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 SEAFIC x PAS, 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 October 23-30, 2016. Furthermore, SEAFIC x PAS shall hold a second follow-up session for these same producers in June 2017 to coincide with SEAFIC’s final session in Singapore.
SEAFIC x PAS 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 Loïc Wong, 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 June 2017. The Chiang Mai sessions shall be held at Monoceros Resort in Maerim, Chiang Mai.
New PAS workshop profile
The Bangkok Produire au Sud Workshop is 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 October 26-30, 2016 in Chang-Mai (Thailand). It was initiated by Produire au Sud/Festival des 3 Continents and the World Film Festival of Bangkok, and supported by the French Embassy in Thailand and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs regional department office for cooperation with ASEAN.
July 1-3, 2017, the five producers shall have been attending the last session to coincide with SEAFIC’s final pitching session in Bangkok.
This 2016-2017 edition od SEAFIC x PAS marked the 6th presence of the french workshop in the region, after previous editions in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2014.
The 5 selected Projects for 2016-2017 SEAFIC x PAS
In the Eyes of a Stranger directed by Yeo Siew HUA and produced by Fran BORGIA
You Are There directed by Nicole Midori WOODFORD and produced by Jeremy CHUA
Doi Boy directed by Nontawat NUMBENCHAPOL and produced by Supatcha THIPSENA et Steve CHEN
Regretfully at Dawn (Arunkarn) directed by Sivaroj KONGSAKUL and produced by Pimpaka TOWIRA
Cu Li Never Cries directed by Pham Ngoc LAN and produced by Di Phan DANG
7 international tutors from the world cinema industry will led the workshop SEAFIC x PAS :
– Sophie Bourdon, head of Open Doors and Industry programs in Locarno (Switzerland)
– Isabelle Glachant, producer (Asia Shadows- France)
– Anocha Suwichakornpong, producer and film director (Electric Eel Films – Thailand)
– Denis Vaslin, producer (Volya Films/Mandra Films – Netherlands/France)
– Raymond Phathanavirangoon, producer (Peanut Pictures) and programer HK and Bogota
(UK and Thailand)
– Pen-ek Ratanaruang, film director and producer (Thailand)
– Rémi Bonhomme, Program Manager Cannes Semaine de la Critique (France)
– Guillaume Mainguet, head of Produire au Sud workshop/F3C (France)
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: first in Chiang Mai in October 2016, the second in Chiang Mai in February 2017, and the final session in Singapore in June 2017.