually turns him into a mythical monster that swallows the sun.

OKKAR MAUNG | MYANMAR

CRAVING

A Yangon-set social drama focused on current situations in Myanmar, featuring three portraits of people who suffer a lot while chasing the things they crave.

SEIN LYAN TUN | MYANMAR

A LETTER TO JEJARA

The story of a 14-year old Buddhist nun “Eaindra Wadi” from Naga Land who wants to go to the University of Medicine to become the first ever Buddhist nun doctor in Myanmar.

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

TEN DOLLARS

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.

NICOLE MIDORI WOODFORD | SINGAPORE

YOU ARE THERE (MATSUNOKI: 松の木)

coming-of-age supernatural drama about a teenage girl, who can traverse between worlds of the living and the dead, as she searches for her estranged mother in the midst of impending disaster.

PUANGSOI AKSORNSAWANG | THAILAND

RAHULA

‘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.

PATIPARN BOONTARIG | THAILAND

SOLID STUFF BY THE SEASHORE

Humans tend to create endless problems for themselves on their own.

DONG PHUONG THAO | VIETNAM

TASTE (Vị)

Bassley, a Nigerian immigrant plying his trade in the Vietnamese Football league, has his contract terminated after breaking his leg and has to find an alternative means of survival.

PHAM NGOC LAN | VIETNAM

CU LI NEVER CRIES

middle-aged Asian woman travels between two different worlds to scatter the ashes of her Western husband while her niece’s wedding takes place in the middle of a tropical jungle and then finally vanishes into a massive fire.

SPONSORS

PRIZE SPONSOR

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PROGRAMME PARTNER

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