The second Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Project Market has released its shortlist of promising feature-length projects, with Malaysian film projects dominating the list with five entries; Devoted (directed by Tony Pietra Arjuna), Sama Laut (directed by Madnor Kassim), Terbalik (directed by Yasu Tanaka), The Flying Tiger (directed by Naeim Ghalili) and The Wave (directed by Jose Wei Ping Leong).
The projects were chosen from over 100 submissions from various Southeast Asian countries, where an esteemed panel of judges including Kathy Morgan (Executive Producer of Academy Award Winner, The Danish Girl) and Chan Gin Kai (Chairman of Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA)) among others identified 15 finalists from Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam.
Justin Deimen, Executive Director of SAAVA commented, “We are encouraged by the continued high quality of entries to the SAFF Project Market this year, and look forward to cementing this as the region’s foremost media financing platform in the years to come.”
The shortlisted projects will have a shot at financing, distribution and collaboration opportunities to bring these films to fruition. This pitching competition and launch pad for filmmakers from the region is a partnership between ScreenSingapore, SAAVA and TTB, and is also supported by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF).
Winners will be announced on 9th December 2016 after the SAFF Conference in Singapore.
Full List of SAFF 2016 Finalists:
1. Ang Mahikero (The Magician) - Singapore
2. Devoted - Malaysia
3. Diwata (Fairy) - Philippines
4. Hidden - Cambodia
5. Mamafia - Vietnam
6. Neomanila - Philippines
7. Ricky Boy the Wonder Boy - Philippines
8. Sama Laut - Malaysia
9. Siam - Thailand
10. Terbalik - Malaysia
11. The Cat and the Fish - Indonesia
12. The Flying Tiger - Malaysia
13. The Violin - Singapore
14. The Wave - Malaysia
15. The Wilderness - Vietnam