FLY2015 Group Graduation
The National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) has successfully hosted and facilitated the growth of ASEAN film industry by co-hosting the 4th ASEAN-ROK Film Leaders Incubator (FLY 2015) together with the Busan Film Commission (BFC) and Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNet), in Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios, Johor.
FLY 2015 is a short-filmmaking workshop where aspiring filmmakers gathered to produce two short films and developed their own original screenplay in 2 weeks’ time, under the mentorship of established Asian filmmakers. This year, the aspiring filmmakers were divided into 2 groups where they started the pre-production of their project with one synopsis written by well-known Malaysian director, Tan Chui Mui.
Furthermore, the highlight of the program centred on its mentorship course that was offered to the 20 aspiring filmmakers from 10 countries in Southeast Asia and South Korea to help attain their visions. Among the established instructors that mentored the young filmmakers were Liew Seng Tat (Malaysia) as Directing Instructor, Sidi Saleh (Indonesia) as Cinematography Instructor, Steve M. Choe (Korea) as Editing Instructor, Mowg (Korea) as Music Instructor and others. The program also provided advanced facilities to create the infrastructure where various genres of films could be made. As a result, FLY 2015 has premiered 2 new digital short films that were developed during the program, and the films will also be screened in different countries in the ASEAN region subsequently showcasing their talent to the international audiences.
The recently concluded event also awarded a scholarship and production fund to outstanding young filmmakers in ASEAN during the closing and graduation ceremony. The scholarship was awarded to Verapath Pakayangkul from Thailand, which endorses him to attend the Asian Film Academy (AFA) next year in South Korea. The talent developing program for potential leaders of Asian cinema also granted a production fund worth USD10,000 (USD5,000 each) to the Benex Award recipients: Aung Htet from Myanmar and Thippaphone Channavong from Laos. The production fund that was sponsored by the Benex Foundation aims to kick-start the winners’ short film production.
Oh Seokgeun, Director of Busan Film Commission and President of Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNet) said, “I am very proud and happy that FLY 2015 was held at Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios, Johor Bahru. The participants and mentors have displayed an overwhelming effort to develop the Asian film industry. Hence, I am sure that one day these young filmmakers will achieve their vision and aspiration to revolutionize Asian film industry.”
Dato’ Kamil Othman, Director General of FINAS reiterated, “FINAS as the founding member and the Vice President of AFCNet was proud to co-host the FLY 2015 as it has become the best knowledge sharing platform between Asian’s industry players and aspiring filmmakers. Like its name, ‘Film Leaders Incubator,’ the program also signifies the importance to develop and to train a world class film maker in Asia for future generations.”
Launched in 2012, FLY is an ASEAN-ROK Co-operation Project annually funded by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Korea) and ASEAN. It is also organised by Busan Film Commission and Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNet), while film industry-supporting agencies in ASEAN member nations take turns each year to co-organise the event in their region. Following the success of the inaugural edition in Davao, Philippines in 2012, the second edition was hosted in Hua Hin, Thailand in 2013, and the third edition was hosted in Yangon, Myanmar in 2014.
Benex Awards recipient
FLY2015 Graduation Group