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Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Taiwan Film Bodies Team at Busan Lab

Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Taiwan Film Bodies Team at Busan Lab

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The National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) has partnered with the Singapore Film Commission (SFC), the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), and Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA) for the inaugural Malaysian Development Lab for Fiction Feature Films (mylab ).

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An incubator program for screenwriters, directors, producers to work under the lectures and guidance of regional and international experts in screenwriting, directing, production, distribution and markets and festivals to develop scripts and film projects. Mylab focuses on projects at an early stage of development, with a team of scriptwriter, director and/or producer, aimed at a regional or international audience. The intention is that at the end of the program each project will provide a package with script, budget, financing plan, dossier and pitch-ready material.

The partnership with SFC and FDCP allows a developing film project from any country to participate in the third session of mylab, which will take place in Busan, alongside the Asian Contents & Film Market and the Busan International Film Festival. This will be mylab’s first in-person session after online sessions in June and August of this year. The Korean Film Council will also support mylab with a reception in Busan and introduce participants to the Korean film industry.

Awards for the program include the $5,000 FINAS mylab Award for further development of a project selected by an independent jury composed of Christian Jeune (Cannes Film Festival), Nashen Moodley (Sydney Film Festival), and BOM producer Oh Jung-wan Film Productions Co. (“A Tale of Two Sisters”) during the last session in Busan. The TAICCA Development Award includes $5000 for the development of the project and the invitation of the project participants to attend Taiwan Creative Content Fest to pitch the project in Taiwan in 2023.

FINAS CEO Prof. dr. dr. Md Nasir Ibrahim said: “Although it is the first, with program curator Lorna Tee, mylab manages to attract collaborations from numerous countries in the region. This is considered monumental for FINAS to be able to partner with the various film organizations, not to mention the wide range of mentors, group leaders, script doctors, judges and director mentors from all over the world with great profiles.”

Tirso Cruz III, Chairman and CEO of FDCP, said: “Now, more than ever, collaboration is critical to any artistic and cultural venture that touches the entire film industry. In the Philippines and Southeast Asia, developing a piece of cinema from the seed of a story into a complete and achievable screenplay is now a priority on which we want to build our films. Many of our own projects and talents that have emerged from the film labs have received local and international recognition and support, which is why we know that the labs really work. FDCP is now partnering with FINAS for the debut run of mylab to further these advancements and strengthen our ties with our neighbors toward a regional culture of unique storytelling and artistic excellence.”

Izero Lee, CEO of TAICCA, said: “The connection of international co-production between Southeast Asia and Taiwan has been strengthened through the collaboration with mylab. For Taiwanese production teams and the entire industry, this collaboration creates more opportunities to collaborate with talents in Southeast Asia. Asia, we look forward to joining hands with professionals around the world.”

Lorna Tee, curator and founder of mylab, added: “East and Southeast Asia are very important areas for Malaysian filmmakers to collaborate and collaborate with SFC, FDCP and TAICCA is a critical step to extend the reach of mylab expand and build stronger ties within the region’s industries.”

mylab 2022 Projects and participants

“Absolutely” (“Mutlak”) (Malaysia)
Directors: Effendee Mazlan, Fariza Azlina Isahak
Screenwriter: Fariza Azlina Isahak
Producer: Effendee Mazlan

“The Life I Stole” (“Hidup Aku Curi”) (Malaysia)
Director: Putri Purnama Sugua
Screenwriter: Putri Purnama Sugua
Producer: Tan Cher Kian

“The Depth of Darkness” (“Kaali”) (Malaysia)
Director: Gogularaajan Rajendran
Screenwriter: Gogularaajan Rajendran
Producer: Kumanavanan Rajendran

“Maybe today, if not today, maybe tomorrow” (Malaysia)
Director: Lim Han Loong
Screenwriter: Lim Han Loong
Producer: Chua Jing Xuan

“Very very important funeral” (Malaysia)
Director: Lim Kean Hian
Screenwriter: Lim Kean Hian
Producer: Omar Yunus

“Under Foreign Skies” (Malaysia)
Director: Anwar Johari Ho
Screenwriter: Anwar Johari Ho
Producer: Eleanor Teho

“Mother Maybe” (“Inahing Baka”) (Philippines)
Director: Sonny Calvento
Screenwriter: Arden Rod Condez, Sonny Calvento
Producer: Sheron Dayoc

“Unmother” (Singapore)
Director: Jen Nee Lim
Screenwriter: Jen Nee Lim
Producer: Ke Ning Lee

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