Singapore International Film Festival To Hold Its First Ever Southeast Asian Film Lab
15 July 2014, SINGAPORE – The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) will hold its first ever Southeast Asian Film Lab as part of its 25th anniversary celebration this year.
The Southeast Asian Film Lab is a seven-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 14 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.”
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.
A feature length screenplay is defined as a work of fiction or non-fiction that serves as the blueprint for a film that equals or exceeds 60 minutes in length including end credits. Source material for inspiration can be but are not limited to: landscapes, architecture, folk tales, novels, short stories, theatre, music, poetry, painting, and historical events from Southeast Asia.
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/.
Separately, the festival has also launched a 60-second call for entry trailer, which can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/sgiffest. Since commencing its call for film submissions in March, SGIFF has received positive response and are looking forward to receiving more entries from the rich pool of talent in the region. Participants have two more months to submit their entries through the festival website (www.sgiff.com/submissions) before it closes on 15 September 2014.
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