Finding Creativity in a World of Technicalities
The relationship between director and producer is perhaps the most fundamental to any film project. There is a theoretical delineation between director and producer with the former handling creativity and the latter handling logistics. But, is producing merely about the technicalities? Increasingly, we are seeing the rise of Creative Producers, and even accidental Creative Producers. This talk poses a big question to the producers on our panel: do you identify as a Creative Producer? During the session, we will be exploring how a producer can contribute to the creative vision of a film.
This talk features several alumni of the SGIFF Southeast Asian Producers Network and dives deep into figuring out what director-producer relationship makes the dream work.
DIRECTOR, THIRD FLOOR PRODUCTION
Aung Phyoe is a writer, director, and film editor. He was born in Pakokku, in Upper Myanmar. He is a B.Eng graduate from Nanyang Technological University Singapore, where he developed a strong interest in cinema entering the cinema club at the university. He also began to take film classes and attend screenings at the Film Society in Singapore, which reinforced his passion for cinema.
Later, he earned a Diploma in Editing from a Mumbai-based film school, Whistling Woods International. His first short film Seasonal Rain was screened for Open Doors Screening at 71st Locarno Film Festival and he edited a feature film Murder on the Road to Kathmandu (2018). His second short film Cobalt Blue was selected to Pardi di Domani – International Competition at 72nd Locarno Film Festival.
In 2018, he co-founded “3-ACT Cinema Magazine”, which promotes film education and national cinematic heritage and is actively involved in the Myanmar Independent film scene. His currently working for his first feature film Fruit Gathering.
Bradley Liew is a Malaysian-born Philippines-based filmmaker with Epicmedia Productions Inc. He is an alumnus of the Asian Film Academy, NAFF Fantastic Film School, Berlinale Talents, Tokyo Talents, Locarno Filmmakers Academy, EAVE Ties That Bind and the Sam Spiegel International Film Lab.
He has co-produced both his directorial feature films Singing in Graveyards (Venice International Film Festival Critics’ Week 2016) and Motel Acacia (Tokyo International Film Festival 2019).
He is the Producer of Gerardo Calagui’s Those Long Haired Nights (International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017), Lav Diaz’s anti-musical Season Of The Devil (Berlinale Main Competition 2018) and his highly anticipated gangster film-noir When The Waves Are Gone (Philippines, France, Singapore, Denmark, Portugal co-production), debuting Vietnamese filmmaker Pham Ngoc Lan’s Cu Li Never Cries (Vietnam, Philippines, France) and Truong Minh Quy's third feature film, Viet and Nam.
Lee Yve Vonn
PRODUCER, AFTERNOON PICTURES
Lee Yve Vonn, a Malaysian producer and AFiS alumna, produced Black Hole Monster (Oberhausen) and Blind Mouth (Golden Horse). She has presented film projects at GHFPP, Locarno OD Hub, Berlinale TPM and HAF. She is producing Oasis of Now by Chia Chee Sum (ArteKino Prize, Seafic Award, Purin Production Fund, Aide aux Cinémas du monde).
PRODUCER, THIRD FLOOR PRODUCTION
Thaiddhi is a filmmaker, producer and film programmer. He studied Filmmaking at FAMU in the Czech Republic for 3 years, and graduated with a master’s degree in Cinema and Digital Media. He co-founded Wathann Film Festival in 2011 and working as a Programmer for the festival. In 2013 he founded Third Floor Film Production to produce Myanmar Independent short films and documentary films. He produced a short film Cobalt Blue (2019) by Aung Phyoe which was selected for the Pardi di Domani International Competition at 72nd Locarno Film Festival. He also worked as a Cinematographer in the recent film Money Has Four Legs (2020) by Maung Sun, which was premiered at New Currents (Busan International Film Festival 2020).
Jeremy Chua is a Singaporean film producer and screenwriter. He started his career in film exhibition and distribution, working at independent art space The Substation, curatorial label Lowave Paris, and production house Akanga Film Asia. Since 2014, he founded Potocol, a film company focused on development and co-production of independent Asian films.
He wrote and co-produced his first film, A Yellow Bird by K. Rajagopal, which premiered at 55th Cannes Critics’ Week and is currently available on Netflix. He has also coproduced Brotherhood by Pepe Diokno (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016), A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery by Lav Diaz (Silver Bear, Berlinale 2016), A Family Tour by Ying Liang (Opening Film, International Competition Locarno International Film Festival 2018), Motel Acacia by Bradley Liew (Tokyo International Film Festival 2019), A Love Unknown by John Clang (International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020) and Death of Nintendo by Raya Martin (Berlinale Generation K Plus), Faraway My Shadow Wandered by Liao Jiekai and Sudhee Liao (Singapore International Film Festival 2020) and Rehana Maryam Noor by Abdullah Mohammad Saad (Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival 2021).
He is an alumnus of EAVE Ties That Bind 2013, Produire au sud 2015, Berlinale Talents 2017, SEAFIC 2017 and Torino Film Lab 2018. From 2014 – 2019, he worked as Festival Lounge coordinator at the Singapore International Film Festival. He works as a programmer at Pingyao International Film Festival under Marco Mueller and is a consultant at Sheffield Documentary Festival UK.