White Light, VS Launch Regional Film Fund

By Noh, Jean | Screen International, October 7, 2014 | Go to article overview

White Light, VS Launch Regional Film Fund


Noh, Jean, Screen International


Thai production service and equipment company VS Service and post-production house White Light are launching Open SEA Fund, Southeast Asia's first regional film fund.

The new fund for Southeast Asian filmmakers will start out by supporting two feature film projects a year - one in production and one in post-production, with an estimated value of $50,000 for both projects combined.

VS Service will provide a full camera, lighting and grip package for a feature film shooting in Thailand or the region. White Light will offer a color grading and DCP package for a feature film.

"Thailand has profited immensely from being the post-production centre of Southeast Asia," said White Light's managing partner Lee Chatametikool. "With the Open SEA Fund, we want to give back to the region by opening up funding opportunities for both unknown and established Southeast Asian filmmakers."

The award-winning editor, director, producer and post-production supervisor has worked with filmmakers such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Aditya Assarat, Anocha Suwichakornpong and Woo Ming Jin.

He explained that he and VS Service owner Pete Pithai Smithsuth, also the director of Taxi Karaoke, had been discussing such a fund for a long time.

"My idea was about wanting something that's a relatively open platform. For most film funds, you need to build up your background and network. …

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