Holding steadfast to your artistic vision

Programme Date/Time

29 July 2021 (Thursday), 8pm


Live on Zoom



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From the seed of your first narrative to the big screen, directing an independent feature film can be a complex, multifaceted process in which both the creative and production elements must be delicately managed. Many independent projects require directors to navigate workshops, international finance and co-production, while nursing the artistic process. Sometimes, it is difficult to remember why you set out to make your film in the first place. This talk discusses how to hold firm and manage your creative process as a director amongst the feedback, opinions and challenges posed by various production collaborators along the way.

The talk will feature alumni of the SGIFF Southeast Asian Film Lab, each of them now working on their first feature films. It provides the opportunity to hear first hand, about the thrills and opportunities, the problems and solutions, and the highs and lows of developing a feature film.


Amanda Nell Eu


Amanda has directed award winning short films which have screened in international festivals including Venice and Clermont Ferrand.

She is an alumna of Berlinale Talents Campus and Locarno Filmmakers Academy. She is developing her first feature film Tiger Stripes, set in Malaysia. In her work, she likes to explore the female body and identity within the context of South East Asia.

Nong Nhat Quang


Quang Nong is a filmmaker based in Hanoi. Although his first documentary about gay dating app was banned, it led to his participation in the Queer Asia project, where he directed two documentaries about queer culture in Vietnam.

He’s also a member of doc dicada – a Vietnamese documentary development initiative. Quang is an alumni of IDFAcademy, Docs By The Sea, Asia Doc and American Film Showcase.

His feature length debut, Baby Jackfruit Baby Guava, won the Most promising project award at the SGIFF Southeast Asian Film Lab and received the IDFA Bertha development fund. The project is presented at the Cannes Doc under Spotlighted Projects section – curated by DOK Leipzig, and is currently in production.

Sorayos Prapapan


Sorayos Prapapan (1986, Thailand) is an independent filmmaker, He has directed several short films which won awards in his home country and were shown in many international film festivals including Venice, Locarno, Rotterdam and Clermont – Ferrand.

Tan Siyou


Siyou Tan is a Singaporean filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Her previous short film Hello Ahma played in competition at the Berlinale and Toronto IFF. She is an alumna of Busan IFF Asian Film Academy and the American Film Institute Directing Workshop for Women, and is a current fellow at the Universal Directors’ Initiative. She is working on her first feature, Amoeba, which has been awarded the Most Promising Project at SGIFF SEA Film Lab, and the Open SEA Fund Award at the Southeast Asian Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC).


He Shuming


He Shuming is a screenwriter, director and film educator. He graduated from the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles with a MFA in Directing and was conferred the Young Artist Award in 2019 by the National Arts Council.

He is currently preparing for his debut feature film, Ajoomma, which won Most Promising Project at SGIFF’s Southeast Asian Film Lab.