Selection committee also announced for Southeast Asian projects lab.

Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC), the script development initiative that launched earlier this year, has joined forces with France’s Produire au Sud producer training workshop.

The move will merge SEAFIC’s nine-month script development programme with Produire au Sud’s long-running producers’ workshop in Bangkok.

Titled SEAFIC x PAS, the pact will consolidate both programme’s calls for entries.

The five projects eventually selected for SEAFIC will be automatically be enrolled in Produire au Sud’s Southeast Asia workshop.

The directors and screenwriter will also attend SEAFIC’s script development lab, while in parallel the producers of those same projects shall attend Produire au Sud, held at he Festival des 3 Continents in Nantes, France.

Previously held annually in Bangkok in November, Produire au Sud’s Southeast Asia lab will now move to Chiang Mai, Thailand and will run concurrently with SEAFIC’s first session (Oct 23-30).

In addition, SEAFIC x PAS will host a second follow-up session for these same producers in June 2017 to coincide with SEAFIC’s final session in Singapore at The Arts House.

The initiative is supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the deal was negotiated by Produire au Sud coordinator Guillaume Mainguet and SEAFIC executive director Raymond Phathanavirangoon, with the assistance of Loïc Wong, regional audiovisual attaché for Southeast Asia at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Selection committee

For its inaugural year, SEAFIC has assembled six experts from around the world to select the final five projects:

Reading Committee

• Matthieu Darras and Zuzana Kaliska, TorinoFilmLab

• Paul Federbush, International Director, Sundance Institute

• Isabelle Glachant, CEO of Chinese Shadows, Producer of In Love We Trust and 11 Flowers

Script Committee

• Remi Bonhomme, Program Manager, Cannes Critics’ Week

• Shozo Ichiyama, Program Director, Tokyo FILMeX and Producer of A Touch Of Sin and 24 City

• Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Thai Director of Last Life In The Universe and Ploy

SEAFIC’s call for entry ends August 1 and the final five selected projects will be announced in early October.