LPFF Talent Lab

2018 LPFF Talent Lab

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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. The Luang Prabang Film Festival (LPFF) has selected 11 projects from across Southeast Asia to participate in its 2018 Talent Lab. The independently-held Lab, which will train Southeast Asian filmmakers on grant writing and project pitching, will take place 7-9 December 2018. Now in its third year, the Lab has established itself as one of the leading opportunities for ASEAN filmmakers.

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.

2018 Talent Lab Projects

  • Anito (Philippines), Kyle Nivea
  • Siri (Malaysia), Lim Ying Xian
  • Selfie to Freedom (Malaysia), Nor Arlene Tan
  • Solids by the Seashore (Thailand), Patiparn Boontarig
  • Alternating Voices (Philippines), Ramon Garilao
  • Double Jeopardy (Cambodia), So Chandara
  • The Crossroad (Myanmar), Yee Nan Thike
  • The Perilous Odyssey to Mount Gulsuk (Philippines), Jordan Dela Cruz
  • QUẨY (Vietnam), Hien Anh Nguyen
  • Black Velvet (Philippines), Shanjhey Kumar Perumal
  • Something’s Off (Singapore), Sue Yin Goh

 

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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. 

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2017 LPFF Talent Lab

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Program Overview

In the second year of an exciting collaboration, the Tribeca Film Institute® (TFI) will lead an expanded two-day Talent Lab for Southeast Asian filmmakers on grant writing and project pitching at the 8th Luang Prabang Film Festival, which will take place 8-13 December 2017.

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 2018 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.

2017 Talent Lab Projects

The 10 selected projects, which are in various stages of production, come from six countries from the ASEAN region: Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Thailand. The pool is equal parts documentary and narrative features, with five projects of both genres participating. Attendees taking part in the Talent Lab will include directors, writers, and producers behind the films.

The participating projects include

  • Autobiography (Indonesia), represented by Makbul Mubarak (director) and Yulia Evina Bhara (producer)
  • Bai Bibyaon, Lady Warrior of the Lumad (Philippines), represented by Cenón Obispo Palomares (director, writer)
  • Cat Island (Philippines), represented by Siege Ledesma (director, writer) and Ang Alemberg (producer)
  • Doi Boy (Thailand), represented by Nontawat Numbenchapol (director, writer)
  • Going Straight (Philippines), represented by Kristoffer Brugada (director)
  • It Wasn\’t an Accident (Myanmar), represented by Soe Moe Aung (director)
  • Luzviminda (Philippines), represented by Inshallah Montero (director)
  • Raising a Beast (Laos), represented by Xaisongkham Induangchanthy (director, writer) and Abigail Lazaro (producer)
  • Song of the Homeland (Thailand), represented by Preecha Srisuwan (director, cinematographer)
  • Wilderness (Malaysia), represented by Nadira Ilana (director, scriptwriter)
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Activities During the Talent Lab on 9-10 December 2017

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 to help 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. 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.

4. Public Discussion: 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.

5. 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 2018 TFI Network market.

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2016 TL

2016 LPFF Talent Lab

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Program Overview

In an exciting new collaboration, the Tribeca Film Institute® (TFI) will be leading a full-day Talent Lab for Southeast Asian filmmakers on grant writing and project pitching at the 7th Luang Prabang Film Festival. 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 TFI to attend the TFI Network market, which will take place in New York City at the 2017 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.

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2016 Talent Lab Projects

The 10 selected projects, which are in various stages of production, come from seven countries from the ASEAN region: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

The participating projects include

  • Beastmode, represented by assistant director/producer Vanessa Amante and writer Mixkaela Villalon (Philippines)
  • Blessed Reunion, represented by director/screenwriter Lee Thean-jeen (Malaysia)
  • Devoted, represented by writer/producer Damon Chua (Malaysia)
  • The Doctor, represented by producer/director Naruemon Chaingam (Thailand)
  • The First Drop of Rain in the Month of May, represented by producer Sheron Dayoc (Philippines)
  • On the Other Side, represented by writer/director Anysay Keola (Laos)
  • Return of the Owl, represented by director/writer Martika Ramirez Escobar (Philippines)
  • The Ring Road, represented by director/producer Tran Phuong Thao (Vietnam)
  • The Science of Fictions, represented by director/scriptwriter Yosep Anggi Noen and producer Yulia Evina Bhara (Indonesia)
  • White Building, represented by director/writer/producer Kavich Neang (Cambodia)
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Activities During the Talent Lab on 3 December 2016

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 to help 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. 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.

4. Public Discussion: Funding/Grants Info Session

TFI leads 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.

5. Pitch Forum

Each project will pitch in front of the group, improving upon the comments from the morning session. Working alongside various industry professionals, TFI will form a feedback panel to provide detailed notes on each pitch. The panel will choose one project to join the TFI Network market at the Tribeca Film Festival 2017.

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