Herman Van Eyken, Chair of the CILECT Asia Pacific Association, Philip Cheah, Advisor to NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema) and Ki Yong Park (Founder Asian Film Academy) 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 APSL, now in its second 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
The submission deadline was 30 September 2016.
- June 2016: Applications open
- 30 September 2016: Applications close
- October 2016: Winning projects announced
- November 2016: 2017 Mentors announced
Australian Director of Photography Peter James ACS will workshop scenes from Mao’s Last Dancer
Renown Australian Director Bruce Beresford will workshop scenes from his award winning film Mao’s Last Dancer
Script Doctoring Workshop
Meenakshi Shedde will work with the 2016 projects
DOCNOMADS workshop presented by Rob Rombout in Brussels
Announcement of 2017 Asia Pacific Screen Lab Recipients
Ben Gibson will present his 3-day Turnaround workshop on development, financing, production and delivery
Producing Workshop with Lord David Puttnam
A unique opportunity to have a one-on-one discussion with Lord David Puttnam, famous for Chariots of Fire and The Mission, about producing a feature film in the 21st Century.
2016 Pitch and Graduation
To a panel of Industry Professionals including members of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards Jury and Academy, and the Asia Pacific Screen Lab Directorate, the 2016 Recipients will pitch their project.
Announcement of 2017 Mentors
Chosen from the Asia Pacific Screen Academy, these mentors will work with the recipients in 2017.
2015 Asia Pacific Screen Lab recipients
Mohanad Hayal from Iraq: Fiction Feature FilmSynopsis: 2006. Baghdad is ravaged by sectarian violence and Haifa Street is the bloody epicentre of the conflict: Masked gunmen and snipers reign supreme, taking out lives in broad daylight for reasons and political allegiances that are unclear…
Ahmed, a man with a camcorder and a cake, gets dropped off at the edge of Haifa Street by a taxi. On his way to his beloved Suaad’s house to ask her for her hand in marriage, Ahmed gets shot in the chest by Tariq – an anxious young sniper who’s planted on a rooftop living his own personal hell.
Tariq prevents anyone from getting near Ahmed’s body with the threat of gunfire. Suaad attempts to collect his body several times, to no avail. Her adult children Salam, a hard-line, religious extremist sympathizer, and Nadia, a carefree young woman with personal ambitions, are caught between their own demons and their single mother’s desire to fetch her lover’s body. Harsh truths become exposed as the day unfolds. When Nadia elicits the help of their cunning madam neighbour Dalal, the complicity of many residents of the neighbourhood becomes apparent. Dalal’s partner Abu Muthana, the patriarch of the street and the leader of Tariq’s militia group, tries to take matters into his own hands to retrieve Ahmed’s body – and everything spirals out of control. The question remains: Who exactly is Ahmed and why is Tariq hell-bent on preventing anyone from collecting his body?
Haifa Street is a brutal exploration of the cycle of violence that war creates in communities and people’s hearts. The film revolves around the ten minutes following Ahmed’s shooting, presented in an unusual cyclical structure that explores the story from different perspectives on the street. Haifa Street is a new Iraqi suspense/thriller that exposes the ugliness of war without reservation.
Jakeb Anhvu from Australia: Documentary Feature Film
Synopsis: Two different journeys fuelled by similar family obligations leads one to escape with her son to find a safer future, while the other embarks on an arranged marriage across international and cultural borders.
Inaugural 2014 Asia Pacific Screen Lab recipients
Vilsoni Hereniko’s narrative feature film: FALL OUTLog-line: Forced to relocate and work at a missile base, the only breadwinner of a large Marshallese family represses his anger until an humiliating incident transform him into a cultural hero.
Selection panel citation: “This is a very mature project from a filmmaker making only his second feature film following a forty year successful career in the performing arts. The Lab will assist in developing the cinematic language to tell his story with more visual textures.”
Balaka Gosh from India (Kolkatta) Fiction Feature Film
Synopsis: Three old women, attired in black clothes, belonging to a nomadic desert tribe of snake charmers find shelter in the golden stony barren ruins, after a long difficult walk in the desert with their two camels. Here once lived Draupadi who had five husbands, all brothers. The area was going through a severe drought back then. So Draupadi was the main bread earner performing in the folk theatre of the epic Mahabharata. But Draupadi has a shocking past. Our story begins as when the three old women recognised the ruins as the thriving village where Draupadi once lived with her five husbands. The story of lust, camouflaged jealousy and cruel intentions. A unique and extraordinary story in very ordinary surroundings.Selection panel citation: “Gosh demonstrates sound expertise as a director with good research skills. The selection panel are all intrigued by the story and we think we can help her to tease out the nuances to the fullest.”
This project is supported by the Sun Foundation, Temenggong Residency, NETPAC, Asia Pacific Screen Academy and the Griffith Film School.