SGIFF’s 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.

MENTORS

HEAD MENTOR
YONGYOOT THONGKONGTOON | THAILAND
Film Producer & Director

Yongyoot Thongkongtoon serves as the Senior Creative Producer and Senior Producer of Sanookdee Thaweesuk Co Ltd, co-founder and the Senior Director of the Marketing Communications and the Senior Director of International Business Department for GDH 559 Co Ltd, and co-founder of Hub Ho Hin Bangkok Co Ltd. In addition, he was former president of the Thai Film Directors’ Association (2008-09) and the Senior Director of the International Business department for GMM Tai Hub Co Ltd.

Thongkongtoon first became known for his debut directorial breakthrough comedy, Iron Ladies, the highest-grossing film in Thailand in 2000, highly acclaimed both domestically and internationally. His knack for creating lovable characters continued with Iron Ladies 2, Maid and Metrosexual. He took on the role of producer for several renowned films such as Mekhong Full Moon Party, Iron Ladies 2, and My Girl.

Although known for his comedies, Thongkongtoon branched out into the realm of horror in 4bia, the famous four-segment horror omnibus, as well as romantic dramas in 2009 with, Best of Times, which was selected as the Thai submission for the 82nd Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

MENTOR
RAYA MARTIN | PHILIPPINES
Filmmaker

Named one of the 50 most important filmmakers under 50 by Cinema Scope, Raya Martin’s films have screened in Cannes, Toronto, Locarno, and New York. His breakthrough feature Independencia, hailed as a singular mix of Filipino history and Hollywood fantasy, screened in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. Manila also screened at Cannes the same year as a Special Screening, marking the first time a Filipino director had two films in the festival. A programme of his works was featured in dOCUMENTA (13), and Centre Pompidou, Museum of Modern Art and Museum of the Moving Image.

MENTOR
TRAN THI BICH NGOC | VIETNAM
Film Producer

Tran Thi Bich Ngoc is co-founder of Autumn Meeting, a non-profit cinema organization to support young filmmakers in Vietnam and the region. Her key producing credits include Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories by Phan Dang Di, the first Vietnamese film to be selected for Official Competition at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, and The Third Wife by Ash Mayfair, which won the HAF Award for non-Hong Kong project at the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum in 2015. Along with producing art-house films, Ngoc is also known for producing highly successful commercial works with director Victor Vu.

The 2017 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 at *SCAPE. Giraffe Pictures presented the Most Promising Project prize of S$5,000 at the Silver Screen Awards.

HEAD MENTOR
PHILIP LEE
HONG KONG, SINGAPORE

Film Producer

MENTOR
MOULY SURYA, INDONESIA
Filmmaker

MENTOR
LIEW SENG TAT, MALAYSIA
Filmmaker

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 Pictures presented the Most Promising Project prize of S$5,000 at the Silver Screen Awards.

HEAD MENTOR
ANURAG KASHYAP, INDIA
Filmmaker, Producer, Screenwriter

MENTOR
ANOCHA SUWICHAKORNPONG, THAILAND
Filmmaker

MENTOR
BERNARD CHAULY, MALAYSIA
Filmmaker

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 Pictures presented the Most Promising Project prize of S$5,000 at the Silver Screen Awards.

HEAD MENTOR
TERENCE CHANG, USA/CHINA
Producer

MENTOR
YONG MUN CHEE, SINGAPORE
Filmmaker

MENTOR
SHERAD ANTHONY SANCHEZ, PHILIPPINES
Filmmaker

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.

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HEAD MENTOR
ERIC KHOO, SINGAPORE
Filmmaker

MENTOR
TAN CHUI MUI, MALAYSIA
Filmmaker

MENTOR
FRAN BORGIA, SINGAPORE
Producer

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Submission Fees: None.

Eligibility:
• 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 online  submission form, portfolio screener and project information.
• Submissions should reach us no later than Monday, 20 August 2018, 6.00pm (GMT+8)
• Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
• Any submission received after the deadline will not be accepted.

• The SGIFF Southeast Asian Film Lab only accepts a secure online link of the portfolio work being submitted.
• Films in any other language other than English must have English subtitles.

• SGIFF Southeast Asian Film Lab will inform successful applicants of the selection results by mid-September 2018.
• SGIFF Southeast Asian Film Lab does not provide individual explanation on the non-selection of applicants.
• Once a project is selected, the applicant will not be able to withdraw the project from 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”.

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PAST PROJECTS

MOST PROMISING PROJECT
A Useful Ghost
by Ratchapoom Boonbunchachoke, Thailand

Amanda Nell Eu, Malaysia – Tiger Stripes
Xaisongkham Induangchanthy, Laos – Raising A Beast
Sun Koh, Singapore – ROL3
Makbul Mubarak, Indonesia – The Autobiography
E del Mundo, Philippines – Thanatos
Nguyen Luong Hang, Vietnam – Summer 1999
Vishnu Perumal, Malaysia – Spiritualized
Nutthapon Rakkhatham, Thailand – Soulless Body
Vorakorn Ruetaivanichkul, Thailand – Museum of Us
Nelson Yeo, Singapore – Here Is Not There

MOST PROMISING PROJECT
Taste
by Dong Phuong Thao, Vietnam

SPECIAL MENTION
Rahula
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
A-Joom-Ma

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?

PAST PARTICIPANTS