Eric Khoo To Lead SGIFF’s First Southeast Asian FilmLab

21 August 2014, SINGAPORE – The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) organizers have confirmed that award-winning director/producer Eric Khoo will head its first ever Southeast Asian Film Lab. 

Khoo, a familiar name in the Asian film industry, put Singapore on the international film map with his first feature film Mee Pok Man (1995), picking up prizes at Fukuoka, Pusan and Singapore. His second feature 12 Storeys (1997) won the Federation of International Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Award and the UOB Young Cinema Award at the 10th Singapore International Festival, and the Golden Maile Award for Best Picture at the 17th Hawaii International Film Festival. More importantly, 12 Storeys was the first Singaporean film to be invited officially to participate in the 50th Cannes Film Festival (1997).

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. 

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 be held from 8 to 13 December 2014. 

Executive Director of SGIFF Yuni Hadi said: “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. Film is one of the fastest and most powerful ways of reaching the wider community. Through this creative collaboration between neighboring countries, we will build up mutual appreciation and respect for our heritage amongst the participants in Singapore and the region.”

Khoo said: “I believe that this lab will help aspiring filmmakers from Southeast Asia in their story-telling. I look forward to meeting the participants”.

Ten participants will be selected to 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. 

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

To be eligible, screenwriters and/or writers/directors must be of Southeast Asian descent, aged between 18 to 35 years old; have at least two short films screened in international film festivals; and must not have made a feature length film before. 

Participants outside of Singapore will be eligible to receive up to SGD 200 in travel subsidies. There will also be a cash prize of SGD 5,000 for the Most Promising Project, presented by mm2 Entertainment. 

Melvin Ang, mm2 Entertainment’s Executive Director said: “mm2 has always been interested in encouraging and grooming new talent in the industry. We look forward to hearing these unique stories from the participants, and hope the prize money will go a small way in helping emerging talents realise their dreams.”

All entries must be submitted together with the completed submission form by 15 September 2014. SGIFF will announce the successful applicants by mid-October 2014. For more information, please visit http://www.sgiff.com/sea-film-lab/.  

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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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