September 12, 2020 | 6:00PM-7:10PM
Session 2: ASEAN Talents On Spotlight: From Southeast Asia to the World
In the new age of global collaborations, the Asian region is rising as the next filming hub in the world. Filled with stories that resonate to a wider global audience, we discover the journey of emerging ASEAN talents from how they started with their local and unique stories to global screens and how their plans are shifting in the time of pandemic.
Sheron Dayoc | Director & Producer
Weijie Lai | Producer & Programmer
Si En Tan | Producer
Nicole Woodford | Director, Writer, Editor
Moderator: Raymond Phathanavirangoon | Executive Director, SEAFIC Lab
Sheron Dayoc, founder of Southern Lantern Studios is director/producer who shifts from Fiction/nonfiction storytelling to TV Commercial directing. He is an alumnus of AFA 2008, 2010 Masterclass Tokyo Filmex, and 2011 Sundance Institute.
His notable films are Ways of the Sea (NETPAC Jury -2011 Berlinale, NETPAC Award – APSA 2011, Cinemalaya 2010 Best film), The Crescent Rising (Best Documentary – Busan IFF 2016, Best Documentary - Gawad Urian 2015) and Women of the Weeping River, which won numerous local and international awards. Women of the Weeping River is a recipient of the ACF development fund, Hubert Bals Fund, and Asian Pacific Screen NETPAC Development Prize. The film got selected at Sundance Script lab, the Asian Project Market, Ties that bind, and Sorfond Pitching forum. As for Advertising, his most notable work includes 2018 VICKS’s “Touch of Care” of Publicis One, Singapore that ranked by campaigns as of the top adverts for 2018 in the world. The same ad won awards in Spikes Asia and Kidlat Awards (Philippine Advertising Awards) and Araw Value Awards. Sheron founded Southern Lantern Studios, a creative think tank and production company for multimedia short and long film and video content for various platforms. He produced Arden Condez’ Debut film “JOHN DENVER TRENDING”, which won the best film and Director in Cinemalaya 2019 and Sonny Calvento’s latest short film “ EXCUSE ME MISS MISS MISS ”, which won an audience award the 2019 Qcinema IFF.
Lai Weijie is a film producer based in Singapore and Toronto. In 2010 he co-founded E&W Films, a Singapore-based film development and production company, and the producer of POP AYE by Kirsten Tan which received awards at Sundance, Rotterdam, and Zurich. Upcoming projects include the feature debuts Taste by Vietnamese filmmaker Lê Bào - slated for a 2021release through Wild Bunch International - and CNC Development Award recipient Mongrel by Chiang Wei Liang, developed at the Cannes Residence, Talents Tokyo, and TorinoFilmLab ScriptLab. Weijie has several years of experience as a senior programmer formerly at the Singapore International Film Festival, developing its film academy and overseeing its Asian selection. He has served on the selection committee for several fund bodies.
Tan Si En is a film producer based in Singapore. An alumnus of Berlinale Talents 2020 and Rotterdam Lab 2018, Si En was the producer for Wet Season by Anthony Chen, which made its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2019, Platform Competition. The film was lauded critically and went on to receive 10 awards internationally. Si En was also the assistant producer of POP AYE by Kirsten Tan, which won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival 2017 and the VPRO Big Screen Award at International Film Festival Rotterdam. As Programme Manager for the Singapore International Film Festival from 2018-2019, she took charge of the offscreen programmes and oversaw development and industry initiatives at the SGIFF Film Academy. Currently, Si En is in the midst of developing Ajoomma by He Shuming (SEAFIC Award Winner 2018) as well as Arnold is a Model Student by Sorayos Prapapan (IFFR Hubert Bals Fund).
Nicole Midori Woodford is a Singaporean film director, writer and editor. She is an alumna of Berlinale Talents, Asian Film Academy, Torino Film Lab and Talents Tokyo. Her short films have competed in various festivals including Busan International Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and Singapore International Film Festival amongst many others. Nicole has also directed several commercial and narrative works for Zhao Wei Films. She is currently in preproduction on her debut feature film project, Last Shadow at First Light, which was selected in Torino Film Lab, SGIFF Southeast Asian Lab, Talents Tokyo at FILMEX and SEAFIC. Her feature film, produced by Jeremy Chua and Shozo Ichiyama, won multiple development awards like the Co-Production award at Torino Film Lab and Open-SEA Fund at SEAFIC. Nicole is also a film lecturer at the School of Art, Design & Media at Nanyang Technological University. She is the inaugural recipient of the NYFA Youth Inspiration award in 2019, in recognition for her work in film and her contributions towards growing the next generation of filmmakers.
Raymond PHATHANAVIRANGOON is Executive Director of Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC), a pioneering script and development lab for Southeast Asian filmmakers. Previously he was international programmer for Toronto International Film Festival as well as Programme Consultant for Hong Kong International Film Festival and Cannes Critics' Week. Prior to that, he was Director of Marketing & Special Projects (Acquisitions) for sales agent Fortissimo Films. He acted as Reading Committee Member for Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) and was advisory member of Asian Film Awards. He was festival jury at Berlin, Sarajevo, Seattle, Antalya, Jecheon and others. His producing credits include Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s SAMUI SONG and HEADSHOT, Boo Junfeng's APPRENTICE, Josh Kim’s HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERYTIME), Pang Ho-Cheung’s DREAM HOME, among others. He was named Future Leaders: Producers in 2013 by Screen International and was awarded 2017 Producer of the Year by Asian Film Commission in Busan.