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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, from February 24 – March 3rd, 2019. 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 2019. 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 28 – March 1, 2019 in Chang-Mai (Thailand).
October 24-27, 2019, the five producers shall have been attending the last session to coincide with SEAFIC’s final pitching session in Bangkok.

This 2019 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.



February 24 – March 3

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

July 4 – 9

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

October 24-27

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 2019 SEAFICxPAS

INDONESIA – Autobiography
by Makbul Mubarak and produced by Yulia Evina Bhara

MYANMAR – The Women
by The Maw Naing and produced by Oh Youngjeong

PHILIPPINES – Some Nights I feel like walking  
by Petersen Vargas and produced by Alemberg Ang and Jade Castro

VIETNAM – Skin of Youth 
by Ash Mayfair and produced by Tran Thi Bich Ngoc

VIETNAM – Till the Cave FIlls  
by Nguyen Le Hoang Viet and produced by Joshua Levy and Nguyen Le Hang


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)
Claire Lajoumard, producer (Acrobates Films – France)
Hédi Zardi, international distribution (LuxBox – France)
Kanako Hayashi, former director FilmMex and Talents Tokyo (Japan)
Vincenzo Bugno, Head of World Cinema Fund (Germany)
Ho Hock Doong, former director of Content for Southeast Asia at MUBI (Malaysia)
– Kayo Yoshida – Asmik Ace and Unijapan (Japan)



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.


announcement of 2018 prizes


Director He Shuming and producer Tan Si En were awarded the SEAFIC Award for their Singaporean project AJOOMMA.

Open SEA Fund Award Winner
Director Ang Geck Geck and producer Fran Borgia were awarded the Open SEA Fund Award for their Singaporean project AH GIRL.

SEAFIC-TFL Award Winner
Co-producer Steve Arounsack was awarded the SEAFIC-TFL Award for Xaisongkham Induangchanthy’s Laos/US project RAISING A BEAST.


2019 schedule – SEAFIC 3rd Edition


1st session: February 24  – March 3, 2019

2nd session: July 3 -8, 2019

Open House: October 23-28, 2019



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

35, rue de Brest – Charoenkrung soi
36 Bangrak Bangkok 10500
Tel: (66) 26 27 21 05
Cambodia – Laos – Myanmar – Thailand – Vietnam
Ambassade de France
24 Trang Tien
HANOI, Vietnam
Tel: (844) 39 36 21 64/65
Brunei – Indonesia – Malaysia – Philippines – Singapore
Guillaume DUCHEMIN
Ambassade de France
101/103 Cluny Park Road
Tel: (65) 68 80 78 21

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