ASEAN Film Leaders Converge in Kota Iskandar

Published by Anuar Mat Saat @ 11/11/2015

Kota Iskandar, 9th November 2015 – Busan Film Commission (BFC), the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS), and Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNet) are proud to co-host the 4th

ASEAN-ROK Film Leaders Incubator (FLY 2015) from 9th to 21st November 2015 in Malaysia. The program offers mentorship to 21 aspiring filmmakers from 10 countries in Southeast Asia and South Korea to help attain their visions, as well as advanced facilities to create infrastructure where various genres of films could be made.

Oh Seokgeun, Director of Busan Film Commission and President of Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNet) said, “It is my great pleasure to implement FLY 2015 in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, which has Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios, currently the largest integrated film & TV studios in the Asia Pacific, and also outstanding beautiful locations for filmmaking. Moreover, we will ensure that brilliant young filmmakers have access to mentors, regardless of where they live, and we will bring them to facilities where their visions can be realized.”

FLY 2015 is a short-filmmaking workshop where aspiring filmmakers get together to make two short films and develop their own original screenplay in 2 weeks’ time, under the mentorship of established Asian filmmakers. This year, the aspiring filmmakers will be divided into 2 groups where they will start their pre- production with one synopsis written by well-known Malaysian director, Tan Chui Mui. Other established instructors include Liew Seng Tat (Malaysia), Yim Pilsung (Korea), Sidi Saleh (Indonesia) and many more.

Dato’ Kamil Othman, Director General of FINAS reiterated, “Mentorship is an important part of the FLY project, as it ensuring that the best knowledge is shared and exchanged. Like its very name, Film Leaders Incubator, it signifies the importance of developing world class filmmakers in Asia over the next generations.”

As a talent developing program for potential leaders of Asian cinema, FLY is an astounding project in nurturing talented youth in film industries and establishing human network among Asian future film leaders. The output, 2 digital short films will be premiered at the program’s closing ceremony on the 21st November 2015 and will be screened in different countries in the ASEAN region subsequently projecting their talent to international audiences. Apart from workshop and mentoring, the program also includes screening and talk, where the trainees will have a great opportunity to learn contemporary filmmakers’ experience, know-how and philosophy.