an open invitation to what the future may hold

Films are moving experiences of life – the scope of human emotions, its pain, its tenacity and its triumphs.

Through these stories on the silver screen, we discover other perspectives of the human journey: its past, the present, and its possibilities.

In #TheFutureIs campaign, we bring together some of the most salient filmmakers and emerging voices of Southeast Asia.

In this series of interview videos, three pairs of filmmakers converse and share their hopes and dreams for the cinema of our region, and their genuine love for films.

#TheFutureIs Interviews

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Kelvin Tong meets Mouly Surya

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Nandita Solomon meets Itt Patiparn

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Riri Riza meets Bianca Balbuena

#TheFutureIs Filmmakers

Director, Singapore

Kelvin Tong is known for his iconic 1999 biker romance Eating Air. The former film critic later found box-office success with The Maid (2005) and It’s a Great, Great World (2010). He was the first Singaporean filmmaker to shoot a film, 2007’s Rule #1, in Hong Kong; starring Ekin Cheng and Shawn Yue, the supernatural noir thriller that won Best Film at the 2009 SGIFF. In 2014, Tong became the first Singaporean director to helm a Hollywood film when he started shooting The Faith of Anna Waters (2016).

Director, Indonesia

Mouly Surya is considered one of the most promising female filmmakers in Indonesia. Her debut film, Fiction (2008), won numerous awards including Best Director at JIFFEST 2008 and premiered internationally at the 13th Busan International Film Festival. What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love (2013), her second feature, competed in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at Sundance Film Festival 2013. Her most recent film, Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts (2017) was recently selected for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs.

Producer, Malaysia

Nandita is an award-winning creative producer, who believes in bridging the local and global via films with distinctive stories, characters and international production values. Prior to co-founding independent film, Apparat company, Nandita worked across different studios and on various independent films. Her first feature, Bunohan (2011) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, swept 8 awards at the Malaysian Film Festival 2013 including Best Film.

Director, Thailand

Patiparn Boontarig was born in 1989 in Bangkok, Thailand where he later graduated in Film and Photography at Thammasat University. He has worked on a number of short films and documentaries as a director and screenwriter. During an international film workshop at Busan International Film Festival 2014, the script of his first feature film Solids by the Seashore, was chosen. He recently participated in SGIFF’s 2016 SEA Film Lab and is now developing the script and raising funds for the production of his next feature film.

Director-Producer, Indonesia

Riri Riza is an Indonesian director, producer and screenwriter. His most successful film to date, Rainbow Troops (2008), broke the record for being Indonesia’s biggest box-office film. Till now, he is considered one of the leading film directors of post-reform Indonesian cinema, for his ability to straddle both arthouse and commercial success.

Producer, Philippines

Bianca Balbuena is the CEO of Epicmedia Productions and a Filipino producer. She is known for Lav Diaz’s A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery (2016) which won the Silver Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival; Bradley Liew’s Singing In Graveyards (2016) which premiered at the Venice International Film Critics Week and won in the Kolkata International Film Festival; and Antoinette Jadaone’s That Thing Called Tadhana (2014) which is the highest grossing independent film in the Philippines in terms of profit-investment ratio and Pepe Diokno’s Clash (2009) which won Best Film (Orrizonti Prize) and Lion of the Future at the Venice Film Festival.

Directed by Yee Chang Kang (Shooting Gallery Asia)
Shot by Joel Heng
Edited by Chris Datugan (Gravitate)
Colour-Graded by Azman Mohamed (Gravitate)
Audio-post by Joshua Tan (Neon Sound)