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.

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.

Eric Khoo

HEAD MENTOR
ERIC KHOO, SINGAPORE
Filmmaker

MENTOR
TAN CHUI MUI, MALAYSIA
Filmmaker

MENTOR
FRAN BORGIA, SINGAPORE
Producer

PARTICIPANTS

Dao Thi Minh Trang | Vietnam

NEVER BEEN KISSED

A 28-year-old girl—who can’t seem to figure out what men want—goes from date to date to find her other half before her days expire.

Phyllis Grae Grande | Philippines

EVERYBODY LEAVES

A Japanese-Filipina exchange student in Japan spends her last semester cleaning the houses of people who died lonely deaths, while also searching for her estranged Japanese father.

Roger Liew | Malaysia

A STROLL IN THE PARK

After a frustrating night of trying to find parking, a young couple find themselves in a labyrinth of a carpark, which forces them to face their greatest nemeses: each other.

Nelicia Low | Singapore

GOD SISTER

Hui, a lonely and insecure woman who lives with her handsome autistic brother on Matsu Island, has her world shaken up when her ex-boyfriend Jun returns… and a murder occurs in town.

Diego Batara Mahameru | Indonesia

MAYFLIES IN THE MAYHEM

The devastating aftermath of a bombing unfolds through the eyes of a middle-class conservative Muslim family in Jakarta.

Nguyen Le Hoang Viet | Vietnam

TILL THE CAVE FILLS

Struggling to have a baby, Thao feels like she’s failing her husband and family. She escapes to Phong Nha and finds her faithfulness challenged when she meets a mysterious man in a cave.

Angkasa Ramadhan | Indonesia

BUTAN INTAN (THE SCARLET SNOOKER)

After he finds a red Mustika (a rare mystical stone) worth a trillion dollars, the life of an obnoxious bachelor, and the peace of his village, are interrupted dramatically.

Sai Naw Kham | Myanmar

MANGOES ARE TASTY THERE

Tigerman witnesses tragedy striking an indigenous mother and her rebel-soldier son in the Shan highlands of Myanmar, where the civil war has washed away the dreams of the people.

Grace Swee | Singapore

THE BABYBOX

A kind pastor builds a dropbox to take in unwanted babies anonymously. This controversial act, however, forces him to face both inner demons and public pressure in order to keep his family together.

Jean Cheryl Tagyamon | Philippines

JUDY FREE

A father who has been working abroad for eight years intrudes upon his young daughter when he comes home to the Philippines as an animated doodle figure.