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*The festival is now over and the films are no longer available on our platforms. However, the Q&A sessions, forums, and workshops are still available on our Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you at the next edition of SeaShorts!

New Normal for Southeast Asian Film Educators

14 September 2020, 4:15PM – 5:30PM (GMT+8)

How are film schools and film educators in Southeast Asia adapting to the new normal which is the post-COVID 19 period? And how does that affect both the learning experience and the output of student films?

About The Speakers

Nicole Midori Woodford, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Nicole Midori Woodford is a Singaporean film director, writer and editor. She is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents, the Asian Film Academy, TorinoFilmLab and Talents Tokyo. Nicole is also a film lecturer at the NTU School of Art, Design and Media (ADM). She is the very first recipient of the National Youth Film Awards Youth Inspiration Award in 2019, in recognition of her work in film and her contributions towards developing the next generation of filmmakers.

Filipe Soveral Paszkiewicz, LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore)

Filipe is a Post-Production Supervisor, Sound Designer, Sound Editor and Sound Mixer. He also teaches in Lasalle College of the Arts on the subject of Cinematography, Sound and Post Production.

Yosep Anggi Noen, Universitas Multimedia Nusantara (Indonesia)

Yosep Anggi Noen was born in a village outside Yogyakarta and started making short films with friends during high school. He later graduated from the Asian Film Academy. Anggi Noen is a producer, screenwriter and filmmaker and teaches film classes in Indonesia. His short film ‘Ballad of Blood and Two White Buckets’ won the Seashorts Award 2019.

Yow Chong Lee, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Malaysia)

Yow Chong Lee is currently engaged with the Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). He received his master degree in Screen Studies from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in 2011. He has been directing Mini Film Festival, the longest existing students’ film festival in Malaysia for four years since 2013. Starting 2015, he has programmed film screenings and many other film related events in collaboration with other organisations. His research interests comprise of film festivals, indigenous cultures, alternative media and resistance arts.

About The Moderator

Ghazi Alqudcy, Filmmaker (Singapore)

Ghazi is an independent filmmaker with more than 50 short films and two feature films under his belt. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from film.factory, an intensive programme created by Hungarian director Bela Tarr.

Southeast Asian Film Policy Post-COVID

15 September 2020, 1:00PM – 2:15PM (GMT+8)

Can Southeast Asia’s creative film industry stay resilient in the current state of the world? How are government film policies adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic? Come and find out and have an open dialogue with policy-makers from different Southeast Asian countries. The speakers will share their policies and views, giving insight on how we all carry on.

About The Speakers

YBrs. En. Ku Mohamad Haris Ku Sulong, National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Malaysia)

Haris Sulong is board member of the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS). He is also a filmmaker who directed two telemovies ‘Rendang Tok Wan’ and ‘Rendang Tok Wan Kembali’. He also produced SuperTele ‘Uri’ & ‘Parit Jawa’ for his wife Tunku Mona Riza – director of award-winning film ‘Redha’, for which he was also a producer.

Liza Diño, Film Development Council of the Philippines (Philippines)

Liza Dino is the Chairperson and CEO of the Film Development Council of the Philippines. She is a film, TV, and stage actress who appeared in numerous films for both independent and commercial studios. Her representative films ‘In Nomine Matris’ and ‘Toto’ earned her a Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress nominations, as well as the Best Actress awards in International Film Festivals.

Amir Muhammad, Kuman Pictures (Malaysia)

Amir Muhammad is a writer, filmmaker and producer. A full retrospective of his work was screened at the Pesaro Film Festival in Italy in 2008. Amir’s short film ‘The Three’ is part of 15Malaysia (2009), an omnibus film that consists of 15 short films by 15 Malaysian filmmakers. Since 2007 he has been active as a publisher, which caused him to take a break from filmmaking. With ‘Voyage to Terengganu’ (2016) he is back from his absence as a filmmaker. In 2018 he founded Kuman Pictures, which recently release their latest feature film ‘Roh’ directed by Emir Ezwan.

