Herman Van Eyken, Chair of the CILECT Asia Pacific Association, Philip Cheah, Advisor to NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema), Ki Yong Park (Founder Asian Film Academy), and and Anne Demy-Geroe (Vice-President NETPAC), with the support of NETPAC, the Sun Foundation, Temenggong Artists in Residence and the Asia Pacific Screen Academy have worked assiduously since 2010 towards the development of the Asia Pacific Screen Laboratory (APSL).
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 third 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.
Asia Pacific Screen Lab submissions
Applications Open: Shanghai International Film Festival: 15 June 2017
Applications Close: 15 September 2017
Selected Projects Announced: Busan International Film Festival, 15 October 2017
Mentors Announced: Asia Pacific Screen Awards, 23 November 2017
Call for Submissions
Asia Pacific Screen Lab 2018
Zain Duraie undertaking Script Development Retreat (Bali)
Cinematographer Faozan Rizal
Script Doctoring Workshop
Meenakshi Shedde will work with the 2017 projects
Scriptwriting and Director Scott Hicks
Producing Seminar and Expertise Consultancy
Lord David Puttnam
Announcement of 2018 Asia Pacific Screen Lab Recipients
Ben Gibson will present his 3-day Turnaround workshop on development, financing, production and delivery
2017 Pitch and Graduation
The 2017 recipients will pitch their project to a panel of Industry Professionals including members of the Asia Pacific Screen Academy, and the Asia Pacific Screen Lab Directorate.
Announcement of 2018 Mentors
Chosen from the Asia Pacific Screen Academy, these mentors will work with the recipients in 2018.
Asia Pacific Screen Lab project progress
Vilsoni Hereniko (Fiji)Producers Trish Lake, from Freshwater Pictures in Brisbane, Australia, and Catherine Fitzgerald from Blueskin Films in Wellington, New Zealand, have announced a co-production deal to produce award- winning Pacific Islander filmmaker, Vilsoni Hereniko’s narrative feature film project, Until The Dolphin Flies. Co-development will proceed throughout 2017 with production scheduled for 2018. The script is based on the award-winning novel, Melal, set in the Marshall Islands and written by Robert Barclay. It has been in development for the past 12 months with Freshwater Pictures and Blueskin Films following its incubation.
Balaka Ghosh (India)
Five Men & a Woman is currently in the process of writing the final draft of the script. Locations and fundraising are also in progress to finally go into production as soon as possible. Balaka has also struck a post-production deal with her mentor Josabeth Alonso in the Philippines.
Jakeb Anhvu (Australia)
The Asia Pacific Screen Lab’s script sessions, master classes, mentoring and location scouting in Vietnam has helped Jakeb to refocus and refine his documentary story and pre-production is well under way. Shooting is scheduled to commence in Vietnam this November 2017.
“The post lab support is ongoing, such as showcasing my previous feature, Blush of Fruit at the Temenggong Residency in April. The experience has been invaluable and I can’t express how grateful I am to have been a recipient.”
Mohanad Hayal (Iraq)
Mohanad doesn’t wish to give too much away but he is currently casting and preparing for shooting. He has been conducting test shoots for actors and locations. Shooting is scheduled for late 2017.
These projects are supported by the Sun Foundation, Temenggong Residency, NETPAC, Asia Pacific Screen Academy and the Griffith Film School.