27 NOV – 2 DEC | LASALLE College of the Arts and *SCAPE
Organised with the support of Giraffe Pictures, *SCAPE and LASALLE College of the Arts, the Southeast Asian Film Lab is a story development workshop for emerging filmmakers from Southeast Asia embarking on their first feature-length film. As much about providing feedback and advice as it is about strengthening communal ties within the region, participants will be given insights into the varied paths taken by established industry guests when making their early works, as well as ample personal time with each of the three mentors. The lab 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.
Philip Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Directing from the College of Arts at Nihon University in Japan, a Master of Fine Arts in Producing from The American Film Institute (AFI), and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He was the recipient of The Mary Pickford Foundation Scholarship at AFI. From 1987 to 1993, Philip ran the Production Department at Salon Films Hong Kong. After returning to Asia in 1996 from his studies in the US, he was the associate producer and line producer for Chen Kaige’s The Emperor and the Assassin, Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Zhang Yimou’s Hero, among many others. In 2012, he executive produced Tom Tykwer and The Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas, based on David Mitchell’s best seller. In 2016, he executive produced Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The Revenant, based on Michael Punke’s novel, and Justin Kurzel’s Assassin’s Creed. Most recently, he executive produced Robert Schwentke’s German film The Captain.
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, 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, her second feature, competed in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at Sundance Film Festival in 2013. Her most recent film, Marlina The Murderer In Four Acts (2017), was selected for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, receiving unanimous praise from critics.
Liew Seng Tat
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. He was selected to participate at the Cannes Cinefondation (2008), Torino Film Lab (2010) and the Sundance Screenwriters Lab (2011) with his second feature Men Who Save The World. 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 for the 88th Academy Awards. Seng Tat founded Everything Films in 2011 and is actively involved in the Malaysian independentfilm scene, working as a director and producer.
Ratchapoom Boonbunchachoke | Thailand
A USEFUL GHOST
A mixed thriller–essay film which follows Nak, a happily married woman who is unjustly forced to divorce her husband after she dies. As a newly single dead woman, Nak has to find ways to make a living in a fast-changing world, while trying to win back her husband all the same.
Makbul Mubarak | Indonesia
General Purna is a retired military general who is making a biographical film about his glorious past. He is looking for a young actor to portray himself in the film. Upon finding the actor, General Purna realizes something – his past might not be as glorious as he thought it was.
Nguyen Luong Hang | Vietnam
A teenage female soccer player living in an isolated training center learns that her best friend is pregnant. Afraid that they will both be expelled and have to go back to their poor village, she tries to find out the identity of the child’s father and gets involved in a murder.
Vishnu Perumal | Malaysia
A father and his young son team up as a pair of “spiritual” con-artists, traveling from town to town. They come to a challenging predicament when they arrive in a small town run by a mysterious cult convinced that the young boy is their future leader and promised savior.