Feisal Azizuddin, Feisk Productions (Malaysia)

In 2010, Feisal co-founded a media company called Feisk Productions. He began crafting corporate videos. In 2014 he ventured into TV and produced two reality shows which aired on local TV and VOD platforms. In 2016, Feisal shifted to focus on film. He directed and produced over 20 short films which have been screened in genre festivals across the world. In 2019, Feisal was selected as a Fellow by Busan Asian Film School for their International Film Business program.

About The Moderator

Megan Wonowidjoyo, Multimedia Univiersity (Malaysia)

Currently Head of the Foundation programme at Multimedia Univiersity’s Faculty of Cinematic Arts, Megan is also an artist and filmmaker with a background in film editing.

Reimagining Short Films: Walking Uncharted Paths

15 September 2020, 4:15PM – 5:30PM (GMT+8)

Over the years, the short film form seems to conform to a certain look, following standard themes and narrative. This forum brings together filmmakers from SeaShorts exploring new ways of storytelling. Filmmakers discuss the challenges they faced to come out of the trap of conventions and to explore new possibilities in the short film form in its narrative through experimentation, crossing formats into music video, documentary and virtual reality.

The speakers will consist of filmmakers featured in SeaShorts Film Festival 2020.

About The Speakers

Nelson Yeo (Singapore), Director of ‘Mary, Mary, So Contrary’

Nelson Yeo is a Singaporean filmmaker. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking from Nanyang Technological University in 2011. He participated in Berlinale Talents Tokyo in 2014, BiFan Fantastic Film School in 2015 and Locarno Filmmakers Academy in 2018. He is currently working on his debut feature film which was selected to participate in SGIFF Southeast Asian Film Lab 2017.

Ernest Lesmana (Indonesia), Director of ‘Ruwatan’

Ernest Lesmana is an Indonesian filmmaker currently residing in Boston, MA. His works explore stories about familial bond, intergenerational issues, cultural identity, and often feature characters from the margin of society. He graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Film Production.

Carla Pulido Ocampo (Philippines), Director of ‘Star’

Carla is a grassroots filmmaker known for works inspired by the culture and lore of the indigenous Bontok Igorot people. She wrote the seminal Philippine documentary ‘Bontok, Rapeless’, and is the writer and director of the short ‘Tokwifi’ (Star) copping Special Jury Prize at the 7th QCinema International Film Festival.

June Wong (Malaysia), Director of ‘Peon’

June Wong holds a Diploma in Performing Arts from Sunway University and a BA in Film and Digital Media from Deakin University, Australia. Her work ranges from branded content to web series. Her pitch to HOOQ Filmmakers Guild 2018 was selected as one of the top 5 in Southeast Asia.

Shaiful Yahya (Malaysia), Director of ‘Peon’

Shaiful Yahya is a self-taught Director based in Kuala Lumpur with a Diploma in Audio Engineering. His short biographical documentary, ‘Anuar ‘Black’ Mustapha’ won the 2017 Everyday Humans short film competition. His pitch for HOOQ Filmmakers Guild 2018 landed him the grant to make TV series Pilot entitled: ‘Babi!’

Syaz Zainal (Malaysia), Director of ‘Peon’

Syaz Zainal is a Kuala Lumpur based filmmaker involved in notable projects like Netflix’s ‘Marco Polo Season 1 & 2’, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, ‘Asia’s Got Talent Season 1’, ‘The Amazing Race Asia’ and ‘The Garden of Evening Mist’. He holds a BA in Communication and Media Management from Taylors University.

About The Moderator

Sanchai Chotirosseranee, Thai Film Archive (Thailand)

Sanchai Chotirosseranee holds a Master of Arts in Film Studies from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. He is currently the Deputy Director of the Film Archive (Public Organization), Thailand. He is also one of the programmers of the Thai Short Film and Video Festival, Salaya International Documentary Film Festival and Silent Film Festival in Thailand.

Reinventing Southeast Asia: Made-In-Southeast-Asia Films

17 September 2020, 4:15PM – 5:30PM (GMT+8)

With increasing competition from Hollywood blockbusters, audience support for local filmmakers is sorely lacking. Are regional co-productions the solution to a vibrant Southeast Asian Film Industry? This forum brings together commissioners and filmmakers to discuss how co-production in films work and to share their valuable experiences in their co-production projects.

