Singaporean filmmaker Anthony Chen, and Mouly Surya from Indonesia are among the speakers confirmed for the second annual Asia Pacific Screen Forum, which will run online from November 20-26.
Events in the six-day conference will be accessible to participants across the continent, as well as in-person at the Home Of The Arts venue in Gold Coast, Australia.
The schedule includes panels, smaller-scale roundtable discussions, and a screening programme.
Chen, whose second feature Wet Season was recently selected as Singapore’s entry for the 2020 Oscar international feature award, will take part in a discussion on ‘The Future of Storytelling’, alongside fellow writer-director Surya, plus Ivan Ayr and Anurag Kashyap from India.
Surya’s Marlina The Murderer In Four Acts was Indonesia’s Oscar entry for the 2019 ceremony.
A roundtable session on producing, held in partnership with Screen Producers Australia, will feature Bianca Balbuena of the Philippines, Lee Joon-Dong of the Republic of Korea, Guillaume de Seille from France, China’s Sean Chen and Australia’s Josephine Mackerras.
Isabelle Glachant of Asian Shadows, Paul Wiegard of Australia/New Zealand distributor Madman, and Mike Baard, managing director of Universal Pictures International Australasia, will participate in a separate session giving a local and international perspective on distribution.
There will be further sessions on ‘Women In Film’, including ‘Championing Female Composers’, and on ‘Diverse Futures: Pathways Forward’.
The event is presented by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards’ Academy of filmmakers. The Awards 14th edition will not take place in 2020 due to the pandemic; it is currently scheduled to return in 2021.