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Luang Prabang Film Festival will host ‘Talent Lab’ with the Tribeca Film Institute


The Luang Prabang Film Festival (LPFF) in Laos will host its third Talent Lab, led by the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI). The Talent Lab will give filmmakers in Southeast Asia training on grant writing and project pitching. Eleven projects from across Southeast Asia have been selected to participate in the workshop from Dec. 7-9.

The three-day workshop will conclude with the selection of one project to attend the TFI Network market in New York City during the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, which provides filmmakers the opportunity to establish connections with an industry network that has the potential of helping them to advance their projects.

The winning filmmaker or filmmaking team will complete their project under the mentorship of the TFI. All the Talent Lab participants will also receive preferential consideration for any of TFI’s grants, as well as a chance to win an Aurora Producing Award of $10,000, granted by Singapore-based media investment firm Aurora Media Holdings.

Now in various stages of production, the 11 chosen projects originate from seven countries in the ASEAN region, including Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The Talent Lab participants comprise directors, screenwriters and producers behind the films and their projects include eight narrative features and three documentaries.

• Cambodia Double Jeopardy – So Chandara, Producer
• Malaysia Black Velvet – Shanjhey Kumar Perusal
• Malaysia Selfie To Freedom – Nor Arlene Tan, Director / Producer
• Malaysia Siri – Lim Ying Xian (producer)
• Myanmar The Crossroad – Yee Nan Thike, Writer / Director / Producer
• Philippines Alternating Voices – Ramon Garilao. Director / Screenwriter
• Philippines Anito – Kyle Nieva, Producer
• Philippines The Perilous Odyssey to Mount Gulsuk – Jordan Dela Cruz, Director
• Singapore Something's Off – Sue Yin Goh, Screenwriter
• Thailand Solids by the Seashore – Patiparn Boontarig, Director
• Vietnam QUẨY, represented by Hien Anh Nguyen, Director

The Luang Prabang Film Festival (LPFF) is a charitable cultural organization that is dedicated to nurturing and supporting Southeast Asian filmmakers and the film industry.

LPFF was founded in 2009 on the basis of inclusivity, with all programs free and open to the public. The LPFF also manages the Lao Filmmakers Fund, a publicly generated granting system to assist local artists in the making of their film projects.



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