ASEAN Youths Converge At SGIFF’s First Ever SEA Film Lab

9 December 2014, SINGAPORE – The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) saw 10 participants from the region converge at its first ever Southeast Asian Film Lab today, held as part of the 15th anniversary of the film festival. 

The Southeast Asian Film Lab is a six-day writing workshop aimed at emerging screenwriters and/or writer/directors from Southeast Asia aged between 18 and 35, with a focus on stories capturing the collective experiences of the past, present and future Southeast Asia, to be developed into feature length screenplays.

The film lab is headed by award-winning director/producer Eric Khoo, and supported by mentors for the film lab include Akanga Films’ award-winning producer Fran Borgia, and independent filmmaker and co-founder of Da Huang Pictures Tan Chui Mui. It will run until 13 December 2014. 

The 10 shortlisted participants are Aiess Alonso (Philippines) for Dinhi Sa Yuta, Bradley Liew (Malaysia) for Amit Ng Puntod; Jaime Habac Jr. (Philippines) for Teatro Cajetilla; Kavich Neang (Cambodia) for Re-Marriage; Kong Pahurak (Thailand) for Through The Rustling Leaves; Kristen Ong (Singapore) for Afterhours; Loeloe Hendra (Indonesia) for Ilalang, Ingin Hilang Waktu Siang; Marcus Lim (Singapore) for August Men; Sidi Saleh (Indonesia) for Ibu; Truong Minh Quy (Vietnam) for Cay Xoai Den Tu Dau?.

Yuni Hadi, Executive Director of SGIFF said: “It was very heartening for us to receive nearly 50 entries given this is the first time the film festival is organizing such a workshop. In addition to Singapore, we saw submissions from Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. By holding the first Southeast Film Lab, SGIFF is also supporting a wider Asian film community, enabling participants to share resources and exchange ideas.”

Hadi added: “Our thinking behind the Southeast Asian Film Lab is to unearth potential stories from the region, and explore the richness of Southeast Asian culture through the medium of film. Through this creative cross-country collaboration, we will build up mutual appreciation and respect for our heritage amongst the participants in Singapore and the region.”

The participants will attend a series of master classes and screenings with established practitioners from the region on possible writing approaches. They will also receive individual advice from mentors, and eventually conduct a story pitch in front of an industry panel. 

Jaime Habac Jr, participant from the Philippines, commented: “What’s great about this workshop is it enables me meet new people and filmmakers from different countries and you get to know how they make their own films. This is my first time joining a pitch session and workshop so I’m expecting to learn how to pitch properly and effectively because honestly, I don’t know how to pitch projects, including my own projects, and I get stage fright.”

Hadi added that the Southeast Asian Film Lab also underscores the festival’s ambition to build and nurture the film industries in Singapore, as well as the wider Southeast Asian region. 

There will be a cash prize of SGD 5,000 for the Most Promising Project, presented by mm2 Entertainment, at the Silver Screen Awards taking place on December 13 at the Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands. 

Meanwhile, Moleskine, one of SGIFF’s creative partners, celebrates the Singapore International Film Festival’s (SGIFF) 25th Anniversary with a creative collaboration in support of filmmaking and the festival’s commitment to the development of a vibrant film culture. Participants of the Film Lab will each receive the iconic Moleskine notebook and a Moleskine pen as tools for their creative expression as well as to note inspirations gleaned from the established mentors. To further promote and inspire the art of filmmaking amongst aspiring filmmakers, these Moleskine notebooks will be on exhibition in January next year.

SGIFF, which runs until December 14, focuses on groundbreaking Asian cinema and discovering new film talents from Southeast Asia. SGIFF is known for its dynamic film programming and commitment to the development of a vibrant local film culture. 

For more details, please visit the SGIFF website at www.sgiff.com.  

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Screening Venues: 

The festival will take place at multiple screening venues including Marina Bay Sands, Shaw Theatres Lido, National Museum of Singapore, The Projector (formerly Golden Theatre) and The Arts House. 

Ticketing Information: 

Tickets for SGIFF are available at all Sistic outlets, Website: www.sistic.com.sg and Hotline: +65 6348 5555.

  • Opening / Closing Films $25
  • Special Presentation Films $15 
  • All Other Films $12

* Ticket prices exclude Sistic booking fee

Discounts & Concessions:

  • Students, Senior Citizens and NSF – $1 discount for Opening / Closing Films and $0.50 discount for other films.
  • General Public – every booking of 10 tickets or more in a single receipt is entitled to a 10% discount.

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About the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF)

Founded in 1987, the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is the largest and longest-running film event in Singapore. It has become an iconic event in the local arts calendar that is widely attended by international film critics; and known for its dynamic programming and focus on ground-breaking Asian cinema for Singapore and the region. Committed to nurturing and championing local and regional talent, its competition component, the Silver Screen Awards, brings together emerging filmmakers from Asia and Southeast Asia while paying tribute to acclaimed cinema legends. With its mentorship programmes, masterclasses and dialogues with attending filmmakers, the Festival also serves as a catalyst for igniting public interest, artistic dialogue, and cultural exchanges in the art of filmmaking. The SGIFF is organised by the Singapore International Film Festival Ltd, a non-profit organisation with Institution of a Public Character (IPC) status. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/sginternationalfilmfestival/

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Founded in 1987, the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is the largest and longest-running film event in Singapore. It has become an iconic event in the local arts calendar that is widely attended by international film critics; and known for its dynamic programming and focus on ground-breaking Asian cinema for Singapore and the region. Committed to nurturing and championing local and regional talent, its competition component, the Silver Screen Awards, brings together emerging filmmakers from Asia and Southeast Asia while paying tribute to acclaimed cinema legends. With its mentorship programmes, masterclasses and dialogues with attending filmmakers, the Festival also serves as a catalyst for igniting public interest, artistic dialogue, and cultural exchanges in the art of filmmaking. The SGIFF is organised by the Singapore International Film Festival Ltd, a non-profit organisation with Institution of a Public Character (IPC) status. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/sginternationalfilmfestival/

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