September 13, 2020 | 6:00PM-8:00PM
Session 3: The Role of Film Commissions in Supporting ASEAN Industries
The current pandemic of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has halted indefinitely the film production shoots, film festivals and markets, and even led to the closure of cinemas. The impact to the projects, businesses, and employment has severely affected the industry. Given these unprecedented challenges, we will explore how film commissions and government agencies around ASEAN are supporting their respective industries in their country to survive and thrive during the pandemic.
Liza Diño (Philippines) | Chairperson and CEO, Film Development Council Philippines
Joachim Ng (Singapore) | Director, Infocomm Media Development Authority - Singapore Film Commission
Ahmad Idham Ahmad Nadzri (Malaysia) | Chief Executive Officer | National Film Development Corporation Malaysia
Seok Geun Oh (Korea) | Chairperson, Korean Film Council
Moderator: Lorna Tee | Producer, Co-Founder of Festival Management, International Film Festival Macao
Joachim Ng currently serves as Director, Media Ecosystem Development & Singapore Film Commission at the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). In addition to heading the Singapore Film Commission that administers grants programmes to support talent development and content production, he oversees media industry development and his responsibilities include leading initiatives to cultivate a future-ready media manpower base and to strengthen partnerships with media multinational corporations and institutions.
IMDA is the lead government agency that regulates and promotes the infocomm and media sector in Singapore. Prior to joining IMDA, Joachim served in various industry development roles at the Media Development Authority, Infocomm Development Authority and the Singapore Economic Development Board.
OH Seok-geun graduated from the Korean Academy of Film Arts(KAFA) in 1988. He made his debut film <As You Please> in 1991 and directed a number of films.
In 1996, he participated as the founding member of the Busan International Film Festival(BIFF) and served as the secretary general of the Busan International Film Festival. In 2007, he founded the production company "BALCON" to introduce Asian audiovisual contents to Korea, and in 2009, he produced the omnibus feature film <Camellia>, a co-production film of Korea, Japan and Thailand.
Since 2010, he has served as director of the Busan Film Commission(BFC), chairman of the Asia Film Commission Network(AFCNet), and vice dean of the Asia Film Academy, contributing to the establishment of a network for Korea and the Asian film industry, and has served as chairperson of the Korean Film Council(KOFIC) since 2018.
Lorns Tee is a pan-Asian film producer and also a film festival organizer, dividing her time between Asia and Europe. She has worked for Focus Films (Hong Kong), Variety (USA), Irresistible Films (Hong Kong/ Japan), and Berlinale, CinemAsia Film Festival & was the founder/ Head of Festival Management for the International Film Festival & Awards Macao. Selected filmography includes The Beautiful Washing Machine, Rain Dogs, Crazy Stone, Love Story, My Mother is a Bellydancer, The Shoe Fairy, At the End of Daybreak, Lover’s Discourse, Come Rain, Come Shine, Postcards from the Zoo and Mrs K. She is developing film projects in Asia with her production company Paperheart, mentors/ lectures with film training programmes/ labs and consulting with various international film institutions and film funds.