Magazine article Screen International

Busan: SEAFIC Script Lab Unveils First Five Projects

Magazine article Screen International

Busan: SEAFIC Script Lab Unveils First Five Projects

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The Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC) has unveiled the five projects selected for its first edition, including the debut fiction film from Nontawat Numbenchapol, whose documentary #BKKY is currently premiering at Busan.

Nontawat's first two documentaries, Boundary and By The River, premiered at the Berlinale Forum and Locarno Film Festival in 2013, respectively.

SEAFIC invites first second and third-time filmmakers to work with a script consultant and international experts for nine months to develop their projects. In total, SEAFIC received 57 applications from nearly every Southeast Asian country.

The inaugural line-up also includes the debut feature from Pham Ngoc Lan, to be produced by Vietnamese filmmaker Phan Dang Di (Bi, Don't Be Afraid), and the second film from Sivaroj Kongsakul, to be produced by Thai director-producer Pimpaka Towira (The Island Funeral). See full project list below.

The five selected projects are automatically enrolled in the SEAFIC x PAS programme, a producers' lab organised by Nantes Festival des 3 Continents' Produire au Sud initiative, which takes place alongside SEAFIC.

The director and producer of each project will be invited to Chiang Mai, Thailand from October 23-30 to participate in the first session of the SEAFIC script lab programme, as well as SEAFIC x PAS.

The second SEAFIC session will also take place in Chiang Mai in late February 2017. The third and final session will take place in June 2017 and has changed location from Singapore to Bangkok.

The United States Embassy in Bangkok has also joined the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan Foundation, Thailand as SEAFIC's sponsor. …

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