The Southeast Asian Film Lab provides an intimate and collaborative setting for Southeast Asian filmmakers embarking on their first feature-length film. It’s as much about providing feedback as it is about forming a tight-knit community. Over the course of seven days, filmmakers will receive personal feedback from the three mentors, and also get to hear from established industry guests sharing their experiences and insights. The programme 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.
Southeast Asian Film Lab projects have gone on to thrive in other prestigious workshops and markets, such as SEAFIC, TorinoFilmLab, Cannes L’Atelier and the Asian Project Market.
Submission Fees: None.
• 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, 19 August 2019, 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 2019.
• 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”.
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.
RAYA MARTIN | PHILIPPINES
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.
TRAN THI BICH NGOC | VIETNAM
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.
HONG KONG, SINGAPORE
MOULY SURYA, INDONESIA
LIEW SENG TAT, MALAYSIA
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.
ANURAG KASHYAP, INDIA
Filmmaker, Producer, Screenwriter
ANOCHA SUWICHAKORNPONG, THAILAND
BERNARD CHAULY, MALAYSIA
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.
TERENCE CHANG, USA/CHINA
YONG MUN CHEE, SINGAPORE
SHERAD ANTHONY SANCHEZ, PHILIPPINES
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.
ERIC KHOO, SINGAPORE
TAN CHUI MUI, MALAYSIA
FRAN BORGIA, SINGAPORE
MOST PROMISING PROJECT
Never Been Kissed
by Dao Thi Minh Trang, Vietnam
Phyllis Grae Grande, Philippines – Everybody Leaves
Roger Liew, Malaysia – A Stroll In The Park
Nelicia Low, Singapore – God Sister
Diego Batara Mahameru, Indonesia – Mayflies In The Mayhem
Nguyen Le Hoang Viet, Vietnam – Till The Cave Fills
Angkasa Ramadhan, Indonesia – The Scarlet Snooker
Sai Naw Kham, Myanmar – Mangoes Are Tasty There
Grace Swee, Singapore – The Babybox
Jean Cheryl Tagyamon, Philippines – Judy Free
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
by Dong Phuong Thao, Vietnam
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
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?