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initiative « SEAFIC X PAS »

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) are maintaining their 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, March 10-15, 2020. Furthermore, SEAFICxPAS shall hold a second follow-up session for these same producers in October 2020 to coincide with SEAFIC’s final session in Manila (Philippines).

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 November 2020. 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 March 10-15, 2020 in Chang-Mai (Thailand).
Early november 2020, the five producers shall have been attending the last session to coincide with SEAFIC’s final pitching session in Manila.

This 2020 edition of SEAFICxPAS marked the 8th time presence of the french workshop in the region, after previous editions in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2014, 2015 and 1st year of SEAFICxPAS.



March 10 – March 15

First lab session in Chiang Mai
– Individual script consulting sessions
– Talks by industry experts

July 2020

Second lab session in Chiang Mai
– Individual script consulting sessions
– Talks by industry experts

November 2020

SEAFIC Open House in Bangkok
– Pitch training for participants
– Final pitch to award jury
– Talks by award jury members
– Award ceremony


The 5 selected Projects for 2020 SEAFICxPAS


by Sompot Chidgasornpongse and produced by Kissada Kamyoung, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

AMOEBA (Singapore)
by Siyou Tan and produced by Fran Borgia and Judith Tong

CANGREJOS (Philippines)
by Zurich Chan and produced by Gale Osorio

MAYDAY (Indonesia)
by Eden Junjung and produced by Siska Raharja and Yulia Evina Bhara

OASIS OF NOW (Malaysia)
by Chia Chee Sum and produced by Lee Yve Vonn


Professional Mentors

8 international tutors from the world cinema industry will be leading the february workshop  2018 SEAFICxPAS :

Guillaume Mainguet, Head of Produire au Sud (France)
Raymond Phathanavirangoon, producer (Peanut Pictures) and former programer festivals HK and Bogota (UK and Thailand)
Aditya Assarat – Director et co-director of Purin Pictures (Thailand)
Giovanna Fulvi – programmer at Toronto International Film Festival et Rome Film Fest (Italy)
Mike Goodridge – Artistic director of International Film Festival & Awards Macao (UK)
Aihara Hiromi – consultant for Rotterdam, Tokyo et Macao, and producer (Japan)
Sébastien Chesneau  – international distributor (Cercamon) (France/Dubai)
Roman Paul – producer at Razor Film Produktion (Germany)



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. 



Guillaume Mainguet
Head of Produire au Sud
tel : + 33(0)2 40 69 74 14

Raymond Phathanavirangoon
Executive Director, Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab

French Embassy in Thailand

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