The Asia Pacific Screen Lab is a year-long immersive development program in conjunction with APSA Academy, Griffith University, Griffith Film School and NETPAC

Herman Van Eyken, Chair of the CILECT Asia Pacific Association, Philip Cheah, (Advisor to NETPAC), Ki Yong Park (Founder Asian Film Academy) and Anne Demy-Geroe (Vice-President NETPAC) with the support of NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema), the Sun Foundation, and the Asia Pacific Screen Academy have worked assiduously since 2010 towards the development of the Asia Pacific Screen Laboratory (APSLab).

A key strategy in this development is to take advantage of the Asian Pacific screen professionals that gather each year in Brisbane for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA). At its core the APSLab, now in its fourth year, develops a vehicle for enabling film co-productions by early career feature filmmakers from across the Asia Pacific, typically those who have made at least one feature film within the frame of their particular national cinema and are now ready for a larger framework.

Mentors are sourced from the Asia Pacific Screen Academy.

2018 Program

Script Development and Mentoring

5–10 August, Georgetown Festival, Penang

Jan Fleischer continues to work with the recipients on their scripts. U-Wei Bin Haji Saari and Teng Mangansakan will mentor Rudi and Josh as they progress. Documentary expert, Indian Nilotpal Majumdar will be mentoring Rudi to develop the best story.

Pitch and Producing Workshops

11–12 August, Georgetown Festival, Penang

The recipients will be instructed on pitching techniques with Nandita Solomon before having a 2-day Producing Turn-Around workshop with the head of the Berlin Film School, Ben Gibson. Screenings of films from U-Wei, Teng, Rudi and Josh will be screened to the public during Georgetown Festival.

Distribution and Mentoring

29 November, Brisbane

Josh and Rudi will have final mentoring before they graduate on the 30 November. Anthony Chen and Teng Mangansakan will guide them as they develop their pitch. They will also spend time with Andrew Pike from Ronin Films*. Andrew is an Australian film historian, film distributor and exhibitor, and documentary producer and director.


30 November, Brisbane

In front of a panel of international film-makers, Josh and Rudi will pitch their projects. The panel will provide advice and feedback to assist the recipients to go out and progress their projects to the next step - Production.

*May change.

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Applications Open

Georgetown Festival

4 August 2018

Applications Close

Applications no longer accepted after

30 September 2018, 6 pm (GMT+10)

Announcement of Selected Projects

Brisbane International Film Festival

October 2018

Mentors Announced

Asia Pacific Screen Awards

29 November 2018

Past winners and mentors

Taro Imai and Shozo Ichiyama

Taro Imai & Shozo Ichiyama (2019)

Sherwan Haji and Bina Paul

Sherwan Haji & Bina Paul (2019)

Khanjan Kishore Nath and Haobam Paban Kumar

Khanjan Kishore Nath & Haobam Paban Kumar (2019)

Daniel Rudi Haryanton - Teng Mangansakan II (2018)

Daniel Rudi Haryanton & Teng Mangansakan II (2018)

Joshua Long - Anthony Chen (2018)

Joshua Long & Anthony Chen (2018)

Zain Duraie - Mary Stephen (2017)

Zain Duraie and Mary Stephen (2017)

Siew Hua (Chris) Yeo - Peggy Chiao (2017)

Siew Hua (Chris) Yeo and Peggy Chiao (2017)

Jakeb Anhvu - Bui Thac Chuyen (2016)

Jakeb Anhvu and Bui Thac Chuyen (2016)

Mohanad Hayal - U-Wei Bin Haji Saari (2016)

Mohanad Hayal and U-Wei Bin Haji Saari (2016)

Vilsoni Hereniko - U-Wei Bin Haji Saari (2015)

Vilsoni Hereniko and U-Wei Bin Haji Saari (2015)

Balaka Ghosh - Josabeth Alonso (2015)

Balaka Ghosh and Josabeth Alonso (2015)


In addition to this submission form, please send the following materials, only in English, no later than 30 September 2018, 6 pm (GMT+10) to

Please carefully read the 2018 submission guidelines before applying.

1. Biography (250 words of less)

2. Statement of Intent (250 words of less). Why does this particular story/material have to be told? What are your hopes in attending this Lab?

3. Synopsis (500 words or less), Treatment plus five (5) key scenes completely written

4. Portfolio of Previous Works (DVD or secure online link)

Required fields are marked with an asterisk (*).
Personal information
Date of birth *
Passport expiration date *
Knowledge of English *
Require travel subsidy? *
Portfolio information: Project 1
Date of completion *
Portfolio information: Project 2
Date of completion *
Terms and conditions *
Contractual obligation *

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