2018 LPFF Talent Lab for Southeast Asian Filmmakers

Led by the Tribeca Film Institute®

Please download the full Call for Applications:

Program Overview

In the third year of an exciting collaboration, the Tribeca Film Institute® (TFI) will lead an expanded three-day Talent Lab for Southeast Asian filmmakers on grant writing and project pitching on 7-12 December 2018. Selected projects will be given a $500 travel stipend (courtesy of American producer Kenneth Lipper) to put towards their flights to Luang Prabang and accommodations during the program.

After sessions of instruction, practice, and a pitch forum with feedback given by various industry professionals, one project showing great promise will be selected by a jury to attend the TFI Network market, which will take place in New York City during the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival®. There, TFI will arrange meetings for the filmmaker with editors, distributors, and financiers. TFI will then mentor him or her through the completion of the project. The selected project will receive an airfare stipend of $1,500 to travel to New York City, and hotel accomodation for the length of the TFI Network. All participants in the Talent Lab will also receive preferential consideration for any of TFI’s grants.

Additionally, Aurora Media Holdings, one of Southeast Asia’s leading media and entertainment asset incubation, investment and management specialists will select one project to receive their Aurora Producing Award with a $10,000 cash investment to go towards the production of the completed film project. The award, which aims to discover and co-produce the best feature concepts and filmmakers, has now been a notable feature in some of the most influential project markets and film events in Asia over the past few years.

Activities during the talent lab on 7-9 december 2018

  • 1. Learning How to Pitch

    Filmmakers complete an exercise to talk about their projects and begin to hone their pitches in a clear and engaging way. The session will be a practical, back-to-basics approach to clarify what the filmmakers’ stories are about and what they are looking to convey in order to keep their pitch focused.
  • 2. Practicing the Pitch

    Filmmakers volunteer to present their pitches to the group, and TFI will provide feedback on pitches and improvised meetings. TFI will help review questionnaires for the projects and comment if the pitch accomplished the story they are trying to tell. Other projects can weigh in for peer-to-peer review.
  • 3. Master Class

    Filmmakers will attend a master class with a renowned filmmaker. LPFF will hold a private screening for filmmakers followed by a Q&A session with the film’s director, screenwriter, or producer.
  • 4. Group Lunch and Informal Meetings

    TFI and other invited industry meet with filmmakers in an informal round-table setting, providing more opportunity to discuss the projects and pitches. After the pitch forum, attending industry professionals are welcome to schedule one-on-one meetings with filmmakers.
  • 5. Funding/Grants Info Session

    TFI will lead a short session on funds available to filmmakers, with dates and the processes to apply. TFI will speak to the "do's and don'ts" on writing a grant application and tips on taking a funding meeting. TFI will present examples of successful applications, and give advice on improvements, with a Q&A discussion included. All participating filmmakers, including those with both documentary and scripted projects, will receive priority status for TFI grant programs in the future.
  • 6. Pitch Forum

    Each project will pitch in front of a group of invited influential media professionals, having refined their pitch with feedback from the workshop. Working alongside a jury of various industry professionals, TFI will form a panel to provide detailed notes on each pitch. The jury will choose one project to join the 2019 TFI Network market.
  • 7. Sunset Cruise on Mekong Kingdoms

    Following the pitch forum, all filmmakers will board a Mekong Kingdoms boat for a sunset cruise, where the jury will announce the project selected to attend the TFI Network market. Justin Deimen of Aurora Media Holdings will also announce the project selected for the Aurora Producing Award. Beverages and canapés will be provided, and filmmakers will have the opportunity to network with the jury and celebrate the end of the Talent Lab.


  • Applicant must be a national of one of the ten ASEAN countries, and the project must be shot, at least primarily, in the region.
  • Applicant’s project should be ready, or almost ready, to pitch to industry for financing.
  • Projects must be feature-length films only.
  • Scripted projects must be able to submit a first draft of a script, at least, with their application.
  • Documentary projects should be in early production, with at least five minutes of footage to present.
  • Selected participants will be given a $500 travel stipend to use towards their travel to Luang Prabang and accommodations during the festival. Selected participants will be responsible for any expenses over the $500 to attend the Talent Lab. All fellows must stay in Luang Prabang for at least four nights over 6-9 December 2018. Staying longer is encouraged, to benefit from festival’s Public Discussions, Q&As, screenings, and other activities.
  • Applicant must be available to attend the TFI Network market, which will take place during next year’s Tribeca Film Festival, in April of 2019.

Application Process

  • Applicants must complete the registration form AND the full application form.
  • Please contact Festival Coordinator Jessica Arce with any questions.
  • Applications will be accepted until 12pm (Bangkok time) on 10 October 2018.
  • Eight to twelve projects will be chosen for participation, based on the merits of the proposed project, a proven track record for successful previous works, and diversity within the selected projects.
  • Chosen projects will be notified by 22 October 2018.