The new program aims to be a comprehensive lab for promising Southeast Asian projects.
Combining forces to create a comprehensive film lab for directors, screenwriters and producers in Southeast Asia, the Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC) and Nantes Festival des 3 Continents’ Produire au Sud (France) announces a new collaboration which merges SEAFIC’s 9-month intensive script development program with Produire au Sud’s long-running producers’ workshop in Bangkok under one roof.
Called SEAFICxPAS, this new arrangement shall consolidate both program’s calls for entries. The five projects eventually selected for SEAFIC shall automatically be enrolled in Produire au Sud’s Southeast Asia workshop: the directors and screenwriter shall attend SEAFIC’s script development lab, while in parallel the producers of those same projects shall attend Produire au Sud.
Previously held yearly in Bangkok in November, Produire au Sud’s Southeast Asia lab shall now move to Chiang Mai and shall take place concurrently with SEAFIC’s first session, from February 26 – March 3rd, 2018. Furthermore, SEAFICxPAS shall hold a second follow-up session for these same producers in October 2018 to coincide with SEAFIC’s final session in Singapore.
SEAFICxPAS is supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The deal was negotiated by Produire au Sud’s Coordinator Guillaume Mainguet and SEAFIC’s Executive Director Raymond Phathanavirangoon, with the help of Frédéric Alliod, Regional audiovisual attaché for South East Asia at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Furthermore, both the Japan Foundation and the Embassy of the United States of America in Thailand have come aboard SEAFIC as sponsors, joining the Singapore Film Commission and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in their support of the script lab.
Singapore’s The Arts House, which occupies the almost 200-year-old building that was Singapore’s first Parliament House and now promotes and presents multidisciplinary programmes and festivals such as literary arts, film, performing and visual arts, has also come on board as SEAFIC’s partner and venue sponsor for SEAFIC’s final session in October 2018. The Chiang Mai sessions shall be held at Monoceros Resort in Maerim, Chiang Mai.
New PAS workshop profile
SEAFICxPAS Workshop was a 4 days local training workshop devoted to emerging producers and directors from the ASEAN countries : Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
The aim of the workshop is to familiarize young professionals with a variety of important tools and international coproduction techniques by coaching individual projects in development.
Five film projects have been selected this year to take part of the Produire au Sud workshop which took place February 26 – March 3, 2018 in Chang-Mai (Thailand).
October 2018, the five producers shall have been attending the last session to coincide with SEAFIC’s final pitching session in Bangkok.
This 2018 edition of SEAFICxPAS marked the 7th time presence of the french workshop in the region, after previous editions in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2014, 2015 and 1st year of SEAFICxPAS.
The 5 selected Projects for 2018 SEAFICxPAS
INDONESIA – Crocodile Tears
directed by Tumpal Tampubolon and produced by Mandy MARAHIMIN
LAOS – Raising a Beast
directed by Xaisongkham INDUANGCHANTHY and produced by Abigail LAZARO
SINGAPORE – Ah Girl
directed by Geck Geck ANG and produced by Sharon NG
SINGAPORE – AJOOMMA
directed by He SHUMING and produced by Si En TAN
THAILAND – ARNOLD IS A MODEL STUDENT
directed by Sorayos PRAPAPAN and produced by Donsaron KOVITVANITCHA
7 international tutors from the world cinema industry will led the workshop 2018 SEAFICxPAS :
– Denis Vaslin, producer (Volya Films/Mandra Films – Netherlands/France)
– Raymond Phathanavirangoon, producer (Peanut Pictures) and programer HK and Bogota
(UK and Thailand)
– Sophie Erbs, producer (Gaijin – France)
– Delphyne Besse, sales agent (Urban Distribution)
– Lorna Tee, producer/film festival consultant (Paper Heart – Malaysia)
– Michael J. Werner, sales agent and producer (Fortissimo Films – USA)
– Jan Naszewski, sales agent/festival organizer (Boutique – Poland)
SEAFIC (Southeast Asian Fiction Film Lab) is a pioneering script lab created for Southeast Asian filmmakers in order to strengthen the quality of feature-length fiction films from the region. Each year SEAFIC invites 1st, 2nd and 3rd-time filmmakers to work with a script consultant and international experts for 9 months to develop their projects. It shall hold three lab sessions: for the second year, first in Chiang Mai in February 2018, the second in June 2018, and the final session in Singapore in October 2018.