PANELS

PATH FORWARD FOR DOCUMENTARIES

Looking ahead, what does the future hold for SEA documentaries? In Path Forward for Documentaries, the panelists will share their experiences with conception, production and distribution of their work and the effects of online platforms on their work in terms of both artistry as well as exposure.

Saturday, July 6th, 11:00 - 13:00

Auditorium

Conducted in English with Thai translation

PANELISTS

Jewel MARANAN

Kavich NEANG

Puangsoi AKSORNSAWANG

Jewel MARANAN

— a documentary filmmaker from the Philippines. She began working on independent documentaries in 2008, tackling conflict situations in Metro Manila. She is also an active participant in efforts to help develop Southeast Asian documentary work through SEA DocNet, a project-based network organized by the Goethe Institute in Southeast Asia. She currently manages Cinema Is Incomplete, a cinematheque, film-distribution center, and production company, which she launched in 2011.

Kavich NEANG

— studied Music and Dance before graduating in Design in 2013. In 2010, he directed his first short film, A Scale Boy, as part of a documentary film workshop led by filmmaker Rithy Panh, who also produced his 2013 mid-length documentary Where I Go. In 2014, he co-founded the independent production company Anti-Archive. His documentary feature film Last Night I Saw You Smiling had its world premiere in Rotterdam 2019 and is currently traveling the festival circuit.

Puangsoi AKSORNSAWANG

— graduated from the Motion Picture and Still Photography Department of Chulalongkorn University. In 2014, she received the academic DAAD scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service) and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts Hamburg in 2018. Her debut feature Nakorn-Sawan premiered in Busan 2018. Aksornsawang is currently based in Bangkok, Thailand working as a writer and director.

THE FEMALE CINEMATOGRAPHER’S EYE

How can the SEA filmmaking community make room for women in more diverse roles? In The Female Cinematographer’s Eye, the panelists will share their experiences working in narrative, documentary, and commercial genres within an industry that reserves positions requiring technical expertise almost exclusively for men.

Saturday, July 6th, 14:00 - 16:00

Auditorium

Conducted in English with Thai translation

PANELISTS

Chananun Chotrungroj

Anggi Frisca

Marcia Ong

Chananun CHOTRUNGROJ

— a cinematographer and artist based in New York City and Bangkok. While pursuing her MFA in film at NYU, she was awarded the Ang Lee Fellowship and received the Nestor Almendros Award for Outstanding Cinematography by a Woman in 2013 and 2015. Her credits include The Third Wife directed by Ash Mayfair, Pop Aye directed by Kirsten Tan, Motel Mist directed by Prabda Yoon, and Karaoke Girl directed by Visra Vichit-Vadakan. Most recently, she was awarded Best Cinematography for Don't Come Back from the Moon by Bruce Thierry Cheung.

Anggi FRISCA

— received her diploma in Film and Television from the Jakarta Art Institute in 2007. She began her career as a camera assistant on Nagabonar Jadi 2. Her first feature as a cinematographer was Tanah Surga Katanya in 2012, for which she was nominated for Best Cinematography at the national Citra Awards. Her 2017 film Night Bus won Best Film at the national Citra Awards. Her hobby is mountaineering and she hopes one day to become an Adventure Cinematographer.

Marcia ONG

— a filmmaker and cinematographer based in Singapore. Since obtaining her MFA in Cinema at San Francisco State University, Marcia has taught video art at Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore. She has also worked as a cinematographer on a variety of productions, including feature documentary film Ten Eleven O Two and food and travel shows, such as Street To Kitchen Asia. As a director, her short Kristy has screened at numerous international festivals and won several awards.

FROM SHORTS TO FIRST FEATURES

Many students and young filmmakers struggle to make the leap from shorts to their first feature film. In From Shorts to First Features, the panelists will share their experiences as producers and directors and their transition from the university campus to becoming working professionals in the SEA film industry.

Sunday, July 7th, 14:00 - 17:00

Auditorium

Conducted in English with Thai translation

PANELISTS

Davy CHOU

LAI Weijie

Monster JIMENEZ

Davy CHOU

— a French-Cambodian filmmaker. Golden Slumbers, his first film, is a documentary on the birth of the Cambodian cinema during the ‘60s and its brutal disappearance under the Khmer Rouge dictatorship in 1975. His short film Cambodia 2099 was selected at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2014. His debut feature Diamond Island, was presented at La Semaine de la Critique in 2016 and went on to gather numerous festival selections and prizes.

LAI Weijie

— a Singaporean producer whose credits include Kirsten Tan’s debut feature Pop Aye. As Senior Program Manager at the Singapore International Film Festival, he co-programs the Asian Feature Film Competition and initiated three development programs: the Southeast Asian Film Lab, the Youth Jury & Critics Program, and the Southeast Asian Producer’s Network. He is currently producing Vietnamese filmmaker Lê Bảo’s debut feature, Taste.

Monster JIMENEZ

— a writer and filmmaker who has worked in journalism, television, and film. In 2005, she wrote and produced Big Time, directed by Mario Cornejo which won awards at the 1st Cinemalaya Film Festival. In 2015, she produced Apocalypse Child, again directed by Mario Cornejo which won many awards internationally. Her directorial debut, Kano: An American and His Hare, won the First Appearance Category at IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) in 2010.

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