The talent and energy in recent Southeast Asian cinema are widely recognised. With limited and often unstable funding across its many countries, working with regional and international partners for access to co-production has become crucial for many projects. With the introduction of the Southeast Asian Co-production Grant by Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority and the Singapore Film Commission, local producers are in demand.
How can the next generation of producers gain a foothold in coproduction? What knowledge should they acquire? What qualities must they possess? Is co-production suitable for everyone or every project?
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30 Nov, Mon | 7pm
Bianca Balbuena is a producer based in the Philippines. She produced A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery by Lav Diaz, which was awarded the Silver Bear at Berlinale 2016. She is currently a mentor at Locarno’s Open Doors programme.
Fran Borgia is a Singapore-based producer credited with critically acclaimed films such as Sandcastle (2010), Disappearing Landscape (2013), A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery (2016) and Apprentice (2016). His latest film, A Land Imagined (2018), won the Golden Leopard at Locarno Film Festival.
Anthony Chen is a writerdirector and producer from Singapore. His debut feature Ilo Ilo premiered at Cannes Film Festival 2013, and was awarded the Camera d’Or. His second feature film, Wet Season, was the opening film of SGIFF in 2019.
Isabelle Glachant is a producer based in Asia. She is known for the first official FrenchChinese co-production, 11 Flowers, directed by her frequent collaborator Wang Xiaoshuai. She founded two production companies, Chinese Shadows and Shasha & Co. Production.
Tran Thi Bich Ngoc is a producer of both commercial box office hits and independent feature films that travel the festival circuit. She co-founded Autumn Meeting in 2013, an international platform to support young filmmakers in Vietnam and across Southeast Asia.
Aswang takes an unflinching look at the nightmarish reality in Duterte-era Philippines as monstrous terror is unleashed upon the urban poor.