About The Speakers

Liza Diño, Film Development Council of the Philippines (Philppines)

Liza Dino is the Chairperson and CEO of the Film Development Council of the Philippines. She is a film, TV, and stage actress who appeared in numerous films for both independent and commercial studios. Her representative films ‘Nomine Matris’ and ‘Toto’ earned her a Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress nominations, as well as the Best Actress awards in International Film Festivals.

Joachim Ng, Infocomm Media Development Authority (Singapore)

Joachim Ng is the man tasked with developing Singapore’s media industry. From 2002 until 2011, he was stationed in Silicon Valley, first with the Economic Development Board, and later with the Infocomm Development Authority. Since returning to Singapore, he’s focused on sustaining the development and growth of the media sector, as Director, Media Ecosystem Development at IMDA. Joachim concurrently helms the Singapore Film Commission (SFC).

Gin Kai Chan, Silver Media Group (Singapore)

Gin Kai Chan, CEO of the Silver Media Group, is a stalwart of Southeast Asia’s burgeoning motion picture industry. Running one of few privately-managed media funds in the region, he’s acted as financier, executive producer, and producer. Most recently he produced horror flick ‘Eerie’, directed by Mikhael Red and shot in the Philippines (available on Netflix). He’s currently juggling production of three new projects in India, the US, and the Philippines.

Anthony Chen, Filmmaker (Singapore)

Anthony was trained at film school in Singapore and then at the National Film and Television School, UK. He became the first Singaporean to be awarded at Cannes with his 2007 short, ‘Ah Ma’ (Grandma). Anthony’s debut feature ‘Ilo Ilo’, premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and was unanimously awarded the Camera d’Or. ‘Ilo Ilo’ went on to win forty awards internationally and gained widespread recognition when it became an arthouse favourite. Chen’s latest film, ‘Wet Season’, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019 and was once again celebrated critically, garnering 10 awards so far.

About The Moderator

Megan Wonowidjoyo, Multimedia Univiersity (Malaysia)

Currently Head of the Foundation programme at Multimedia Univiersity’s Faculty of Cinematic Arts, Megan is also an artist and filmmaker with a background in film editing.

Writing about Film in Southeast Asia

18 September 2020, 4:15PM – 5:30PM (GMT+8)

What does it mean to write about film in Southeast Asia, both online as a website, or academic text? What topics and issues does film writers in the region gravitate to (or avoid)? Join the discussion between authors in Southeast Asian film magazines, websites and academic publications to discover the current depth of Southeast Asian film writing and criticism.

About The Speakers

Thomas Barker, University of Nottingham Malaysia (Malaysia)

Thomas Barker is an Associate Professor of Film and Television and the head of the School of Media, Language and Cultures and Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of Communications and Culture (CSCC) at the University of Nottingham Malaysia. He teaches modules in the fields of communications, media, film, television, and documentary. His recent publications are on Indonesian contemporary cinema and media streaming services in Southeast Asia.

Davide Cazzaro, Nang Magazine (Italy/South Korea)

Davide Cazzaro is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Nang magazine – a magazine of Asian cinema, Nang is an experimental piece of publishing that Davide runs from Seoul in South Korea.

Adrian Jonathan Pasaribu, Cinema Poetica (Indonesia)

Adrian Jonathan Pasaribu is the chief editor and co-founder of Cinema Poetica—a collective of film critics, activists, and researchers in Indonesia. He lives in Jakarta and works as a freelance writer.

Alfonse Chiu, SINdie (Singapore)

Alfonse Chiu is a writer, artist, and researcher working at the intersection of text, space, and the moving image. He is currently Editor-at-Large and Creative Lead of moving image editorial platform, SINdie, where he heads editorial direction, research, and special projects. He is also an independent culture journalist and researcher, who has worked with the Department of Architecture at National University of Singapore and the Singapore Heritage Society on projects concerning urban development, heritage conservation, and architectural modernism.

About The Moderator

Matthaeus Choo, Sinema.SG (Singapore)

Matthaeus is a writer at Sinema.SG, an independent blog dedicated to spotlighting emerging filmmakers in the region. His expertise includes writing movie reviews, interviewing figures from the film and TV industry, and general commentary regarding films.